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Portobello High School Careers Convention

Author: Fiona Reid
Posted: 6 Mar 2015 | 09:36

Last week Mario Antoioletti and myself attended the Portobello High School Careers Convention representing EPCC as part of STEMNET. Portobello was my old high school so I was quite keen to go back and see what had changed in the 20+ years since I was last in the assembly hall. 

The convention was an opportunity for pupils from S2 (12-13 year olds), S4 (14-15 year olds), S5 (15-16 year olds) and S6 (final year students at 16-17 years old) to explore possible career options with over 30 different businesses, colleges and universities being present. For the pupils from S2, S4 and S5 this event takes place prior to them making their course choices for the next academic year and thus is particularly timely. 

CP2K-UK: One year on

Author: Iain Bethune
Posted: 5 Mar 2015 | 09:36

CP2K LogoEarlier this month we held the second annual CP2K User Group Meeting at King's College London, in the shadow of London's iconic 'Shard'.  The meeting was even more popular than last year's, with around 60 people coming along to learn about the latest new features available in CP2K, and to hear from a wide range of existing users what they are doing with the code.  

Summer of HPC at EPCC

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 2 Mar 2015 | 09:33

The PRACE Summer of HPC (SoHPC) offers university students the opportunity to spend two months at a European HPC centre working on a topical summer project.

Having hosted students during the 2013 and 2014 programmes, we at EPCC are excited to be once again involved and will host three students this summer, one per project that we have proposed. 

Worldwide co-design centres & software development for exascale

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 24 Feb 2015 | 12:05

The European Exascale Software Initiative is a consortium of 29 organisations and around 100 individuals who are working towards providing key recommendations on European policy with a particular focus on how software can be developed and techniques further improved to help meet the challenges that exascale computing might bring.

The first version of this project, EESI-1, highlighted a number of key areas for further investigation and consideration. The EESI-2 project, which has been running since 2013, has built upon this and focused its attention on these areas.

CMCGS2015: Two days of Maths in Singapore

Author: Iain Bethune
Posted: 10 Feb 2015 | 14:33

Last week I was lucky enough to spend a few days in the tropical city of Singapore, attending the Computational Mathematics, Computational Geometry & Statistics (CMCGS) 2015 conference. I was there to present a review paper on the achievements of the PrimeGrid project, which I have blogged and talked about before, but as a more mathematical rather than computationally-themed conference, it was also a good chance to make contact with researchers who might be less au fait with parallel computing than most.

Hotel Fort Canning, Singapore

VOX-FE GUI developments

Author: Iain Bethune
Posted: 25 Jan 2015 | 15:55

For the last few years, I have had the opportunity to collaborate with Prof. Michael Fagan of the Medical and Biological Engineering group at the University of Hull on the development of his VOX-FE voxel finite-element (FE) bone modelling software. Past projects under EPSRC and HECToR dCSE funding allowed us to improve the scaling of the core solver and implementent parallel I/O, but it has become increasingly apparently that this was papering over the cracks, and a complete re-engineering of the code base would be required to make it portable, scalable and flexible enough to be useable.  

Greenhouse gases and GPUs

Author: Iain Bethune
Posted: 17 Dec 2014 | 16:32

We have just reached the end of a short project collaborating with Atmospheric Geochemists at the universities of Edinburgh and Bristol. After they purchased two machines each, both with dual Intel Xeon Ivy-bridge 12-core CPUs and NVIDIA Tesla K20x GPUs, EPCC was tasked to investigate the feasability of using the GPUs to improve the performance of their software.

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.

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.

Bang went the Borders

Author: Iain Bethune
Posted: 23 Oct 2014 | 14:42

Last month, EPCC took part in the Bang Goes The Borders science festival at St Mary's Primary School in Melrose.  Lorna Smith, Justs Zarins and I spent the day telling people from pre-schoolers to retirees all about supercomputers, how they work, and what they are used for.  

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