Please note the course will be held in Cranfield:
Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL


ARCHER, the UK's new national supercomputing service, offers training in software development and high-performance computing to scientists and researchers across the UK. As part of our training service we are running a 3 day Software Carpentry boot camp and Introduction to Scientific Programming in Python.

Software Carpentry boot camps help researchers become more productive by teaching software development skills that enable more to be done, in less time, and with less pain. We will cover skills including version control, task automation, good programming practice and automated testing. These are skills that, in an ideal world, researchers would master before tacking anything with "cloud" or "peta" or "HPC" in their name, skills that enable researchers to optimise their time and provide them with a secure basis to optimise and parallelise their code.

Our Introduction to Scientific Programming in Python, will provide an introduction to Python on ARCHER. We will introduce Python's capabilities for scientific computing, in particular the Cython, mpi4py, NumPy, SciPy and matplotlib Python libraries. We will also introduce how to interface Python with C and Fortran codes.

To attend, you must have some experience of writing code or scripts and be familiar with programming concepts including conditionals, loops, arrays and functions. You should also be comfortable with using the bash shell. For an introduction to the shell, please see, for example Software Carpentry's lessons on Unix Shell:

The course will be hands-on, and you are encouraged to bring your own laptop (you'll be asked to install some software before you arrive). Alternatively, PCs will provided for use.

Cranfield, UK
Cranfield University, College Road, Cranfield, Bedforshire, MK43 0AL

This course is being run by EPCC, as part of ARCHER, and Cranfield University. The course is in collaboration with EPCC's PRACE Advanced Training Centre (PATC), and Software Carpentry, a Mozilla Science Lab initiative.

PATC courses are available free of charge to all attendees (academic and industrial). Lunches and refreshments will be provided.

Please register using the online form. If you have any questions, please consult the course forum page or contact

Accomodation options for Cranfield University:
Mitchell Hall - a student residence that rents out rooms
Cranfield Management Development Centre
The Swan, Cranfield Village
Travelodge, Marston Moretaine