October 2021

Developing a unique FPGA testbed for UK researchers

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 28 Oct 2021 | 09:12

EPCC is hosting a new FPGA testbed and running it in collaboration with UCL and the University of Warwick. Funded under the ExCALIBUR H&ES programme, the system will be available for developers to experiment with novel hardware for their workloads to enable them to understand the role that these technologies might play in future exascale machines.

The testbed will act as a “one-stop-shop” where developers can run their code on FPGAs, with all the tooling and necessary licences already installed and available to lower the barrier to entry as much as possible. In the few months since my previous EPCC News article, we have installed our first set of FPGAs into the testbed and made them available to users.

Partnering with industry

Author: Thomas Blyth
Posted: 26 Oct 2021 | 12:10

Partnership with industry is a core principle of EPCC and one of the reasons the Centre has continued to grow and develop since our foundation in 1990.

Our industrial collaborations come in a variety of forms: from short-term engagements that are directly funded by industry to longer term research collaborations that include a blend of private and public funding.

e-Seminar: "Biomedical supercomputing applications"

Author: Gavin Pringle
Posted: 20 Oct 2021 | 14:19

The CompBioMed Centre of Excellence will host a two-hour e-Seminar entitled "Biomedical supercomputing applications" at 2pm CET on November 9, 2021. Presented by Dr Mariano Vazquez and Dr Guillaume Houzeaux (both Barcelona Supercomputing Center), the talk will focus on the Alya application, a simulation code for HPC mechanics, which is rightly famous for scaling to huge numbers of cores.

Applying machine learning to the recycling industry

Author: Julien Sindt
Posted: 18 Oct 2021 | 12:28

The world generates 2 billion tonnes of domestic solid waste annually but less than ten per cent is recycled because the current recycling process is extremely inefficient. We’re working with a start-up that is developing a revolutionary robotic system to significantly increase recycling efficiency.

Investigating accessible training

Author: Stephen Farr
Posted: 5 Oct 2021 | 10:04

One of the aims of the EuroCC project is to explore the benefits of innovative training methodologies for HPC. A key component of this is ensuring barriers to learning are minimised.

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