November 2014

Women in HPC at Supercomputing 2014

Author: Toni Collis
Posted: 28 Nov 2014 | 15:03

Last week Women in HPC took the HPC community (and New Orleans) by storm. As Supercomputing 2014 took over New Orleans, Women in HPC took over Supercomputing with a fantastic response.

University-led €428m bid could boost Scotland’s growing reputation for innovation in health and care

Author: Mark Parsons
Posted: 25 Nov 2014 | 16:13

The University of Edinburgh is leading an international bid to secure European funding to support the establishment of a European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) “Knowledge and Innovation Community” (KIC) focused on healthy living and active ageing.

Funded by the EIT through Horizon 2020 (The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation), LifeKIC, as the Scotland-led KIC is called, will support the EIT and EU’s goal of delivering the triple win of: increased healthy life years; economic growth and increased competitiveness; and sustainable health and care.

What do you want to be?

Author: Alistair Grant
Posted: 25 Nov 2014 | 10:03

When you were young, what did you want to be when you got older? It can be easy to become blasé about repetitive answers that children can come up with, but how much of that is our fault as adults? Do we provide enough information about the range of possible careers and jobs available?

Prestonfield Primary in Edinburgh has no intention of this by the looks of things, having organised a careers fair for their P1-P6 classes.

Intel Parallel Computing Centre: progress report

Author: Adrian Jackson
Posted: 21 Nov 2014 | 10:29

EPCC's Grand Challenges Optimisation Centre, an Intel Parallel Computing Centre which we announced earlier in the year, has made significant progress over recent months. 

The collaboration was created to optimise codes for Intel processors, particularly to port and optimise scientific simulation codes for Intel Xeon Phi co-processors. As EPCC also runs the ARCHER supercomputer, which contains a large number of Intel Xeon processors (although no accelerators or co-processors), for EPSRC and other UK research funding councils, we also have a strong focus on ensuring that scientific simulation codes are highly optimised for these processors. Therefore, the IPCC work at EPCC has been concentrating on improving the performance of a range of codes that are heavily used for computational simulation in the UK on both Intel Xeon and Intel Xeon Phi processors.

Looking for help to improve your research software?

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 20 Nov 2014 | 12:22

The Software Sustainability Institute (SSI) is seeking applications to its Open Call for Projects, a free service that allows researchers to propose joint software consultancy projects with the Institute.

If you write code as part of your research and you are successful in your application you can get the SSI to help you improve your development processes and/or your code's sustainability at zero cost to yourself. Note that the call closes on the 5th December 2014.

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