Autumn edition of EPCC News: online now
From EPCC's Directors:
Welcome to the Autumn 2015 edition of EPCC News
This is EPCC’s Silver Jubilee year and it was a great pleasure to see so many past and present EPCC staff at our 25th Birthday Party celebration in September. We were overwhelmed by the number of people who remember their time at EPCC, often at the start of their careers, with great fondness. We were amazed by the distances some people travelled to be at the event – including a ‘day trip’ from the West Coast of the USA.
September also saw the first International Review of EPCC for over a decade.
Initial feedback from the Panel of Reviewers is that EPCC is a successful organisation with great staff and a wide variety of activities. The detailed feedback and recommendations, expected by November, will be designed to help us take our next steps forward and grow sensibly and sustainably. With this in mind, and our recent project successes, EPCC has been hiring over the summer. With just over 80 staff today, we expect to be close to 90 by Christmas.
A key driver of our current growth is the surge in demand for data-focussed projects, particularly in the bioinformatics and medical domains. This issue of EPCC News has several articles about this increasingly important area for EPCC.
Although much of the current hype around big data is unjustified, it is clear that across all areas of scientific and industrial research, the ability to capture ever larger amounts of data is producing a new set of challenges within many organisations. While it is often characterised as an analytical challenge, much of the demand is driven by the need for better ‘data engineering’ – making sure data can be stored, transmitted and accessed in the most optimal fashion. It is still the case that moving more than 100 Terabytes around for analytical purposes requires considerable thought and planning.
We hope you enjoy this issue of EPCC News. If you have any suggestions for future articles please let us know – and we are always keen to hear from former EPCC staff on where your careers have taken you.