Training and education
Posted: 30 Jan 2020 | 14:12
The Edinburgh Carpentries (EdCarp) is a training initiative which offers the Carpentries computing and data skills curriculum in Edinburgh. We train researchers on fundamental skills they need, with a team of volunteers from across disciplines, academic units, and career stages.
Since 2018, EdCarp has organised 25 workshops across the academic institution, training over 300 staff and students in tools such as R, Python, Unix shell, git, and OpenRefine. Courses are free to participants and get oversubscribed very quickly.
Posted: 27 Nov 2019 | 12:21
EPSRC has recently announced the new Tier-1 ARCHER2 HPC service and is also in the process of extending the UK's Tier-2 HPC systems. This will give users access to substantial amounts of new CPU and GPU hardware, so it's a perfect time to learn about how to use parallel HPC systems and how to program GPUs.
Posted: 31 Oct 2019 | 15:56
In October I ran an online training course teaching current and potential ARCHER users how to run LAMMPS. LAMMPS is a widely-used open-source molecular dynamics (MD) software developed at the National Sandia Laboratories, and is optimised to run well on HPC facilities. It consistently ranks in the top 10 most used programs on ARCHER. Although the course was run on ARCHER and with ARCHER users in mind, I tried to teach users how to use LAMMPS on any platform.
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) .