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ARCHER Image Competition 2016: winner announced

Author: Clair Barrass
Posted: 15 Nov 2016 | 16:11

Winning entry: Birth of a footprint

We are delighted to announce the winner of the ARCHER Image Competition 2016 is Dr Peter Falkingham, Natural Sciences & Psychology Department, Liverpool John Moores University for his image "The birth of a footprint".

The image was selected by the judges for its easily accessible scientific concepts represented by a clear and visually dramatic image.

Supercomputing at Bang Goes The Borders

Author: Iain Bethune
Posted: 26 Sep 2016 | 17:04

Success in the Build-a-computer challenge!Last weekend my EPCC colleagues Gordon, Alistair, Anne and I were at Bang Goes The Borders at St. Mary's School in Melrose.

BGTB is a family-friendly science festival held every September in the Scottish Borders - this is the fifth year in a row we've run a workshop there and it was good to see some repeat visitors from previous years as well as new faces, eager to find out about HPC and Computer Simulation.  

ARCHER Image Competition 2016

Author: Clair Barrass
Posted: 16 Sep 2016 | 16:03

We are pleased to announce the third ARCHER Image Competition, and we invite all users of the national supercomputing service to share their images on the theme of "ARCHER Enabling Research".

The Power Benchmarking Game

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 2 Sep 2016 | 14:12

As we continue to scale our HPC systems, the energy cost of doing so becomes an increasingly large and potentially limiting factor.

One of the most important aspects of addressing the challenges of energy efficient computing is having a solid understanding of how various design choices, in both software and hardware, affect the overall energy usage of your system and application.

In his guest post, PhD student Blair Archibald discusses how the Adept project is contributing to knowledge in this area.

EPCC loves active travel!

Author: Clair Barrass
Posted: 30 Aug 2016 | 08:35

Proof that whilst EPCC may be one of the nerdiest enclaves in the University, we sure aren't all couch potatoes.

When local cycle campaign group Spokes released their latest edition of the Edinburgh Pedestrian and Cycling Route map, several of us agreed it would be an excellent idea to have a copy on the coffee room wall, to help plan trips around town and encourage new cyclists, or help current cyclists explore new areas.

Data and Software Carpentry combo at Edinburgh

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 29 Aug 2016 | 10:35

Software Carpentry attendees during the shell session. Pic Credit: Martin Callaghan.

With my Software Sustainability Institute hat on, I recently participated in a back-to-back Data Carpentry and Software Carpentry course sponsored by the University's Research Data Service here at the University of Edinburgh. The courses were held in the main University library in a gorgeous room with a glass wall, providing a rather distracting view of the Meadows parkland. 

ExTASY: a flexible and scalable approach to biomolecular simulation

Author: Iain Bethune
Posted: 18 Jul 2016 | 12:20

Over the last 10 years, the growth in performance of HPC systems has come largely from increasing core counts, which poses a question of application developers and users – how to best make use of the parallelism on offer?

Bringing art and science together

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 1 Jul 2016 | 10:58

This week I have been at the FEAT (Future Emerging Art and Technology) workshop in Vienna, which aims to promote collaboration between scientists and artists. As I am sure many people will be aware, the EU-funded Future and Emerging Technology (FET) programme consists of scientific projects looking to push the boundaries of research in specific fields.

Software engineers + screwdrivers = ?

Author: Iain Bethune
Posted: 31 May 2016 | 15:32

Block diagram of a computer

I'm firmly of the opinion that one of the best ways to understand how computers work is to get hands-on with hardware. Many of us will have at some point come across a block diagram of a computer - maybe something like the one on the right.  That's all well and good, but there's something about physically taking something to bits and putting it back together that helps you understand how everything fits together.  

With that in mind, over the last year I've been helping develop a STEM outreach activity based on the idea of building PCs.  We first trialled it at Bang Goes The Borders 2015, and ran a workshop at the Edinburgh International Science Festival earlier this year, and kids as young as 5 have been able to successfully get a PC running from scratch.

EPCC storms ahead in cycle challenge

Author: Eilidh Troup
Posted: 21 Mar 2016 | 10:13

EPCC staff have enthusiastically engaged with the ‘Love to Ride, Edinburgh’ cycling challenge. This is an effort to get more people to cycle within Edinburgh for environmental and health reasons through fun workplace competitions. Workplaces compete in a league based on the number of staff and EPCC is currently topping the departmental league (50-199 staff) .

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