Support for science

Catalyst UK programme brings Arm-based HPC system to EPCC!

Author: Michele Weiland
Posted: 8 Jan 2019 | 15:08

Earlier this year, HPE announced the Catalyst UK programme: a collaboration with Arm, SUSE and three UK universities to deploy one of the largest Arm-based high performance computing (HPC) installations in the world. EPCC was chosen as the site for one of these systems; the other two are the Universities of Bristol and Leicester.

EPCC's system (called 'Fulhame' after pioneering chemist Elizabeth Fulhame) was delivered and installed in early December. This HPE Apollo 70-based system consists of 64 compute nodes with two 32-core Cavium ThunderX2 processors (ie 4096 cores in total), 128GB of memory composed of 16 DDR4 DIMMs, and Mellanox InfiniBand interconnects. It will be made available to both industry and academia, with the aim to build applications that drive economic growth and productivity as outlined in the UK government’s Industrial Strategy.

Rocket surgery for PickCells

Author: Mike Jackson
Posted: 14 Dec 2018 | 17:33

PickCells usability evaluation PickCells is image analysis software developed by the Centre for Regenerative Medicine (CRM) at The University of Edinburgh. PickCells allows biologists to explore multidimensional biological images of stem cell niches, organoids, and embryos. In late October, with the assistance of six researchers, we evaluated the usability of PickCells to help guide its future development.

To run our usability evaluation, we followed Steve Krug's highly-recommended and very readable book "Rocket Surgery Made Easy: The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Finding and Fixing Usability Problems". This book describes a practical way to carry out usability evaluations with minimal overhead.

Applications to Software Sustainability Institute Fellowship Programme 2019 are now open

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 10 Dec 2018 | 10:59

By Raniere Silva, Community Officer at the Software Sustainability Institute.

Apply to the Software Sustainability Institute Fellowship Programme 2019.

The Software Sustainability Institute is pleased to announce applications to our Fellowship Programme 2019 are now open. Below we detail the application process and what to expect from us during the recruitment and post-recruitment stages.

Edinburgh Research Software Engineering (RSE) meeting at Edinburgh College of Art

Author: Giacomo Peru
Posted: 26 Nov 2018 | 18:07

The community of Edinburgh research software engineers (CERSE) held their second gathering on Wednesday 21st November in the Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) main building. 

The meeting was attended by around 50 participants, an interesting mix of researchers, software developers, systems admins and research support/management staff, from the University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University. It is intended to keep these gatherings open to all Higher Education and research institutions of the Edinburgh area.

eCSE programme: funding software development for UK computational science

Author: Lorna Smith
Posted: 2 Nov 2018 | 23:00

The embedded Computational Science and Engineering (eCSE) programme has allocated funding to the UK computational science community over a period of six years. Integral to ARCHER, the National HPC Service, there has been a series of regular eCSE Calls to fund software development activities.

The last of the Calls has now closed and all funding has been allocated. Although a number of projects are still on-going, this seems a good time to review the benefits of the programme and to see whether its aims have been met.

HPC-Europa Transnational Access Meeting (TAM 2018)

Author: Catherine Inglis
Posted: 23 Oct 2018 | 09:49

EPCC has now been welcoming visitors from the HPC-Europa3 programme for a year. To mark this we hosted the first user group meeting in Edinburgh in October.

Analysing humanities data using Cray Urika-GX

Author: Rosa Filgueira
Posted: 11 Oct 2018 | 14:52

During the last six months, in our role as members of the Research Engineering Group of the Alan Turing Institute, we have been working with Melissa Terras, University of Edinburgh's College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS), and Raquel Alegre, Research IT Services, University College London (UCL), to explore text analysis of humanities data. This work was funded by Scottish Enterprise as part of the Alan Turing Institute-Scottish Enterprise Data Engineering Programme.

Inaugural Edinburgh Research Software Engineering (RSE) Meeting

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 30 Sep 2018 | 20:28

Edinburgh just held its inaugural Research Software Engineer (RSE) meeting at the Bayes Centre (also home to EPCC). It was attended by about 50 people from the Edinburgh area. If you don't know what a Research Software Engineer is, I urge you to look at Andy's slides for context and background.

PickCells and exploratory image analysis in cell biology

Author: Mike Jackson
Posted: 11 Sep 2018 | 16:09

Cells being analysed within PickCells

PickCells is an image analysis platform developed by the Centre for Regenerative Medicine (CRM) at The University of Edinburgh. It combines generic image analysis algorithms, visualisation modules and data mining functionality within a stand-alone Java application.

RSE18 conference, Birmingham

Author: Fiona Reid
Posted: 6 Sep 2018 | 14:47

I recently attended the Third Research Software Engineers (RSE) conference in Birmingham, UK. RSE conferences bring together people who work in an RSE-type roll from across the UK and world.

For anyone who doesn’t know, an RSE is typically someone who has expertise in both coding and research but is not necessarily a pure computer programmer or pure researcher. Often RSEs can be the only such person in their department and thus the conference gives them a chance meet other people doing similar roles to share their experiences and help them feel part of a much larger community.

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