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Author: Kostas Kavoussanakis
Posted: 3 Jul 2013 | 17:14

The BonFIRE project is offering free access to virtualised resources on its unique, multi-site, Cloud test-bed infrastructure.

 If you want to know more or wish to apply then please follow this link.

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.

PRACE Summer of HPC

Author: David Henty
Posted: 2 Jul 2013 | 16:12

Twenty four students from all over Europe are just embarking on the PRACE Summer of HPC. Before splitting up and heading off to 10 different European HPC centres to spend two months working on their HPC projects, they are all gathered together here at EPCC to do an intensive week's HPC training as part of the PRACE Advanced Training Centre programme.

Here they are resplendent in their SoHPC T-shirts ...

EPCC Roadshows

Author: Mario Antonioletti
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.

Advanced OpenMP PATC course

Author: David Henty
Posted: 28 Jun 2013 | 11:17

17-18 July 2013
EPCC, The University of Edinburgh

OpenMP is the industry standard for shared-memory programming, which enables serial programs to be parallelised using compiler directives.

This two-day course is aimed at programmers seeking to deepen their understanding of OpenMP and explore some of its more recent and advanced features.

Are we underestimating the real challenge of Exascale?

Author: Mark Parsons
Posted: 28 Jun 2013 | 10:13

Reaching the Exascale is rightly posed as a combination of challenges related to (i) energy efficiency, (ii) heterogeneity and resiliency of computation, storage and communication, and (iii) the scale of the parallelism involved. Many discussions about Exascale focus on the first two challenges. This is understandable – building an Exascale system with today’s most energy efficient technology would still require around 480 MWatts.

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.

Using high-performance computing to improve a Scottish SME’s modelling software

Author: Ronnie Galloway
Posted: 24 Jun 2013 | 10:28

Glasgow-based Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES) is benefitting from a collaboration with EPCC. The project is part of Supercomputing Scotland, a joint EPCC and Scottish Enterprise programme designed to introduce advanced computing into Scottish business.

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

ScotCHEM Computational Chemistry Symposium 2013 – or why I need to learn more Chemistry

Author: Toni Collis
Posted: 21 Jun 2013 | 17:05

Last week I attended ScotChem 2013 at the School of Chemistry, University of St Andrews. This two-day event  was founded by Carole Morrison (Chemistry, University of Edinburgh) and Tanja van Mourik (Chemistry, University of St Andrews) to bring together computational chemists in Scotland, and I went along to find out how the HPC community is involved in computational chemistry. This was also the first year that the ScotCHEM meeting was held over two days - the first day was focused on a CCP5 workshop on modelling the chemistry and biochemistry of condensed phases. This workshop also aimed to address the underrepresentation of women in Chemistry by showcasing an all-female cast! It certainly is impressive to see so many female computational chemists, as normally I feel surrounded by men!

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