Training and education

Investigating accessible training

Author: Stephen Farr
Posted: 5 Oct 2021 | 10:04

One of the aims of the EuroCC project is to explore the benefits of innovative training methodologies for HPC. A key component of this is ensuring barriers to learning are minimised.

HPC-Europa3 visit: Investigating the opto-electronic properties of small nanoalloys during a pandemic

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 24 Aug 2021 | 15:18

Mirko Vanzan, a PhD student from the University of Padova, submitted an application to the HPC-Europa3 programme in February 2020, just before the world went into lockdown due to Covid-19. The resulting delayed start meant that instead of visiting his host, Dr Francesca Baletto, at her home institute, King's College London, in 2020, the visit eventually took place in 2021 in Donostia-San Sebastián in Spain, where Dr Baletto was spending a sabbatical year. This made Mirko's visit highly unusual, but it turned out to be very successful nevertheless. In this blog article, Mirko tells us all about his visit.

PRACE Summer of HPC 2021

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 3 Aug 2021 | 16:51

EPCC is once again participating in the PRACE Summer of HPC (SoHPC) 2021 but, because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent curtailment in travel, things are being run slightly differently this year.

It was apparent from the start that travel would not be possible, and so this PRACE SoHPC for 2021 became a virtual event. Regrettably, this means that students do not get to travel to meet other programme participants either during the training week or at the hosting site. However two students instead of the usual one have been allocated to each project, which includes the aspect of remotely working in a team.

Training & education provided by EPCC

Author: Tracy Peet
Posted: 21 Jun 2021 | 11:13

Through our links with national services, international collaborations and other projects, we deliver a wide range of training courses in high performance computing and data science.
http://www.epcc.ed.ac.uk/education-training

Using the SSI Event Organisation Guide to plan the first Research Software Camp

Author: s.aragon@epcc.ed.ac.uk
Posted: 21 Apr 2021 | 15:38

The Software Sustainability Institute’s (SSI) Research Software Camp on research accessibility took place from 21 February to 5 March 2021. The Camp focussed on different aspects of research accessibility, ranging from making tools, datasets and software reproducible, open and sustainable, to exploring formats and tools to facilitate and improve accessibility for the disabled. In this post, we will share how we used relevant sections of the SSI Event Organisation Guide to plan, organise, and deliver the Camp.

Software Sustainability Institute’s Collaborations Workshop 2021

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 8 Dec 2020 | 14:47

The Software Sustainability Institute’s Collaborations Workshop 2021 (CW21) will take place online from March 30–April 1 2021. Registration is now open!

HPC-Europa3 Transnational Access Meeting (TAM2020)

Author: Catherine Inglis
Posted: 5 Nov 2020 | 11:25

The HPC-Europa3 Transnational Access programme funds short collaborative research visits for computational scientists working in any discipline which can use HPC.

Former HPC-Europa visitors are invited to attend the Transnational Access Meeting (TAM), to present the results of their visits. With approximately 40% of visitors being postgraduates, for many it also provides a supportive environment for their first conference presentation.

PhD opportunities at EPCC

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 29 Jun 2020 | 14:38

We currently have applications open for PhD students, starting late 2020/early 2021 depending upon their situation. Four of these have been advertised on findaphd, with the closing date at the end of the month.

In addition to our MSc programmes, EPCC also hosts a number of PhD students who are researching a diverse set of areas: from traditional performance optimisation for HPC, to new data science technologies and novel computing architectures. Supervised by EPCC members of staff and housed in the Bayes, not only do these students benefit from being part of the UK’s leading HPC centre, but they also have access to the wider University’s large range of resources.

HPC-Europa3 visitor programme

Author: Catherine Inglis
Posted: 12 Jun 2020 | 13:43

EPCC is one of nine centres offering HPC-Europa3 visits, along with partners in Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and Sweden. The HPC-Europa3 Transnational Access programme offers:

  • Access to world-class HPC systems to academic and industrial researchers
  • Scientific collaboration with host researchers in any field
  • Technical support by the HPC centres
  • Travel and living expenses reimbursed.

Over 600 HPC-Europa3 applications have now been approved for visits to collaborate with more than 350 different host researchers in the 9 participating countries. There have been 88 HPC-Europa3 visits to EPCC, by researchers working in 19 different countries. The HPC-Europa3 programme has now been running for three years. Its main focus is its visitor programme, which funds short collaborative research visits in any discipline in which high performance computing can be used. 

TeamEPCC and the 2020 ISC Student Cluster Competition

Author: Xu Guo
Posted: 10 Jun 2020 | 13:18

 

At heart, the ISC Student Cluster Competition (SCC) is about meeting interesting people and learning valuable new skills. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 this year’s competition was forced to be hosted online. As a result, teams now share a remote HPC cluster provided by the National Supercomputing Center (NSCC) Singapore and no longer compete with their own custom-built cluster.

This new format creates many obstacles and difficulties for all teams, the main ones being maintaining effective communication within the team and interacting with other teams and experts. Despite the challenges of remote working, changed rules, and long job execution queues on the shared cluster, our motivation to win remains strong! Here is an update on how TeamEPCC has done so far in the ISC20 SCC. 

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