Public outreach

EPCC at the Edinburgh International Science Festival

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 12 Mar 2016 | 10:50

At 12pm and 2pm from Saturday 26th of March to Wednesday 30th March  EPCC, as part of the University of Edinburgh offering, will be running a free but ticketed event, entitled Junkyard Clusters, at the Edinburgh International Science Festival. This will let you to put a personal computer (PC) together from its various components and, once done, cluster the PC with those built by fellow workshop attendees to solve a common problem. This is a great opportunity to see what some of the innards of a computer look like, how they fit together and what they do. Tickets are limited so make sure that you get yours early!

Rolling Presentations on a Stick

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 10 Mar 2016 | 17:20

We often find ourselves going away to a conference or a meeting - in this particular instance the Big Bang Fair - where we have a booth or space and as part of our dissemination we wish to have a rolling presentation. In the past this has meant either taking a spare laptop with the inconvenience of having to take additional luggage or sacrificing someone's laptop for the duration in order to host the presentation. Well this no longer is the case - we can use one of the fancy new stick PCs being produced for this very purpose. You will not be able to do any supercomputing on it but for a relatively negligable expense you can save yourself a lot of luggage space and weight.

Careers Hive

Author: Fiona Reid
Posted: 1 Mar 2016 | 15:38

Yesterday I spent the day volunteering at the Careers Hive a new activity organised by Edinburgh International Science Festival for S1-S3 pupils.  The event is running in the Grand Gallery of the National Museum of Scotland from 29th February to 4th March 2016.

Doing Super Science with Supercomputers - EPCC at Big Bang Fair 2016

Author: Mirren White
Posted: 19 Feb 2016 | 09:49

Next month, a group of EPCC staff members will be travelling to Birmingham to take part in The Big Bang Fair 2016, a national science festival for school children. The event takes place over four days and will reportedly attract in excess of 70,000 visitors, so this is a great opportunity to showcase ARCHER, EPCC and all of the work we do here.

Introducing Wee Archie

Author: Alistair Grant
Posted: 26 Nov 2015 | 15:29

 

The EPCC Outreach team is always looking for new ways to introduce supercomputing to a general audience. Remote connections to ARCHER could be used, but how would audiences know what is happening? Is it really running on a remote system or is it faked? Enter Wee Archie: a portable, functional cluster developed by EPCC to demonstrate applications and concepts relating to parallel systems. 

ARCHER Impact Awards Competition 2015: winners announced

Author: Clair Barrass
Posted: 10 Nov 2015 | 10:28

We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2015 ARCHER Impact Award Competitions.

EPCC at Supercomputing: Booth 2503

Author: Adrian Jackson
Posted: 13 Oct 2015 | 11:28

EPCC Stand layoutEPCC at SC15

Preparations for EPCC's booth at SC15 are currently in full swing. This year we have revamped our stand, ordering a custom-built display (see pics below). 

In previous years we have used a combination of smaller displays to populate the space we have at the conference. However, it's often hard to get a coherent and consistent look for the booth when using an adhoc approach like this, hence this years' decision to create a display that is tailored to the space we have on the exhibition floor at Supercomputing.

What's inside the box? Building computers from scratch

Author: Iain Bethune
Posted: 28 Sep 2015 | 13:28

Last weekend, a team of us attended Bang Goes The Borders, a regional science festival hosted by St Mary's school in Melrose.

This was the fourth year we've been there, and as usual there were around 1000 school kids and their families keen to get their hands on all kinds of science- and technology-based activities.

Although our "dinoracer" has been a big favourite for the last few years, this time we took along two completely new activities: the Supercomputing App and the Build-a-PC Junkyard Challenge - which I'd like to tell you about...

EPCC Roadshow: Big Data and HPC for Life Sciences and Healthcare

Author: George Graham
Posted: 16 Sep 2015 | 15:40

During August and September we ran a series of seminar events across Scotland, in collaboration with three major actors in the Scottish life science sector: BioCity, BioQuarter and BioDundee. 

If you weren’t lucky enough to come to one of our seminars (and the complementary lunch) on the application of HPC and Big Data in life sciences then you might want to catch up by reading the associated case study.

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