EPCC at the 2019 Big Bang Fair
Posted: 3 Mar 2019 | 17:28
For the fourth year running, from Wednesday 13th March to Saturday 16th of March, EPCC will be attending the Big Bang Fair (BBF) at the NEC in Birmigham to demonstrate the wonders of supercomputing. The BBF encourages young people to adopt STEM-based subjects at school and later as a career – not only through universities but also apprenticeships and other career choices. This is also a great opportunity for our colleagues to undertake some outreach.
This year we will use a brand new Wee Archie demo that allows participants to place coastal defences strategically along a shoreline (see the diagram above) to reduce storm damage. We will also take our beanbag sorting activity (described by a child at last year's BBF as the best demo in the whole show as it is competitive), which illustrates the effectiveness of sorting in parallel.
We will also take a computing blade from ARCHER, some displays that show an ARCHER cabinet to scale, and some logic puzzles to test visitors' prowess at coming up with algorithmic solutions to problems. A great time is guaranteed for all, so if you are going to be visiting the BBF come and find us on stand 166!
BBF is free to attend although tickets must be pre-booked.
Mario Antonioletti, EPCC