The Computational Methods Hub provides education, training and support in computational science though direct course provision, through supporting excellence in computational science training in individual CDTs, and by providing ongoing support for CDT students over the course of their PhD.

The Hub is a part of a of the Centre for Computational Methods in Science and Engineering that facilitates interaction between engineers, scientists, industries and society to provide a focus for development of foundational tools and methods that cut across individual disciplines.

The centre strives to facilitate cross-disciplinary research, for example by capitalizing on current and future multicore and multithreaded hardware architectures. Above all, it promotes strong computational methods training for scientists.

Courses & Info

Upcoming courses




We will hold weekly office hours during term on Mondays (Prasun, 4.30-5.30 pm) and Thursdays (Katerina, 3-4pm) in the CDT space (4th floor Sherfield, entrance via the 2nd floor). CDT students are encouraged to attend for help with computational aspects of their work.



News & events (updated 22/12/16)

 Check the HPC wiki for a wider range of upcoming external classes at the College.

22 December, 2016

Research software management, sharing and sustainability workshop

will be held at the British Library on January 12th, 2017

Jisc, in collaboration with SSI, University of Cambridge, University of Sheffield, University of Bath, University of Leicester, University of Birmingham, the British Library and STFC are inviting all researchers interested and passionate about developing or using research software to join a workshop on this subject.

The purpose of the workshop is to:

  • Bring a range of experts who can answer and guide you with your most critical issues
  • Provide you with a list of available resources on the subject and tailored to the problems that you are encountering when managing research code
  • Listen and collate the most common problems that you are having in this area

Neil P. Hue Chong from the Software Sustainability Institute will be presenting the keynote talk.

Registration site

19 October, 2016

No office hour on 20 and 27 October:  Katerina will be teaching on 20th and away on the 27th.  Please email if you have any questions.  The next office hour is on November 3rd.

12 September, 2016


HPC summer school 2016

September 26 - 30, 2016

The second instalment of the HPC summer school starts on Monday September 26th and lasts one week.

The programme includes a code optimisation tutorial, one day of performance tuning for cx2 (helen) and a two day MPI class.  On Friday, we'll host six community sessions on imaging, research software engineering, computational molecular sciences, genomics, research data management and simulation methods. The event concludes with a keynote lecture on compilers, HPC prize announcement and a reception.

You can register for separate workshops or community sessions.  All are welcome!

12 September, 2016


ARCHER (UK National Supercomputing Service) training for this autumn includes GPU programming, performance optimisation, practical software development, advanced MPI and Intel Knight's landing workshops. Registration for the classes is open to all academics and students.  ARCHER training page and registration.

10 June, 2016

Interscale interactions in fluid mechanics and beyond: 11-15 July 2016

Summer school organised by the Centre for Doctoral Training in Fluid Dynamics across Scales

This Summer School is an attempt at cross-fertilisation and will include a number of topics where dynamics at disparate scales and their interactions are involved: moving contact lines, derivation of hydrodynamic from kinetic theory equations, large-eddy simulations of turbulent flows, order-disorder transitions in incompressible active fluids, and collective dynamics of large numbers of motile organisms, from bacteria to birds.

Postgraduate students and Post Docs are welcome to attend.  Register here for free before Friday 24 June.

Summer school web pages.

16 May, 2016

No office hour today: There will not be an office hour today, please email Prasun if you have any questions or would like to arrange a meeting.


7 April, 2016

NGCM Summer Academy organised by the EPSRC CDT in Next Generation Computational Modelling at the University of Southampton, June 20 - 24, 2016.

The NGCM Summer Academy is a one-week event bringing together PhD students from across the UK who work on computer simulation of science and engineering problems, and want to extend their training through the workshops available at the Summer Academy. The training is delivered by world-leading experts and key developers of the relevant software tools, and includes 2-day courses on IPython and the IPyton NotebookVTK and MayaVi, and GPU programming using CUDAPandas Python library for data handling, Azure Cloud Computing, Programming the Intel Xeon Phi and Fenics and Dolfin multiphysics finite element suite.

Prior to the main programme, the Academy offers Python courses aimed at those just starting with computational work. These courses provides a basic or intermediate introduction to Python, version control and testing.

Registration is now open.

4 April, 2016

So far, we have scheduled two classes for the summer term: 

These classes, together with the upcoming Introduction to the command line (April 21st), are well suited to those students who are just starting to use the HPC resource at the College.

14 March, 2016

Hub Courses

Office Hours

Office hours will be held during term on Mondays (Prasun, 5-6pm) and Thursdays (Katerina, 3-4pm) in the CDT space (4th floor Sherfield, entrance via the 2nd floor). CDT students are encouraged to attend for help with computational aspects of their work. Outside of term, we are often available via email.

External courses

A Software Carpentry workshop will be held at Imperial 23-24 March.


About us


Prasun Ray, Teaching Fellow in Computational Methods

Katerina Michalickova, HPC systems training specialist

CM Hub at Imperial

We recognize that PhD students come from various backgrounds and have received a varied IT education. To promote excellence in graduate programs at the College, we offer computational method courses for all PhD students from the CDTs.

If you need to learn the basis of command line or shell scripting or if you need to start programming, we will provide a thorough introduction to the topic and get you started. For the more advanced users, we teach parallel methods, parallel programming, good programming practice and more.

The Hub is also closely affiliated with the high performance computing resource at the College and we can provide an introduction and advise on using the clusters. Check out our course list and/or contact us with questions.

Computational science requirements

A survey of computational science skill requirements was conducted in CDTs and the summary is presented below.

The required topic range from the basic command line, through programming skills to advanced topics in numerical methods and algorithms. To reflect the varied needs, we have started to develop short courses that provide a solid introduction to individual topics, followed by guided exercises.

List of required skills: matlab and maths, profiling and performance, programming, MPI and OpenMP, numerical methods and algorithms, computer architecture, best practice in software engineering, data analysis, scripting, software licensing, LaTex, Reference Management

Our vision

Our long term vision is to provide courses organized into three logical levels, each building on the previous one.

First,  we introduce essential computational tools. Second, principles of proper use of tools is covered. Finally, tools and good practices lay the groundwork for computational methods classes.

Our vision

Additional courses and links

HPC wiki - relevant classes at Imperial and all you need to know about using College's HPC resources.

ARCHER - the UK national supercomputing service offers free training courses on an array of topics.

Software carpentry - short introductory courses on Unix, Python, git, R, and a few other topics.

Programming in Fortran 95 Concise, thorough self-study guide for Fortran 90/95

The Not So Short Introduction to Latex Well-established, widely-used introduction to Latex

C++ Notes for short course offered by Theory and Simulation of Materials CDT at Imperial

Past Courses