Support for science

Software Sustainability Institute is looking for Fellows for 2018

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 30 Aug 2017 | 13:10

Applications are open for the Software Sustainability Institute's Fellowship Programme 2018. The Fellowship Programme will support you to talk about software in your research domain to a wider audience, network with others who share a passion for software in research, and learn key skills to benefit you and those you collaborate with.

The programme includes £3000 to use towards travel or conference fees over a 15-month period. You will also be able to interact with other Fellows from 2018 and previous years, thus enabling you to build a network of dynamic people throughout the UK.

Cirrus transformed into Tier-2 system

Author: Andy Turner
Posted: 19 Jun 2017 | 15:35

EPCC has received £2.4m from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) as part its £20m investment in six new Tier-2 HPC centres.

CompBioMed Centre of Excellence in Computational Biomedicine

Author: Gavin Pringle
Posted: 15 Jun 2017 | 13:19

EPCC is one of 15 core partners in CompBioMed. This user-driven Centre of Excellence in Computational Biomedicine will nurture and promote the uptake and exploitation of high performance computing within the biomedical modelling community. Its users come from academia, industry and clinical practice.

Building a Centre of Excellence for computational biomolecular research

Author: Adam Carter
Posted: 15 Jun 2017 | 11:59

The BioExcel project, which is establishing a Centre of Excellence in Computational Biomolecular Research, is now well into its second year. Here is an update on our progress.

Better software, better science

Author: Neelofer Banglawala
Posted: 15 Jun 2017 | 11:28

Several times a year, UK researchers can apply to the ARCHER Embedded Computational Science and Engineering (eCSE) programme which funds the development and improvement of scientific software running on ARCHER, the UK’s national HPC service. 

HPC-Europa returns!

Author: Catherine Inglis
Posted: 15 Jun 2017 | 11:11

We are delighted to announce the return of the much-loved HPC-Europa Transnational Access visitor programme.

HPC-Europa and its predecessor TRACS together supported more than 850 research visits to EPCC between 1993 and 2012. Over the last few years HPC-Europa has been much missed, judging by the number of former visitors and their colleagues and local host research groups who have contacted us to ask if there will be a new programme.  

Speeding up Python on ARCHER

Author: Nick Johnson
Posted: 21 May 2017 | 16:12

45 minutes is a long time for a computer: 2,700 long seconds. For a supercomputer like ARCHER that's a lot of time to spend getting ready to do work, but this is the problem faced by the firedrake team who we work with as part of the Marine Technology project.

A better class of note

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 19 May 2017 | 08:21

This article covers what I think is a good way of taking notes, keeping track of them, and publishing them so that others can benefit from them or comment on your approach.

We often use notes to track what we have to do or have done. They might be in paper form or electronic text files. They document how we achieved our goal: the helpful URLs that put us on the right track, error and warning messages that were encountered and how they were resolved, etc. However, notes can quickly become intractable with recorded error and/or warning messages and unfathomably long URLs or, worse, they get lost.

Global Challenges Research Fund: Research for Emergency Aftershock Response

Author: Amy Krause
Posted: 24 Apr 2017 | 11:21

Recent devastating earthquakes in Nepal and Italy have illustrated the need for better understanding and more accurate operational forecasting of aftershock sequences to assist emergency response. This project is a multi-disciplinary collaboration to develop risk assessments for earthquake aftershocks using dense networks of traditional seismometers, and to explore the use of mobile phones as sensors and for community engagement. 

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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