June 2020

TeamEPCC and the 2020 ISC Student Cluster Competition

Author: Xu Guo
Posted: 10 Jun 2020 | 13:18

 

At heart, the ISC Student Cluster Competition (SCC) is about meeting interesting people and learning valuable new skills. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 this year’s competition was forced to be hosted online. As a result, teams now share a remote HPC cluster provided by the National Supercomputing Center (NSCC) Singapore and no longer compete with their own custom-built cluster.

This new format creates many obstacles and difficulties for all teams, the main ones being maintaining effective communication within the team and interacting with other teams and experts. Despite the challenges of remote working, changed rules, and long job execution queues on the shared cluster, our motivation to win remains strong! Here is an update on how TeamEPCC has done so far in the ISC20 SCC. 

Our MSc programmes: meeting the demand for data and computational skills

Author: Ben Morse
Posted: 3 Jun 2020 | 13:32

We have seen increasing demand for data analytics skills for large-scale data, and in computation that can scale up. Our MSc programmes in HPC and HPC with Data Science address this demand.

The on-campus MSc programmes in HPC and HPC with Data Science are growing rapidly. With 70 students, the class of 2020 is nearly double the size of 2019’s class. 

Research Data Scotland's response to COVID-19

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 2 Jun 2020 | 13:44

The COVID19 research data service, which EPCC helped build, will bring together expertise, resource and capabilities from a range of programmes across the public sector. Roger Halliday, Chief Statistician and Data Officer for the Scottish Government, explains how it will support Scotland's response to the pandemic.

I want to share an update on how Research Data Scotland (RDS) is supporting the national response to COVID-19.

RDS’s mission remains to improve the economic, social and environmental wellbeing in Scotland by enabling access to and linkage of data about people, places and businesses for research in the public good.

Edinburgh Carpentries' computing and data training goes virtual

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 1 Jun 2020 | 14:40

The Edinburgh Carpentries provide researchers with training in basic computing and data skills, even while the country is in lockdown.   

Carpentries workshops aim to improve research methods by demonstrating tooling and processes that will make researchers more productive. They also enable researchers to produce more sustainable and reproducible research outputs in alignment with the Software Sustainability Institute (SSI) motto: “Better software, better research”. 

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