Outreach

'Wee Archlett' at STFC’s Hartree Centre

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 16 Jan 2018 | 12:25

This post was written by Olivia O'Sullivan, Impact & Engagement Officer at the Hartree Centre.

After reading about the success of EPCC’s nifty Wee Archie  mini-supercomputer outreach project, we were inspired to set a group of five work experience students the challenge of building a 20-node Raspberry Pi cluster during their time with us.

STFC runs a work experience programme every year with applicants expressing an interest in placements within the Hartree Centre. Initially, we had a view of taking just one student to join our Future Technologies team but after hearing about other placements, we wanted to move away from the ‘lone student’ experience and offer a group-based opportunity. We hoped that this would show students how we operate here in multi-disciplinary teams working together to solve challenges.

A busy time at SC17

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 14 Nov 2017 | 04:14

I am at SC 17 in Denver this week and having a really busy (but fun) time, giving some talks and catching up with people in the HPC community.

EPCC at the NERC showcase event

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 24 Oct 2017 | 15:14

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) will run its showcase event at Dynamic Earth entitied UnEarthed from 17th-20th November. This will be a chance for the general public to interact with over thirty exhibts from all over NERC's science remit and to understand how UK scientists are answering some of the biggest questions on Earth.

A two-way street

Author: Alistair Grant
Posted: 12 Oct 2017 | 13:01

For four days EPCC staff Alistair, Ben, Gordon, Jo, Mario and Weronika were on hand at New Scientist Live 2017 in the London ExCel with activities and knowledge about ARCHER and other areas of high performance and scientific computing. It is not the first event we have taken our wares to, nor hopefully will it be the last but it is the first large-scale general public event we have been at in London.

Linpack and BLAS on Wee Archie

Author: Gordon Gibb
Posted: 7 Jun 2017 | 11:17

Wee Archie is our mini-supercomputer made from Raspberry Pis, used for public outreach to teach members of the public the concepts of supercomputing. It has been very successful, and as such a second one has been built to keep up with demand! 

EPCC at the Edinburgh International Science Festival

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 3 Apr 2017 | 12:31

EPCC will be at the Edinburgh International Science Festival again along with others from the University of Edinburgh. Last year we hosted a very successful Junkyard Clusters workshop where participants constructed a PC from its constituent components. This year we will be part of the drop-in activities, showing what supercomputers can do

Big Bang Fair: Day Three

Author: Mirren White
Posted: 18 Mar 2017 | 22:36

Yesterday was Day Three of the Big Bang Fair, and it has kept delivering all the time. 

One of the most interesting things for me has been comparing this year to last year. For example, one of our most popular activities from last year, the supercomputing app, has been much quieter this year - but the beanbag sorting game has been a huge hit! 

Return to the Big Bang Fair

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 17 Mar 2017 | 07:54

The Big Bang Fair, billed as the UK's largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people, provides our Supercomputing Sleuths event with an excellent opportunity to show the benefits of supercomputing to a host of young people through a number of targeted acitivities.

First day at BBF 2017

Author: Juan Rodriguez Herrera
Posted: 15 Mar 2017 | 22:04

During my period as a PhD student, I dealt with questions from academics, ranging from university students to full professors. However today at the Big Bang Fair (BBF) it was slightly different. This time the questions regarding what supercomputing is and what it involves came from pupils from different UK schools.

Back at the Big Bang Fair

Author: tpeet
Posted: 15 Mar 2017 | 09:57

ARCHER is back at the Big Bang Fair, the largest celebration of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) for young people in the UK. Held in Birmingham at the NEC over four days, there were over 70,000 visitors to the exhibition floor last year, so it will be a very busy time.

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