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EPCC goes doon the water

Author: Alistair Grant
Posted: 31 Mar 2014 | 10:49

This month, Mario, Toni and I took a trip 'doon the water' to Rothesay Academy to introduce some of the concepts of supercomputing to first and second year pupils.

Rothesay is on the Isle of Bute and during the 19th century it was famous for its hydropathic establishments and treatments. Our team had been invited to visit the school as part of National Science and Engineering Week 2014, and we spent the day showing some of the demonstrations developed by EPCC for explaining the basics of supercomputing and its uses. 

Re-imagining the lab. Or, when science meets art

Author: Mike Jackson
Posted: 13 Mar 2014 | 15:07

LabBook being used with a tablet and stylusLabBook is a mobile app and online service that allows users to securely record and share their experiment notes. LabBook's developers - Mark Woodbridge, Geraint Barton and Derek Huntley of Imperial College London's Bioinformatics Support Service - asked The Software Sustainability Institute for consultancy as part of the Institute's open call.

I've been working with them to provide advice on the LabBook software, how it is developed, and how it can be moved towards an open source product.

MSc in HPC Guest Lecture Series 2014

Author: Iain Bethune
Posted: 4 Mar 2014 | 11:54

Every year I have the pleasure (and challenge!) of organising a series of guest lectures as part of EPCC's MSc in HPC. The lectures form part of the HPC Ecosystem course, and aim to give students an appreciation of the current issues and experiences of real-world HPC practioners.

Bootstrapping with R and SPRINT

Author: Terry Sloan
Posted: 24 Feb 2014 | 12:10

EPCC and the Division of Pathway Medicine at the University of Edinburgh have made public the report from their recent study into the performance of bootstrapping within their SPRINT R software package.

When applications go exascale — the CRESTA project

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 10 Feb 2014 | 09:22

Dr Jason Beech-Brandt, Manager Exascale Research, Europe at Cray writes about the CRESTA project, which is addressing the challenges of exascale computing.

Seymour Cray, the pioneer of supercomputing, famously asked if you would rather plough a field with two strong oxen or 1024 chickens.

1st Annual CP2K UK users' meeting

Author: Iain Bethune
Posted: 6 Feb 2014 | 09:50

Last week we held the first in a series of annual meetings for the CP2K user community at the University of London Garden Halls.

I blogged about it in the run-up to the meeting, but as with any first until you're there you don't know quite what to expect. I was very pleased to see over 50 attendees on the day, ranging from new PhD students to professors, and expert CP2K users to complete novices.

Answering Questions

Author: Alistair Grant
Posted: 22 Jan 2014 | 09:23

On Monday 2 December, I took part in a panel on Software Engineering for the Professional Software Development course at the University of Glasgow's Computing Science department. Organised by Dr Tim Storer, a lecturer in Software Engineering, the panel was an opportunity for 3rd-year students of the computing science and software engineering programmes to quiz a varied group of software engineers.

R users can calculate Hamming distance faster

Author: Terry Sloan
Posted: 10 Jan 2014 | 14:09
 
EPCC and the Division of Pathway Medicine at the University of Edinburgh have released version 1.0.5 of the SPRINT R software package. This includes a new faster parallel implementation of the Hamming distance function.

Supercomputing and prime numbers in Mathematics Today!

Author: Iain Bethune
Posted: 6 Jan 2014 | 14:51

As a follow-up to speaking at the British Science Festival in Sept 2013, I was asked to write an article for the Institute of Mathematics & its Applications about the PrimeGrid project. The full article is available online, or in the Dec 2013 edition of the Mathematics Today magazine.

Goodbye BonFIRE project; hello BonFIRE facility

Author: Kostas Kavoussanakis
Posted: 16 Dec 2013 | 09:57

The BonFIRE project created a multi-cloud facility to foster experimentation and testing of cloud and distributed applications. Just last week BonFIRE had its final, successful review. The project was rated Excellent, a true reflection of the effort contributed by the partners and the results that we achieved.

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When we started BonFIRE three and a half years ago, we had nothing tangible, only promising people and some ideas. By Month 2 we had the first set of requirements; by Month 4 the first Architecture, including a definition of the BonFIRE offering and the BonFIRE Principles; and by Month 12, the first facility for our partner-experimenters to use. By that time we were a team.

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