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First phase of ARCHER2 arrives in Edinburgh!

Author: Lorna Smith
Posted: 13 Jul 2020 | 10:45

The four-cabinet Shasta Mountain system, the first phase of the 23-cabinet system, has completed its journey from Chippewa Falls in Wisconsin, making its way from Prestwick airport to Edinburgh this morning.   

The arrival of these large crates has, I admit, generated quite a lot of excitement here. Moving these specialist systems and getting the right people here to install them is a logistical challenge at the best of times, but with the necessary Covid-19 restrictions this has been considerably more challenging than usual. We are really grateful to our colleagues at Cray/HPE for all their planning and perseverance! It is a huge step forward to see these systems on site. You will be reassured to know that all necessary safety precautions have been taken to meet Covid-19 guidance and to keep everyone safe.  

ARCHER2: first four cabinets ship from the US

Author: Lorna Smith
Posted: 7 Jul 2020 | 10:04

Covid-19 has created significant challenges for the delivery of the new ARCHER2 system. It is therefore really exciting to see the first 4 cabinets of ARCHER2 leave Cray/HPE’s factory in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin to begin their journey to Edinburgh.  

ARCHER2 will replace the current ARCHER system, a Cray XC30, as the UK’s National HPC system. Once fully configured, this should provide an average of over 11 times the science throughput of ARCHER.

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.

VESTEC Project Poster at ISC 2020 digital conference

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 23 Jun 2020 | 15:10

This week ISC, one of the largest conferences in the supercomputing calendar, should have been running in Frankfurt. It’s a funny feeling because, as I type, I realise that if it wasn’t for COVID-19 then, instead of being stuck at home, I would have been busy navigating the Messe Frankfurt, going from one session to another.

EPCC awarded new data processing and storage accreditations

Author: Mark Sawyer
Posted: 15 Jun 2020 | 11:18

We have become an accredited processor under the UK Digital Economy Act, following an audit process conducted by the Office for National Statistics. EPCC is one of only seven UK organisations to gain this accreditation. 

The Digital Economy Act (DEA) came into force in 2017 and covers issues related to electronic communications infrastructure and services. Under the Act, an organisation may become accredited for the purposes of processing data, principally with the linkage or de-identification of data, or the storage and provision of secure access to the de-identified data. EPCC is accredited for storage and provision for the National Safe Haven that it operates on behalf of Public Health Scotland.

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. 

Research Data Scotland's response to COVID-19

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 2 Jun 2020 | 13:44

The COVID19 research data service, which EPCC helped build, will bring together expertise, resource and capabilities from a range of programmes across the public sector. Roger Halliday, Chief Statistician and Data Officer for the Scottish Government, explains how it will support Scotland's response to the pandemic.

I want to share an update on how Research Data Scotland (RDS) is supporting the national response to COVID-19.

RDS’s mission remains to improve the economic, social and environmental wellbeing in Scotland by enabling access to and linkage of data about people, places and businesses for research in the public good.

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