Training and education

Online LAMMPS training for ARCHER

Author: Julien Sindt
Posted: 31 Oct 2019 | 15:56

In October I ran an online training course teaching current and potential ARCHER users how to run LAMMPS. LAMMPS is a widely-used open-source molecular dynamics (MD) software developed at the National Sandia Laboratories, and is optimised to run well on HPC facilities. It consistently ranks in the top 10 most used programs on ARCHER. Although the course was run on ARCHER and with ARCHER users in mind, I tried to teach users how to use LAMMPS on any platform.

PRACE SoHPC: Wee Archie project overview

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 12 Aug 2019 | 11:02

Caelen Feller, a PRACE Summer of HPC (SoHPC) student working with Wee Archie, gives us an overview and status report of his project.

As I have said previously, I’m working with Wee ARCHIE, EPCC's mini supercomputer, this summer. Wee Archie is made of 16 Raspberry Pi chips – each very small, lightweight computers connected together to work as a single machine. With each chip is an attached LED panel, allowing me to display what is occurring on the chip and how it is communicating to other chips. I have created a series of tutorials and simple demonstrations to be run on Wee Archie which explain the basics of message passing using MPI to a complete novice in parallel computing and non-expert in computers in general. 

ARCHER Training report Summer 2019

Author: Clair Barrass
Posted: 7 Aug 2019 | 15:59

ARCHER Training report Summer 2019

So, it's been another busy end to the academic year and summer training season for the ARCHER Training team.

Since June we have managed to cram in no less than twelve training courses, in locations from London to Leeds, and Oxford to EPCC here in Edinburgh.

Software Carpentry at York

Author: Juan Rodriguez Herrera
Posted: 22 Jul 2019 | 11:14

Last month a Software Carpentry workshop organised by EPCC in collaboration with ARCHER and the Software Sustainability Institute was held in York. We had around twenty attendees from various backgrounds such as genetics, physical sciences, and engineering among others. My EPCC colleague Mario joined me as my fellow instructor and we also had the valuable support of three knowledgeable helpers from the Department of Physics at the University of York: Phil Hasnip, Peter Hill, and Killian Murphy.

“Is it sequel (siːkwəl) or SQL (ˈɛs ˈkjuː ˈɛl)?”… and other questions you might answer when instructing your first Carpentry

Author: Stephen Worthington
Posted: 13 Jun 2019 | 14:44

The Carpentries is a community of instructors and learners promoting the importance of good software and data practices in research. If you’ve not heard of The Carpentries, I encourage you to read more. And if you’re Edinburgh based, learn about our own branch of The Carpentries.

Perhaps, as was the case with me recently, you’ve signed up to instruct on your first Carpentry and don’t know exactly what to expect. Read on for an account of some of the questions you may be asking yourself (or that I asked myself, at least) and some questions you may be asked while instructing. Hopefully I can provide you with some useful answers to these.

ISC Student Cluster Competition: TeamEPCC's training session with sponsor Boston Ltd

Author: Xu Guo
Posted: 13 Jun 2019 | 10:00

TeamEPCC will participate in the ISC19 Student Cluster Competition on 17–19 June in Frankfurt, Germany. Please come to visit us at Booth A-1452

TeamEPCC undertook a special two-day training in May provided by our team’s sponsor Boston Ltd to further prepare for the ISC19 Student Cluster Competition (SCC). During the training, the team had plenty of opportunities to assemble the hardware and experiment with multiple system softwares.

Launch of EPCC’s Women in HPC UK chapter

Author: Lorna Smith
Posted: 28 May 2019 | 13:58

Women in HPC (WHPC) was set up in 2013 to tackle the problem of diversity in HPC through research and education. EPCC initiated the WHPC programme and EPSRC supported the initiative. We were therefore very pleased to be accepted as one of the first WHPC chapters, developing a chapter that encompasses all of the UK. We held a successful launch event in May, with attendees from different organisation from across the UK.

Edinburgh Carpentries: spreading good practice in software

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 14 May 2019 | 10:24

Lucia Michielin, currently working for the Software Sustainability Institute, tells us about the Edinburgh Carpentries effort and a networking event to be held on the 24th of May.

Edinburgh Carpentries, a new training initiative, was launched on September 2018 at the University of Edinburgh in collaboration with the Software Sustainability Institute. Since then the initiative has started to propagate to other institutes in the Edinburgh area, eg Heriot Watt University. Edinburgh Carpentries uses and leverages teaching materials and infrastructure from The Carpentries (carpentries.org.

MSc programmes update

Author: Ben Morse
Posted: 10 May 2019 | 13:19

EPCC offers two MSc degree programmes: The MSc in High Performance Computing and the MSc in High Performance Computing with Data Science. Both programmes offer flexibility with a rich choice of units and excellent job prospects on graduation.

2018/19 has seen the MSc in High Performance Computing/High Performance Computing with Data Science’s largest ever entry, with 36 students beginning the programmes last September, and it has been an extremely busy year for students and staff alike.

Preparation for the ISC 2019 Student Cluster Competition

Author: Xu Guo
Posted: 2 May 2019 | 15:44

ISC19 SCC TeamEPCC

This blog was contributed by TeamEPCC for ISC19 Student Cluster Competition. Photo shows (left to right): Mark Klaisoongnoen, Zhenzhong Xu; Christodoulos Stylianou, and Mario Martinez Requena.

Please visit us at Booth A-1453 at ISC 2019 in Frankfurt and vote us as your favourite team!

In the international ISC Student Cluster Competition (SCC), student teams build small clusters of different architectures to achieve the highest performance by running a series of applications and benchmarks under 3kW peak power limitation. The competition will be held in June in Frankfurt (Germany) as an integral part of the ISC High Performance Conference and Exhibition, and TeamEPCC will be there.

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