ARM Mellanox Hackathon

From 9th-11th September (immediately before DiRAC Day on Sept 12th), DiRAC are pleased to be hosting a hackathon at Leicester focussed on two novel technologies:

  1. Arm processors – use the HPE/Suse/Arm Catalyst UK cluster hosted at Leicester, to explore whether your code can benefit from the enhanced memory bandwidth offered by the Thunder X2 processors. In addition, codes which are found to perform well on Arm cores will be able to access (potentially significant amounts of) time on this 4096-core cluster at Leicester in the period before it is handed over to the DiRAC RAC and the University of Leicester to go into full production.
  1. Mellanox Bluefield – explore the potential benefits of offloading parts of your science calculations onto the additional compute capacity available within the next generation of network switches. 

Technical experts from both Arm and Mellanox will be attending to provide assistance and advice on porting your code and/or modifying it to take advantage of the new hardware.  DiRAC users who have attended previous hackathons have found them to be very productive, providing an opportunity to benefit from the expertise of colleagues around DiRAC as well as from the industry partners.

If you would like to attend, please complete the application form.

The deadline for applications is 10am on Monday, 22nd July.

We are very grateful to both Arm and Mellanox for sponsoring this event which means that attendance will be free of charge, and we will be able to contribute towards accommodation costs of attendees.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact either Richard Regan (DiRAC Training Manager; or Mark Wilkinson (

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