June 2020

PhD opportunities at EPCC

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 29 Jun 2020 | 14:38

We currently have applications open for PhD students, starting late 2020/early 2021 depending upon their situation. Four of these have been advertised on findaphd, with the closing date at the end of the month.

In addition to our MSc programmes, EPCC also hosts a number of PhD students who are researching a diverse set of areas: from traditional performance optimisation for HPC, to new data science technologies and novel computing architectures. Supervised by EPCC members of staff and housed in the Bayes, not only do these students benefit from being part of the UK’s leading HPC centre, but they also have access to the wider University’s large range of resources.

VESTEC Project Poster at ISC 2020 digital conference

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 23 Jun 2020 | 15:10

This week ISC, one of the largest conferences in the supercomputing calendar, should have been running in Frankfurt. It’s a funny feeling because, as I type, I realise that if it wasn’t for COVID-19 then, instead of being stuck at home, I would have been busy navigating the Messe Frankfurt, going from one session to another.

EPCC awarded new data processing and storage accreditations

Author: Mark Sawyer
Posted: 15 Jun 2020 | 11:18

We have become an accredited processor under the UK Digital Economy Act, following an audit process conducted by the Office for National Statistics. EPCC is one of only seven UK organisations to gain this accreditation. 

The Digital Economy Act (DEA) came into force in 2017 and covers issues related to electronic communications infrastructure and services. Under the Act, an organisation may become accredited for the purposes of processing data, principally with the linkage or de-identification of data, or the storage and provision of secure access to the de-identified data. EPCC is accredited for storage and provision for the National Safe Haven that it operates on behalf of Public Health Scotland.

HPC-Europa3 visitor programme

Author: Catherine Inglis
Posted: 12 Jun 2020 | 13:43

EPCC is one of nine centres offering HPC-Europa3 visits, along with partners in Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and Sweden. The HPC-Europa3 Transnational Access programme offers:

  • Access to world-class HPC systems to academic and industrial researchers
  • Scientific collaboration with host researchers in any field
  • Technical support by the HPC centres
  • Travel and living expenses reimbursed.

Over 600 HPC-Europa3 applications have now been approved for visits to collaborate with more than 350 different host researchers in the 9 participating countries. There have been 88 HPC-Europa3 visits to EPCC, by researchers working in 19 different countries. The HPC-Europa3 programme has now been running for three years. Its main focus is its visitor programme, which funds short collaborative research visits in any discipline in which high performance computing can be used. 

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