Data research

MSc in HPC update: new hardware & scholarship deadline approaching!

Author: David Henty
Posted: 1 May 2018 | 16:21

HPE Apollo System

The closing date for our Highly Skilled Workforce scholarships, open to Scottish and EU students, has been extended to May 28th. Scholarship applications should be made after completion of an MSc application. See https://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/postgraduate/applying/.

We also have a scholarship for the MSc in HPC with Data Science programme that is provided by the Registers of Scotland. The closing date is May 21st - see https://www.ed.ac.uk/student-funding/postgraduate/uk-eu/science-engineering/informatics/registers-of-scotland

Both the above have nationality restrictions - our own John Fisher scholarships are open to all. See https://www.ed.ac.uk/student-funding/postgraduate/uk-eu/science-engineering/informatics/masters-hpc

You can see details of both HPC Masters courses at the Computing and Informatics web page.

The Data Lab: cultivating an ecosystem of collaboration in Scotland

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 12 Apr 2018 | 14:34

Gina Finch of The Data Lab explains how this Scottish innovation centre creates economic benefit through data innovation.

Unlocking the value from data is the key to creating new opportunities for economic growth. Scotland is making a name for itself on the global stage as a centre for expertise in data science and a leader in the field of data innovation and exploitation. Our unique landscape of leading industry and university institutions has attracted businesses and talent alike, with industry and academia working together to innovate and create new opportunities for economic growth.

Event Driven Asynchronous Tasks

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 5 Apr 2018 | 10:28

The INTERTWinE project has spent a lot of effort addressing interoperability challenges raised by task-based models. By rethinking parallelism in the paradigm of tasks, one reduces synchronisation and decouples the management of parallelism from computation.

This is really attractive but existing models typically rely on shared memory, where the programmer expresses input and output dependencies of tasks based upon variables, which in turn limits the technology to a single memory space – often a node of an HPC machine. So to then scale up beyond a single memory space we must combine a task model with distributed memory technology, such as MPI or GASPI, and this has been a focus for a number of activities in INTERTWinE.

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).

Scholarships available for 2018/19 MSc in HPC programmes

Author: David Henty
Posted: 5 Mar 2018 | 16:38

This is a very exciting time for the MSc in HPC programmes. Our current students are halfway through their second semester of courses and are already starting work on developing their dissertation projects, while EPCC staff are looking forward to our summer move into the new Bayes Building. Located in the University's central area, this move will strengthen our existing collaborations with the School of Informatics.

EPCC is hiring data scientists

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 31 Jan 2018 | 11:17

At EPCC we are currently looking to hire both Application Developers and Application Consultants in data science (closing date 22nd of February.) I think this is a really great opportunity for people to become involved in an exciting, fast moving field with great potential and EPCC is a major player in this area.

Our situation in the University makes us fairly unique. We have a diverse mix of both research and commercial projects so it is possible to work on developing the state of the art and also with some big names on work that has a real-world impact. Unlike many technical/research positions at the University, which are short-term Post-Docs, at EPCC our positions are longer term (initially a 2-year fixed-term contract) and many staff have been working at EPCC for several years.

Investigating high-performance data engineering

Author: Rob Baxter
Posted: 8 Jan 2018 | 16:03

Big data has always been a part of high-performance computing and the science it supports, but new open-source technologies are now being applied to a wider range of scientific and business problems. We’ve spent time recently testing some of the big data toolkits.

Making Scotland's medical images available for research

Author: Ally Hume
Posted: 20 Dec 2017 | 13:37

I've worked on many data analysis projects in my career and two common themes are that obtaining the data can be a  significant challenge and that once you obtain it you’ll notice it is very messy.

The National Safe Haven for research using unconsented NHS data

Author: Ally Hume
Posted: 21 Nov 2017 | 16:10

NHS Scotland allows research using routinely collected, unconsented patient data. Additionally, these data can be linked to social data such as education. The research this enables can have an enormous public benefit but the use of these data must be managed very carefully to safeguard privacy and maintain public trust and support.

​EPCC is responsible for building, supporting and hosting the infrastructure of the National Safe Haven, and we continue to develop the infrastructure and software to further enhance the service.

Distributed ledgers for carbon markets

Author: Adrian Jackson
Posted: 10 Aug 2017 | 20:22

Distributed ledgers, the core technology underlying digital currencies such as BitCoin, offer some interesting functionality for constructing distributed data infrastructures.Ledger

Ledgers can be considered to be simple data stores. They are styled on accounting ledgers, books where transactions are recorded one after the other, and the overall state of the accounts can be evaluated by working through the recorded transactions to calculate how much money has flowed in and out of the accounts.

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