HPC facilities

On-demand computing and data solutions for industry at EPCC

Author: Thomas Blyth
Posted: 27 Aug 2020 | 13:54

Cirrus is a Tier-2 state-of-the-art advanced computing facility available to industry and academia. Hosted and managed by EPCC, it provides an ideal platform for solving computational, simulation, modelling, and data science challenges. 

The system was recently upgraded via a £3.5m funding award from the UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. This included the addition of 144 NVIDIA V100 GPUs and a 256TB high-performance storage layer for the most demanding data-streaming applications. 

Edinburgh International Data Facility Summer 2020 update

Author: Rob Baxter
Posted: 30 Jul 2020 | 11:44

Despite the challenges of COVID-19, work is proceeding on the development of the Edinburgh International Data Facility (EIDF) and the advanced computing facility that will host it.

The EIDF is the underpinning data infrastructure of the activities of the Edinburgh and South-East Scotland Data Driven Innovation (DDI) Programme. It supports data and computing activities across all areas of the Programme and was, until February 2020, known by its original name of World Class Data Infrastructure (WCDI).

First phase of ARCHER2 installed at Advanced Computing Facility

Author: Lorna Smith
Posted: 15 Jul 2020 | 15:41

ARCHER2, the new UK national supercomputing service, is a world-class advanced computing resource for UK researchers. The service is due to commence later in 2020, replacing the current ARCHER service. 

The four-cabinet Shasta Mountain system completed its journey from Cray’s Chippewa Falls factory in the US to EPCC’s Advanced Computing Facility in July. This is the first phase of the 23-cabinet system of ARCHER2, the UK’s next national supercomputing service.

First phase of ARCHER2 arrives in Edinburgh!

Author: Lorna Smith
Posted: 13 Jul 2020 | 10:45

The four-cabinet Shasta Mountain system, the first phase of the 23-cabinet system, has completed its journey from Chippewa Falls in Wisconsin, making its way from Prestwick airport to Edinburgh this morning.   

The arrival of these large crates has, I admit, generated quite a lot of excitement here. Moving these specialist systems and getting the right people here to install them is a logistical challenge at the best of times, but with the necessary Covid-19 restrictions this has been considerably more challenging than usual. We are really grateful to our colleagues at Cray/HPE for all their planning and perseverance! It is a huge step forward to see these systems on site. You will be reassured to know that all necessary safety precautions have been taken to meet Covid-19 guidance and to keep everyone safe.  

ARCHER2: first four cabinets ship from the US

Author: Lorna Smith
Posted: 7 Jul 2020 | 10:04

Covid-19 has created significant challenges for the delivery of the new ARCHER2 system. It is therefore really exciting to see the first 4 cabinets of ARCHER2 leave Cray/HPE’s factory in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin to begin their journey to Edinburgh.  

ARCHER2 will replace the current ARCHER system, a Cray XC30, as the UK’s National HPC system. Once fully configured, this should provide an average of over 11 times the science throughput of ARCHER.

Enabling research access to historic geospatial data of places around the globe

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 5 May 2020 | 11:28

The National Collection of Aerial Photography (NCAP) is an early adopter of the Edinburgh International Data Facility, which is being developed by EPCC. Dr Allan Williams, Head of the Collection, explains the benefits of the collaboration.

One of the largest collections of aerial photography in the world, the National Collection of Aerial Photography (NCAP) holds tens-of-millions of high-quality analogue images that record key moments in world history, and places around the globe. NCAP is the official custodian of UK government military-declassified aerial imagery created from the 1920s onwards, it also holds imagery commissioned by UK government civilian agencies and air survey photography created by commercial partners.

EPCC’s ARM system: comparing the performance of MPI implementations

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 9 Dec 2019 | 12:48

MVAPICH is a high performance implementation of MPI. It is specialised for InfiniBand, Omni-Path, Ethernet/iWARP, and RoCE communication technologies, but people generally use the default module loaded on their system. This is important because, as HPC programmers, we often optimise our codes but overlook the potential performance gains of better choice of MPI implementation.

Solve CFD problems from your desktop

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 29 Nov 2019 | 11:50

ENGYS is a global computer software company specialising in the development and distribution of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and design optimisation solutions for enterprises based on open-source technologies. The company’s software products include HELYX, a general-purpose CFD and design optimisation package for engineering applications, and ELEMENTS, a dedicated computer simulation software for automotive design.

Building a home for the Edinburgh International Data Facility

Author: Paul Clark
Posted: 28 Nov 2019 | 09:31

Building on existing excellence, our new high resiliency room will provide the state-of-the-art computing and data storage infrastructure needed to develop the technologies that will underpin data-driven innovation.

The Edinburgh International Data Facility (EIDF) is a core component of the Data Driven Innovation (DDI) Programme that forms an integral part of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Deal investment proposition.

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