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MSc in HPC update: new hardware & scholarship deadline approaching!

Author: David Henty
Posted: 1 May 2018 | 16:21

HPE Apollo System

The closing date for our Highly Skilled Workforce scholarships, open to Scottish and EU students, has been extended to May 28th. Scholarship applications should be made after completion of an MSc application. See https://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/postgraduate/applying/.

We also have a scholarship for the MSc in HPC with Data Science programme that is provided by the Registers of Scotland. The closing date is May 21st - see https://www.ed.ac.uk/student-funding/postgraduate/uk-eu/science-engineering/informatics/registers-of-scotland

Both the above have nationality restrictions - our own John Fisher scholarships are open to all. See https://www.ed.ac.uk/student-funding/postgraduate/uk-eu/science-engineering/informatics/masters-hpc

You can see details of both HPC Masters courses at the Computing and Informatics web page.

HPC-Europa3: an overview

Author: Catherine Inglis
Posted: 26 Apr 2018 | 12:13

The HPC-Europa3 Transnational Access programme includes access to world-class HPC systems and scientific collaboration with host researchers in any field. If you want to find out more about the programme then this video, originally part of the ARCHER series of webinars, is an excellent starting point.

March 2018 meeting of the MPI Forum

Author: Daniel Holmes
Posted: 21 Apr 2018 | 16:21

In the March 2018 meeting of the MPI Forum, the “Persistent Collectives” proposal began the formal ratification procedure, the “Sessions” proposal took a step forward, but the “Fault Tolerance” saga took a step side-ways.

The proposal to add persistent collective operations to MPI was formally read at the March meeting, and was well-received by all those present. The first vote for this proposal will happen in June and the second vote in September. If all goes well, this addition to MPI will be announced at SC18.

HPC-Europa3 visitor report

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 16 Apr 2018 | 16:04

Mats Simmermacher on his recent visit to Edinburgh through the HPC-Europa3 programme.

I am a theoretical chemist from the Technical University of Denmark near Copenhagen and I recently visited EPCC under the HPC-Europa3 transnational access programme. I was hosted by Dr Adam Kirrander at the University of Edinburgh's School of Chemistry.

The Data Lab: cultivating an ecosystem of collaboration in Scotland

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 12 Apr 2018 | 14:34

Gina Finch of The Data Lab explains how this Scottish innovation centre creates economic benefit through data innovation.

Unlocking the value from data is the key to creating new opportunities for economic growth. Scotland is making a name for itself on the global stage as a centre for expertise in data science and a leader in the field of data innovation and exploitation. Our unique landscape of leading industry and university institutions has attracted businesses and talent alike, with industry and academia working together to innovate and create new opportunities for economic growth.

HPC-Europa 3 visit: molecular modelling of galectin binding compounds

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 12 Apr 2018 | 12:22

Dr Domenica Capasso was our first HPC-Europa3 visitor at EPCC but was hosted remotely at UCL from Nov 2017 to Dec 2017. She relates her experiences and research in this blog article.

I recently spent a month in London funded by the HPC-Europa3 programme and hosted by Prof. Francesco Luigi Gervasio at the Department of Chemistry at UCL. This was an exciting experience for me, primarily for my research work but it also provided me with an opportunity to visit London, a city I had never been to before. I arrived in London with interesting biological results on some potential inhibitors of the galectins class of proteins, which had been synthesized at my Institute in Naples. Galectins (Gal) are β-D-galactoside binding proteins that have important implications for many diseases including tumourigenesis, inflammatory response and autoimmune disorders. The general aim of this work is to rationally design novel inhibitors of galectins that could be used as anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory therapies.

HPC-Europa 3 visit: Optimising the processing of food

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 11 Apr 2018 | 10:49

Miriam Ruiz Ferrández was a recent HPC-Europa3 visitor to Edinburgh who used EPCC resources while being hosted by Napier University. In this article she relates some of her findings and experiences.

Hi everyone! I am a PhD student at the University of Almería, which is located in the south-east of Spain. I spent three months in Edinburgh funded by the HPC-Europa3 programme working on a project entitled: “A Parallel Multi-Objective Algorithm for Optimizing High-Pressure/Temperature Treatments in the Food Industry”. During this research stay, I was collaborating with Professor Ben Paechter at Edinburgh Napier University and I used computing resources provided by EPCC at the University of Edinburgh.

Outreach: Planes, zombies, chickens and bean bags

Author: Alistair Grant
Posted: 10 Apr 2018 | 09:15

Zombie Chickens - Attributed to B Zedan (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 - https://www.flickr.com/photos/bzedan/960200896/)Wait a minute – isn't this a blog article for EPCC ? One of the premier HPC centres in Europe, where are zombies and bean bags coming from?

Frequent readers of our blog may have twigged that this is another article about our outreach efforts at EPCC. A few weeks ago we were in Birmingham for the Big Bang Fair 2018 (one of the largest science events  for schools held in the UK) and at the beginning of April, EPCC was once again part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Event Driven Asynchronous Tasks

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 5 Apr 2018 | 10:28

The INTERTWinE project has spent a lot of effort addressing interoperability challenges raised by task-based models. By rethinking parallelism in the paradigm of tasks, one reduces synchronisation and decouples the management of parallelism from computation.

This is really attractive but existing models typically rely on shared memory, where the programmer expresses input and output dependencies of tasks based upon variables, which in turn limits the technology to a single memory space – often a node of an HPC machine. So to then scale up beyond a single memory space we must combine a task model with distributed memory technology, such as MPI or GASPI, and this has been a focus for a number of activities in INTERTWinE.

Exascale Applications and Software Conference (EASC 2018)

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 3 Apr 2018 | 13:18

Here at EPCC we are looking forward to the 5th Exascale Applications and Software Conference (EASC 2018), which will be held here in Edinburgh in a couple of weeks. This will be the third time we have hosted EASC and it is always a great opportunity to hear about  the cutting edge of HPC research.

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