Guest blogger's blog

SpiNNaker arrives in the Bayes!

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 6 Sep 2018 | 11:28

The SpiNNaker neuromorphic high-performance computing platform, which aims to run 1% of the human brain in real time, will arrive at EPCC in the Bayes building this year. SpiNNaker is a novel hardware platform due to its massive parallelism, multi-cast communication fabric and low power design.

High-performance ray tracing for room acoustics

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 3 Sep 2018 | 15:40

The Auralisation of Acoustics in Architecture project is considering how to improve the modelling of sound qualities in rooms, whether existing, planned or ruined. Brian Hamilton of the University of Edinburgh's Acoustics & Audio Group writes about this collaboration with EPCC.

Last August EPCC’s James Perry, Kostas Kavoussanakis and I started work on the Auralisation of Acoustics in Architecture (A3) project. One of its goals was to explore the use of ray-tracing techniques to model the sound qualities of a room. Such a tool could help optimise the acoustics of an existing or future concert hall, improving the audience’s listening experience. It could also help recreate the sound characteristics of ruined historical spaces.

My summer job

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 21 Aug 2018 | 11:47

Hello, my name is Aliki Kavoussanaki. I’m 16 years old and four weeks ago I started working at EPCC. I was here in November for work experience which was arranged by my school and, afterwards, I was told that I could have the opportunity to come back in the summer holidays. I’m very happy that I had this chance and took it.

HPC Europa3: My visit

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 7 Aug 2018 | 10:28

Dr Martin Lepšík came on an HPC-Europa3 visit from 16-29 July and was hosted by Dr Emanuele Paci at the University of Leeds. Martin started his visit by coming to Edinburgh.

My name is Martin Lepšík, and I am a Czech computational structural biologist. After 11 years of fruitful research in quantum mechanics-based drug design (at P. Hobza’s group at IOCB, Prague, CR), I decided to enrich my expertise with enhanced-sampling molecular dynamics of lectin-carbohydrate complexes, important for human health and disease.

Unwrapping Tesseract: the new DiRAC system hosted by EPCC

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 31 Jul 2018 | 16:12

Professor Peter Boyle introduces the new DiRAC system, which is hosted at EPCC's Advanced Computing Facility. 

DiRAC is part of the UK Government’s investment into the UK’s e-infrastructure to improve computing, software development, data storage, networking and distributed computing networks.

Arnau Miro: an HPC Europa visitor's report

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 4 Jul 2018 | 10:22

Arnau Miró was an HPC-Europa visitor from 10th Jan–9th Apr 2018. He was hosted by Dr Charles Moulinec at STFC Daresbury Laboratory.

Hello everyone! My name is Arnau Miró and I am a third-year PhD student from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. I’m working in the Aerospace department in collaboration with the Barcelona Supercomputing Center Computer Applications in Science and Engineering department. I visited EPCC under the HPC-Europa3 transnational access programme, although I was mainly hosted by Dr Charles Moulinec at STFC Daresbury Laboratory.

HPC-Europa 3 visit: Optical properties of ultra-thin monoelemental semiconductors

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 12 Jun 2018 | 11:14

Guest blogger Matko Mužević, a PhD student from Croatia, is a remote visitor to EPCC through the HPC-Europa3 programme. He is using ARCHER while based at Cardiff University.

I'm working and doing my research at the Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek. My thesis deals with ultra-thin monoelemental materials and their properties. One of the most important properties to consider for the application of such materials are their optical properties. 

Work experience at EPCC

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 6 Jun 2018 | 08:38

Fourteen-year-old Alex Curtis joined us for a week of work experience in May, building a Wee Archlet (a Raspberry Pi cluster) and visiting the Advanced Computing Facility where ARCHER is hosted.

For my task I had the job of testing the instructions for the ‘Wee Archlet’ (Raspberry Pi cluster) to make sure it was understandable for people of my age. EPCC hopes that teenagers a bit older than me can open up one of their kits and build their own Wee Archlet. To create the Wee Archlet we had to make the Raspberry Pis to talk to each other in order to share out the resources from each Pi to work together as one big cluster.

TeamEPCC for ISC’18

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 4 Jun 2018 | 20:41

Spyros Nita is an MSc student on our High Performance Computing with Data Science programme. He tells us about TeamEPCC, which will be competing in the Student Cluster Competition at ISC High Performance 2018.

Summer is on its way, and with it the annual International Supercomputing Conference (ISC). One of the three most important annual HPC events in the world, ISC focuses on the development of HPC, its scientific applications and its adoption into commercial environments. An important part of this event is the Student Cluster Competition (SCC), where teams representing twelve international universities meet to compete with each other. The University of Edinburgh is represented by TeamEPCC, four students currently enrolled in the MSc in High Performance Computing or MSc in High Performance Computing with Data Science.

HPC-Europa3 visitor report

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 16 Apr 2018 | 16:04

Mats Simmermacher on his recent visit to Edinburgh through the HPC-Europa3 programme.

I am a theoretical chemist from the Technical University of Denmark near Copenhagen and I recently visited EPCC under the HPC-Europa3 transnational access programme. I was hosted by Dr Adam Kirrander at the University of Edinburgh's School of Chemistry.

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