March 2018

Big Bang Fair 2018: a success!

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 31 Mar 2018 | 19:16

For the third year running a group of us from EPCC attended the Big Bang Fair (BBF) at the NEC in Birmingham through the ARCHER Outreach programme. BBF provides an excellent opportunity to show a wide range of young people what supercomputing is about and encourage them to adopt careers in STEM-based subjects. 

We are writing our activities up to encourage others to try doing supercomputing outreach and show that you do not need fancy equipment. For more information see the ARCHER's Ambassador pack or GitHub where we develop these. We enourage you to feedback or collaborate with us.

HPC-Europa3 visit: detecting floating objects in the sea using aerial images

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 29 Mar 2018 | 07:57

Dr Antonio Javier Gallego visited EPCC under the HPC Europa 3 Programme. He recounts his experiences in this blog article.

My name is Antonio Javier Gallego and I am from Alicante, Spain. I visited EPCC under the HPC-Europa3 programme hosted by Prof. Robert 'Bob' Fisher at The University of Edinburgh's School of Informatics. My research project consisted of the development of methods for the detection of floating objects in the sea from aerial images. In particular, two methods were proposed: one for the detection of oil spills and another for locating people in the sea (ie drowned, shipwrecked, or fallen overboard).

Installing Python packages in virtual environments

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 22 Mar 2018 | 11:46

I recently looked into whether the Python package PyQt5 could be installed on Cirrus, a Tier-2 national service, on behalf of one of our HPC Europa visitors. The Cirrus documentation recommends that you do this using virtual environments and provides a helpful example. However, the problem is that if you subsequently use pip or easy_install to install additional Python packages within the virtual environment you will get a permission denied as it tries to install the package centrally to directories you do not have access rights to. I eventually managed to find a solution.

Big science! EPCC at the EISF 2018

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 13 Mar 2018 | 11:04

EPCC will be at the Edinburgh International Science Festival (EISF) from Saturday March 31st until Wednesday April 4th with our exhibit Doing Big Science on Supercomputers.

The show must go on: extreme weather at the ACF

Author: Paul Clark
Posted: 8 Mar 2018 | 10:43

On Wednesday 28th February, Edinburgh and the Central Belt of Scotland saw an unprecedented volume of snow fall in a short space of time. Around late morning that day, the Scottish Transport Minister Humza Yousaf unexpectedly upgraded the extreme weather warning from Amber to Red from 15:00 on 28th February, suggesting widespread damage, travel and power disruption, and a risk to life were likely.

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