September 2015

ParCo 2015: the International Parallel Computing Conference

Author: Mark Sawyer
Posted: 16 Sep 2015 | 15:14

The International Parallel Computing Conference  (ParCo) was held in Edinburgh from 1st–4th September. ParCo2015 was the 16th instance of the series which started in 1983, making it the longest running series of international conferences in Europe on advances in the development and application of  parallel computing technologies.

HPC's role in Data Science

Author: Adam Carter
Posted: 12 Sep 2015 | 10:01

I was among those presenting at EPCC's recent Big Data seminars at Edinburgh BioQuarter and BioDundee. Both events provided a good opportunity for me to talk to people about their Big Data problems and their views on what Big Data means to them.

War in the coding world

Author: Adrian Jackson
Posted: 11 Sep 2015 | 13:41

It's not often that the internecine rivalries of the HPC research and development community spill over into the public arena. However, a video recently posted on YouTube (and the associated comments), ostensibly a light-hearted advert for a SC15 tutorial on heterogenous programming, shows how real and deep these rivalries can be.

The cluster challenge game nears completion

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 11 Sep 2015 | 11:49

This summer we hosted a PRACE Summer of HPC student, Anna, who has been working with us on an HPC supercomputer cluster challenge game which she previously blogged about here. The idea of this has been to gamify the design of a supercomputer, balancing the desire for advanced components (CPU, memory and accelerators) against budget and power efficiency.

Big Data: What's wrong with HPC?

Author: Adrian Jackson
Posted: 3 Sep 2015 | 17:55

Big Data vs HPC

Whilst I was writing my talk for last week's How to Make Big Data work for your business seminar at Edinburgh BioQuarter, it occurred to me that the way computational simulation codes have evolved over the last 40 years has really been a response to big data issues. 

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