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ExCeL-lent EPCC at New Scientist Live 2018

Author: Oliver Brown
Posted: 25 Sep 2018 | 16:44

Regular readers will already know that EPCC was planning to attend New Scientist Live again this year. Despite our concerns about getting to London as Storm Ali bore down on us, we made it, and I’m happy to report we had a very successful and enjoyable trip!

RSE18 conference, Birmingham

Author: Fiona Reid
Posted: 6 Sep 2018 | 14:47

I recently attended the Third Research Software Engineers (RSE) conference in Birmingham, UK. RSE conferences bring together people who work in an RSE-type roll from across the UK and world.

For anyone who doesn’t know, an RSE is typically someone who has expertise in both coding and research but is not necessarily a pure computer programmer or pure researcher. Often RSEs can be the only such person in their department and thus the conference gives them a chance meet other people doing similar roles to share their experiences and help them feel part of a much larger community.

Supercomputing MOOC: learning at scale!

Author: Jane Kennedy
Posted: 6 Sep 2018 | 13:05

What is a MOOC, you ask? The answer is, it's a Massively Open Online Course, and EPCC's Supercomputing MOOC will start on 24th September.

Our MOOC was first launched in June 2017. Since then, it's had another two successful runs, and we're now making preparation for a fourth - not a bad year's work!

HPC-Europa3: building research careers

Author: Catherine Inglis
Posted: 29 Aug 2018 | 13:51

Next closing date for applications: 13th September 2018.

EPCC is a partner in the HPC-Europa3 Transnational Access programme, which funds collaborative visits using world-class HPC systems for researchers from any discipline. 

HPC-Europa has always been successful at building lasting links between research groups in different European countries, with a long legacy of joint publications, ongoing reciprocal research visits, and visitors securing subsequent research posts in their former host department. This, for me, has always been one of the most satisfying aspects of working on this programme - the feeling that the work I do really helps researchers to advance their careers.

EPCC returns to New Scientist Live in September!

Author: Jane Kennedy
Posted: 24 Aug 2018 | 13:44

New Scientist Live 2018 logoNew Scientist Live is running again this year, and for the second time, EPCC will be bringing a stand!

New Scientist Live is a large, interactive science festival, with hundreds of speakers and exhibitors (like us!) from a wide range of disciplines. It's being held at London ExCeL again this year, and will be open to visitors from 20-23 September. As we host the national supercomputing centre, this is a great event for us to promote our work to a wide and engaged audience from all over the country.

Software deposit guidance for researchers

Author: Mike Jackson
Posted: 8 Aug 2018 | 10:55

Safe deposit boxes

The Software Sustainability Institute has published a set of guides to depositing research software into digital repositories. The guides, development of which was funded by Jisc, are intended for researchers, principal investigators and research leaders, and research data and digital repository managers.

Research software is an integral part of the modern research ecosystem. Taken together, research software – alongside data, facilities, equipment, and an overarching research question – can be viewed as a research activity or experiment, worthy to be published. Conversely, a publication can be considered as a narrative that describes how the research objects are used together to reply to the research question.

HPC-Europa3: My visit

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 7 Aug 2018 | 10:28

Dr Martin Lepšík came on an HPC-Europa3 visit from 16-29 July and was hosted by Dr Emanuele Paci at the University of Leeds. Martin started his visit by coming to Edinburgh.

My name is Martin Lepšík, and I am a Czech computational structural biologist. After 11 years of fruitful research in quantum mechanics-based drug design (at P. Hobza’s group at IOCB, Prague, CR), I decided to enrich my expertise with enhanced-sampling molecular dynamics of lectin-carbohydrate complexes, important for human health and disease.

ARCHER Image and Video Competition 2018

Author: Clair Barrass
Posted: 6 Aug 2018 | 15:00

We are pleased to announce the ARCHER Image and Video Competition 2018, and we invite all users of the national supercomputing service to share their images and videos on the theme of "ARCHER Enabling Research".

HPC outreach: not a moment to lose!

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 19 Jun 2018 | 18:39

“There is not a moment to lose” – I don’t know if you have ever read any of the Aubrey-Maturin books by the late Patrick O’Brian, set at the turn of the eighteenth to nineteenth centuries and describing life in the Royal Navy. Even if you have only flicked through one of the books, you will probably have picked up an almost constant sense of urgency (a realistic representation of what pervaded the Navy at that time) in the books, much to the annoyance of the decidedly un-Navy-like Dr Maturin!

Considering the modern pace of change I think this sentiment is truer today, especially in scientific fields, than it has ever been before. Certainly from my perspective there is an urgency to try and push forward the state-of-the-art in HPC and share it, before other people’s activities supersede my work. However, I think this same sense of urgency also applies to other, non-technical, aspects of our community. Diversity is a prime example here and, whilst there are some excellent initiatives being adopted by the likes of the SuperComputing (SC) and ISC conferences, we still have a long way to go.

HPC-Europa3 visitor report

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 16 Apr 2018 | 16:04

Mats Simmermacher on his recent visit to Edinburgh through the HPC-Europa3 programme.

I am a theoretical chemist from the Technical University of Denmark near Copenhagen and I recently visited EPCC under the HPC-Europa3 transnational access programme. I was hosted by Dr Adam Kirrander at the University of Edinburgh's School of Chemistry.

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