Data research

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.

World-Class Data Infrastructure: an overview of Phase 1

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

Developed by EPCC, the World-Class Data Infrastructure (WCDI) 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.

Mining digital historical textual data

Author: Rosa Filgueira
Posted: 23 Oct 2019 | 10:43

Over the last three decades the collections of libraries, archives and museums have been transformed by large-scale digitisation. The volume and quality of available digitised text now makes searching and linking these data feasible, where previous attempts were restricted due to limited data availability, quality, and lack of shared infrastructures. One example of this is the extensive digital collection offered by the National Library of Scotland (NLS) (see Figure 1) [1], which can be accessed online and also downloaded for further digital humanities research.

iCAIRD: the Industrial Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research in Digital Diagnostics

Author: Andrew Brooks
Posted: 26 Sep 2019 | 13:36

The iCAIRD project is working to establish a world-class centre of excellence in the application of artificial intelligence to digital diagnostics. The intention is that iCAIRD will allow clinicians, health planners and industry to work together, enabling research-active clinicians to collaborate with innovative SMEs to better inform clinical questions, and ultimately to solve healthcare challenges more quickly and efficiently.

Analysing historical newspapers and books using Apache Spark and Cray Urika-GX

Author: Mike Jackson
Posted: 16 Aug 2019 | 16:25

Library booksIn our October 2018 blog post on Analysing humanities data using Cray Urika-GX, we described how we had been collaborating with Melissa Terras of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS) at The University of Edinburgh to explore historical newspapers and books using the Alan Turing Institute's deployment of a Cray Urika-GX system ("Urika"). In this blog post we describe additional work we have done, to look at the origins of the term "stranger danger", find reports on the Krakatoa volcanic eruption of 1883, and explore the concept of "female emigration".

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