August 2021

HPC-Europa3 visit: Investigating the opto-electronic properties of small nanoalloys during a pandemic

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 24 Aug 2021 | 15:18

Mirko Vanzan, a PhD student from the University of Padova, submitted an application to the HPC-Europa3 programme in February 2020, just before the world went into lockdown due to Covid-19. The resulting delayed start meant that instead of visiting his host, Dr Francesca Baletto, at her home institute, King's College London, in 2020, the visit eventually took place in 2021 in Donostia-San Sebastián in Spain, where Dr Baletto was spending a sabbatical year. This made Mirko's visit highly unusual, but it turned out to be very successful nevertheless. In this blog article, Mirko tells us all about his visit.

FPGAs for HPC, but this time it’s different

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 10 Aug 2021 | 10:05

For over a decade our community has enjoyed significant performance benefits by leveraging heterogeneous supercomputers. Whilst GPUs are the most common form of accelerator there are also other hardware technologies which can be complementary. 

Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) enable developers to directly configure the chip, effectively enabling their application to run at the electronics level. There are potential performance and power benefits to tailoring code execution and avoiding the general purpose architecture imposed by CPUs and GPUs, and as such FPGAs have been popular in embedded computing for many years but have not yet enjoyed any level of uptake in HPC.

PRACE Summer of HPC 2021

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 3 Aug 2021 | 16:51

EPCC is once again participating in the PRACE Summer of HPC (SoHPC) 2021 but, because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent curtailment in travel, things are being run slightly differently this year.

It was apparent from the start that travel would not be possible, and so this PRACE SoHPC for 2021 became a virtual event. Regrettably, this means that students do not get to travel to meet other programme participants either during the training week or at the hosting site. However two students instead of the usual one have been allocated to each project, which includes the aspect of remotely working in a team.

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