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High Performance Computing Autumn Academy 2021 - Online Course

Dates: 6th17th September 2021

Aim: To teach scientific computing techniques from C++/Fortran programming, to parallelism and numerical methods used in CFD and Atomistic modelling.

Location: Remotely hosted by Centre for Scientific Computing, University of Cambridge, U.K.

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The overall aim of this course is to provide course attendees with a strong background in programming techniques suitable for general scientific programming. At the end of the course they should be able to write a range of simple algorithms in C++ or Fortran, understand what issues affect the performance of the code, and be familiar with methods of utilising multiple CPU cores. They will also have been introduced to a range of topics suited to high-performance software development, including command-line Linux, version control, data structures, and super-computer cluster queuing systems.

There will also be opportunities to attend seminars on a range of academic and industrial applications of these techniques and to learn how they are used in practice. The attendees will also work together on small projects, with the chance for networking opportunities with their peers and leaders in HPC fields.

Please see the lecture schedule for more information. The course will be held remotely, with joining instructions circulated to attendees.

Although best experienced as a full two week course, it is possible to register for access to the lectures and related material only at a reduced rate.

Suitability for the course

The course is suitable for participants with a University Degree in Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Engineering, or Computer Science.

Participants should have experience with a modern scientific programming language, such as Python, Matlab, C++, or Fortran. For example, they should be able to use this language to write a function to multiply two matrices (input from a file or keyboard), without using any of the language’s built-in matrix-manipulation functionality. Experience with a command-line based OS, such as Linux or Mac OS X, would also be helpful.

Note for international applicants: All the course lectures and tutorials will be in English, therefore a high standard of fluency in English is required. If English is not your first language, you may be asked to demonstrate your English language proficiency—this is usually through the provision of an English Language test certificate, either IELTS or TOEFL. For more information visit this link.


Applications for a place on the HPC Autumn Academy are on a first-come-first-served basis. Early registration is recommended. To apply follow this link.

Technical Requirements

As the course will be held remotely, please note the following technical requirements:

  • Internet connection capable of streaming video.
  • Microphone and web-cam strongly recommended (for interaction with teaching staff)
  • Linux or Mac OS X operating system (Microsoft Windows will be supported, but will be more complex to set up)

Details of how to join the lectures and teaching sessions remotely will be sent to registered participants before the course begins.

If you have any questions about these requirements, please contact Dr Philip Blakely (