The renewed ARCHIE-WeSt Supercomputer will be launched on November 21st, 2018 at the University of Strathclyde.

A new 64-node INTEL Skylake based system with the INTEL Omnipath interconnect and GPFS filesystem was installed during summer 2018 and will provide the ARCHIE-WeSt consortium with state-of-the-art computing facilities for the next five years.

While physically smaller than the previous machine, it nonetheless with deliver 30% more computing capacity over all, with much reduced running costs. However, we expect to expand the facility over the next few years by increasing the number of compute nodes, and adding a GPU facility for data science and AI applications.

This event is being hosted in conjunction with OCF and Lenovo, the installers and suppliers of the machine.

For more details, visit eventbrite.

Space debris around Earth

Space debris around Earth

The Global Trajectory Optimisation Competition (GTOC) is an annual worldwide challenge which was organised this year by the European Space Agency (ESA) on a challenging problem on space debris removal. Those participating in the event include top universities as well as leading research agencies in the field of space trajectory design. For one month the teams of scientists compete to find a solution for the set optimisation problem by proposing new methods and solutions that will be disclosed at the end of the competition in a dedicated workshop.

The 9th edition, named the Kessler run, sounded somewhat like the start of a science fiction movie; “It is the year 2060 and the commercial exploitation of Low Earth Orbits (LEOs) went well beyond the trillion of Euros market size”. This was the prologue of the problem which was to design a set of missions to deorbit 123 debris by minimising the cumulative cost of launch and propellant mass.

This year boasted the greatest ever attendance with 67 teams registering from 20 different countries. Among the entrants was the Strathclyde++ team from the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, led by Dr Annalisa Riccardi. After a month of hard work the team ranked first in Europe and sixth worldwide, behind NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and four Chinese institutions. This is a great achievement for the team at the newly formed Intelligent Computational Engineering laboratory of the Department.

The success was due to the dedicated team members; Carlos Ortega, Cristian Greco, Dr Romain Serra, Marilena di Carlo, Lorenzo Ricciardi, Mateusz Polnik, Aram Vroom, Dr Edmondo Minisci, Professor Massimiliano Vasile and to Dr Richard Martin and Dr Karina Kubiak-Ossowska from the Archie-WEST Supercomputing Centre for the support and access to the supercomputing facility.


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To celebrate the 25th anniversary of ECCOMAS, ECCM – ECFD 2018 will be held in Glasgow, UK on June 11th-15th, 2018. The Congress is hosted by The University of Glasgow and The University of Edinburgh, in partnership with the UK Association for Computational Mechanics in Engineering (UKACM). The joint conferences will take place at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC), Glasgow, Scotland’s largest exhibition centre.

On behalf of the organisers of the joint ECCM – ECFD 2018 Conferences we invite you to participate in this distinguished scientific and technical event. We are confident that our joint conferences will be a forum to communicate and share new ideas and methods that will foster development in computational methods and their applications in mechanics, engineering and the applied sciences.

Closing date for Minisymposia proposals is Friday 31st March.

For more information, registration and online submission, visit the conference website.

We look forward to welcoming you to Glasgow on 11th – 15th June, 2018.

René de Borst, Jason Reese & Chris Pearce

Co-Chairs & General Secretary



The University of Strathclyde is to host 29th International Conference on Parallel Computational Fluid Dynamics 15-17 May, 2017. The conference will take place in the University’s flagship Technology and Innovation Centre.

Parallel CFD is the annual conference series dedicated to the discussion of recent developments and applications of parallel computing in the field of CFD and related disciplines. The conference will be hosted by the Faculty of Engineering and the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at the University of Strathclyde, one of the largest, best equipped engineering faculties in the UK, and the largest in Scotland.

Closing date for submissions is February 9th, 2017.

For more information, registration and online submission, visit the conference website:


Chairman: Professor Dimitris Drikakis, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Strathclyde
Co-chairmen: Professor David Emerson, STFC Daresbury Laboratory and Dr. Marco Fossati, University of Strathclyde


ARCHIE-WeSt is hosting a molecular modelling and HPC training course targeted at Industry users (6th-10th June 2016).

The application of molecular modelling and simulation techniques to complex systems has been growing in the last decade due to advances in software and parallel computing. This unique industrial training course will use tailored exemplars to help you start your own modelling project in the areas of Oil & Gas, Pharmaceutical, Colloids & Interfaces, or Food & Drink industries.

This is a unique course, where participants will be provided with model solutions of real world problems closely assisted by leading experts in their field from the University of Strathclyde, an industry-oriented internationally leading technological university, with partners including AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Macphie, Rolls-Royce, Schlumberger, EDF, and Weir Group (among others).

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This months edition of Science Scotland (issue17, Summer 2015) is dedicated to the “High Performance Computing Revolution” in Scotland.

The issue includes a number of interviews with key players in the HPC scene in Scotland, including an interview entitled “Who’s afraid of Supercomputing?” with Prof Maxim Fedorov, the director of ARCHIE-WeSt. Read more about ARCHIE-WeSt at Science Scotland, issue17 Summer 2015.


Researchers from the department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering Researchers have secured funding to use ARCHER, the national HPC facility. The project, led by Dr Qing Xaio is entitled “A Study of Bio-inspired Three-dimensional Passively Deformed Flexible Blade for Wind/Tidal Turbines”. It is an extension of an existing EPSRC project focusing on marine renewable energy device performance enhancement using bio-inspired concepts.


Prof Maxim Fedorov of the Department of Physics at the University of Strathclyde has been awarded a 30M core-hour international supercomputer grant through the European PRACE program.

The project is entitled “Interfacial Structure and Solvation Dynamics in Ionic Liquids” and is a collaborative project with researchers from Estonia (University of Tartu) and France (Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) in Paris).

The grant gives a years access to one of the largest HPC facilities in Europe (HORNET) which is located in Stuttgart, Germany. HORNET is operated by HLRS, a leading provider of world-class HPC resources for scientific and industrial research activities (for more information see

This grant will allow Prof Fedorov and his research team to build on the successful computational research programme undertaken on ARCHIE-WeSt.


As part of Strathclyde’s Engage Week, ARCHIE-WeSt is hosting the lunchtime meeting “Increase Your Performance Using High Performance Computing”.  The meeting starts at 12pm and runs until 2pm in McCance 3.19.

The programme is as follows:

12:00 Lunch

12.45 Welcome & Introduction

Prof Maxim Fedorov, ARCHIE-WeSt, University of Strathclyde

1:00 How to Improve your Performance with ARCHIE-WeSt

 Dr Richard Martin, ARCHIE-WeSt, University of Strathclyde

1:15 Utilising HPC for the prediction of allosteric binding sites for drug discovery

 Antony Vassileiou, Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

1:30 Delivering High Quality Engineering Solutions Using ARCHIE-WeSt

David Smith, Weir Services, East Kilbride

1:45 ARCHIE-WeSt Updates, Developments & Discussion

Jonathan Buzzard, ARCHIE-WeSt, University of Strathclyde

2.00 Close


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As part of the EPSRC funded “SME Engagement Springboard for Archie-West (EP/L019574/1)“, a tutorial has been produced outlining how to use Ansys-Fluent on ARCHIE-WeSt. The aim of this tutorial is to help to lower the barriers to the adoption of High Performance Computing in Industry, with a particular focus on the use of Ansys-Fluent by SME’s.

A brief outline of the tutorial is available at along with links to the full tutorial manual and input data.