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Launch of EPCC’s Women in HPC UK chapter

Author: Lorna Smith
Posted: 28 May 2019 | 13:58

Women in HPC (WHPC) was set up in 2013 to tackle the problem of diversity in HPC through research and education. EPCC initiated the WHPC programme and EPSRC supported the initiative. We were therefore very pleased to be accepted as one of the first WHPC chapters, developing a chapter that encompasses all of the UK. We held a successful launch event in May, with attendees from different organisation from across the UK.

EPCC is now a Women in HPC Chapter

Author: Lorna Smith
Posted: 9 Nov 2018 | 15:17

We are very pleased to have been accepted as a Women in HPC (WHPC) Chapter, a community-level group that fulfils the WHPC mission locally.

EPCC was one of the founders of WHPC, and the introduction of the Chapter and affiliate pilot programme is a source of pride, particularly as this will allow WHPC knowledge, expertise and activities to be tailored to the needs of local HPC communities.

eCSE programme: funding software development for UK computational science

Author: Lorna Smith
Posted: 2 Nov 2018 | 23:00

The embedded Computational Science and Engineering (eCSE) programme has allocated funding to the UK computational science community over a period of six years. Integral to ARCHER, the National HPC Service, there has been a series of regular eCSE Calls to fund software development activities.

The last of the Calls has now closed and all funding has been allocated. Although a number of projects are still on-going, this seems a good time to review the benefits of the programme and to see whether its aims have been met.

New exascale projects at EPCC

Author: Lorna Smith
Posted: 16 Jul 2018 | 11:36

The EU has recently funded a significant number of new projects to continue to drive forward Europe’s readiness for the transition to exascale computing. As a result EPCC will add another three projects to its portfolio of exascale activities.

ARCHER community: get involved!

Author: Lorna Smith
Posted: 30 Jan 2018 | 14:22

The ARCHER service has been developing an open community where expertise and knowledge can be shared. It is designed to be inclusive and to engage with users of all HPC services in the UK: ARCHER, Tier-2 and University-level systems. There are a number of ways you can get involved...

Celebration of new and enhanced international research opportunities in Computational Science, Royal Geographical Society, London

Author: Lorna Smith
Posted: 14 Nov 2017 | 11:42

Group photo of winning researchersEPCC, the University of Edinburgh, and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) recently ran a Best Use of ARCHER competition to facilitate early-career researchers, who are all either PhD candidates or postdoctoral researchers, to build and develop their international network. ARCHER and EPSRC both recognise the importance of enabling young researchers to build their personal network to help build collaborations and skills.

Back at the Big Bang Fair

Author: Lorna Smith
Posted: 15 Mar 2017 | 09:57

ARCHER is back at the Big Bang Fair, the largest celebration of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) for young people in the UK. Held in Birmingham at the NEC over four days, there were over 70,000 visitors to the exhibition floor last year, so it will be a very busy time.

Day 2: The Big Bang Fair

Author: Lorna Smith
Posted: 15 Mar 2016 | 21:12

Day 2 of the Big Bang Fair and the second day of the build. The event starts tomorrow morning and today was about finishing off the build and ensuring all the demos were tweaked for the show. Having arrived late last night, I avoided most of the heavy build on Day 1 Mario, Alistair and Mirren had obviously had a long day putting things together.

ARCHER: the mum spin

Author: Lorna Smith
Posted: 25 Apr 2014 | 08:51

How does the national supercomputing service compare with two boys aged 5 and 6?

Lorna Smith (ARCHER Computational Science & Engineering Deputy Director) gave the answers during her talk at the Women in HPC launch.

EASC2013 - The final day

Author: Lorna Smith
Posted: 11 Apr 2013 | 12:34

After an enjoyable meal at the HUB last night, the last day of the EASC2013 conference began with a keynote speak from George Mozdzynski, from the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF).

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