Training and education

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. 

Our MSc programmes: meeting the demand for data and computational skills

Author: Ben Morse
Posted: 3 Jun 2020 | 13:32

We have seen increasing demand for data analytics skills for large-scale data, and in computation that can scale up. Our MSc programmes in HPC and HPC with Data Science address this demand.

The on-campus MSc programmes in HPC and HPC with Data Science are growing rapidly. With 70 students, the class of 2020 is nearly double the size of 2019’s class. 

Edinburgh Carpentries' computing and data training goes virtual

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 1 Jun 2020 | 14:40

The Edinburgh Carpentries provide researchers with training in basic computing and data skills, even while the country is in lockdown.   

Carpentries workshops aim to improve research methods by demonstrating tooling and processes that will make researchers more productive. They also enable researchers to produce more sustainable and reproducible research outputs in alignment with the Software Sustainability Institute (SSI) motto: “Better software, better research”. 

New ARCHER2 training programmes

Author: Juan Rodriguez Herrera
Posted: 15 May 2020 | 15:10

Training is one of the functions of the ARCHER2 Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) service, which is run by EPCC and started on May 6th 2020. We are fully committed to providing a rich, diverse programme of training that is responsive to our users' evolving needs. We have therefore designed a programme that addresses the training requirements of users with different needs and level of experience.

SSI conference: how to move an event online in three weeks

Author: Neil Chue Hong
Posted: 14 May 2020 | 10:00

The Collaborations Workshop is the annual flagship event of the Software Sustainability Institute. For the last ten years it has brought together researchers, developers, innovators, managers, funders, publishers, leaders, and educators to explore and share best practice.

The Workshop is a highly interactive event with about 100 participants, and is designed to facilitate meeting as many new people as possible. With the global pandemic forcing us to stay at home, could we successfully recreate the experience online, and with only three weeks to prepare?

Enhancing data-streaming programming platforms: a case for dispel4py and a GrPPI comparison

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 12 Feb 2020 | 11:34

Javier Fernández Muñoz was an HPC-Europa3 visitor from 1st June 2019–30th August 2019 hosted at EPCC by Rosa Filgueira. Here he tells us about his experiences.

Hi! My name Javier Fernández Muñoz, I am working as a Visiting Professor in the Computer Architecture and Technology Area of the Computer Science Department at the University Carlos III de Madrid (Spain). 

My research field includes the development of parallel programming frameworks that enhance usability and portability. In this regard, I have been working several years in the development of GrPPI (Generic Reusable Parallel Pattern Interface), an open source generic and reusable parallel pattern programming interface. Basically, GRPPI accommodates a layer between developers and existing parallel programming frameworks targeted at multi-core processor capabilities, such as ISO C++ Threads, OpenMP, Intel TBB, and FastFlow. To achieve this goal, the interface leverages modern C++ features, meta-programming concepts, and generic programming to act as a switch between those frameworks.

Training researchers for a software/ data-intensive world through the Edinburgh Carpentries

Author: Giacomo Peru
Posted: 30 Jan 2020 | 14:12

The Edinburgh Carpentries (EdCarp) is a training initiative which offers the Carpentries computing and data skills curriculum in Edinburgh. We train researchers on fundamental skills they need, with a team of volunteers from across disciplines, academic units, and career stages. 

Since 2018, EdCarp has organised 25 workshops across the academic institution, training over 300 staff and students in tools such as R, Python, Unix shell, git, and OpenRefine. Courses are free to participants and get oversubscribed very quickly.

We are now rolling out our 2020 curriculum and announcing workshops at https://edcarp.github.io/.

Free introductory HPC and GPU courses: Edinburgh, 7-10 January 2020

Author: David Henty
Posted: 27 Nov 2019 | 12:21

EPSRC has recently announced the new Tier-1 ARCHER2 HPC service and is also in the process of extending the UK's Tier-2 HPC systems. This will give users access to substantial amounts of new CPU and GPU hardware, so it's a perfect time to learn about how to use parallel HPC systems and how to program GPUs.

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