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.
Posted: 11 Sep 2013 | 10:13
What do dinosaurs, prime numbers, four individuals from EPCC and Cray, and the city of Newcastle have in common? Not much until the four descended on Newcastle to take part in the British Science Festival 2013 with demonstrations about virtual dinosaurs and a talk about prime numbers.
After some early morning travel down the east coast of the UK from Edinburgh to Newcastle, the four - Iain (the intrepid prime number man), Nick (keeper of the virtual dinosaurs), Tom (the man from Cray) and myself - set up a room in the Discovery Museum in quick time. The Learning Room, as it was called, was next to the Museum Archives where, if you looked closely in one of the cabinets, you could see a first-generation iPad.
Posted: 30 Aug 2013 | 09:43
In a previous post, I presented my project on making a dinosaur racing competition. In that post, I gave some background information about virtual palaeontology, and the purpose of my project here in Edinburgh. If you haven’t read it yet, now might be a good time to do so!
So, now that the project (and the summer) is almost finished, let us see what has happened in these past two months – and what you will soon be able to enjoy!
Posted: 30 Aug 2013 | 09:04
Posted: 19 Aug 2013 | 10:40
Is a dinosaur faster if it has longer legs? Is it better for it to be bigger, and hence cover more distance, or to be smaller and lighter? Which species is the fastest? Thanks to high-performance computing, you will soon be able to experiment yourself, and try and find answers to all those questions!
Posted: 2 Aug 2013 | 12:19
The programme for the British Science Festival 2013 in Newcastle has now been released and EPCC is running two events this year.The first is an exhibition booth in the Discovery Science Centre on Saturday 7th September, where we will be showing off a range of HPC demos including the Virtual Paleontology 'Dinosaur Racing' game currently being developed by one of our PRACE Summer of HPC students, as well as some other new ideas developed during Innovative Learning Week on our MSc, and of course a range of HPC hardware old and new.
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.
Posted: 1 Jul 2013 | 15:19
Recently I have been taking the 'EPCC Roadshow' around local university departments, usually with a colleague or two, giving an overview of EPCC: who we are, what we do and how we can be of assistance. It is surprising how little communication takes place within a large institution and how little knowledge there is about what is available at one’s very own doorstep.
Posted: 17 Jun 2013 | 09:18
Three members of EPCC staff (Terry, myself and Alistair) went back to school on 7th June when Musselburgh Grammar near Edinburgh held a science fair for its 200 First Year students (12-13 year olds).
Our remit was to introduce these young folks to supercomputers, in particular HECToR, the UK national supercomputing service hosted here in Edinburgh, and to give them an idea of how these types of system work and the sort of research that is undertaken using them.
Posted: 23 Apr 2013 | 10:45
For one week in February, the University of Edinburgh suspends traditional lectures, tutorials, and labs and supports a programme of alternative learning activities: Innovative Learning Week.
EPCC runs the MSc in High Performance Computing (HPC), teaching students the tools and techniques they require to program modern parallel computers. During Innovative Learning Week, students from the MSc in HPC took part in three activities: developing an exhibit to explain HPC concepts to 7-12 year old children, writing a mobile app for learning numbers in Japanese, and building small computing clusters out of scrap (and not so scrap) computing hardware.