Support for science
Posted: 11 Dec 2020 | 08:50
By Edward Wallace, School of Biological Sciences, University of Edinburgh.
Why I need sustainable software for my research
I run a lab, or research group, in the School of Biological Sciences at Edinburgh. My group is funded by the Wellcome Trust, the Royal Society and BBSRC. We're interested in questions about how cells decide which proteins to make and when. Also, how cells change which proteins they make when they learn something from the environment and need to change what they're doing. In the 21st century we collect some very large datasets to measure this. There are datasets based on sequencing the RNA, which encodes protein, and datasets that measure all the proteins in cells at the same time. These datasets are measuring thousands of different things in many samples, often dozens of samples. Each dataset is gigabytes in size, and so it's quite hard work to dig into them and get the simplest and most relevant answers about what cells are doing.
Posted: 2 Dec 2020 | 10:00
EPCC has embarked on a new collaboration with Prof. Yves Wiaux (Heriot-Watt University) to advance algorithms for high-precision and high-sensitivity computational imaging.
The EIRA (Extreme-Scale Precision Imaging in Radio Astronomy) collaboration will focus on radio astronomy, which uses radio telescopes to collect data. This allows observation of the sky with antennae arrays at otherwise inaccessible angular resolutions and sensitivities. Algorithms being developed at Heriot-Watt University will address the challenges of building images from these incomplete linear data sets.
Posted: 5 Nov 2020 | 11:25
The HPC-Europa3 Transnational Access programme funds short collaborative research visits for computational scientists working in any discipline which can use HPC.
Former HPC-Europa visitors are invited to attend the Transnational Access Meeting (TAM), to present the results of their visits. With approximately 40% of visitors being postgraduates, for many it also provides a supportive environment for their first conference presentation.
Posted: 17 Aug 2020 | 15:02
Maurice Jamieson is a third-year PhD student at the EPCC working on the programmability of micro-core architectures, both in terms of design and implementation, through the development of the ePython programming language.
We recently published a paper at the Scientific Computing with Python (SciPy) 2020 conference that outlined the latest developments to ePython, a version of Python specifically written to leverage micro-core architectures. The paper provides a detailed discussion of the design and implementation of ePython, touching on the latest updates to manage arbitrary large data sets and native code generation. This post will summarise key elements of the paper.
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).
Posted: 29 Jul 2020 | 15:42
EPCC and the Edinburgh International Data Facility (EIDF) have been working with the NHS and Public Health Scotland to create a secure data and computing environment for urgent research in Scotland into COVID-19.
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.
Posted: 2 Jun 2020 | 13:44
The COVID19 research data service, which EPCC helped build, will bring together expertise, resource and capabilities from a range of programmes across the public sector. Roger Halliday, Chief Statistician and Data Officer for the Scottish Government, explains how it will support Scotland's response to the pandemic.
I want to share an update on how Research Data Scotland (RDS) is supporting the national response to COVID-19.
RDS’s mission remains to improve the economic, social and environmental wellbeing in Scotland by enabling access to and linkage of data about people, places and businesses for research in the public good.
Posted: 1 Jun 2020 | 14:40
The Edinburgh Carpentries provide researchers with training in basic computing and data skills, even while the country is in lockdown.
Carpentries workshops aim to improve research methods by demonstrating tooling and processes that will make researchers more productive. They also enable researchers to produce more sustainable and reproducible research outputs in alignment with the Software Sustainability Institute (SSI) motto: “Better software, better research”.
Posted: 15 May 2020 | 15:10
Training is one of the functions of the ARCHER2 Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) service, which is run by EPCC and started on May 6th 2020. We are fully committed to providing a rich, diverse programme of training that is responsive to our users' evolving needs. We have therefore designed a programme that addresses the training requirements of users with different needs and level of experience.