ARCHER Software Carpentry Workshop @ EPCC Imperial College London

Imperial College London

Imperial College London


Please note the course will be held in Imperial College London:

ARCHER, the UK's 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 2 day Software Carpentry workshop at Imperial College London, UK, on 16-17 April.
Software Carpentry workshops 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 tackling 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.
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 The Unix Shell. You will also need to bring a laptop with software needed for the workshop installed, please see the workshop page for details.


  • Thursday, 16 April
    • 09:00 09:15
    • 09:15 10:00
      Introduction and software set-up
    • 10:00 10:30
      Using version control (Git) to manage and share information
    • 10:30 11:00
    • 11:00 13:00
      Using version control to manage and share information (cont)
    • 13:00 14:00
    • 14:00 15:00
      Good programming practice in Python
    • 15:00 15:30
    • 15:30 17:00
      Good programming practice in Python (cont)
    • 09:00 10:30
      Automating tasks with Make
    • 10:30 11:00
    • 11:00 12:00
      Automating tasks with Make (cont)
    • 12:00 13:00
    • 13:00 14:30
      How (and how much) to test programs
    • 14:30 15:00
    • 15:00 16:00
      How (and how much) to test programs (cont)
    • 16:00 17:00
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