Public outreach

Wee Archie goes to EngFest 2.0

Author: Juan Rodriguez Herrera
Posted: 26 Oct 2017 | 11:38

EngFest 2.0 is the second Institution of Engineers & Technology (IET) Festival of Engineering, which aims to inspire current school students and thus grow the future generation of engineers.

EPCC at the NERC showcase event

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 24 Oct 2017 | 15:14

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) will run its showcase event at Dynamic Earth entitied UnEarthed from 17th-20th November. This will be a chance for the general public to interact with over thirty exhibts from all over NERC's science remit and to understand how UK scientists are answering some of the biggest questions on Earth.

A two-way street

Author: Alistair Grant
Posted: 12 Oct 2017 | 13:01

For four days EPCC staff Alistair, Ben, Gordon, Jo, Mario and Weronika were on hand at New Scientist Live 2017 in the London ExCel with activities and knowledge about ARCHER and other areas of high performance and scientific computing. It is not the first event we have taken our wares to, nor hopefully will it be the last but it is the first large-scale general public event we have been at in London.

ARCHER Image and Video Competition 2017

Author: Clair Barrass
Posted: 5 Sep 2017 | 12:00

UPDATE: Submission deadline extended to 15 October 2017.

We are pleased to announce the ARCHER Image and Video Competition 2017, and we invite all users of the national supercomputing service to share their images and videos on the theme of "ARCHER Enabling Research".

Changing the world: Women In HPC at ISC 2017

Author: Toni Collis
Posted: 7 Jul 2017 | 10:36

This year's ISC conference in Frankfurt was the best week for Women in HPC (WHPC) since our launch in 2014.

I spent a lot of my week personally talking about how I want to ‘make the world a better place’. It sounds very cliché but I believe it is a message that we in HPC need to embrace more if we are to encourage more women to move into HPC and something we all need to talk about more. As such as I was thrilled that during ISC, WHPC participated in activities across the full extent of the conference and spoke to a record number of attendees about the importance and benefits of creating an inclusive and diverse workforce. This was WHPC’s own little contribution to changing the world!

Wee Archlet: our homemade Raspberry Pi cluster

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 16 Jun 2017 | 14:18

Download our instructions to build your own Raspbery Pi cluster.

Wee Archie goes to Boston

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 7 Jun 2017 | 14:24

Nick Brown and Wee Archie, our Raspberry PI mini super-computer, went to Boston in February for the annual American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) meeting. 

Linpack and BLAS on Wee Archie

Author: Gordon Gibb
Posted: 7 Jun 2017 | 11:17

Wee Archie is our mini-supercomputer made from Raspberry Pis, used for public outreach to teach members of the public the concepts of supercomputing. It has been very successful, and as such a second one has been built to keep up with demand! 

Setting up your own Raspberry Pi cluster

Author: Alistair Grant
Posted: 27 Apr 2017 | 14:53

Wee Archie: a wee bit of history

Wee ARCHIE Blue with Toy Pig Visitor

Some time ago (actually 2015), EPCC built a Raspberry Pi cluster called Wee Archie to demonstrate some of the principles behind a full-sized supercomputer. We designed the cluster to be portable as we can't carry around a real supercomputer and just looking at a laptop "connected" to some remote system isn't that engaging.

Art from supercomputing

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 21 Apr 2017 | 11:55

Last Thursday marked the opening of the FEAT project (Future Emerging Art and Technology) exhibition in Dundee’s LifeSpace art research gallery. The FEAT project is a pilot that focuses on the synergy between art and science, and how art can bring benefits to the scientific process. EPCC is involved through the INTERTWinE project.

For the past 12 months the artists Špela and Miha have been working with us on a piece related to supercomputing. They have spent time at a number of European supercomputing centres and additional FEAT workshops, such as the one in Vienna last summer that I attended and discussed in a previous blog article.

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