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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.

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.

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.

The experience of a lifetime :  ISC’17 Student Cluster Competition

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 13 Jul 2017 | 23:49

A team of students from EPCC's MSc programmes took part in this year's Student Cluster Competition at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) in Germany. The competition requires teams to design and configure a cluster on which they optimise and run benchmarks and applications within a power budget of 3000 watts.

Here Team EPCC and its coach Emmanouil Farsarakis tell us about their hard work and its rewards.

Changing the world: Women In HPC at ISC 2017

Author: Toni Collis
Posted: 7 Jul 2017 | 10:36

This year's ISC conference in Frankfurt was the best week for Women in HPC (WHPC) since our launch in 2014.

I spent a lot of my week personally talking about how I want to ‘make the world a better place’. It sounds very cliché but I believe it is a message that we in HPC need to embrace more if we are to encourage more women to move into HPC and something we all need to talk about more. As such as I was thrilled that during ISC, WHPC participated in activities across the full extent of the conference and spoke to a record number of attendees about the importance and benefits of creating an inclusive and diverse workforce. This was WHPC’s own little contribution to changing the world!

US Naval Academy visit to EPCC

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 26 Jun 2017 | 12:10

Our guest blogger is Prof. Carl Albing of the US Naval Academy. Prof. Albing and two students recently came to EPCC for a three-week study project.

Cirrus transformed into Tier-2 system

Author: Andy Turner
Posted: 19 Jun 2017 | 15:35

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

Wee Archlet: our homemade Raspberry Pi cluster

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 16 Jun 2017 | 14:18

Download our instructions to build your own Raspbery Pi cluster.

EPCC presents its first supercomputing MOOC

Author: Weronika Filinger
Posted: 15 Jun 2017 | 13:56

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) provide free web-based distance learning opportunities to large numbers of geographically dispersed students. Here at EPCC we are always keen to talk about supercomputing, and becoming involved in this MOOC was a natural development for us. 

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