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ARCHER Image and Video Competition 2017

Author: Clair Barrass
Posted: 5 Sep 2017 | 12:00

UPDATE: Submission deadline extended to 15 October 2017.

We are pleased to announce the ARCHER Image and Video Competition 2017, and we invite all users of the national supercomputing service to share their images and videos on the theme of "ARCHER Enabling Research".

Software Sustainability Institute is looking for Fellows for 2018

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 30 Aug 2017 | 13:10

Applications are open for the Software Sustainability Institute's Fellowship Programme 2018. The Fellowship Programme will support you to talk about software in your research domain to a wider audience, network with others who share a passion for software in research, and learn key skills to benefit you and those you collaborate with.

The programme includes £3000 to use towards travel or conference fees over a 15-month period. You will also be able to interact with other Fellows from 2018 and previous years, thus enabling you to build a network of dynamic people throughout the UK.

View from the storage side

Author: Adrian Jackson
Posted: 16 Aug 2017 | 15:59

Flash Memory Summit Logo

I recently attended the 2017 Flash Memory Summit, a conference primarily aimed at storage technology and originally based around flash memory, although it has expanded to cover all forms of non-volatile storage technology.

Non-volatile memory is a big deal nowadays.  It is memory that stores data even when it has no power (unlike the volatile memory in computers that lose data when power is switched off).  Flash memory is a particular form for non-volatile memory, it's been used for a long time, and has had a massive impact on consumer technology, from the storage in your cameras and phones, to SSD hard drives routinely installed in laptop and desktop systems.

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. 

Distributed ledgers for carbon markets

Author: Adrian Jackson
Posted: 10 Aug 2017 | 20:22

Distributed ledgers, the core technology underlying digital currencies such as BitCoin, offer some interesting functionality for constructing distributed data infrastructures.Ledger

Ledgers can be considered to be simple data stores. They are styled on accounting ledgers, books where transactions are recorded one after the other, and the overall state of the accounts can be evaluated by working through the recorded transactions to calculate how much money has flowed in and out of the accounts.

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.

Summer of HPC at EPCC: Make it simple but significant – HPC usage visualisation

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 27 Jul 2017 | 00:00

This guest post is by Jakub Piotr Nurski, one of our 2017 Summer of HPC visitors.

 Almost two weeks have passed since my first visit to EPCC at the University of Edinburgh. I met my mentor Andy Turner in the first week and we started working on my project from the first minute of our meeting. Here is a little background to the idea of a project...

Summer of HPC: Machine-Learning in Python for Well Log Correlation

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 25 Jul 2017 | 00:00

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

I am currently in Edinburgh, home of the biggest celebration of arts and culture on the planet, and of course I am referring to the famous Fringe Festival. But we have plenty of time until the festival begins and my blog starts documenting all the exciting cultural events that happen in this cool city. So it is just the right moment for me to introduce you to my internship project for PRACE’s Summer of HPC.

Teaching the world to program

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 18 Jul 2017 | 11:56

Smily participants on the R course.

Wearing my Software Sustainability Institute hat, I taught at the CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Summer School in Italy last week. With participants from five of the seven continents, sadly Australia and Antartica being under-represented, it was truly a global Summer School.

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