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Powering biomolecular research through advanced computing

Author: Arno Proeme
Posted: 25 Jun 2019 | 15:51

BioExcel is a Centre of Excellence that supports academic and industrial researchers in the use of advanced computing in biomolecular research. It has received follow-on Horizon 2020 funding from the EU Commission to continue and expand its activities for a period of three years starting from January 2019.

Preparing programming models for Exascale

Author: Daniel Holmes
Posted: 18 Jun 2019 | 15:03

To make future heterogeneous systems easier to use efficiently, the EPiGRAM-HS project is improving and extending existing programming models with Exascale potential. We are working with the MPI and GASPI programming models primarily, but also applying our changes to HPC applications like Nek5000, OpenIFS and iPIC3D, and AI frameworks like TensorFlow and Caffe. We expect the trend towards specialisation of hardware will continue and therefore large machines will become more and more heterogeneous.

Too much choice?

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 17 Jun 2019 | 14:24

When is enough, enough? With so many parallel programming technologies, should we focus on consolidating them?

At the ISC conference in June I will moderate a panel discussion on whether it is time to focus on the consolidation and interoperability of existing parallel programming technologies, rather than the development of new ones.

NEXTGenIO at ISC High Performance 2019

Author: Catherine Inglis
Posted: 6 Jun 2019 | 14:34

The highly successful NEXTGenIO project is now drawing to a close after nearly four years. EPCC colleagues will be at ISC19 presenting the results of the project at a booth presentation, a BoF, and a workshop presentation. Come along and find out more!

Building research collaborations across Europe

Author: Catherine Inglis
Posted: 12 May 2019 | 14:31

The HPC-Europa3 project funds short collaborative “Transnational Access” research visits using HPC.

In just 17 months EPCC has supported 50 HPC-Europa visits from research groups in a total of 15 countries. We are already seeing great results from our visitors, including at least seven publications.

Applications for repeat or reciprocal visits – either between the same researchers, or different members of the same groups – are testimony to the strength of the ongoing collaborative links fostered by the programme. Two of our first HPC-Europa3 visitors have even returned to their former host research groups for longer visits.

EXCELLERAT: new European Centre of Excellence for engineering applications

Author: Mark Sawyer
Posted: 10 May 2019 | 11:28

EPCC has joined with other European HPC centres and engineering experts to form EXCELLERAT, the European Centre of Excellence for Engineering Applications.

Engineering applications will be among the first to exploit Exascale computing (more than 1018 operations per second). This will be the case not only in academia but also industry, with engineering judged to have the biggest potential for Exascale in the industrial field. EXCELLERAT will bring together expertise in high performance computing and engineering software to support the development of applications capable of exploiting Exascale computing.

HPC Certification Programme: the HPC environment survey

Author: Weronika Filinger
Posted: 26 Apr 2019 | 13:31

We are embarking on a survey of the HPC environment and would appreciate your input! Jean-Thomas Acquaviva, DDN Storage, explains the background below.

Supercomputers are helping us to solve the world greatest challenges but who is helping us to harness the computational power of supercomputers?

The HPC Certification Forum is a community effort that aims to provide an international certification programme for the skills needed by practitioners  to harness supercomputers. It aims to clearly categorise, define, and examine competencies, which will be beneficial to all stake-holders involved in training and education. To make this effort relevant to the whole HPC community, a number of online surveys and polls will be created to capture and estimate the importance of the various tools, technologies, and skills expected from HPC practitioners. 

Accelerating cloud physics and atmospheric models using GPUs, KNLs and FPGAs

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 24 Apr 2019 | 11:51

The blog post below is based on the abstract of a talk at the PASC mini-symposium 'Modelling Cloud Physics: Preparing for Exascale' (Zurich, 13 June 2019).

The Met Office NERC Cloud model (MONC) is an atmospheric model used throughout the weather and climate community to study clouds and turbulent flows. This is often coupled with the CASIM microphysics model, which provides the capability to investigate interactions at the millimetre scale and study the formation and development of moisture. One of the main targets of these models is the problem of fog, which is very hard to model due to the high resolution required – for context the main UK weather forecast resolves to 1km, whereas the fog problem requires 1metre or less.

Software Sustainability Institute's Collaboration's Workshop: another success!

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 15 Apr 2019 | 10:41

Attendees at CW19. This year's Software Sustainability Institute's Collaboration's Workshop, CW19, was held from 1–3 April at the University of Loughborough. There were almost 70 attendees from all over the UK and further afield too - Germany, the Netherlands and the US. I am of the opinion that this is one of the best types networking workshops I have been to, possibly equalled by the UK RSE conferences.

Software Sustainability Institute's Collaborations Workshop 2019 (CW19)

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 19 Mar 2019 | 10:16

The Software Sustainability Institute's (SSI) Collaborations Workshop 2019 (CW19) will be held at the West Park Teaching Hub, Loughborough University, Loughborough from 1-3 April 2019. This year the workshop will be themed around topics based on interoperability, documentation, training, and sustainability. Keynote speakers will include Catherine Stihler, CEO of Open Knowledge International, and Franziska Heine (link points to a German article), Head of Software & Development at Wikimedia Deutschland. They will open the event on 1st April.

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