Posted: 14 Mar 2016 | 21:31
This is day one of the Big Bang Fair, not one that the target audience see; it is build day where we, along with all the other exhibitors, begin construction of our booths and exhibits. Our two pallets that got shipped from Edinburgh at the end of last week await unpacking whilst our floor, in the background of the pic, is being laid out. Not only are there two pallets but we have all come down, burdened like donkeys, bringing additional material, laptops, PC sticks, etc that will also be used on the booth. Despite all this the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham is truly massive with 20 exhibition halls. The Big Bang Fair are only using four of them and we are completely dwarfed by this huge amount of space.
Posted: 12 Mar 2016 | 10:50
At 12pm and 2pm from Saturday 26th of March to Wednesday 30th March EPCC, as part of the University of Edinburgh offering, will be running a free but ticketed event, entitled Junkyard Clusters, at the Edinburgh International Science Festival. This will let you to put a personal computer (PC) together from its various components and, once done, cluster the PC with those built by fellow workshop attendees to solve a common problem. This is a great opportunity to see what some of the innards of a computer look like, how they fit together and what they do. Tickets are limited so make sure that you get yours early!
Posted: 10 Mar 2016 | 17:20
We often find ourselves going away to a conference or a meeting - in this particular instance the Big Bang Fair - where we have a booth or space and as part of our dissemination we wish to have a rolling presentation. In the past this has meant either taking a spare laptop with the inconvenience of having to take additional luggage or sacrificing someone's laptop for the duration in order to host the presentation. Well this no longer is the case - we can use one of the fancy new stick PCs being produced for this very purpose. You will not be able to do any supercomputing on it but for a relatively negligable expense you can save yourself a lot of luggage space and weight.
Posted: 1 Mar 2016 | 15:38
Posted: 19 Feb 2016 | 09:49
Next month, a group of EPCC staff members will be travelling to Birmingham to take part in The Big Bang Fair 2016, a national science festival for school children. The event takes place over four days and will reportedly attract in excess of 70,000 visitors, so this is a great opportunity to showcase ARCHER, EPCC and all of the work we do here.
Posted: 26 Nov 2015 | 15:29
The EPCC Outreach team is always looking for new ways to introduce supercomputing to a general audience. Remote connections to ARCHER could be used, but how would audiences know what is happening? Is it really running on a remote system or is it faked? Enter Wee Archie: a portable, functional cluster developed by EPCC to demonstrate applications and concepts relating to parallel systems.
Posted: 10 Nov 2015 | 10:48
Posted: 10 Nov 2015 | 10:28
We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2015 ARCHER Impact Award Competitions.
Posted: 13 Oct 2015 | 11:28
EPCC at SC15
Preparations for EPCC's booth at SC15 are currently in full swing. This year we have revamped our stand, ordering a custom-built display (see pics below).
In previous years we have used a combination of smaller displays to populate the space we have at the conference. However, it's often hard to get a coherent and consistent look for the booth when using an adhoc approach like this, hence this years' decision to create a display that is tailored to the space we have on the exhibition floor at Supercomputing.
Posted: 28 Sep 2015 | 13:28
Last weekend, a team of us attended Bang Goes The Borders, a regional science festival hosted by St Mary's school in Melrose.
This was the fourth year we've been there, and as usual there were around 1000 school kids and their families keen to get their hands on all kinds of science- and technology-based activities.
Although our "dinoracer" has been a big favourite for the last few years, this time we took along two completely new activities: the Supercomputing App and the Build-a-PC Junkyard Challenge - which I'd like to tell you about...