September 2013

Virtual Palaeontology: the debut!

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 16 Sep 2013 | 12:56

This summer we were fortunate to have a student, Antoine, work on our dinosaur-racing outreach project as part of the Summer of HPC programme. Antoine did a great job in turning the demo from a simple prototype into a much more polished, usable showcase for how HPC plays a vital role in a variety of sciences. If you are a regular reader of the EPCC blog then you might have already read some posts about this application - see my initial blog post, and Antoine's progress updates here and here.

Supercomputing dinosaurs at the BSF

Author: Alistair Grant
Posted: 11 Sep 2013 | 10:13

What do dinosaurs, prime numbers, four individuals from EPCC and Cray, and the city of Newcastle have in common? Not much until the four descended on Newcastle to take part in the British Science Festival 2013 with demonstrations about virtual dinosaurs and a talk about prime numbers.

Nick explaining how the dinosaur sim works.

After some early morning travel down the east coast of the UK from Edinburgh to Newcastle, the four - Iain (the intrepid prime number man), Nick (keeper of the virtual dinosaurs), Tom (the man from Cray) and myself -  set up a room in the Discovery Museum in quick time. The Learning Room, as it was called, was next to the Museum Archives where, if you looked closely in one of the cabinets, you could see a first-generation iPad.

Data interoperability is a state of mind

Author: Rob Baxter
Posted: 9 Sep 2013 | 09:58

The research data tsunami is firmly upon us. Open access to data is very much on the agenda. One of the hopes for capturing and preserving all these data is that reuse and recombination may yield new science. Improving the interoperability of data from different domains is key to making this a reality.

Now, data interoperability is not technically hard, so why are we not further on?

PGAS 2013 is coming to Edinburgh

Author: Toni Collis
Posted: 6 Sep 2013 | 10:44

Registration is now open for PGAS 2013.

EPCC is hosting the 7th International Conference on PGAS Programming Models in Edinburgh from 3-4th October and we have now finalised an exciting programme. The PGAS conference is the premier forum to present and discuss ideas and research developments in the area of PGAS models, languages, compilers, runtimes, applications and tools, PGAS architectures and hardware features. It is being held outside the United States for the first time.

Digging deeper into digital preservation

Author: Alistair Grant
Posted: 2 Sep 2013 | 19:20

A few months have gone by on the Pericles project (see my earlier post), more meetings have passed and more are coming up, but in between meetings, we do actually get some work done as well!

Preserving art, records and other items has been a challenge throughout history, not just how to store them but how to help future generations to understand them. Even in the short time digital art and records have been around, this problem has become increasingly apparent in modern technology. It is exacerbated by the rapid cycles that technology follows. Pericles is attempting to define and develop a framework or method to manage how digital data is stored in archives and how to keep the archives relevant and accessible. A small challenge it is not.

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