Training and education
Posted: 12 Aug 2019 | 11:02
Caelen Feller, a PRACE Summer of HPC (SoHPC) student working with Wee Archie, gives us an overview and status report of his project.
As I have said previously, I’m working with Wee ARCHIE, EPCC's mini supercomputer, this summer. Wee Archie is made of 16 Raspberry Pi chips – each very small, lightweight computers connected together to work as a single machine. With each chip is an attached LED panel, allowing me to display what is occurring on the chip and how it is communicating to other chips. I have created a series of tutorials and simple demonstrations to be run on Wee Archie which explain the basics of message passing using MPI to a complete novice in parallel computing and non-expert in computers in general.
Posted: 7 Aug 2019 | 15:59
ARCHER Training report Summer 2019
So, it's been another busy end to the academic year and summer training season for the ARCHER Training team.
Since June we have managed to cram in no less than twelve training courses, in locations from London to Leeds, and Oxford to EPCC here in Edinburgh.
Posted: 22 Jul 2019 | 11:14
Last month a Software Carpentry workshop organised by EPCC in collaboration with ARCHER and the Software Sustainability Institute was held in York. We had around twenty attendees from various backgrounds such as genetics, physical sciences, and engineering among others. My EPCC colleague Mario joined me as my fellow instructor and we also had the valuable support of three knowledgeable helpers from the Department of Physics at the University of York: Phil Hasnip, Peter Hill, and Killian Murphy.
“Is it sequel (siːkwəl) or SQL (ˈɛs ˈkjuː ˈɛl)?”… and other questions you might answer when instructing your first CarpentryAuthor: Stephen Worthington
Posted: 13 Jun 2019 | 14:44
The Carpentries is a community of instructors and learners promoting the importance of good software and data practices in research. If you’ve not heard of The Carpentries, I encourage you to read more. And if you’re Edinburgh based, learn about our own branch of The Carpentries.
Perhaps, as was the case with me recently, you’ve signed up to instruct on your first Carpentry and don’t know exactly what to expect. Read on for an account of some of the questions you may be asking yourself (or that I asked myself, at least) and some questions you may be asked while instructing. Hopefully I can provide you with some useful answers to these.
Posted: 13 Jun 2019 | 10:00
TeamEPCC will participate in the ISC19 Student Cluster Competition on 17–19 June in Frankfurt, Germany. Please come to visit us at Booth A-1452.
TeamEPCC undertook a special two-day training in May provided by our team’s sponsor Boston Ltd to further prepare for the ISC19 Student Cluster Competition (SCC). During the training, the team had plenty of opportunities to assemble the hardware and experiment with multiple system softwares.
Posted: 28 May 2019 | 13:58
Women in HPC (WHPC) was set up in 2013 to tackle the problem of diversity in HPC through research and education. EPCC initiated the WHPC programme and EPSRC supported the initiative. We were therefore very pleased to be accepted as one of the first WHPC chapters, developing a chapter that encompasses all of the UK. We held a successful launch event in May, with attendees from different organisation from across the UK.
Posted: 14 May 2019 | 10:24
Lucia Michielin, currently working for the Software Sustainability Institute, tells us about the Edinburgh Carpentries effort and a networking event to be held on the 24th of May.
Edinburgh Carpentries, a new training initiative, was launched on September 2018 at the University of Edinburgh in collaboration with the Software Sustainability Institute. Since then the initiative has started to propagate to other institutes in the Edinburgh area, eg Heriot Watt University. Edinburgh Carpentries uses and leverages teaching materials and infrastructure from The Carpentries (carpentries.org) .
Posted: 10 May 2019 | 13:19
EPCC offers two MSc degree programmes: The MSc in High Performance Computing and the MSc in High Performance Computing with Data Science. Both programmes offer flexibility with a rich choice of units and excellent job prospects on graduation.
2018/19 has seen the MSc in High Performance Computing/High Performance Computing with Data Science’s largest ever entry, with 36 students beginning the programmes last September, and it has been an extremely busy year for students and staff alike.
Posted: 2 May 2019 | 15:44
This blog was contributed by TeamEPCC for ISC19 Student Cluster Competition. Photo shows (left to right): Mark Klaisoongnoen, Zhenzhong Xu; Christodoulos Stylianou, and Mario Martinez Requena.
Please visit us at Booth A-1453 at ISC 2019 in Frankfurt and vote us as your favourite team!
In the international ISC Student Cluster Competition (SCC), student teams build small clusters of different architectures to achieve the highest performance by running a series of applications and benchmarks under 3kW peak power limitation. The competition will be held in June in Frankfurt (Germany) as an integral part of the ISC High Performance Conference and Exhibition, and TeamEPCC will be there.
Posted: 28 Apr 2019 | 16:07
One of the benefits of teaching a Carpentry course is that it can increase or deepen your understanding of a subject. A recent instance for me was in using OpenRefine, a tool that runs locally on your machine (you do not have to export your data to a third party service).
OpenRefine can help you:
• Explore and clean/transform your data. You can reconcile your data with other external data sources, i.e. enrich your data using external data
• Create a new dataset. It does not modify your original data and keeps provenance of all the steps. Depending on the capabilities of your local machine it can deal with data sets that are up to about 100k rows.
Watch the videos on the OpenRefine website for a good overview. If you want to know more, follow the Carpentry OpenRefine for Ecologists lesson. In this example, I am going to show how easy is to generate a new dataset from the EPCC website. Follow along after you have installed OpenRefine on your system.