Pervasive Parallelism PhD studentships at EPCC

Author: Mark Bull
Posted: 12 Dec 2013 | 11:54

EPCC was recently successful in its joint bid with Informatics for an EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Pervasive Parallelism. The Centre aims to develop research leaders with deep knowledge and awareness across the parallelism spectrum. To support this, it will support about 10 fully-funded, four-year studentships each year over the next 5 years. The majority will be based in Informatics, but we expect 1 or 2 per year to be available at EPCC.

Software Carpentry returns to Edinburgh

Author: Mike Jackson
Posted: 11 Dec 2013 | 13:08
On the 3rd of December, Software Carpentry returned to Edinburgh with EPCC hosting a boot camp as part of our involvement in both the PRACE Advanced Training Centre and The Software Sustainability Institute.

Research in a nutshell: HPC

Author: Iain Bethune
Posted: 2 Dec 2013 | 10:13

In this short video 'Research in a nutshell: HPC', I describe my investigations into how high performance computing can be used to go beyond the limits of theory and experiment in many fields of scientific research.

Also in this series, you can watch Prof. Arthur Trew's Computational Science video where he explains the use of computers to simulate systems that are too large, too fast, too slow, or perhaps just too expensive to experiment on.

ARCHER: the next national HPC service for academic research

Author: Andy Turner
Posted: 29 Nov 2013 | 11:00

ARCHER (Advanced Research Computing High End Resource) is the next national HPC service for academic research. The service comprises a number of components: accommodation provided by the University of Edinburgh; hardware by Cray; systems support by EPCC and Daresbury Laboratory; and user and computational science and engineering support by EPCC.

DiRAC driving test comes to Edinburgh

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 28 Nov 2013 | 10:00

My colleague Mike Jackson recently posted about the DiRAC driving test. DiRAC is the UK's integrated supercomputing facility for theoretical modelling and HPC-based research in particle physics, astronomy and cosmology and is used by numerous researchers with diverse backgrounds. Whilst much of their work is very different, one commonality is that it often requires in-depth technical and software engineering techniques. The idea of the driving test was therefore to ensure that all users have the required knowledge for effective use of the consortium’s machines.

Survey for exascale co-design

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 21 Nov 2013 | 16:24

In a previous post I introduced the European Exascale Software Initiative (EESI) Co-design deliverable in which EPCC is a joint task leader. We are looking to understand exactly what different people mean by the co-design term, what can be done to encourage and promote co-design and - specifically for exascale - how institutions might apply it to successfully deliver the HPC services of tomorrow.

Snow in Denver

Author: Nick Johnson
Posted: 21 Nov 2013 | 16:18

It's snowing!

Today is the last day of the exhibition at SC13 so whilst I'm manning the booth (#3932) I thought I'd talk about some of the sessions I've been to and people I've met since my last post.

Addressing gender diversity in STEM: thoughts from the Gender Summit

Author: Toni Collis
Posted: 21 Nov 2013 | 11:05

If you have read any of my previous blogs, you will know that I have an interest in the lack of women working in the field of HPC and Physics. Last week I was lucky to be able to attend the third international Gender Summit in Washington DC, which aims to address, discuss and share ideas on how to improve the participation of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

EPCC hosts three supercomputers in the world's top 50!

Author: David Henty
Posted: 21 Nov 2013 | 09:31

The most recent top500 list has just been released at SC13 in Denver, and I'm pleased to say that 3 EPCC-hosted systems appear in the top 50:

Energy efficient supercomputing

Author: Nick Johnson
Posted: 19 Nov 2013 | 06:35

Today I attended the "First International Workshop on Energy Efficient Supercomputing (E2SC)"

It was really interesting (and confidence boosting) to find that what we are trying to do in the Adept project is similar in approach to that done by other research labs. The talks could be divided into two categories: modelling the effect of system parameters (such as cache) on energy and performance efficiency; and methods for measuring energy consumption.



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