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EPCC at Data Science Festival

Author: Thomas Blyth
Posted: 2 Apr 2018 | 15:54

EPCC took part in Datafest18, the Data Science Festival, this year by running our own fringe event in Edinburgh and exhibiting at the Data Summit Conference.

Fringe events are key to the success of Datafest, and with over 40 running across Scotland there was plenty to choose from. We ran a small event to deliver key insights on the new developments in the application of supercomputing to large-scale data analytics and machine learning. Our colleagues gave a series of talks and attendees also had an opportunity to see a live supercomputer in action via Wee Archie. The event allowed for plenty of questions and in-depth conversations, notably around deep learning and using neural networks to solve real-life problems. It closed with Dr Adam Carter providing some further details on what makes a data scientist, and the various routes to development and further training.

Big Bang Fair 2018: a success!

Author: Mario Antonioletti
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.

HPC-Europa3 visit: detecting floating objects in the sea using aerial images

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 29 Mar 2018 | 07:57

Dr Antonio Javier Gallego visited EPCC under the HPC Europa 3 Programme. He recounts his experiences in this blog article.

My name is Antonio Javier Gallego and I am from Alicante, Spain. I visited EPCC under the HPC-Europa3 programme hosted by Prof. Robert 'Bob' Fisher at The University of Edinburgh's School of Informatics. My research project consisted of the development of methods for the detection of floating objects in the sea from aerial images. In particular, two methods were proposed: one for the detection of oil spills and another for locating people in the sea (ie drowned, shipwrecked, or fallen overboard).

Installing Python packages in virtual environments

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 22 Mar 2018 | 11:46

I recently looked into whether the Python package PyQt5 could be installed on Cirrus, a Tier-2 national service, on behalf of one of our HPC Europa visitors. The Cirrus documentation recommends that you do this using virtual environments and provides a helpful example. However, the problem is that if you subsequently use pip or easy_install to install additional Python packages within the virtual environment you will get a permission denied as it tries to install the package centrally to directories you do not have access rights to. I eventually managed to find a solution.

Big science! EPCC at the EISF 2018

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 13 Mar 2018 | 11:04

EPCC will be at the Edinburgh International Science Festival (EISF) from Saturday March 31st until Wednesday April 4th with our exhibit Doing Big Science on Supercomputers.

The show must go on: extreme weather at the ACF

Author: Paul Clark
Posted: 8 Mar 2018 | 10:43

On Wednesday 28th February, Edinburgh and the Central Belt of Scotland saw an unprecedented volume of snow fall in a short space of time. Around late morning that day, the Scottish Transport Minister Humza Yousaf unexpectedly upgraded the extreme weather warning from Amber to Red from 15:00 on 28th February, suggesting widespread damage, travel and power disruption, and a risk to life were likely.

EPCC at the Big Bang Fair 2018

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 7 Mar 2018 | 17:27

For the third year running, EPCC (under the Archer banner) will be at the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham, explaining how scientists are using the ARCHER service to perform world-class science. 

Scholarships available for 2018/19 MSc in HPC programmes

Author: David Henty
Posted: 5 Mar 2018 | 16:38

This is a very exciting time for the MSc in HPC programmes. Our current students are halfway through their second semester of courses and are already starting work on developing their dissertation projects, while EPCC staff are looking forward to our summer move into the new Bayes Building. Located in the University's central area, this move will strengthen our existing collaborations with the School of Informatics.

SOPA Software Carpentry

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 2 Mar 2018 | 11:57

Recently, with my Software Sustainability Institute (SSI) hat on, we helped to deliver a Software Carpentry Course here at Edinburgh organised by the School of Physics and Astronomy (SOPA). My fellow instructors were my EPCC colleagues Mike Jackson and Neelofer Banglawala, and SOPA's Andy Washbrook.

It's not all work and no play

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 23 Feb 2018 | 08:41

As a large part of our MSc cohort comprises students from outside the UK, and with the HPC Europa 3 programme currently bringing in researchers from mainland Europe, I thought it would be nice to invite our visitors to experience some traditional Scottish culture: a ceilidh.

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