August 2017

Software Sustainability Institute is looking for Fellows for 2018

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 30 Aug 2017 | 13:10

Applications are open for the Software Sustainability Institute's Fellowship Programme 2018. The Fellowship Programme will support you to talk about software in your research domain to a wider audience, network with others who share a passion for software in research, and learn key skills to benefit you and those you collaborate with.

The programme includes £3000 to use towards travel or conference fees over a 15-month period. You will also be able to interact with other Fellows from 2018 and previous years, thus enabling you to build a network of dynamic people throughout the UK.

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.

Summer of HPC at EPCC: Climbing higher everyday

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 12 Aug 2017 | 00:00

Our guest blogger is Jakub Piotr Nurski, one of our 2017 Summer Of HPC students.

During this summer I’m trying to get a little better every day. As a hiking enthusiast, I really love to get on track during weekends. Scottish Highlands paths seem to be slightly worse maintained and much less congested than Tatra Mountains paths. It is great for someone who likes to get off the beaten track sometimes.

Summer of HPC: Exploring Edinburgh, Python coding and much more

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 11 Aug 2017 | 00:00

This guest post is by Dimitra Anevlavi, one of our 2017 Summer of HPC visitors.

Greetings from Edinburgh’s sunny festival season.

During the past few weeks I have been both exploring this vibrant city and cultivating my Python programming skills. I will give you more details about how my work has been going, but first let me introduce you to some of the adventures I’ve had. From Edinburgh Castle to museums of modern art and street performances, this city has it all. The local pubs have their own vivid rhythm, and the traditional delicious fish and chips combination. We were even brave enough to try haggis and deep-fried Mars Bars here. 

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.