ARCHER Software Carpentry boot camp and Introduction to Scientific Programming in Python @ EPCC

Cranfield, UK

Cranfield, UK

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

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.