Data research

Deadline extended for UrgentHPC workshop at SC20

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 31 Aug 2020 | 15:33

SC, the world's largest high-performance computing conference, will be held virtually during the week of November 9-13. It is a disappointment not to be going to SC in person, but the flip side is that the conference will be open to a wider audience than would have been possible had it been held in Atlanta as originally planned.

This year I am organising the second run of the Urgent HPC workshop, which is an event aimed at bringing together those who are researching the role of HPC and data science in making urgent decisions to tackle disasters. The event first ran last year at SC19 and comprised a keynote talk by the founder of Technosylva – the world’s leading wildfire simulation code development company – six technical papers, and a panel. Based upon that success we decided to run the workshop again this year, and given all that has happened since then, exploring this topic is more timely than ever before! 

PhD opportunities at EPCC

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 29 Jun 2020 | 14:38

We currently have applications open for PhD students, starting late 2020/early 2021 depending upon their situation. Four of these have been advertised on findaphd, with the closing date at the end of the month.

In addition to our MSc programmes, EPCC also hosts a number of PhD students who are researching a diverse set of areas: from traditional performance optimisation for HPC, to new data science technologies and novel computing architectures. Supervised by EPCC members of staff and housed in the Bayes, not only do these students benefit from being part of the UK’s leading HPC centre, but they also have access to the wider University’s large range of resources.

Research Data Scotland's response to COVID-19

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 2 Jun 2020 | 13:44

The COVID19 research data service, which EPCC helped build, will bring together expertise, resource and capabilities from a range of programmes across the public sector. Roger Halliday, Chief Statistician and Data Officer for the Scottish Government, explains how it will support Scotland's response to the pandemic.

I want to share an update on how Research Data Scotland (RDS) is supporting the national response to COVID-19.

RDS’s mission remains to improve the economic, social and environmental wellbeing in Scotland by enabling access to and linkage of data about people, places and businesses for research in the public good.

PICTURES project: predicting disease with artificial intelligence

Author: Ally Hume
Posted: 10 Dec 2019 | 11:41

EPCC is part of a £4.4 million project to turn a database of millions of clinical images into a powerful research tool to help tackle health conditions including lung cancer and dementia.

Each year millions of clinical images such as X-rays, CT, MRI, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, and retinal images are generated by the NHS in Scotland and stored in the national imaging database. In addition to containing important clinical information, these images also potentially contain a great deal of information about the health of the individual which is not currently made use of in health care.

A data-driven approach to public health

Author: Ally Hume
Posted: 6 Dec 2019 | 14:28

EPCC and other partners at the University of Edinburgh have commenced work on a new programme to develop DataLoch, a data repository for all local, regional and national health and social care data for residents of the Edinburgh & South East Scotland region. DataLoch and the associated Data Driven Innovation team will drive research and innovation, improve patient care, and reduce health inequalities across the region.

Festival Mobility: decisions with data

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 3 Dec 2019 | 11:43

If you’ve lived in Edinburgh during August, you’ve witnessed a city transformed. Together, Edinburgh’s August festivals represent an annual event close to the size of the Olympic Games. It takes a gargantuan effort by everyone involved with running the city and they do a great job. Those of us who live in Edinburgh during Festival time know that, when dealing with so many people, things don’t always work as well as we’d like. Our commutes may be longer. We might have to stand on the train or walk in the bus lane to bypass the crowds. Edinburgh’s festivals are the envy of the world but can make life more difficult for many of it citizens.

Edinburgh International Data Facility: an overview of Phase 1

Author: Rob Baxter
Posted: 22 Nov 2019 | 12:10

Developed by EPCC, the Edinburgh International Data Facility (EIDF) will facilitate new products, services, and research by bringing together regional, national and international datasets.

UrgentHPC SC19 workshop next week: see you in Denver!

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 12 Nov 2019 | 11:11

Here in EPCC we lead a work package of the VESTEC EU FET project which is working on the fusion of real-time data and HPC for urgent decision-making for disaster response. While HPC has a long history of simulating disasters, what’s missing to support emergency, urgent, decision-making is fast, real-time acquisition of data and the ability to guarantee time constraints.

In demand! Masters programmes at EPCC

Author: Ben Morse
Posted: 8 Nov 2019 | 15:27

The class of 2019 was the eighteenth cohort of EPCC MSc students and the first to be based at the Bayes Centre home. Our new surroundings have been immensely beneficial to the student experience, with the student desk space quite literally on the doorstep of staff offices and plenty of space to breakout for group study. Despite 2018/19 being our largest MSc intake in terms of entrants to that point, it was an incredibly cohesive group.

Precision persistent programming

Author: Adrian Jackson
Posted: 30 Oct 2019 | 12:48

Targeted Performance

Optane DIMM

Blog post updated 8th November 2019 to add Figure 6 highlighting PMDK vs fsdax performance for a range of node counts.

Following on from the recent blog post on our initial performance experiences when using byte-addressable persistent memory (B-APM) in the form of Intel's Optane DCPMM memory modules for data storage and access within compute nodes, we have been exploring performance and programming such memory beyond simple filesystem functionality.

For our previous performance results we used what is known as a fsdax (Filesystem Direct Access) filesystem, which enables bypassing the operating system (O/S) page cache and associated extra memory copies for I/O operations. We were using an ext4 filesystem on fsdax, although ext2 and xfs filesystems are also supported.

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