EPCC at Supercomputing: Booth 2503

Author: Adrian Jackson
Posted: 13 Oct 2015 | 11:28

EPCC Stand layoutEPCC at SC15

Preparations for EPCC's booth at SC15 are currently in full swing. This year we have revamped our stand, ordering a custom-built display (see pics below). 

In previous years we have used a combination of smaller displays to populate the space we have at the conference. However, it's often hard to get a coherent and consistent look for the booth when using an adhoc approach like this, hence this years' decision to create a display that is tailored to the space we have on the exhibition floor at Supercomputing.

However, Supercomputing isn't the only conference or event that EPCC attends, we also have a booth at ISC, generally held in Germany in June or July; and commonly utilise display stands and equipment at numerous other events, such as project launches, or training courses. This meant that it was important that any display stand that we purchased could also be used at other events.

Example stand graphics

Working with Edinburgh-based Helen McFeely and Urban Display, we designed a modular stand that could be used at both the SC and ISC conferences, as well as providing scope for using smaller sections at other events. The design was then sent for manufacturing at a company based in Corby, near Derby.  The stand was finished this week, and I went down to Corby to see the final product and to learn how to build it.

Part of the stand being constructed

The stand is really just a big Lego kit, that uses a system that doesn't require any tools for construction, and thus makes it ideal for easy building and tear down at conferences like Supercomputing.  After having a go at putting up and taking down parts of the stand, the whole thing was packed up and is now ready for shipping to Austin in Texas for SC15.

Another view of the EPCC stand

 

Wee Archie and the dinosaurs

We're also very pleased that the booth this year will host our new outreach project, Wee Archie, a custom-built parallel computer constructed from Raspberry Pi computers, and the demonstration parallel applications, such as the dinosaur-racing game, that have been ported to the machine.

Come and say hello at Booth 2503

All this means that this year's Supercomputing promises to be a very exciting year for EPCC and its booth! If you happen to be at the conference please come and find us at booth 2503 and let us know what you think of the new stand and the mini-supercomputer, or any of the other projects, machines, and research we are involved in. 

Completed stand ready for packing and shipping