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ARCHER: the next national HPC service for academic research

Author: Andy Turner
Posted: 29 Nov 2013 | 11:00

ARCHER (Advanced Research Computing High End Resource) is the next national HPC service for academic research. The service comprises a number of components: accommodation provided by the University of Edinburgh; hardware by Cray; systems support by EPCC and Daresbury Laboratory; and user and computational science and engineering support by EPCC.

EPCC hosts three supercomputers in the world's top 50!

Author: David Henty
Posted: 21 Nov 2013 | 09:31

The most recent top500 list has just been released at SC13 in Denver, and I'm pleased to say that 3 EPCC-hosted systems appear in the top 50:

Supercomputing at Bang Goes the Borders

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 23 Sep 2013 | 09:43
 
For the second year running, EPCC attended Bang Goes the Borders, a free science festival held in St Mary's Primary School in Melrose. This was my first time at the festival but my fellow EPCC'ers Iain Bethune and Terry Sloan were old hands, both having done it last year. We set up four stands in a classroom we were allocated, with the first overseen by Terry who ran two exercises showing the benefits of using parallelism to solve problems.

Virtual Palaeontology: the debut!

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 16 Sep 2013 | 12:56

This summer we were fortunate to have a student, Antoine, work on our dinosaur-racing outreach project as part of the Summer of HPC programme. Antoine did a great job in turning the demo from a simple prototype into a much more polished, usable showcase for how HPC plays a vital role in a variety of sciences. If you are a regular reader of the EPCC blog then you might have already read some posts about this application - see my initial blog post, and Antoine's progress updates here and here.

Dinosaur racing at EPCC

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 31 Jul 2013 | 14:49

The Animal Simulation project, run at the University of Manchester, aims to create realistic simulations of animals both present and extinct. By combining the expertise of a number of scientific fields along with high performance computing (HPC), they have created GaitSym, a code capable of realistically simulating movements of animals based on a 3D model of their skeleton and biological data.

Collaborating with EPCC

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 3 Jul 2013 | 08:38
 
This post was written by Jon Hill from Imperial College, who used to work at EPCC and has been collaborating with us recently. 
A snapshot of a tsunami simulation of the 1755 Lisbon seismogenic tsunami.

I always jump at the chance to work with EPCC. Not just because they are my former employers (ah, the joys of Friday buns). Nor is it due to Edinburgh  being one of my favourite cities and collaborating with EPCC is a good excuse to visit. The main reason for collaborating with EPCC is to use the wealth of experience the people working there have on making scientific code go even faster. Whilst this is extremely important to our research, we don't have the time to do both science and improve code performance.

Beatbox Workshop - Day 2

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 25 Jun 2013 | 12:33

The second and final day of the Beatbox workshop that Adrian Jackson described yesterday consisted of a tutorial where some of the participants were walked through running Beatbox scripts and using Beatbox in general. 

The whole set-up was done using a bootable 8Gb Linux USB key which contained the key components, including part of the Beatbox distribution. That worked quite well and would be worth considering for this kind of course. The attendees got to take the USB keys away so they could continue evaluating Beatbox after the event, which is kind of neat.

Workshop talk on Beatbox: Biophysically and Anatomically Realistic Cardiac Simulations

Author: Adrian Jackson
Posted: 24 Jun 2013 | 10:22

I'm just preparing to give a talk, along with my colleague Mario, at the Beatbox workshop being held at Manchester University this week. Beatbox is an HPC environment for Biophysically and Anatomically Realistic

HECToR/Cray XC30 courses next week

Author: David Henty
Posted: 19 Jun 2013 | 12:13

Cray Advanced Tools Workshop

As part of our PRACE Advanced Training Centre (PATC) programme, EPCC is hosting a "Cray Advanced Tools Workshop" in JCMB on 26-27 June using HECToR as the platform. If you are interested in attending see the event page on the PRACE website.

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