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First phase of ARCHER2 installed at Advanced Computing Facility

Author: Lorna Smith
Posted: 15 Jul 2020 | 15:41

ARCHER2, the new UK national supercomputing service, is a world-class advanced computing resource for UK researchers. The service is due to commence later in 2020, replacing the current ARCHER service. 

The four-cabinet Shasta Mountain system completed its journey from Cray’s Chippewa Falls factory in the US to EPCC’s Advanced Computing Facility in July. This is the first phase of the 23-cabinet system of ARCHER2, the UK’s next national supercomputing service.

First phase of ARCHER2 arrives in Edinburgh!

Author: Lorna Smith
Posted: 13 Jul 2020 | 10:45

The four-cabinet Shasta Mountain system, the first phase of the 23-cabinet system, has completed its journey from Chippewa Falls in Wisconsin, making its way from Prestwick airport to Edinburgh this morning.   

The arrival of these large crates has, I admit, generated quite a lot of excitement here. Moving these specialist systems and getting the right people here to install them is a logistical challenge at the best of times, but with the necessary Covid-19 restrictions this has been considerably more challenging than usual. We are really grateful to our colleagues at Cray/HPE for all their planning and perseverance! It is a huge step forward to see these systems on site. You will be reassured to know that all necessary safety precautions have been taken to meet Covid-19 guidance and to keep everyone safe.  

ARCHER2: first four cabinets ship from the US

Author: Lorna Smith
Posted: 7 Jul 2020 | 10:04

Covid-19 has created significant challenges for the delivery of the new ARCHER2 system. It is therefore really exciting to see the first 4 cabinets of ARCHER2 leave Cray/HPE’s factory in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin to begin their journey to Edinburgh.  

ARCHER2 will replace the current ARCHER system, a Cray XC30, as the UK’s National HPC system. Once fully configured, this should provide an average of over 11 times the science throughput of ARCHER.

Fun and Games in Historic Melrose

Author: Lorna Smith
Posted: 23 Oct 2019 | 14:48

Set in the heart of the Scottish Borders and home to Melrose Abbey and Melrose RFC, a visit to Melrose is always a pleasure. Organised by St Mary's School, Bang Goes the Borders (21st September 2019) is a science festival aimed at families. Entirely free, the festival has loads of workshops and drop in sessions.  The ARCHER team and Wee Archie​ were sat alongside workshops and activities around lego robots, apple juice making, plaque busting, bees, birds, and much, much more.

Launch of EPCC’s Women in HPC UK chapter

Author: Lorna Smith
Posted: 28 May 2019 | 13:58

Women in HPC (WHPC) was set up in 2013 to tackle the problem of diversity in HPC through research and education. EPCC initiated the WHPC programme and EPSRC supported the initiative. We were therefore very pleased to be accepted as one of the first WHPC chapters, developing a chapter that encompasses all of the UK. We held a successful launch event in May, with attendees from different organisation from across the UK.

EPCC is now a Women in HPC Chapter

Author: Lorna Smith
Posted: 9 Nov 2018 | 15:17

We are very pleased to have been accepted as a Women in HPC (WHPC) Chapter, a community-level group that fulfils the WHPC mission locally.

EPCC was one of the founders of WHPC, and the introduction of the Chapter and affiliate pilot programme is a source of pride, particularly as this will allow WHPC knowledge, expertise and activities to be tailored to the needs of local HPC communities.

eCSE programme: funding software development for UK computational science

Author: Lorna Smith
Posted: 2 Nov 2018 | 23:00

The embedded Computational Science and Engineering (eCSE) programme has allocated funding to the UK computational science community over a period of six years. Integral to ARCHER, the National HPC Service, there has been a series of regular eCSE Calls to fund software development activities.

The last of the Calls has now closed and all funding has been allocated. Although a number of projects are still on-going, this seems a good time to review the benefits of the programme and to see whether its aims have been met.

New exascale projects at EPCC

Author: Lorna Smith
Posted: 16 Jul 2018 | 11:36

The EU has recently funded a significant number of new projects to continue to drive forward Europe’s readiness for the transition to exascale computing. As a result EPCC will add another three projects to its portfolio of exascale activities.

ARCHER community: get involved!

Author: Lorna Smith
Posted: 30 Jan 2018 | 14:22

The ARCHER service has been developing an open community where expertise and knowledge can be shared. It is designed to be inclusive and to engage with users of all HPC services in the UK: ARCHER, Tier-2 and University-level systems. There are a number of ways you can get involved...

Celebration of new and enhanced international research opportunities in Computational Science, Royal Geographical Society, London

Author: Lorna Smith
Posted: 14 Nov 2017 | 11:42

Group photo of winning researchersEPCC, the University of Edinburgh, and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) recently ran a Best Use of ARCHER competition to facilitate early-career researchers, who are all either PhD candidates or postdoctoral researchers, to build and develop their international network. ARCHER and EPSRC both recognise the importance of enabling young researchers to build their personal network to help build collaborations and skills.

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