Hartree Summer Schools 2016
23 Mar 2016



The Hartree Centre Summer Schools are back for 2016! And they are bigger and better than ever. Learn from the best on our week-long training courses in highly specialist areas of computational science, including HPC, big data, engineering simulation and v


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The Hartree Centre Summer Schools are back for 2016, and they are bigger and better than ever! 

In an increasingly digital world, computing and data interpretation are becoming fundamental to our way of life, from the way we interact with the world and develop new ideas to the way we do business and conduct pioneering research.

For this reason, high performance computing (HPC), big data, simulation and visualisation are some of the most sought after and highly prized skills by today’s employers - yet the highly specialised nature of this kind of expertise means that supply rarely meets demand. 

Did you know that there are 48,000 job listings on LinkedIn right now just for data scientists (link opens in a new window)? Compare that to the 15,000 - 20,000 professionals on LinkedIn with that job title. That's why we're offering four separate summer schools on four of the most in-demand and influential topics in computational science, priced at only £150 per week.

What will I learn?



Big Data

Week 1 | 13 - 17 June 2016

Price: £150 

Learn about the opportunities and challenges that big data analytics presents and gain hands-on experience in it.

This summer school is aimed at those who wish to get started in the emerging world of big data and analytics. As well as plenty of opportunity to try out some of the tools and techniques in hands-on lab exercises, you will also hear about the wide variety of applications and styles of Big Data and the social implications of its use.

Tools used and discussed will include Hadoop, IBM SPSS Modeller and IBM Streams. There will also be an opportunity to try some open source tools. Some of the practical sessions will make use of the recently installed big data cluster at the Hartree Centre.

Key topics covered include:

  • Big data and analytics
  • Data warehousing and business intelligence
  • Hadoop - Overview and hands-on session
  • Social media analytics
  • Data in motion and predictive analytics
  • SPPS Modeller hands-on session
  • Cognitive computing and IBM Watson
  • Visualisation and presentation


Engineering Simulation

Week 2 | 27 June - 1 July 2016

Price: £150 

Learn about the future capabilities of engineering simulation through innovative open source and proprietary software platforms. Discover novel techniques for dealing with uncertainty and multi-scale effects in the large-scale parallel finite element analysis of structures.

Key topics covered include:

  • Finite element primer
  • Parallel programming for finite elements
  • Parallelisation strategies past and present
  • Stochastic modelling - dealing with uncertainty
  • Image-based mesh generation
  • Structural and thermal analysis at the mesoscale
  • Multiscale modelling using cellular automata
  • Visualisation
We'd like to thank the following organisations for their kind support of the Engineering Simulation Summer School:





Week 3 | 11 - 15 July 2016

Price: £150 

Learn the skills necessary to develop applications that enable you to assimilate complex information quickly and easily and discover the latest visualization tools.

This Summer School is aimed at those who need to use visualization as a tool in their workflow, be it simulation and modelling or Big Data. Practical sessions on state of the art visualizations walls, and workstations, are included in the programme.

Key topics covered include:

  • Introduction to visualisation
  • Visualisation using MATLAB
  • Parallel visualisation
  • Visualisation applications
  • Visit & applications
  • Topology/feature analysis
  • Future directions


High Performance Computing (HPC)

Week 4 | 18 - 22 July 2016

Price: £150 

Learn the skills to develop applications that run on the top 20 machines of the Top500 list, now and in the future.

This Summer School is aimed at those who need program simulation and modelling applications on state of the art supercomputers. Discover the architectures and the best technologies to use.Practical sessions on a 32,768 core BG/Q and a 20,000 core Intel Xeon cluster, with Intel Phis and NVidia GPUs, and a new 640 core Power 8 with 64 Nvidia K80 GPUs are included in the programme.

Key topics covered include:

  • HPC from start to finish
  • HPC architectures: Yesterday, today and tomorrow
  • Numerical linear algebra in a parallel world
  • Programming in MPI
  • Programming in OpenMP
  • Programming in parallel


Who can attend?

Anyone who currently uses, or will use, high performance computing, data analytics, engineering simulation or visualisation in their profession or chosen field of research.

This could include software engineers, chemists, biologists, computational science engineers, fluid dynamics specialists, high performance computing systems administrators, statisticians or even astrophysicists – but don’t let that limit you.

If you think knowledge in any or all of the summer school subjects could benefit your current or future career, then the summer schools are for you!

A typical attendee will be have (or be nearing completion of) a PhD or equivalent in a scientific or engineering discipline that uses computation as a tool and will have some experience using high level programming language (e.g. Fortran, C, C++).

Some experience of parallel programming (e.g. MPI, OpenMP, CUDA), visualisation or big data is useful, alongside an understanding of mathematical and computational methods for the solution of partial differential equations. Domain specific expertise in an application area can also be useful.

Hartree Centre Summer School Attendees  

Can I pick & choose?

Absolutely! You can book onto as many or as few of the weeks as you feel are relevant to you. Each week is an individual course with a varied attendee list so you won’t be behind if, for example, you want to start at Week 2.

Base your selection on the skills that will be most valuable to you or the dates you can do – the choice is yours. It is, however, recommended that you attend for the full week to get the most out of each course.

Hartree Centre Summer School Students

Why learn with us?

The Hartree Centre specialises in solving real industrial challenges using high performance computing, data analytics and cognitive technologies. By combining access to the diverse world-class expertise of the Science and Technology Facilities Council with state-of-the-art technologies and systems (link opens in a new window) (link opens in a new window) from our partners at IBM, Intel, ARM and more, we've created a unique innovation environment. 

We enable organisations of all sizes to tackle diverse challenges using the latest technological developments in supercomputing, with many returning with new projects when they experience the value this insight provides to their business or project. This means we're able to demonstrate how subjects like high performance computing, data analytics and visualisation are deployed in real businesses and research organisations and provide relevant, applicable examples for you to try your hand at.

Hartree Centre Visualisation Facilities

Meet the course leaders


Week 1 | Big Data

Roger Downing

Roger is the Big Data Technical Lead for the STFC Hartree Centre. He joined STFC in 2004 as a sysadmin, but quickly moved into a developer role. During this time he has specialised in the provision of data archival services based on middleware such as SRB and iRODS. Since 2008, he has worked on a data management solution for DLS, and the same software has been redeployed for maintenance of CEDA data holdings. Roger was seconded to the Hartree Centre in 2014 to assist with a project utilising their IBM Big Insights capabilities. In his current role, he has managed and participated in several key big data projects for various industry partners and clients.

Week 2 | Engineering Simulation

Dr Lee Margetts

Lee Margetts has been working in the HPC sector since 1998. His Ph.D. thesis at the University of Manchester was on “Parallel Finite Element Analysis (FEA).” Lee worked as a Senior HPC Consultant in the UK National HPC Service CSAR from 2002 until 2008. He continued in a similar role at the University of Manchester until 2015, after which he became a Lecturer in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering. His research focuses on the use of HPC for computational solid mechanics applications. He is Director of the open source parallel finite element analysis project ParaFEM (link opens in a new window) and author of the accompanying text book “Programming the Finite Element Method”. Lee is active at the academic-industry interface as Chairman of the NAFEMS HPC Working Group and Vice-Chairman of the PRACE Industrial Advisory Committee.

Week 3 | Visualisation

Dr Hamish Carr

Hamish Carr (link opens in a new window) is an internationally recognised expert in scientific visualisation, in particular the mathematical foundations of visualisation and the use of topological analysis for interpretation of simulation data, but has also worked on geometric interpretation of LiDAR and on applications including nuclear scission, radiology, civil engineering and textile fibre orientation. He has co-authored around 80 publications, and has been awarded over £1M in research grants from EPSRC and Science Foundation Ireland. He has served as papers co-chair for IEEE/Eurographics (2014 & 2015), and serves on the international program committees of IEEE Visualisation and IEEE Pacific Visualisation. He is a member of ACM, IEEE and Eurographics, and the current chair of UK chapter of Eurographics.

Dr David Pugmire

David Pugmire (link opens in a new window) is an internationally recognized expert in large-scale scientific visualization. His research has focused on the scalability of visualization methods on super computers, parallel particle advection, and next-generation visualization frameworks for exascale super computers. He has broad experience with production visualization across a diverse set of scientific areas, including: astrophysics, neutron transport, seismology, fusion, and computational fluid dynamics. He has co-authored around 50 publications, and has been a Co-PI and senior personnel on numerous projects funded by the Department of Energy, and the National Institutes of Health in the United States. He is currently a Senior Scientist in the Computer Science and Mathematics Division at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA. He also holds a Joint Faculty Professor appointment in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at the University of Tennessee.

Week 4 | High Performance Computing (HPC)

Dr Kirk E. Jordan

Kirk E. Jordan is an IBM Distinguished Engineer in the Data Centric Systems organization, an IBM Technical Executive position in IBM’s Research Division responsible for high performance computing (HPC) direction and strategy. He has been with IBM for more than 20 years. He oversees development of applications for IBM’s advanced computing architectures, investigates and develops concepts for new areas of growth involving high performance computing, and provides leadership in high-end data centric cognitive computing and simulation in such areas as geoscience, computational fluid dynamics, systems biology and high-end visualization. A Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Delaware, he is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology, a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics and a Fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science.

Jack Dongarra

Jack Dongarra holds an appointment at the University of Tennessee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the University of Manchester. He specializes in numerical algorithms in linear algebra, parallel computing, use of advanced-computer architectures, programming methodology, and tools for parallel computers. He was awarded the IEEE Sid Fernbach Award in 2004; in 2008 he was the recipient of the first IEEE Medal of Excellence in Scalable Computing; in 2010 he was the first recipient of the SIAM Special Interest Group on Supercomputing's award for Career Achievement; in 2011 he was the recipient of the IEEE IPDPS Charles Babbage Award; and in 2013 he received the ACM/IEEE Ken Kennedy Award. He is a Fellow of the AAAS, ACM, IEEE, and SIAM and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Travel & accomodation

Travel and accommodation are not included in the registration fee, you should arrange this separately. However, if you book accommodation at the official Hartree Summer Schools partner hotel, a free shuttle runs between this hotel and the Hartree Centre throughout the Summer Schools.

The official Hartree Summer Schools partner hotel is the Mercure Hotel, Chester. Please read the instructions for booking accommodation (PDF - link opens in a new window) before using the online booking tool. (link opens in a new window)

How to find us (link opens in a new window) if you arranging your own transport to the Hartree Centre, which is based at STFC's Daresbury Laboratory, Cheshire.

Hartree Centre at Daresbury Laboratory