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Cerebras Systems AI supercomputer selected to rapidly accelerate AI research on Edinburgh International Data Facility

Cerebras Systems, the pioneer in high performance artificial intelligence (AI) compute, and EPCC, the supercomputing centre at the University of Edinburgh, have announced the selection of the world’s fastest AI computer, the Cerebras CS-1, for EPCC’s new international data facility for the Edinburgh & SE Scotland City Region.

Winter 2020 issue of EPCC News online now

The latest issue of EPCC's newsletter is now online. We mark 30 years since our foundation and look forward to exciting new developments including ARCHER2 - the UK's next national HPC service - and the Edinburgh International Data Facility.

Read it here: 

EPCC HPC Systems Team and EPCC User Support Team awarded Principal’s Medal for Exceptional Contribution

EPCC's HPC Systems Team and User Support Team have both been awarded the University of Edinburgh's Principal’s Medal for Exceptional Contribution.

The award was granted for "delivering exceptional service and demonstrating amazing commitment during the COVID-19 pandemic by developing the Edinburgh International Data Facility on time, and against all of the odds, supporting the Nightingale Hospital in London, and other ground-breaking COVID-19 research projects."

Hewlett Packard Enterprise powers the Edinburgh International Data Facility with software, HPC, and AI solutions

Europe’s first new region-wide data innovation facility will offer R&D resources to unlock regional economic growth across science, healthcare and more using solutions powered by HPE Ezmeral Container Platform, HPE Apollo Systems, and HPE Superdome Flex Servers

Free HPC education and training workshop

The ACM SIGHPC Education Chapter is a virtual special interest group with a focus on computational science and high-performance computing training and education. Every year the Chapter organises a number of in-person workshops affiliated with HPC conferences to provide a platform for discussion and knowledge transfer. Because of COVID-19, the workshop affiliated with this year's ISC conference will be held online on 25 June from 2pm– 6pm Central European Summer Time. 

New Exascale collaborations at EPCC

ExCALIBUR is a £45.7m programme to address the challenges and opportunities offered by computing at the exascale (that is, high performance computing at 1018 floating point operations per second). EPCC is a partner in three of the programme's eight groups. 

Urgent call for modellers to support epidemic modelling

The Royal Society is coordinating a call for Rapid Assistance in Modelling the Pandemic (RAMP).

This urgent call to action is addressed to the scientific modelling community, and is a scheme to allow those with modelling skills (including data science) to contribute to current UK efforts in modelling the COVID-19 pandemic.

ARCHER2 services contracts awarded to EPCC

EPCC has been awarded contracts to run the Service Provision and Computational Science and Engineering services for ARCHER2, the next UK National Supercomputing Service. 

ARCHER2 will represent a significant step forward in capability for the UK’s science community, with the £79 million service among the fastest CPU-based systems in the world. It will be hosted by EPCC at our recently expanded Advanced Computing Facility (ACF), a state-of-the-art home for this vital new service.

EPCC services during the COVID-19 pandemic

In common with most UK organisations, EPCC staff are working from home now. We are endeavouring to continue to engage with all of our projects and partners as close as possible to normal in this exceptional situation.

At EPCC’s Advanced Computing Facility (ACF) data centre we host and manage a number of National Services, including ARCHER, the DiRAC “Tesseract” system, the Tier 2 Cirrus system, and the National Safe Haven. We know how important keeping these services running is to the research community.

Cirrus Phase II: preparing for heterogeneity at the Exascale

EPCC is pleased to announce a major upgrade and extension to the life of the successful Cirrus EPSRC Tier 2 HPC service. As announced by the UK Government, EPCC has received £3.5m funding over 4 years to continue the Cirrus service until early 2024. We will add 144 NVIDIA V100 GPUs to the system and a 256TB high performance storage layer for the most demanding data streaming applications.

EPCC's Director becomes EPSRC Director of Research Computing

We are pleased to announce that EPCC's Director Prof. Mark Parsons has been appointed Director of Research Computing by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Prof. Parsons will fulfil the role on secondment from the University of Edinburgh for one day per week.

“The UK has a global reputation as a leader in scientific and industrial research, and much of this work relies on the world-class research computing and data analysis capabilities that UKRI provides.

Catalyst UK Receives Honours in 2019 HPCwire Readers’ Choice Award

The award was presented at the 2019 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC19), in Denver, Colorado.  The list of winners were revealed at the HPCwire booth at the event, and on the HPCwire website, located at  

Investigating the use of HPC in optimising integrity management services

Integrity management specialists PIM is joining forces with EPCC to investigate the benefits of cutting-edge data analysis and artificial intelligence to the integrity management sector of the oil and gas industry. The project will examine opportunities for using novel automation and data analytics technologies to improve the effectiveness and productivity of asset integrity management services.

EPCC's activities at SC'19

Look out for EPCC's brand-new exhibition stand at Booth 1701 of SC19. Our colleagues will also be taking part in the events listed below. Full details of all our activities are available on the SC19 website. You can also follow us on Twitter @EPCCed.

MSc industry projects: business briefing event (3 Oct 2019, Edinburgh)

Could your business benefit from funded 3-month projects focusing on your HPC and data analytics requirements?

Students of EPCC's MSc programmes in HPC, and HPC with Data Science each undertake a supervised research project, either within industry or academia. Our students can introduce new ideas and add significant value to an organisation and, with host companies including the UK Met Office and Edinburgh-based Mallzee, no business is too big or too small to participate.

75th HPC User Forum (10–11 Oct 2019, Edinburgh)

The HPC User Forum was established in 1999 to promote the health of the global HPC industry and address issues of common concern to users. The Forum focuses primarily on important issues: characterising them, openly discussing them, and acting where possible to address them. Participation in HPC User Forum meetings is open to anyone with an interest in high performance computing or high performance data analysis, including users, vendors, funders, and others. 

Fujitsu paves the way to Exascale computing with powerful new NEXTGenIO hardware platform

Following successful testing, Fujitsu has handed over an ultra-high-performance computing cluster for release to operations at the University of Edinburgh as part of a Horizon 2020 research project.

PhD studentships available in computational modelling and simulation

The “Advanced Simulation and Modelling of Engineering Systems” (ASiMoV) Prosperity Partnership is excited to announce an opportunity for fully-funded PhD studentships working on cutting-edge computational modelling and simulation projects with a close link into industrial applications.

EPCC joins new NVIDIA AI Technology Center

NVIDIA launched this week a technology centre in the UK designed to support groundbreaking research in AI and data science — and foster engagement across the country’s higher education and research community.

EPCC, Hartree Centre, and the University of Reading are the first to join the NVIDIA AI Technology Center, which provides a collaborative community for world-class talent driving AI adoption and excellence across the UK.

EPCC takes Wee Archie to the Royal Highland Show

EPCC will be taking part in the famous Royal Highland Show, a four-day extravaganza near Edinburgh that brings together highlights of rural life, quality food and drink, entertainment, competitions, and a major trade show.

£2m to boost cyber power behind wind energy production

EPCC is a partner in a new £2m Horizon 2020 project that will apply the benefits of high performance computing to wind energy exploitation. Read the full announcement below.

The University of Nottingham is leading a £2m high performance computing (HPC) project to optimise the sustainable exploitation of wind power in both the European and Brazilian energy markets.

The two-year project will involve 13 partners from across Europe and Brazil with a proven track record of HPC hardware, wind energy, numerical methods, software development and industrial applications.

NEXTGenIO project takes delivery of prototype cluster

Today, a consortium led by EPCC, the supercomputing centre at the University of Edinburgh, announces the installation of the prototype system developed by the NEXTGenIO project. NEXTGenIO is an R&D project funded by the European Commission that is developing solutions to high performance computing’s (HPC) I/O and data challenges.

EPCC at ISC 2019: booth B-1251

EPCC's booth is at B-1251.

Come and meet us at ISC High Performance 2019, where we will be very pleased to talk about EPCC’s work. You can also test yourself against our new coastal-defences demonstration or design an aircraft wing – both activities will be running on Wee Archie, EPCC’s Raspberry Pi-based supercomputer.

Edinburgh Carpentries networking event

4–7pm, 24 May 2019, Bayes Centre, Edinburgh, 47 Potterow, EH8 9BT

Edinburgh Carpentries (EdCarp) workshops give basic computational and data analysis training to local university staff and students to improve their research techniques and make them more productive. Join us for an informal Edinburgh Carpentries community meeting to find out how The Carpentries may improve your research and how you can contribute.

HPC-Europa3 Transnational Access research visit programme

Collaborative research visits using High Performance Computing
Call for applications: next closing date 14th May
HPC-Europa3 funds research visits for computational scientists in any discipline which can use High Performance Computing (HPC).
Visits can be made to research institutes in Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden or the UK.

EPCC's Women in HPC Chapter Launch

St Leonard's, Pollock Halls, University of Edinburgh, 8th May 2019
Registration is free and open to all.
EPCC's Women in HPC Chapter is excited to announce that we will be holding a launch event, to celebrate our recently formed chapter and to engage and develop our Women in HPC community. The chapter has a strong focus on diversity and we are particularly keen that the launch is open and welcoming to all, whether you are interested in becoming a member of the network or simply keen to be an ally and supporter.

EPCC Lightning Talks session: World-class supercomputing on your doorstep

Come to our session of lightning talks to learn how we work with industry and academia – and how we can help you too.

Based at the Bayes Centre, EPCC is the UK’s only supercomputing centre with a global reputation. Our unique collection of high-performance computing and data facilities combined with our expertise can help you create and innovate on a whole new level.

Event details

Talk subjects will include:

£79m supercomputer set to boost UK capability

The University is to host a £79 million national supercomputer that will be five times quicker than the UK’s current capabilities.

The supercomputer is hundreds of thousands of times more powerful than a traditional desktop computer and will be used to run massive research simulations.

Applied research

The new resource, housed at the University’s Advanced Computing Facility at Easter Bush, will be integral in aiding discoveries in medicine, climate science and aerospace.

Software Sustainability Institute to improve research software practices with £6.5 million UKRI funding

The Software Sustainability Institute has been awarded £6.5 million funding to continue its world-leading work helping thousands of UK researchers from all areas to use software to increase the impact of their research. This new third phase of the Institute has been funded by all research councils until 2023.

Since 2010, the Institute has developed and advocated for an understanding of the fundamental importance of research software, its developers and users, its requirements, and how software advances research in the UK.

A generational opportunity to reduce disaster risk for world's urban poor

Rapid urbanisation presents a time-limited global opportunity to embed disaster risk management in urban development. Research and policy teams in Kathmandu, Istanbul, Nairobi and Quito will join UK and international scientists, civil society groups and a range of UN agencies in a 5-year research drive to reduce disaster risk for the poorest people in tomorrow’s cities. The Urban Disaster Risk Hub will enhance sustainable urban development and catalyse a transition from crisis management to far-sighted, risk-informed urban planning and decision-making.

Collaboration brings direct benefits to healthcare company

A collaboration between EPCC and Intel has led to significant improvement in the performance of a software algorithm used in a medical product being developed by Optos, a leading provider of medical products and services to eyecare professionals. The project was part of the CodeOpt Scotland programme, which was designed to increase company competitiveness by optimising the performance of business-critical software. CodeOpt was run in partnership with EPCC, Scottish Enterprise and Intel.

Exploiting the data-driven revolution: EPCC event (27 Feb 2019)



Event: 27 February 2019 at the Bayes Centre, Edinburgh

Major new data services for Scottish business will soon be launched – make sure your company doesn’t miss out.

In February EPCC will host an event to explain why data driven innovation is important for industry. We will also showcase how companies are already using data technologies to enhance commercial performance.

Royal Bank of Scotland announces presence in Capital’s data science hub

Royal Bank of Scotland has opened a data innovation research unit in the Bayes Centre, where it will join other industries, academics, and public sector partners in the heart of Edinburgh’s data science community.

Royal Bank of Scotland has leased space at the Bayes Centre, the University's new data innovation hub for solving real-world problems through scientific enquiry, inspiring design and industrial collaboration.

EPCC at Supercomputing 2018

Come to Booth 2800 in the Exhibition Hall to find out about our exciting new projects – and our relocation to the Bayes Centre, a hub for data-driven innovation. Our colleagues will also be taking part in the following events. See the SC18 website for full details of all our activities.

£15m Artificial Intelligence centre launched

Edinburgh experts have joined a £15.8 million bid to improve patient diagnosis and treatment using artificial intelligence.

The new hub – called the Industrial Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research in Digital Diagnostics, or iCAIRD – brings together a Scottish collaboration of 15 partners from academia, the NHS, and industry.

Earlier diagnosis

iCAIRD will focus on using artificial intelligence, or AI, to enable better and earlier diagnosis of disease and more efficient treatment for patients.

Creating predictive maintenance models with machine learning

EPCC is working with Edinburgh-based Oil & Gas SME Artificial Lift Performance (ALP) to develop a predictive model of electrical submersible pump (ESP) operations. Using machine learning, the project will develop models based on historical well data that will predict future ESP operating performance and define optimal intervention schedules.

Royal visit gives seal of approval to data science and AI centre

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal has officially opened the Bayes Centre, a world-leading centre of expertise in data science and artificial intelligence (AI).

The University of Edinburgh's Bayes Centre aims to develop and apply data science and AI - drawing meaningful insights from vast amounts of information - for the benefit of society.

Some 600 experts from research and industry will seek to make use of large datasets and a high-speed analytics facility to improve people's lives.

Industry partnership to boost engine research

Scientists at the University are to benefit from an initiative that seeks to build links between industry and researchers.

Experts at the University’s supercomputing centre, EPCC, are leading a project with Rolls-Royce to develop a detailed simulation of a gas-turbine engine in operation.

The research is hoped to lead to the virtual certification of gas turbine engines.

The team will seek to develop the next generation of engineering simulation and modelling techniques during their project.

The Bayes Centre: EPCC’s new home

EPCC has moved to the Bayes Centre, the University of Edinburgh’s new community of academic, research and commercial expertise located on its Central campus.

We left our original home on the Kings Buildings Campus to join the newly established Bayes Centre community, which will eventually house some 600 experts in data science and artificial intelligence from research and industry.

Collaborations Workshop 2019

The Software Sustainability Institute will be holding its  Collaborations Workshop 2019 (CW19) from Monday 1st April to Wednesday 3rd April 2019 at the West Park Teaching Hub, Loughborough University, Loughborough.

The themes of CW19 will be around the following areas of research software:

Paywizard and EPCC announce partnership to drive new AI features

Paywizard, the pay-TV subscription, billing, customer relationship management (CRM) specialist, has partnered with the University of Edinburgh to drive the development of new AI-driven capabilities within its next-generation subscriber intelligence platform. You can read the full announcement below.

Pay-TV customer specialist will tap the innovation and expertise of the University of Edinburgh to develop enhanced predictive models and AI-driven capabilities.

EPCC drives satellite development

Experts are developing a satellite-based system to vastly improve monitoring and forecasting of extreme weather and natural disasters anywhere in the world.

The newly formed International Center for Earth Data (ICED) – involving small satellite technology provider Orbital Micro Systems (OMS) and the University of Edinburgh – will gather, process and deliver weather information from public and commercial sources for researchers, governments and commercial enterprises around the world.

The NEXTGenIO hardware has landed: A first step towards unlocking I/O performance for the Exascale

EPCC is pleased to announce the first public demonstration of the prototype NEXTGenIO[1] HPC system, developed in collaboration with project partners across Europe. The prototype will be showcased on the Fujitsu booth at the ISC 2018 exhibition in Frankfurt. This will be the first public display of Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory, a revolutionary new non-volatile memory technology.

EPCC at ISC 2018 (Booth B-1251)

We are very much looking forward to attending ISC-HPC 2018, the high-performance computing, networking and storage event held annually in Germany. This year we will be based at Booth B-1251. We will also take part in several activities - see list below.

We are pleased to be closely involved with several major Exascale initiatives. Please look out for Technische Universität Dresden, who provide software solutions and tools as well as analysis of future Exascale software for the NEXTGenIO project, which is led by EPCC. They will be displaying on-demand presentations of an overview of the Score-P/Vampir performance tools, and in-depth discussion of upcoming NEXTGenIO features (Booth J-622).

EPCC and Rock Solid Images to investigate machine learning approaches in rock physics analysis

Rock Solid Images have announced the start of a collaborative research and development project with EPCC at the University of Edinburgh. The project will be funded by the Oil and Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC), and will investigate novel approaches to petrophysics and rock physics analysis using machine learning approaches, with the goal of improving both the quality and turnaround time of the analysis.

EPCC to install new HPE Apollo 70 system as part of collaboration to advance digitisation of UK economy

EPCC is very pleased to announce its involvement in the Catalyst UK programme, a collaboration between HPE, ARM, SUSE and three UK Universities (Edinburgh, Bristol and Leicester). You can read the full press announcement here: Academia and Industry Collaborate to Drive UK Supercomputer Adoption.

SME HPC Adoption Programme in Europe: Call for Applicants

SHAPE (SME HPC Adoption Programme in Europe) invites applications from European SMEs with interesting ideas for increasing their competitiveness through the use of high performance computing.

SHAPE works with SMEs to introduce HPC-based tools and techniques into their business, operational, or production environment. HPC experts collaborate with the companies to develop their solutions, providing them with knowledge that will allow them to make an informed decision on the selected HPC solution.

EASC 2018: Exascale and Applications Conference

EASC will take place in Edinburgh from 17–19 April, 2018. Full details can be found on the EASC 2018 conference website.

With 37 accepted talks, five keynotes, fifteen posters and a panel, EASC will be a busy few days. A wide variety of topics will tackle the Exascale challenge, from novel techniques at low-level runtimes to the higher level parallelisation and performance of applications – and everything in between.

ARCHER Champions: Manchester 25th April 2018

The next ARCHER Champions will be held in Manchester at the Museum of Science and Industry on Wednesday 25th April 2018.

It will be a full day meeting which will follow the UK/US SSI Impact Event taking place on Tuesday 24th April. There will be an evening meal on the Tuesday evening in Manchester.

Research Software Engineers conference: call for workshops and talks now open

Following the success of the Second Conference of Research Software Engineers, the RSE conference 2018 will take place at the Bramall Building at the University of Birmingham, from 3rd-4th September 2018.

RSE18 is the perfect opportunity to promote your products and services to research software engineering leaders and decision makers (present and future) at the only conference purpose built for RSEs.

BioExcel Summer School on Biomolecular Simulations

Sunday 17–Friday 22 June 2018

Course Overview

The summer school will include lectures and hands-on sessions on the following topics:

  • Molecular Dynamics simulations
  • Biomolecular Docking
  • QM/MM
  • Free energy calculations
  • Advanced sampling methods (metadynamics)

During the hands-on computer practicals you will work on a use case integrating the various topics above making use, among others, of the BioExcel flagship software (Gromacs, HADDOCK, PMX, CPMD).

HPC-Europa3: closing date for applications

HPC-Europa3 is an interdisciplinary EC-funded programme which allows researchers to carry out short "transnational access" visits to collaborate with a research department working in a similar field while at the same time gaining access to High Performance Computing facilities.

INTERTWinE workshop

Thursday 19th April (afternoon) and Friday 20th April (morning), Edinburgh.

The INTERTWinE project is investigating interoperability: making sure that tried and tested ways to program a supercomputer work together as well as possible. The project will run a workshop focusing on communication models and their use in applications, with a view to increasing the scalability of scientific and industrial codes to exascale.

The workshop will have 4 sessions:

Workshop: Impact of international collaborations in research software

Call for posters and registration now open.

The Software Sustainability Institute, of which EPCC is a founding partner, is organising the workshop "Impact of international collaborations in research software”. The event will take place on Tuesday 24th April 2018, at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester.

Supercomputing and Wee Archie at the Datafest Fringe

EPCC will be part of this year's DataFest18, the festival of data innovation which showcases Scotland's leading role in data on the international stage.

Image analysis project opens the way to personalised radiotherapy treatment

A research project funded by the Chief Scientist’s Office (Scotland) is to investigate the effectiveness of image analysis techniques in predicting side effects of radiotherapy treatment for patients with head and neck cancer.

The project, called IMAGE-INE, will apply image analysis to radiotherapy scans to assess a patients' likelihood of developing specific side effects. This would allow treatment plans to be adapted if the patient is judged to be at risk, introducing the potential for personalised medicine in radiotherapy.

Building an industrial data space for the European automotive industry

The Boost 4.0 initiative, which launched this week, will lead the construction of the European Industrial Data Space to improve the competitiveness of the European automotive industry. Additionally, it will guide the manufacturing industry in the introduction of big data in the factory, providing the necessary tools to obtain the maximum benefit from big data’s industrial value.

EPCC job vacancies: Applications Developers/Consultants in Data Science

EPCC is the UK’s leading centre for High Performance Computing and Data Analytics. Through the recently announced £1.1 billion City Deal we are the delivery engine for a large number of exciting and challenging data science projects.

First cohort of AI and machine-learning startups accepted onto Machine Intelligence Garage programme

Startups have been selected to take part in a programme launched by Digital Catapult, supporting the UK’s role as a global centre for artificial intelligence development.

Digital Catapult has announced the first cohort of startups selected to join Machine Intelligence Garage, the innovation programme driving machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) development in the UK. The initiative will support the Government’s ambition to boost the UK’s role as a global hub for AI development.

Helping European SMEs take the HPC leap

SHAPE, the SME HPC Adoption Programme in Europe, delivers technical support to those businesses wishing to sample or experiment with HPC, without any associated risk.

Read more in this interview with EPCC's Paul Graham which was published by Enterprise Tech.

SHAPE website

New Exascale research opportunities at EPCC

  • Two fully-funded PhD studentships announced
  • Successful candidates will work with EPCC, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and ARM on 4,096-core Apollo 70 system

EPCC is offering two fully-funded PhD studentships working in collaboration with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and ARM. We are seeking highly talented and motivated graduates to apply for the studentships, beginning in early 2018.

Our online courses in Data Science and HPC

Our online postgraduate courses in High Performance Computing and HPC with Data Science will run for the third time in January 2018.

These can be stand-alone courses or taken as part of an online Masters, Diploma or Certificate on the University of Edinburgh’s online Data Science, Technology and Innovation (DSTI) programme.

HPC-UK: a new resource for UK researchers

HPC-UK provides a central location for researchers to find out about available HPC facilities, and supports the effective use of  HPC in their research.

This new community resource brings together information to support researchers using HPC, and the people (such as research software engineers) who support those researchers. It provides a coherent view of what is available, how to access it, where to get training, and how to get the most out of HPC applications.

EPCC employee becomes a Graduate Level Apprentice

The skills gap in the IT, digital and cybersecurity industries in Scotland is widening with many employers, including EPCC, finding that both new and existing staff lack technical, practical or job specific skills.

To help bridge this gap, Edinburgh Napier University’s School of Computing has received funding from Skills Development Scotland (SDS) to develop and deliver new work-based Graduate Level Apprenticeship (GLA) courses.

EPCC at SC17: say hello at Booth 201

We are delighted to be taking part in Supercomputing 2017 in Denver, Colorado.

Job vacancies: Applications Consultant (Data Science)

We are seeking Applications Consultants (5 posts available) to work on some of today’s most exciting, challenging and high profile data science research projects.

Job vacancies: Applications Developers (Data Science)

We are seeking Applications Developers (5 posts available) to work on some of today’s most exciting, challenging and high profile data science research projects.

Vacancies at EPCC: Systems Developer/Administrator

EPCC is looking to hire an experienced Systems Developer/Administrator. This is an excellent opportunity to work as part of a friendly team supporting large-scale projects that utilise some of the UK's most advanced computational systems including ARCHER, the UK's £43M national supercomputing service.

This is a 24-month fixed-term post.

Applications close on 31st October 2017.

Vacancies at EPCC: Data Architects

We are seeking two Data Architects (posts available immediately) to work as technical leads on some of today’s most exciting, challenging and high-profile data science research projects.

Join us and from day one you will be working on a wide range of collaborative projects in the broad area of data engineering, large-scale data analytics and distributed data systems.

Closing Date: Friday 27th October 2017.

'Best use of ARCHER' competition winners announced

EPCC and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are delighted to announce the ten winners of the recent Best Use of ARCHER Competition.

The winners are:

Job vacancy: Data Centre Manager

We have a vacancy for an experienced Data Centre Manager based at our Advanced Computing Facility (ACF).

Job vacancy: Business Development Manager

We are looking for a Business Development Manager to join our commercial team.

The role involves looking for new opportunities for EPCC to work on commercial terms with industry, and to undertake new collaborative ventures. This is a great opportunity to join our friendly, innovative and dynamic organisation.

Full details and how to apply

Application deadline: September 15, 2017

EPCC August seminar: cloud and atmospheric modelling

EPCC seminars are open to everybody. The next one will take place on August 30th 2017 and will consider MONC, the cloud and atmospheric modelling tool of the Met Office and the Natural Environment Research Council.

If you would like to present at one of our seminars please contact Arno Proeme.

Find out more on the EPCC Seminars 2017 page.

Job vacancy: Computing Support Officer

EPCC is looking for a Computing Support Officer to join its Systems Development Team.

The successful candidate will deliver IT support and services to staff, students and visitors. The main responsibilities will be to staff the helpdesk and provide users with advice and guidance, also to diagnose and resolve routine technical problems. This is an excellent opportunity to join the UK’s leading supercomputing centre.

Full details and how to apply.

New programme to optimise business-critical software: call for Expressions of Interest

CodeOpt Scotland is a new programme designed to increase company competitiveness by optimising the performance of business-critical software.

Closing date for submitting an Expression of Interest: 29 September 2017.

EPCC, in partnership with Scottish Enterprise (SE) and Intel, is pleased to announce the launch of the funded CodeOpt Scotland programme, and invites Expressions of Interest for participation from companies across Scotland.

MSc in HPC with Data Science: new scholarship award available for 2017/2018

A new one-off scholarship award will support a student of EPCC's MSc in High Performance Computing with Data Science.

Funding for the one-year programme is being made available to UK and EU nationals from the Registers of Scotland to mark the 400-year anniversary of the Scottish government department’s General Register of Sasines, the world’s oldest national land register. The successful scholarship applicant will have first choice from a range of data science projects offered by Registers of Scotland for their MSc dissertation project. 

HPC-Europa: EC-funded research visits using high performance computing

The HPC-Europa team is excited to announce that our Transnational Access research visit programme is back!

We are now accepting applications again, with a first closing date of Thursday September 7, 2017 (at 12:00pm CET). We plan to inform applicants of the results before the end of October, with some visits starting in the last weeks of 2017.

Future Calls will be held every 3 months, and the HPC-Europa3 programme continues until April 2021.

Best Use of ARCHER competition: winners announced

We are delighted to announce the winners of the EPSRC Best Use of ARCHER competition, which was run by EPCC on behalf of ARCHER.

Each winner, either a PhD student or Post-doctoral researcher, will receive £3000 to support travel to the US for building collaborations, helping to develop the next generation of outstanding researchers utilising HPC.

TeamEPCC competes in ISC Student Cluster Competition

EPCC returns to the Student Cluster Competition (SCC) at the ISC conference with a strong team of students drawn from our MSc in High Performance Computing, and MSc in High Performance Computing with Data Science.

If you're attending ISC this year, please visit our team at booth A-1363. They will be delighted to give you a tour of their innovative, liquid cooled GPU(-centric) cluster.

EPCC at ISC 2017

ISC High Performance 2017: 18-22 June, Frankfurt

We are pleased to announce that EPCC will again attend ISC-HPC, the international event that focuses on HPC technological development, its application in scientific fields, and its adoption in commercial environments.

New Best Practice Guides on interoperability

The INTERTWinE project has published Best Practice Guides on interoperability between different combinations of programming models, and the interoperability challenges which these will present on the exascale systems of the near future.

The guides are aimed at developers of applications that already use, or could potentially benefit from, these different types of hybrid programming. 


The Best Practice Guides cover the following topics: 

Job vacancy: Systems Developer/Administrator

EPCC is looking for an experienced Systems Developer/Administrator.

The successful candidate will join our Systems Development Team in implementing and supporting HPC supercomputers, cloud and storage clusters.

Applications close on May 30, 2017.

For full details, see the University's job site.

EUDAT Research Data Management Summer School: 3-7 July 2017

This will be a unique occasion for early-career data scientists and data managers interested in furthering their careers in data management, data science and digital preservation.

Competition launched to find the best uses of ARCHER HPC service

Ten prizes of £3,000 each are on offer to post-doctoral and PhD students currently using the ARCHER national HPC service.

The new competition will recognise the work with the greatest scientific impact within engineering and the physical sciences. Successful entries will be awarded £3000 to be used for travel between the UK and the US to further collaboration opportunities with US partners. 

See the ARCHER website for full details.

EPCC invests £2.4m in Tier-2 Cirrus system

EPCC has received £2.4m from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) as part of the research council’s £20m investment in six new Tier-2 HPC centres.

EPCC has used this grant to extend Cirrus, its SGI ICE XA system, transforming it into a major multi-core HPC system with 10,080 state-of-the-art Intel Broadwell cores, and increasing its storage to 2.4PB. 2PB of this storage is a new Tier 2 Research Data Facility built around a DDN WOS object store.

New PhD scholarships at EPCC

EPCC offers the opportunity to study for a PhD in areas related to high performance computing, software sustainability and data intensive computing.

We have a number of EPSRC (Doctoral Training Partnership) studentships available for entry in September 2017.

Training: Introduction to Xeon Phi – Knights Landing

Introduction to the Xeon Phi – Knights Landing Processor: ARCHER and IPCC course

3-4 April 2017, Leeds

EPCC's IPCC project and the ARCHER HPC service are running a two-day course on Intel's latest Xeon Phi processor, Knights Landing, in Leeds next week. The course will introduce the hardware, discuss how to port and optimise codes, utilise the new memory systems, and how to get access to – and use – the ARCHER HPC testbed.

PhD scholarship to research the impact of digital technologies in construction industry

EPSRC Industrial CASE PhD Scholarship: Business model transformation via data-driven innovation and big data analytics 

This PhD scholarship is provided for the exploration of the transformational impact of digital technologies in construction projects.

The successful candidate will investigate the challenges and opportunities offered by the deployment of big data analytics solutions across the supply chain of the construction industry. Supervision will be provided jointly by the University of Edinburgh Business School and EPCC.

Job vacancies at EPCC: Systems Developers

We are currently looking to hire two systems developers to join our Systems Development Team, implementing and supporting HPC supercomputers, cloud and storage clusters. The posts are both fixed term for 24 months each.

To apply, see the University of Edinburgh recruitment site.

Application deadline: 15 March 2017.


"Supercomputing": a new free online course

"Supercomputing" is a free 5-week online course designed for anyone interested in leading-edge computing technology, supercomputers or the role that computer simulation takes in modern science and engineering.

Today’s supercomputers are the most powerful calculating machines ever invented, capable of performing more than a thousand million million calculations every second. This gives scientists and engineers a powerful new tool to study the natural world: computer simulation.

The sound of INDY: making music with an HPC cluster

A major musical work has been created using code run on EPCC's INDY cluster.

MSc programmes virtual open day: 22 February, 2017

Next MSc virtual open day: Wednesday 22 February, from 13:00-14:00 GMT

We offer two taught Master of Science (MSc) programmes: MSc in High Performance Computing and MSc in High Performance Computing with Data Science. Virtual open days offer a good opportunity to find out about our MSc programmes without travelling to our campus here in Edinburgh. These online live sessions use a virtual space which enables you to talk or text chat to MSc staff and current students.

Training: Cray Optimization Workshop

Cray Optimization Workshop: ARCHER and Knights Landing
31 Jan–2 Feb 2017, Bristol

This workshop focuses on the optimization of applications at scale on the Cray XC-30. Both the main ARCHER system and the new KNL Test and Development system will be covered with lectures and practical sessions. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own applications to use during practical sessions although this is not essential.

Register at

MSc in HPC industrial placements: Mallzee

All our MSc students are given the opportunity to work on a project with a company or academic group.

Among this year’s students were Adarsh Janakiraman and Killian Tattan, who both worked at Mallzee, an Edinburgh-based SME that produces the UK’s top non-retailer shopping app. Below we hear both sides of the experience.

Fortissimo Marketplace makes access to advanced computing services easier for SMEs

New cloud-based marketplace offers small manufacturing businesses fast and convenient access to supercomputing services.

Fortissimo Marketplace brings together key providers and SMEs:

Women In HPC wins 3 HPCwire awards

Women in High Performance Computing (WHPC) has been recognised in the annual HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards, presented at the 2016 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC16), in Salt Lake City, Utah.

WHPC was voted top in the following categories:

EPCC at SC'16, Salt Lake City, Utah

EPCC will be based in booth 701 during the Supercomputing conference. You can also meet our colleagues at the following events.

Sunday 13th November

Workshop Women In HPC: Diversifying the HPC Community
Includes Neelofer Banglawala & Toni Collis, both EPCC
Time: 9am
Location: 251-D

Distributed European Computing Initiative: Call for Proposals (Tier 1)

The Distributed European Computing Initiative (DECI) provides cross-national access to European Tier-1 HPC resources (national systems). Access will be awarded for a period of 12 months, beginning 3 April 2017.

Resources are available on the following architectures: Cray XC30/Cray XC40, Intel clusters (various processor and memory configurations) and hybrid systems (clusters with GPGPU accelerators or Xeon Phi Co-processors (KNC)). Applicants need not specify a particular machine or architecture, but if they do, we will endeavour to take these preferences into account.

Cirrus supercomputer helps speed commercial ideas to reality

Businesses could dramatically cut the time taken to bring new products and services to market with help from our new supercomputer.

Its applications could include helping to create efficient engineering devices, solving complex genetic calculations, or optimising the design of buildings.

The high performance computing (HPC) facility could also help businesses from a range of science and engineering sectors cut the cost of product and service development.

Exciting Internship Opportunity: HPC Administrator Intern

EPCC is currently looking for an HPC Systems Administrator Intern. This fixed-term 12-month post will be based at the University of Edinburgh's Advanced Computing Facility (ACF) on the Bush Estate campus.

Find out more

Search vacancy ref 037675:

Applications must be made before 13 Dec 2016.

Free computing time and support for first 20 companies to use Cirrus

Access leading-edge supercomputing capability from your desktop

Cirrus is our new supercomputer for industry. To celebrate its launch, we are offering 1,000 core hours of free use of the service and support to the first 20 companies that apply to use Cirrus.

Apply now

To apply for FREE time on Cirrus, please complete this form:

Fortissimo Open Call 2 launched

The Fortissimo Project has launched a second Open Call for proposals to carry out experiments in modelling and simulation, and high-performance data-analytics using cloud-based HPC.

Adept project concludes with open-source release of energy measurement tools

Over its 3-year lifespan, Adept has investigated energy consumption in parallel hardware and software. Energy efficiency is becoming a serious consideration for developers of high-performance and high-throughput computing systems. As computers become more powerful, they inevitably consume more energy – unless the technology is improved so they become more efficient.

ARCHER Image Competition 2016 open now: £250 prize

We are pleased to invite submissions to the ARCHER Image Competition 2016.

The ARCHER Image Competition is an event for all users of ARCHER to share their images of "ARCHER Enabling Research".

Images might include (but are not limited to):

Practical Software Development @ EPCC at RAL

28-29 September 2016
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

ARCHER, the UK's national supercomputing service, offers training in software development and high-performance computing to scientists and researchers across the UK. As part of our training service we will be running a 2 day "Practical Software Development: training session".

ARCHER Virtual Tutorial (3pm, 14 Sep): Intel Knights Landing Processor

15:00 BST Wednesday 14th September 2016

It was recently announced that a 12-node Cray system containing Intel's new Knights Landing (KNL) manycore processors is to be added to the existing ARCHER service.

Online now: EPCC's 2016 commercial brochure

EPCC's new commercial brochure is now available to view online.

Read about how our services for business, combined with our world-class computing facilities and expertise, can give companies a genuine competitive advantage.

EPCC proud to announce collaboration with Silicon Graphics International (SGI)

EPCC has been chosen to host a European centre for high performance computer manufacturer Silicon Graphics International (SGI).

Scientists in the collaboration will explore high performance computing issues related to healthcare, materials science, climate change and renewable resources, among others.

The SGI European Research Centre will be co-located with EPCC, and SGI researchers will undertake joint research with EPCC’s staff on projects of mutual interest.

HPC support for European SMEs

The SHAPE programme offers European small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) individual support from a high-performance computing expert, effort on developing and enhancing their applications, and compute time on some of Europe’s most powerful computing systems.

It can increase competitiveness and enhance software through the use of more powerful computers, leading to a shorter time to solution, improved product quality and more service innovation. Over 20 SMEs have already taken advantage of the opportunities offered by SHAPE.

Tsukuba-Edinburgh collaboration workshop: 16 & 17 June 2016

Update: the presentation slides are now linked from each talk title below.


The annual collaboration workshop between the University of Edinburgh and the University of Tsukuba, Japan, takes place this week.

The meeting brings together researchers from Tsukuba and Edinburgh to present and discuss the novel research in high-performance computing, computer science, physics, meteorology, and other subjects undertaken by scientists at both universities. 

Join us at EuroMPI in Edinburgh in September!

EuroMPI will run from 25-28 September in Edinburgh, UK.

Now in its 23rd year, EuroMPI is the leading conference for users and developers of MPI. Join us in the beautiful city of Edinburgh for 4 days of networking, discussion and skills building. The theme of this year’s conference is “Modern Challenges to MPI’s dominance in HPC”.

Come and say hello at ISC-HPC 2016

We're delighted to announce that EPCC will attend ISC-HPC, the International Supercomputing Conference, in Frankfurt am Main this year.

This is an excellent opportunity to show the variety of work we undertake, and in particular we will focus on these aspects:

Diversity in HPC project launches

The new Diversity in HPC (DiHPC) project is working to showcase the diversity of talent in the high performance computing community.

No personal characteristic should be a barrier to participating in HPC. This includes disability, sexuality, sex, ethnicity, gender identity, age, religion, culture, pregnancy and family. 

Energy efficiency in HPC: online Q&A

The Adept project team at EPCC recently took part in an online question-and-answer session about energy efficiency in computing systems. You can read the result in the Reddit Journal of Science.

ExTASY tutorial 16/17 May 2016

Molecular Dynamics is a well-established method for sampling the phase space of macromolecules.  However, the complex potential energy landscapes of real systems means that brute-force MD is not enough to observe rare events such as transitions between (for example) folded and unfolded states of a protein, and new tools are needed to accelerate sampling.

Fortissimo 2 Open Call for Experiments

The Fortissimo 2 project has issued an Open Call for HPC Cloud experiments.

The Collaborations Workshop 2016 comes to Edinburgh

The Collaborations Workshop 2016 (CW16), organised by the Software Sustainability Institute, focuses on hot topics, sharing of best practice and nascent tools and approaches in research software. If you write, use or have an interest in software that enables better research then CW16 is a meeting you should strongly consider attending!

Wee Archie: Digital dinos put bite-sized supercomputer through its paces

A mini supercomputer that powers virtual dinosaur races has been developed to show how the world’s most powerful computers work.

The compact machine – called Wee Archie – takes its name from the £43m ARCHER supercomputer at the University of Edinburgh's Advanced Computing Facility.

Wee Archie replicates in miniature high performance computing techniques to simulate races between on-screen Argentinosaurus. It has already proven popular with school pupils at outreach events designed to shed light on the complexities of supercomputing.

FLACS HPC service: explosion modelling for industry

A partnership between EPCC and GexCon AS has created a unique explosion-modelling service for the petrochemical, nuclear, and general process-manufacturing industries.

Research software receives £3.5m support

The Software Sustainability Institute, a team of experts from the universities of Edinburgh, Manchester, Oxford and Southampton who are committed to cultivating world-class research through software, has received £3.5m funding to continue its valuable support for the UK's research software community.

NEXTGenIO project tackles HPC’s I/O challenges

Today a consortium led by EPCC, the supercomputing centre at the University of Edinburgh, announces the successful start of the NEXTGenIO project. NEXTGenIO is an R&D project funded by the European Commission that will develop solutions to high performance computing’s (HPC) input/output (I/O) challenges.

MSc students' hackathon success

Congratulations to the three students from our MSc in HPC with Data Science who won a prize at a recent hackathon event organised by MakeItSocial and Skyscanner.

Ludovic Capelli, Patrick Schiffman and Adarsh Janakiraman were part of the Bill Share team who won a cheque for £350 for their "super innovative peer-to-peer payment system for cost-sharing between flatmates".

Fed4FIRE Open Call for SMEs

The Fed4FIRE project  has launched an Open Call which will provide funding for SMEs to do Future Internet experiments.

SC'15 Workshop: Producing High-Performance and Sustainable Software for Molecular Simulation

SC'15, Austin, Texas: November 20, 2015,

EPCC is organising this workshop to bring together developers and users of molecular simulation software, experts in high-performance computing, and researchers of numerical methods and algorithms to discuss the challenge of creating and maintaining high-performance sustainable software for molecular simulation.

SSI Fellowships 2016

The Software Sustainability Institute Fellowship Programme is your chance to be empowered to talk about software in your research domain to a wider audience, network with others who share a passion about software in research, and learn key skills of benefit to you and those you collaborate with.

EPCC experts talk Exascale to the BBC

EPCC Chairman Richard Kenway and Executive Director Mark Parsons make an appearance in the BBC's online story about US plans to create an Exascale computer by 2025.

Read the full story on the BBC News website: Obama orders world's fastest computer 

How to make Big Data work for your business: free lunchtime seminars

Are you a business professional looking for answers about Big Data?

Come to our free Life Sciences & Healthcare seminars: 

Interview: From dark demand to dinosaurs

EPCC faces a huge challenge over the next few years: developing new algorithms and software to take full advantage of the next generation of high-performance supercomputers... 

Read the interview with EPCC Director Mark Parsons in Science Scotland

First international partner joins Women in High Performance Computing network

Compute Canada has become the first international partner to join the Women in High Performance Computing (WHPC) network.

At an ISC showcase in Frankfurt hosted by WHPC to celebrate female leaders in advanced research computing, Compute Canada signed a memorandum of understanding with the goal of increasing the representation of women in advanced research computing in Canada. 

Interview: Can supercomputers get any more super?

In the current issue of Science Scotland, EPCC's former Director Prof. Arthur Trew describes the latest trends in computational science – and suggests data should be the first thing on people's minds.

Read the article

Science Scotland: Can supercomputers get any more super?

Industry Exhibition at ParCo 2015

ParCo 2015, the conference on parallel computing taking place at the University of Edinburgh in September 2015, is giving high-tech companies the chance to demonstrate their products, services and recruitment opportunities to the ParCo audience of highly skilled professionals and students. 

Places in the industry exhibition can now be booked - see

Extended Software Development workshop for Biomolecular Simulation - registration open

During October an extended Software Development Workshop will be held at the CECAM node in Julich, Germany, co-organised by EPCC.  

The workshop is focussed on the software development challenges associated with biomolecular simulation, including tools for setting up, generating, and analysing large-scale molecular dynamics trajectories, making use of modern software development practices and taking advantage of leading-edge HPC systems.

Introducing the Adept Measurement System (video)

The Adept project has published a video that gives an introduction to instrumenting a computer for power measurement with the Adept measurement system. Please watch it to learn more.

European Data Infrastructure receives additional €19million to expand its services

EUDAT (pan-European Data Infrastructure) offers a complete set of research data services to all European scientists and researchers, enabling them to preserve, find, access, and process data in a trusted environment. It recently received an additional €19million to expand its services.

SSI Collaborations Workshop 2015 - register now!

Places at this year's Software Sustainability Institute's Collaborations Workshop are quickly running out. If you would like to attend this event, you should register soon. 

This workshop will focus on interdisciplinary working: different domains coming together to form new research questions and solutions.

For University of Edinburgh researchers: apply to use the national supercomputer

EPCC offers access to ARCHER, the UK national supercomputer, through Calls for proposals to the regular UoE Supercomputing Panel.

Collaboration workshop between Tsukuba and Edinburgh universities

The agenda for our annual collaboration workshop between the University of Edinburgh and the University of Tsukuba in Japan has now been finalised. 

The meeting, which will be held in the Higgs Room in JCMB on the 9th and 10th of March, brings together researchers from Edinburgh and Tsukuba universities to present and discuss cutting-edge research in high-performance computing, computer science, and physics being undertaken by both institutions.

Funding available for SMEs that want to trial HPC

A second call for proposals aimed at SMEs wishing to trial high-performance computing (HPC) has been launched by SHAPE (SME HPC Adoption Programme in Europe).

Second Annual CP2K UK Users Meeting

EPCC is organising a meeting for all UK users of CP2K(link is external), the popular atomistic simulatio

Research aims to examine full impact of UK supercomputer HECToR

Academics are being called on to share their stories of how the UK's once fastest computer has furthered their research - and delivered wider economic and social benefits.

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has commissioned a group of independent experts to articulate the scientific, economic and social impact of HECToR, the UK's supercomputer from 2007 to early 2014, when it was replaced by its even faster successor ARCHER.

Fed4FIRE announces funding call for Future Internet experiments

Experimentally driven research is a key factor for growing the European Internet industry and Europe has invested heavily in FIRE (Future Internet Research and Experimentation) facilities  to support such research. The Fed4FIRE federation framework enables experimenters to use  facilities from the different FIRE research communities seamlessly in a single experiment.

EPCC joins world’s elite Intel® Parallel Computing Centers

EPCC has been designated an Intel Parallel Computing Centre (IPCC) through a prestigious grant from Intel – a distinction currently held by only a handful of parallel computing centres worldwide. 

Through this new partnership, EPCC will collaborate with Intel to optimise several open source high performance computing (HPC) applications for Intel’s latest parallel processor architectures.

ECO2CLOUDS organises workshop on energy efficient systems

The ECO2CLOUDS project is organising a workshop on energy efficient systems at the ICT for Sustainability conference in Stockholm, Sweden on 27 August.

ARCHER supercomputer targets research solutions on epic scale

ARCHER is a new-generation supercomputer, capable of more than one million billion calculations a second.

The £43 million ARCHER (Academic Research Computing High End Resource) system will provide high performance computing support for research and industry projects in the UK.

New series of MSc in HPC Guest Lectures launched

The Guest Lectures form part of our MSc in High Performance Computing, and aim to give students an appreciation of the current issues and experiences of real-world HPC practioners. Speakers are drawn from academia and industry, and include application developers, researchers and HPC vendors.

This year's series got underway with a talk by Ian Wardrope of Intel that covered the company's approach to tackling the challenges of Exascale computing from hardware, software and data perspectives.

Funding for SMEs to get involved in Future Internet

The Fed4FIRE project is offering funding for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to carry out experiments related to Future Internet research.

The funding will be available through a competitive call that closes on 2nd April 2014. Up to €25,000 is availble for each successful application for experiments of up to four months duration. Full details of how to apply can be found at the Fed4FIRE website

Adept Workshop at HiPEAC 2014

The Adept project addresses the challenge of the energy-efficient use of parallel technologies. Its key aim is to develop tools and methodologies that will guide software developers and help them to model and predict the performance and power consumption of parallel software and hardware.

First Annual CP2K UK users meeting

EPCC is organising a meeting for all UK users of CP2K, the popular atomistic simulation code.

Adept project: investigating energy efficiency in parallel technologies

A consortium led by EPCC has announced the launch of the Adept project, which brings together software and hardware experts from HPC and Embedded to address the challenge of energy efficient use of parallel technologies. 

Fortissimo project: digital simulation and modelling for European industry

EPCC leads Fortissimo, a 3-year project focused on the development of a Cloud of HPC resources for use, in the first instance, by European manufacturing companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Fortissimo press release

FORTISSIMO – Enabling European Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the manufacturing sector to benefit from high-performance digital simulation and modelling

Software Carpentry Boot Camp: do more, with less pain

EPCC will host a Software Carpentry Boot Camp on 3-4 December 2013. This event is designed to teach software development skills to researchers, so helping them to do more in less time and with less pain.

PGAS events at EPCC

The PGAS programming model is becoming an increasingly important topic in HPC, especially in relation to the exascale. We are actively involved in promoting and researching PGAS and its applications.

Cray awarded $30 million contract to install a Cray XC30 supercomputer for the UK National Supercomputing Facility

Cray Inc has announced details of the system that will form ARCHER, the UK's next-generation national high-performance computing facility, which will be housed in EPCC's Advanced Computing Facility. The full text can be read on Cray's website

ARCHER will replace HECToR, which is also hosted by EPCC.

Blog post: Are we underestimating the real challenge of Exascale?

Mark Parson's blog post considers the challenges of reaching the Exascale: energy efficiency, heterogeneity and resiliency of computation, storage and communication, and the scale of the parallelism involved.

Summer issue of EPCC News: out now

From clouds to exascale and training... See the new EPCC News to find out what we've been doing recently.

Subscribe to the print and online versions.

MATLAB® and Simulink® computational modelling now available on INDY, our HPC cluster for industry

A joint effort between MathWorks and EPCC has successfully demonstrated cloud-like access to MathWork’s modelling suite on INDY, EPCC's HPC cluster targeted at industrial users. Read more on George Graham's blog.

Test your Cloud application with BonFIRE

Frustrated with black-box computation? Constrained by the size of your experimentation cluster? Let BonFIRE help!

BonFIRE is a multi-cloud facility created to foster experimentation and testing of Cloud and distributed applications. With six sites across Europe, BonFIRE allows advanced Cloud and network experimentation and has already hosted large-scale research with real impact.

EASC2013 presentations now online

All the slides from the keynote speeches at EASC2013, the Exascale conference held in Edinburgh this April, are now available online through the conference website.

Read more on our blog.


From multi to many cores: Intel Xeon Phi at EPCC

Two new Intel Xeon Phi 5110P co-processors have recently arrived at EPCC. They will be made available to staff and students for testing and evaluation of HPC applications. 

Read more on Iain Bethune's blog.

Exascale Applications and Software Conference (EASC2013)


EASC2013 begins today.

Over 130 delegetes have registered for the EASC2013 conference, which brings together those involved in solving the software challenges associated with programming exascale systems. 

Software Sustainability Institute’s Collaborations Workshop 2013

21-22 March 2013, Merton College, Oxford

The Software Sustainability Institute is running its annual Collaborations Workshop (CW13) at Merton College, Oxford. This workshop brings together researchers, software developers, managers, funders and more to explore ideas in software pertinent to their research and exploit any synergies that may lead to interdisciplinary collaborations.

Accelerator: on-demand, secure and flexible supercomputing for business

200,000 cores of raw compute power - backed by one of the world’s top computing centres - are available to users of the expanded Accelerator service, Europe’s most powerful and flexible On-Demand HPC resource.

Exascale Applications and Software Conference: Call for Participation

 9-11th April 2013, Edinburgh, UK

This conference will bring together all of the stakeholders involved in solving the software challenges of the exascale:­ from application developers, through numerical library experts, programming model developers and integrators, to tools designers. Keynote presentations will be given by the following invited speakers:

First EUDAT Conference

22-24 October, Barcelona

EPCC is a partner in the EUDAT project, which aims to support a collaborative data infrastructure that will allow researchers to share data within and between communities and enable them to carry out their research effectively. The project is holding its first conference in Barcelona on 22nd-24th October 2012.

Early bird registration ends on 15th September.

National campaign launched to recruit Fellows to understand how software can help research

The UK’s Software Sustainability Institute (SSI) is on the lookout for a team of researchers to take part in its new Fellows programme to develop a better understanding of the way that software is used in research. Each Fellow will be allocated £3,000 over 18 months to support activities that are beneficial to both the Fellow and the Institute such as travelling to conferences, or setting up and running workshops.

The science of ice-cream

EPCC’s Alan Gray recently spoke to NBC News about how supercomputers can improve the quality of everyday ’soft materials’: from shampoo to ice cream.


Read the story on the NVIDIA and Cray websites.

Big data storage to serve UK researchers


A new storage environment providing 7.8PB of storage and an additional 19.5PB of backup capability is to improve long-term data storage for hundreds of UK users of the HECToR (High-End Computing Terascale Resource) supercomputer. 

Award supports research into student learning

Judy Hardy
Judy Hardy

EPCC’s Judy Hardy has won a Higher Education Academy (HEA) Doctoral Programme award to extend her research into the student experience and how it can be enhanced through technology.

Judy’s project will investigate the impact and effectiveness of PeerWise, a freely available online tool that enables students to create content in the form of multiple-choice questions and explanations.

MSc in HPC challenge: build a cluster from scrap

Our MSc students were recently set a “scrapheap challenge” to put together small-scale parallel machines completely from scratch, using Open Source software and a range of otherwise unwanted computing and networking hardware.

Google Summer of Code 2012: get involved through OGSA-DAI

Google Summer of Code is a global program that offers students stipends to write code for Open Source projects for three months under the guidance of an Open Source organisation. This year the OGSA-DAI open source project plans to participate as a mentor.

Minister launches next generation of supercomputers for UK researchers

Imagine if every person on the planet were able to carry out 250,000 calculations per second simultaneously. This is the combined capability of the next stage of development, announced today, of two giant computers, HECToR and BlueGene/Q, based at the University of Edinburgh’s Advanced Computing Facility (ACF). It marks the next chapter in the UK’s supercomputing programme.

David Willetts with Lily Johnson

BonFIRE opens €600,000 call for Future Internet experiments and Cloud provider

BonFIRE is looking for Testing Experiments that want to trial on the Cloud software prototypes or results of services R&D Internet of Services projects. The experiments should exploit the unique features of BonFIRE facility within one or more of the three usage scenarios. Experiments shall propose innovative usage scenarios exploiting the multiple dimensions and scale of the facility.

MSc in HPC: scholarships available for UK and EU students

The School of Physics & Astronomy offers up to two Master’s scholarships in High Performance Computing for the 2012-2013 academic session. Each scholarship covers tuition fees and additional programme costs up to a maximum value of £6,750 and is tenable for one academic year.

These scholarships are awarded competitively.


UK/EU students who have been accepted for admission to the MSc in High Performance Computing are eligible to apply.

PlanetHPC: A Strategy for Research and Innovation through HPC

PlanetHPC has published its report on the future use of HPC for research and innovation in Europe, with recommendations that carry the endorsement of leading industrial and academic experts in the HPC field.


A Strategy for Research and Innovation through HPC

EPCC and Scottish Enterprise Launch £1.2M Supercomputing Scotland Programme

Scottish businesses in the energy, life science and finance sectors are set to benefit from a unique initiative that will enable them to channel Scotland’s world-class supercomputing power and expertise.

Scottish Enterprise and EPCC - the supercomputing centre at The University of Edinburgh ­- have joined forces to create Supercomputing Scotland. This 3-year, £1.2 million programme will enable Scottish companies of all sizes to use HECToR, the UK’s most powerful supercomputer, to solve key business challenges such as product and service design.

EPCC News 70: New Horizons

Online now: the latest issue of EPCC News. Read about our adventures in exascale, data-intensive and cloud computing - and much more…

  • EPCC becomes an NVIDIA CUDA Research Centre
  • We are under new management!
  • Cray’s Exascale Research Initiative in Europe
  • European Exascale Software Initiative
  • Asynchronous algorithms
  • PlanetHPC: research and innovation strategy

Europe gears up for the exascale software challenge with new €8.3m CRESTA project

The first exascale supercomputers are expected to arrive at the end of this decade.  These systems must deliver an exaflop – or a million million million calculations per second. A new consortium of leading European sites has come together to meet the challenge of delivering software to support and exploit these massive systems. The €8.3M CRESTA project – Collaborative Research into Exascale Systemware, Tools and Applications - brings together thirteen leading European sites to deliver this technology. 

SPRINT training course: user-friendly statistical analysis using HECToR, the UK’s most powerful supercomputer

SPRINT (Simple Parallel R INTerface) provides easy access to high performance computing (HPC) for the analysis of high-throughput, post-genomic data using the statistical programming language R. The first ever SPRINT training course will be run at NAG Oxford on December 1st 2011. The course aims to give a general overview of the hardware, software and configuration of the HECToR system in the context of using SPRINT.