HPC Summer School

A five-week-long residential programme in High Performance Computing (HPC), comprising practical training and the opportunity to practice skills in a real-world context. This programme is kindly supported by ARCHER2, the UK national HPC service.


Accommodation, travel (from within the UK), and subsistence allowance are provided by the programme. The programme is open to Undergraduate students at UK Universities with an interest in HPC.


The programme will be hosted by EPCC at the University of Edinburgh and students will have access to ARCHER2, the UK national Tier-1 HPC service.


The programme will accept a small cohort of students (10-12) designed to enhance collaboration, networking, and social opportunities.

Summer school dates

The Summer School is expected to run between Sunday 25 June 2023 and Saturday 29 July 2023.

Programme structure

The programme is made up of three phases, in order:

  1. a week and a half of training where you will learn everything you need for the summer school
  2. a two-day Hackathon to practice what you have learned in a quick-pace team collaboration
  3. three weeks to turn your idea into a project. Further develop, iterate, evaluate, and improve your work under the mentorship of experienced HPC practitioners, approachable coaches, and peers (PhD students, recent graduates, and MSc students).

    Application process

    You can apply using the form available at this web link.

    You will be asked to demonstrate the following academic requirements and interests:

    • A motivation for learning more about HPC and enjoyment of programming
    • Being a competent programmer in one of C, C++, Fortran, Java, Python (self-taught programmers are welcome)
    • Being on-track to potentially achieve a 2:1 degree classification

    Your application will consist of:

    • a series of short questions to assess your motivation, experience, and the benefits you will gain from this opportunity
    • an interim transcript from your home institution
    • a resume / C.V. (optional)
    • links to any repositories showcasing your own work (optional)


    The programme is open to Undergraduate students at Universities within the UK. You are expected to be studying in one of the following relevant subject areas:

    • Physics
    • Chemistry
    • Biology
    • Computer Science
    • Mathematics
    • Engineering
    • Geosciences

    Note: applications from students meeting the requirements on programmes outwith this list will be considered


    1. You must submit your application before 23:59 BST on Sunday 30 April 2023, using the form available at this link.
    2. If you are shortlisted, you may be invited for a remote interview, which will, likely, take place during the week commencing 08 May 2023. A range of times will be offered to suit various schedules.
    3. You will be informed of the application outcome by the end of week commencing 22 May 2023.

      Finances, travelling and accommodation

      Accommodation within Edinburgh and travel within the UK (to/from your University town/city or transport hub near non-term time address) will be provided.

      The accommodation provided will be self-catered and a subsistence allowance will be paid to summer school participants to support their time in Edinburgh.

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      Should you have any questions, you are welcome to contact info@epcc.ed.ac.uk.