Collaboration, collaboration, collaboration

Author: Adrian Jackson
Posted: 15 Jun 2016 | 13:35

This week sees our annual collaboration workshop with Tsukuba University, Japan (more details are available here).  This is a great chance to get a flavour of the kind of research another HPC centre is undertaking, how they work, and what platforms they are investing in.

The Centre for Computational Sciences (CCS) at Tsukuba is a department very like EPCC, in that it is responsible for high performance and parallel computing at the university, runs and supports large-scale computers for researchers, and undertakes parallel computing research.

However, it is structured in a very different way to EPCC, with a large number of staff associated with CCS but located in the research schools and departments around the university. At EPCC all our staff are members of EPCC and we collaborate with other departments and universities but do not have staff seconded or employed at those places.

Such distributed staffing does enable direct collaboration with a wide range of disciplines that use computational simulation for research, and it will be useful to see the perspectives of the researchers attending the workshop and contrast them with the EPCC perspective and structure. 

I have a feeling that the structure we have at EPCC may enable us to focus on core HPC research more readily than other HPC centres, but can make it harder for very close collaborations with other scientific disciplines, so it will be interesting to see the range of talks given at the workshop and the focus of the two HPC centres.

It will also be great to hear about one of the new Japanese HPC machines: Oakforest-PACS, a large (25 PFlop/s) KNL based cluster, that CCS members are involved in.

The workshop is open to all, so if you're available on the 16th/17th June and are in Edinburgh, please do come down and participate in what, I'm sure, will be a great workshop.

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Adrian Jackson, EPCC
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