Training and education

Summer of HPC at EPCC

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 2 Mar 2015 | 09:33

The PRACE Summer of HPC (SoHPC) offers university students the opportunity to spend two months at a European HPC centre working on a topical summer project.

Having hosted students during the 2013 and 2014 programmes, we at EPCC are excited to be once again involved and will host three students this summer, one per project that we have proposed. 

Supercomputer driving tests

Author: Mike Jackson
Posted: 16 Dec 2014 | 11:27

In 2013, the DiRAC consortium rolled out the DiRAC driving licence, a software skills aptitude test for researchers wanting to use DiRAC's high-performance computing resources. Now ARCHER, the UK National Supercomputing Service, is to roll out an ARCHER driving test.

Despite their similar names, these tests differ in nature, intent, scale and reward. In this post, EPCC's Mike JacksonAndrew Turner and Clair Barrass compare and contrast these two supercomputer tests. 

Software Carpentry returns to Edinburgh

Author: Mike Jackson
Posted: 11 Dec 2014 | 12:24

Edinburgh Software Carpentry workshop attendeesLast week EPCC's ARCHER training team ran another Software Carpentry workshop here in Edinburgh, on 3rd and 4th of December. The workshop provided attendees with an introduction to version control and Git, building programs with Python, automating tasks with Make, and how (and how much) to test programs. These were set within the context of best practices for scientific computing.

Women in HPC at Supercomputing 2014

Author: Toni Collis
Posted: 28 Nov 2014 | 15:03

Last week Women in HPC took the HPC community (and New Orleans) by storm. As Supercomputing 2014 took over New Orleans, Women in HPC took over Supercomputing with a fantastic response.

Teaching at the International Centre of Theoretical Physics, Trieste

Author: Gavin Pringle
Posted: 19 Nov 2014 | 15:42

I was recently invited to teach at an HPC School near Trieste, Italy. It was housed in The International Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP), which is governed by UNESCO, the International Atomic Energy Agency, and Italy, and is a UNESCO Category 1 Institute. These institutes build scientific capacity in member states, essentially in developing countries.

The HPC School, organised by Ivan Girotto et al., was part of a larger event co-sponsored by OGS, PRACE and CINECA. The HPC School had 50 students from 35 Developing Countries, including Brazil and India, as expected, but also, as examples, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malaysia, Slovak Republic and Venezuela.

EPCC does some Explora-thoning

Author: Doug Rocks-Macqueen
Posted: 16 Oct 2014 | 14:23

 

Explorathon (also known as European Researcher’s Night Scotland) was a one-day public outreach event showing some of the work funded by the European Commission in Scotland.

EPCC staff working on European projects Adept and CRESTA joined other researchers from Heriot-Watt and Edinburgh universities in explaining their research to 700 people at Dynamic Earth here in Edinburgh.

ARCHER Software Carpentry workshop at EPCC

Author: Mike Jackson
Posted: 7 Oct 2014 | 13:14

ARCHER, the UK's national supercomputing service, offers training in software development and high-performance computing to scientists and researchers across the UK. As part of our training service, we are running a two-day Software Carpentry workshop here at EPCC from 3-4 December.

CP2K training ramps up

Author: Iain Bethune
Posted: 5 Sep 2014 | 19:50

I spent a couple of days last week at Imperial College's Department of Chemistry running a 2-day training course on CP2K. The course was hosted by NSCCS - the National Service for Computational Chemistry Software, and ARCHER - the National HPC Service we manage here in Edinburgh.

I've blogged before about the CP2K-UK project, a direct result of EPSRC's recognition of the growing community of CP2K users in the UK. Currently around £25,000 worth of CPU time is used per month on ARCHER for CP2K calculations, so it is important that users have access to the latest information on how to make the best use of the code.

PRACE Summer of HPC 2014

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 4 Aug 2014 | 11:38

This summer we have two students who have joined us for 9 weeks as part of the Summer of HPC programme. It is a great idea; in working on an HPC project not only do the students gain experience and enthusiasm for the field but also the actual work done on the projects is useful and important too.

Women in HPC workshop at Supercomputing 2014

Author: Toni Collis
Posted: 23 Jul 2014 | 10:01

The Women in High Performance Computing (WHPC) network will run a workshop at Supercomputing 2014 in New Orleans on improving the representation of women in the international HPC community. WHPC supports collaboration and networking, bringing together female HPC scientists, researchers, developers, users and technicians from across the UK. 

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