Training and education
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.
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 Jackson, Andrew Turner and Clair Barrass compare and contrast these two supercomputer tests.
Posted: 11 Dec 2014 | 12:24
Last 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.
Posted: 28 Nov 2014 | 15:03
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.
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.
Posted: 7 Oct 2014 | 13:14
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.
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.
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.