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.
Posted: 10 Apr 2018 | 09:15
Wait a minute – isn't this a blog article for EPCC ? One of the premier HPC centres in Europe, where are zombies and bean bags coming from?
Frequent readers of our blog may have twigged that this is another article about our outreach efforts at EPCC. A few weeks ago we were in Birmingham for the Big Bang Fair 2018 (one of the largest science events for schools held in the UK) and at the beginning of April, EPCC was once again part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival.
Posted: 31 Mar 2018 | 19:16
For the third year running a group of us from EPCC attended the Big Bang Fair (BBF) at the NEC in Birmingham through the ARCHER Outreach programme. BBF provides an excellent opportunity to show a wide range of young people what supercomputing is about and encourage them to adopt careers in STEM-based subjects.
We are writing our activities up to encourage others to try doing supercomputing outreach and show that you do not need fancy equipment. For more information see the ARCHER's Ambassador pack or GitHub where we develop these. We enourage you to feedback or collaborate with us.
Posted: 13 Mar 2018 | 11:04
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Posted: 16 Jan 2018 | 12:25
This post was written by Olivia O'Sullivan, Impact & Engagement Officer at the Hartree Centre.
After reading about the success of EPCC’s nifty Wee Archie mini-supercomputer outreach project, we were inspired to set a group of five work experience students the challenge of building a 20-node Raspberry Pi cluster during their time with us.
STFC runs a work experience programme every year with applicants expressing an interest in placements within the Hartree Centre. Initially, we had a view of taking just one student to join our Future Technologies team but after hearing about other placements, we wanted to move away from the ‘lone student’ experience and offer a group-based opportunity. We hoped that this would show students how we operate here in multi-disciplinary teams working together to solve challenges.
Posted: 14 Nov 2017 | 04:14
I am at SC 17 in Denver this week and having a really busy (but fun) time, giving some talks and catching up with people in the HPC community.
Posted: 24 Oct 2017 | 15:14
The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) will run its showcase event at Dynamic Earth entitied UnEarthed from 17th-20th November. This will be a chance for the general public to interact with over thirty exhibts from all over NERC's science remit and to understand how UK scientists are answering some of the biggest questions on Earth.
Posted: 12 Oct 2017 | 13:01
For four days EPCC staff Alistair, Ben, Gordon, Jo, Mario and Weronika were on hand at New Scientist Live 2017 in the London ExCel with activities and knowledge about ARCHER and other areas of high performance and scientific computing. It is not the first event we have taken our wares to, nor hopefully will it be the last but it is the first large-scale general public event we have been at in London.
Posted: 7 Jun 2017 | 11:17
Wee Archie is our mini-supercomputer made from Raspberry Pis, used for public outreach to teach members of the public the concepts of supercomputing. It has been very successful, and as such a second one has been built to keep up with demand!