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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.

The Data Lab: cultivating an ecosystem of collaboration in Scotland

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 12 Apr 2018 | 14:34

Gina Finch of The Data Lab explains how this Scottish innovation centre creates economic benefit through data innovation.

Unlocking the value from data is the key to creating new opportunities for economic growth. Scotland is making a name for itself on the global stage as a centre for expertise in data science and a leader in the field of data innovation and exploitation. Our unique landscape of leading industry and university institutions has attracted businesses and talent alike, with industry and academia working together to innovate and create new opportunities for economic growth.

HPC-Europa 3 visit: molecular modelling of galectin binding compounds

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 12 Apr 2018 | 12:22

Dr Domenica Capasso was our first HPC-Europa3 visitor at EPCC but was hosted remotely at UCL from Nov 2017 to Dec 2017. She relates her experiences and research in this blog article.

I recently spent a month in London funded by the HPC-Europa3 programme and hosted by Prof. Francesco Luigi Gervasio at the Department of Chemistry at UCL. This was an exciting experience for me, primarily for my research work but it also provided me with an opportunity to visit London, a city I had never been to before. I arrived in London with interesting biological results on some potential inhibitors of the galectins class of proteins, which had been synthesized at my Institute in Naples. Galectins (Gal) are β-D-galactoside binding proteins that have important implications for many diseases including tumourigenesis, inflammatory response and autoimmune disorders. The general aim of this work is to rationally design novel inhibitors of galectins that could be used as anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory therapies.

HPC-Europa 3 visit: Optimising the processing of food

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 11 Apr 2018 | 10:49

Miriam Ruiz Ferrández was a recent HPC-Europa3 visitor to Edinburgh who used EPCC resources while being hosted by Napier University. In this article she relates some of her findings and experiences.

Hi everyone! I am a PhD student at the University of Almería, which is located in the south-east of Spain. I spent three months in Edinburgh funded by the HPC-Europa3 programme working on a project entitled: “A Parallel Multi-Objective Algorithm for Optimizing High-Pressure/Temperature Treatments in the Food Industry”. During this research stay, I was collaborating with Professor Ben Paechter at Edinburgh Napier University and I used computing resources provided by EPCC at the University of Edinburgh.

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).

Exploring I/O

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 31 Jan 2018 | 10:50

Dr Elsa Gonsiorowski is visiting EPCC from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, California, this week. Dr Gonsiorowski is working closely with EPCC's David Henty on various parallel I/O research topics. In this post she introduces her work.

'Wee Archlett' at STFC’s Hartree Centre

Author: Guest blogger
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.

Summer of HPC at EPCC: Climbing higher everyday

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 12 Aug 2017 | 00:00

Our guest blogger is Jakub Piotr Nurski, one of our 2017 Summer Of HPC students.

During this summer I’m trying to get a little better every day. As a hiking enthusiast, I really love to get on track during weekends. Scottish Highlands paths seem to be slightly worse maintained and much less congested than Tatra Mountains paths. It is great for someone who likes to get off the beaten track sometimes.

Summer of HPC: Exploring Edinburgh, Python coding and much more

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 11 Aug 2017 | 00:00

This guest post is by Dimitra Anevlavi, one of our 2017 Summer of HPC visitors.

Greetings from Edinburgh’s sunny festival season.

During the past few weeks I have been both exploring this vibrant city and cultivating my Python programming skills. I will give you more details about how my work has been going, but first let me introduce you to some of the adventures I’ve had. From Edinburgh Castle to museums of modern art and street performances, this city has it all. The local pubs have their own vivid rhythm, and the traditional delicious fish and chips combination. We were even brave enough to try haggis and deep-fried Mars Bars here. 

Haggis actually isn’t half bad…

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 28 Jul 2017 | 15:16

Summer of HPC student Sam Green is working with EPCC's Nick Brown on a visualisation of the Met Office's MONC weather model. Here he writes about his first impressions.

The Summer of HPC 2017 training week has long since passed and we have all started our projects in our respective countries. It has been about 2 weeks since we landed in Edinburgh and within that time I think I can safely say we have all settled in nicely here.

I must say I quite like the lifestyle here, although I guess it isn’t much different to the lifestyle in Ireland (my homeland) and probably why I fit in so well here! Despite this, I’m still getting used to some of the words they use here and a few of the countryside accents.

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