ARCHER community: get involved!

Author: Lorna Smith
Posted: 30 Jan 2018 | 14:22

The ARCHER service has been developing an open community where expertise and knowledge can be shared. It is designed to be inclusive and to engage with users of all HPC services in the UK: ARCHER, Tier-2 and University-level systems. There are a number of ways you can get involved...

ARCHER Champions

This programme promotes a coherent access structure to HPC resources across the UK, with coordination between tiers. It supports and promotes activities designed to provide career development to research software engineers seeking a career in HPC, and provides a support network for staff members whose role involves advising users on access to local, regional and national HPC resources. We run a series of workshops at various locations across the UK.

ARCHER Outreach Ambassadors

This activity provides ARCHER users with the resources to engage in outreach activities and act as Outreach Ambassadors for the ARCHER service.

We are developing an outreach pack that will contain a series of printable resources, ideas for outreach demonstrations and appropriate videos/presentation material. Ambassadors will be able to use their material in local schools and at local science events, offering outreach opportunities to young people across the UK.

If you are interested in ARCHER Champions or ARCHER Outreach Ambassadors, please get in touch:

Diversity in HPC

Gender, ethnicity, age, family or any other personal characteristic should not be a barrier to participating in this exciting field. Anyone with an interest in learning about HPC or using it in their research can start here to find out about the people who work in HPC, their careers, and the routes they have taken to get there.

We believe that we need to actively foster change within our workforce to ensure that those from under-represented groups have the fullest opportunity to engage and contribute to the HPC community. ARCHER has developed a new resource celebrating Diversity in HPC, showcasing inspiring Faces of HPC, and also sharing best practices to bring about positive change within organisations and our activities.

Faces of HPC

Faces of HPC highlights real people working in HPC today, and some inspiring role models. We want to provide role models for everyone, highlighting the important contribution that everyone makes to the future of our work, irrespective of their personal characteristics. Faces of HPC has highlighted the variety of people working in HPC, from social scientists to physicists, and the importance of interdisciplinary contributions to the community.

Faces of HPC is always looking for new contributions. If you love HPC and want to share what encourages you to participate in the community, get in touch:
You can read some of the interviews here:

Bringing about change in the community

As part of the Diversity in HPC work we have gathered best practice for fostering change to improve diversity. We have guides on:

Women in High Performance Computing

Women in High Performance Computing (WHPC) is part funded by the ARCHER Outreach project, including running the series of international workshops.

Our activities focus on bringing equality of opportunity for all to the community, promoting and building a diverse and inclusive HPC workforce by enabling and energising those in the community to increase the participation of women, and highlighting their contribution to the success of supercomputing.

WHPC needs you!

WHPC is for everyone - not just women. We are a community of like-minded people who wish to address the under-representation of women. Individual membership is free, and members receive our monthly newsletter.

Women in HPC relies on volunteers to help run its activities, events and fundraising. If you are interested in getting involved, email us for more information:


Toni Collis, formerly EPCC now with Appentra
Lorna Smith, EPCC

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