Posted: 11 Sep 2013 | 10:13
What do dinosaurs, prime numbers, four individuals from EPCC and Cray, and the city of Newcastle have in common? Not much until the four descended on Newcastle to take part in the British Science Festival 2013 with demonstrations about virtual dinosaurs and a talk about prime numbers.
After some early morning travel down the east coast of the UK from Edinburgh to Newcastle, the four - Iain (the intrepid prime number man), Nick (keeper of the virtual dinosaurs), Tom (the man from Cray) and myself - set up a room in the Discovery Museum in quick time. The Learning Room, as it was called, was next to the Museum Archives where, if you looked closely in one of the cabinets, you could see a first-generation iPad.
Posted: 2 Aug 2013 | 12:19
The programme for the British Science Festival 2013 in Newcastle has now been released and EPCC is running two events this year.The first is an exhibition booth in the Discovery Science Centre on Saturday 7th September, where we will be showing off a range of HPC demos including the Virtual Paleontology 'Dinosaur Racing' game currently being developed by one of our PRACE Summer of HPC students, as well as some other new ideas developed during Innovative Learning Week on our MSc, and of course a range of HPC hardware old and new.
Posted: 31 Jul 2013 | 14:49
The Animal Simulation project, run at the University of Manchester, aims to create realistic simulations of animals both present and extinct. By combining the expertise of a number of scientific fields along with high performance computing (HPC), they have created GaitSym, a code capable of realistically simulating movements of animals based on a 3D model of their skeleton and biological data.
Posted: 8 Jul 2013 | 07:55
On 21st August 2013, The Software Sustainability Institute will be attending INTECOL13 in London's Docklands. The 11th International Congress of Ecology, hosted by the British Ecological Society and INTECOL, is one of the world's premier conferences for ecologists. At the invitation of Matthew Smith of the BES Computational Ecology Specialist Interest Group and Microsoft Research, and Greg Wilson of Software Carpentry, we've both a talk and a session.
Posted: 17 Jun 2013 | 09:18
Three members of EPCC staff (Terry, myself and Alistair) went back to school on 7th June when Musselburgh Grammar near Edinburgh held a science fair for its 200 First Year students (12-13 year olds).
Our remit was to introduce these young folks to supercomputers, in particular HECToR, the UK national supercomputing service hosted here in Edinburgh, and to give them an idea of how these types of system work and the sort of research that is undertaken using them.
Posted: 14 Jun 2013 | 16:02
EPCC's seminar series, which is usually open to all and given by EPCC staff, that covers a wide variety of topics, from those closely related to HPC to others which are much more general. An example of the latter is a talk I recently gave on cyber security. With an estimated ten million cyber-attacks worldwide per day, from individuals to small and large-scale organisations, this is something that we should all be aware of.
Posted: 8 Apr 2013 | 16:01
Welcome to the new EPCC blog – a source of what we hope will be regular musings on the activities and challenges that make an HPC centre tick.
If you’re viewing this page then the redesigned EPCC website has finally gone live. A huge sigh of relief will be heard across EPCC as the stream of nagging emails asking for rewritten content and images reduces for the first time in months.
Posted: 22 Mar 2013 | 14:56
National Science and Engineering Week 2013 saw a gang of four from EPCC and Cray head to St Peters RC Primary School in Edinburgh. The group was introducing some ideas and activities about supercomputers and what they are used for. The group, Jo, Jason, Eilidh and Alistair were talking and interacting with the primary 5, 6 and 7 classes.