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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.  

Volunteer computing & the hunt for prime numbers

Author: Iain Bethune
Posted: 29 Sep 2014 | 15:52

As well as helping out with our drop-in workshop at the British Science Festival in early September, I also had the chance to give a talk as part of the Festival's public lecture programme. Over 75 people turned out early on Sunday morning to hear 'Seventeen or Bust: Solving hard mathematical problems with your help!', where I explained how the PrimeGrid project is working on a solution to Sierpinski's conjecture, a fifty-year-old unsolved problem in Number Theory, as well as finding record-sized prime numbers in the process.

Big Data training session: EPCC & EUDAT at ISC Big Data

Author: Adam Carter
Posted: 9 Sep 2014 | 09:53
ISC is Europe’s biggest supercomputing conference, and EPCC has been represented at the event for a number of years now. More recently, as the interest in Big Data has grown, ISC has launched a new conference - ISC Big Data - which is specifically focussed on this new field.

CP2K training ramps up

Author: Iain Bethune
Posted: 5 Sep 2014 | 19:50

I spent a couple of days last week at Imperial College's Department of Chemistry running a 2-day training course on CP2K. The course was hosted by NSCCS - the National Service for Computational Chemistry Software, and ARCHER - the National HPC Service we manage here in Edinburgh.

I've blogged before about the CP2K-UK project, a direct result of EPSRC's recognition of the growing community of CP2K users in the UK. Currently around £25,000 worth of CPU time is used per month on ARCHER for CP2K calculations, so it is important that users have access to the latest information on how to make the best use of the code.

EPCC enters the Ice Bucket Water Challenge

Author: Toni Collis
Posted: 28 Aug 2014 | 10:44

Yesterday members of EPCC collectively undertook the ice bucket challenge. Ten of us (Toni Collis, Mark Sawyer, Eilidh Troup, Arno Proeme, Nick Johnson, Fiona Reid,Maciej Olchowik, Terry Sloan, Andy Turner, Mario Antonioletti) participated in this event. You can witness their pain below:

Up to this point we have raised £181.50 for a number of charities.

New SGI system at EPCC: Ultra!

Author: Maciej Olchowik
Posted: 26 Aug 2014 | 17:37

Last month EPCC added a new supercomputer to its portfolio. Working in collaboration with the Digital Health Institute Scotland we have acquired the SGI UV2000 system. Unlike many of our existing HPC resources, Ultra (as it’s known by the DNS name) is not a cluster, there is just one Linux operating system controlling all 512 computing cores and 8TB of memory. This offers many advantages to the researchers and opens up new possibilities - suddenly we can run a large code without complex parallelisation!

ARCHER Phase 2 User Meeting

Author: Adrian Jackson
Posted: 16 Jul 2014 | 18:47

Last week saw EPSRC host a user meeting to discuss the phase 2 upgrade of ARCHER, the UK's national supercomputing service.

TeamEPCC & the ISC'14 Student Cluster Competition

Author: Xu Guo
Posted: 1 Jul 2014 | 14:35

This post was written by TeamEPCC, four MSc in HPC students who achieved the highest-ever LINPACK score in the Student Cluster Competition at ISC14. 

In the photo (left to right): Chenhui Quan, Konstantinos Mouzakitis, Emmanouil Farsarakis (Manos) and Georgios Iniatis. 

EPCC wins HPC Innovation Excellence Award

Author: Adrian Jackson
Posted: 24 Jun 2014 | 14:10

Electrostatic potential fluctuations in an annular region at mid-radius in the MAST tokamak, from a gyrokinetic simulation of the saturated turbulence using the GS2 code. A wedge of plasma has been removed from the visualisation so as to view the nature of the fluctuations inside the annulus.EPCC is delighted to be part of a team that has won an HPC Innovation Excellence Award. Presented at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC14) in Leipzig (22-26 June 2014), the awards recognise outstanding application of HPC Computing for Business and Scientific Achievements.

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