Posted: 31 Jul 2013 | 14:49
The Animal Simulation project, run at the University of Manchester, aims to create realistic simulations of animals both present and extinct. By combining the expertise of a number of scientific fields along with high performance computing (HPC), they have created GaitSym, a code capable of realistically simulating movements of animals based on a 3D model of their skeleton and biological data.
Posted: 25 Jul 2013 | 10:44
Since June 2012, The Software Sustainability Institute and Software Carpentry have been working with the DiRAC consortium to develop a "driving test" or basic software skills aptitude test. The test is now ready to be rolled out across DiRAC, the UK's integrated supercomputing facility for theoretical modelling and HPC-based research in particle physics, astronomy and cosmology.
Posted: 22 Jul 2013 | 10:16
The SoHPC programme offers undergraduate and junior postgraduate university students the opportunity to spend two months of the summer at an HPC centre in a PRACE partner country. Students undertake a visualisation project, which is based on the outcomes of PRACE technical work or other work using PRACE resources.
Posted: 19 Jul 2013 | 07:35
This week I was in Bath to lead a Software Carpentry boot camp organised by Software Sustainability Institute fellow, Alex Chartier. I was joined by Chris Woods from the University of Bristol, who made his instructor debut. The SSI fellow Manchester fellow, Michael Croucher, also came along to help out.
Posted: 18 Jul 2013 | 14:00
EPCC has recently joined the OpenACC consortium. OpenACC, a directives-based parallel programming standard, is designed to simplify the programming and utilisation of heterogenous computer systems, where standard CPUs and accelerators (such as GPUs) are combined. Using OpenACC, developers can specify loops and regions of code in standard C, C++ and Fortran to be offloaded from a CPU to an attached accelerator, and also target parallelism on a range of different CPUs and accelerators without having to modify source code.
Posted: 16 Jul 2013 | 16:02
EPCC's MSc in HPC student team participated in the ISC13 Student Cluster Challenge at Leipzig from 16-19 June. This was the very first time that MSc students from EPCC (and from the UK!) had joined the Student Cluster Competition.
Eight teams from China, Costa Rica, Germany, Sourth Africa, UK and US were there to compete for three awards:
Posted: 15 Jul 2013 | 07:47
Posted: 10 Jul 2013 | 10:38
The PRACE Summer of HPC is a placement programme for undergraduate and postgraduate students. This post was written by Nicolas Cuello, one of the students who attended the training week here at EPCC.
After a hard-working day of OpenMP, we decided to do some “extreme” sport. The SoHPC climbing team (see pic) was formed by Vojtech, Lukas and me (Nicolas). We decided to go to a gym recommended by Nix called Alien Rock. The particularity of this place is that the wall is inside a church, something which is very unusual.
Posted: 8 Jul 2013 | 07:55
On 21st August 2013, The Software Sustainability Institute will be attending INTECOL13 in London's Docklands. The 11th International Congress of Ecology, hosted by the British Ecological Society and INTECOL, is one of the world's premier conferences for ecologists. At the invitation of Matthew Smith of the BES Computational Ecology Specialist Interest Group and Microsoft Research, and Greg Wilson of Software Carpentry, we've both a talk and a session.