Public outreach

Found: new world record Twin Primes!

Author: Iain Bethune
Posted: 29 Sep 2016 | 13:55

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Number Theory - the study of the integers - is perhaps one of the purest branches of maths and is not well-known for setting the headlines alight.

Along with the proof of Fermat's Last Theorem in 1995, which earned a knighthood for Sir Andrew Wiles, there was a lot of excitement about the Twin Prime Conjecture a few years ago, beginning a new spurt of progress towards the solution of this thorny mathematical problem.

Supercomputing at Bang Goes The Borders

Author: Iain Bethune
Posted: 26 Sep 2016 | 17:04

Success in the Build-a-computer challenge!Last weekend my EPCC colleagues Gordon, Alistair, Anne and I were at Bang Goes The Borders at St. Mary's School in Melrose.

BGTB is a family-friendly science festival held every September in the Scottish Borders - this is the fifth year in a row we've run a workshop there and it was good to see some repeat visitors from previous years as well as new faces, eager to find out about HPC and Computer Simulation.  

ARCHER Image Competition 2016

Author: Clair Barrass
Posted: 16 Sep 2016 | 16:03

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

Summer of HPC comes to an end

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 2 Sep 2016 | 11:08

This week we said goodbye to our Summer of HPC students Anna, Marta and Tomislav.

These students from around Europe have spent the last 7 weeks with us at EPCC immersed in HPC, and each working on a specific project in the field. This is a great because not only do they gain experience and interest in HPC but we also get a useful, tangible, outcome from these projects.

Summer of HPC: Finding the fireball

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 18 Aug 2016 | 14:51

Summer of HPC visitor Tomislav Subic gives a summary of his project at EPCC: a visualisation of the UK Met Office's weather model.

A legend says that there was once a warm sunny day in Scotland. I have started my quest to find out if the myth was true, but I was not the only one.

Summer of HPC: Scotland for the summer, seriously?

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 5 Aug 2016 | 14:37

 Summer of HPC visitor Tomislav Subic writes about his introduction to Edinburgh and EPCC.

“It’s gonna be cold and rainining up there the whole time…”

If I got a pound every time I heard that in the last months, I could buy a kilt (which are not cheap by the way). While most of my fellow SoHPCers are fleeing the north in order to spend their summer on the sunny Mediterranean beaches, I am doing the opposite.

Collaboration, collaboration, collaboration

Author: Adrian Jackson
Posted: 15 Jun 2016 | 13:35

This week sees our annual collaboration workshop with Tsukuba University, Japan (more details are available here).  This is a great chance to get a flavour of the kind of research another HPC centre is undertaking, how they work, and what platforms they are investing in.

The Centre for Computational Sciences (CCS) at Tsukuba is a department very like EPCC, in that it is responsible for high performance and parallel computing at the university, runs and supports large-scale computers for researchers, and undertakes parallel computing research.

Software engineers + screwdrivers = ?

Author: Iain Bethune
Posted: 31 May 2016 | 15:32

Block diagram of a computer

I'm firmly of the opinion that one of the best ways to understand how computers work is to get hands-on with hardware. Many of us will have at some point come across a block diagram of a computer - maybe something like the one on the right.  That's all well and good, but there's something about physically taking something to bits and putting it back together that helps you understand how everything fits together.  

With that in mind, over the last year I've been helping develop a STEM outreach activity based on the idea of building PCs.  We first trialled it at Bang Goes The Borders 2015, and ran a workshop at the Edinburgh International Science Festival earlier this year, and kids as young as 5 have been able to successfully get a PC running from scratch.

Getting Wee Archie online: configuring a cluster for network access

Author: Alistair Grant
Posted: 29 Apr 2016 | 14:42

8x8 LED Matrix Connected to Raspberry Pi

At the tail end of last year, the EPCC Outreach team launched Wee Archie, a Raspberry Pi cluster designed to demonstrate parallel concepts and the type of work that is carried out on supercomputers such as ARCHER. Since the launch, Wee Archie has travelled around the UK including to Oxford, Birmingham and Dundee.

Junkyard Clusters

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 5 Apr 2016 | 12:30

It was not without a certain element of trepidation that I volunteered to help out at our offering at this year's Edinburgh International Science Festival: Junkyard Clusters.

The activity basically involved taking a stripped down Dell desktop system and, in a workshop format, with a host of mostly young participants, walking them through putting the machine back together, networking the systems up and from the now working systems getting them to collaboratively build a fractal image.

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