November 2013

ARCHER: the next national HPC service for academic research

Author: Andy Turner
Posted: 29 Nov 2013 | 11:00

ARCHER (Advanced Research Computing High End Resource) is the next national HPC service for academic research. The service comprises a number of components: accommodation provided by the University of Edinburgh; hardware by Cray; systems support by EPCC and Daresbury Laboratory; and user and computational science and engineering support by EPCC.

DiRAC driving test comes to Edinburgh

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 28 Nov 2013 | 10:00

My colleague Mike Jackson recently posted about the DiRAC driving test. DiRAC is the UK's integrated supercomputing facility for theoretical modelling and HPC-based research in particle physics, astronomy and cosmology and is used by numerous researchers with diverse backgrounds. Whilst much of their work is very different, one commonality is that it often requires in-depth technical and software engineering techniques. The idea of the driving test was therefore to ensure that all users have the required knowledge for effective use of the consortium’s machines.

Survey for exascale co-design

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 21 Nov 2013 | 16:24

In a previous post I introduced the European Exascale Software Initiative (EESI) Co-design deliverable in which EPCC is a joint task leader. We are looking to understand exactly what different people mean by the co-design term, what can be done to encourage and promote co-design and - specifically for exascale - how institutions might apply it to successfully deliver the HPC services of tomorrow.

Snow in Denver

Author: Nick Johnson
Posted: 21 Nov 2013 | 16:18

It's snowing!

Today is the last day of the exhibition at SC13 so whilst I'm manning the booth (#3932) I thought I'd talk about some of the sessions I've been to and people I've met since my last post.

Addressing gender diversity in STEM: thoughts from the Gender Summit

Author: Toni Collis
Posted: 21 Nov 2013 | 11:05

If you have read any of my previous blogs, you will know that I have an interest in the lack of women working in the field of HPC and Physics. Last week I was lucky to be able to attend the third international Gender Summit in Washington DC, which aims to address, discuss and share ideas on how to improve the participation of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

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