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Summer of HPC comes to an end

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 2 Sep 2016 | 11:08

This week we said goodbye to our Summer of HPC students Anna, Marta and Tomislav.

These students from around Europe have spent the last 7 weeks with us at EPCC immersed in HPC, and each working on a specific project in the field. This is a great because not only do they gain experience and interest in HPC but we also get a useful, tangible, outcome from these projects.

​ Exploring energy efficiency

Author: Mirren White
Posted: 1 Sep 2016 | 10:03

The ADEPT project is creating tools that can be used to design more efficient HPC systems.

Energy efficiency is one of the key challenges of modern computing – in an era where even the most efficient supercomputers come with massive energy bills, technology that can help to increase energy efficiency is critical to sustainable HPC development.

Can one of our MSc students help you?

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 31 Aug 2016 | 15:29

We're looking for collaborative projects with industry and academia.

A new batch of students will soon be joining our MSc in High Performance Computing (HPC) and MSc in HPC with Data Science.

As ever we are on the look-out for interesting collaborative projects for the students to undertake towards the end of their course (roughly from April/May to August). 

MPI performance on KNL

Author: Adrian Jackson
Posted: 30 Aug 2016 | 12:22

Knights Landing MPI performance

Following on from our recent post on early experiences with KNL performance, we have been looking at MPI performance on Intel's latest many-core processor.

MPI ping-pong latency on KNC and IvyBridge
Figure 1

The MPI performance on the first generation of Xeon Phi processor (KNC) was one of the reasons that some of the applications we ported to KNC had poor performance.  Figures 1 and 2 show the latency and bandwidth of an MPI ping-pong benchmark running on a single KNC and on a 2x8-core IvyBridge node.

EPCC loves active travel!

Author: Clair Barrass
Posted: 30 Aug 2016 | 08:35

Proof that whilst EPCC may be one of the nerdiest enclaves in the University, we sure aren't all couch potatoes.

When local cycle campaign group Spokes released their latest edition of the Edinburgh Pedestrian and Cycling Route map, several of us agreed it would be an excellent idea to have a copy on the coffee room wall, to help plan trips around town and encourage new cyclists, or help current cyclists explore new areas.

Data and Software Carpentry combo at Edinburgh

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 29 Aug 2016 | 10:35

Software Carpentry attendees during the shell session. Pic Credit: Martin Callaghan.

With my Software Sustainability Institute hat on, I recently participated in a back-to-back Data Carpentry and Software Carpentry course sponsored by the University's Research Data Service here at the University of Edinburgh. The courses were held in the main University library in a gorgeous room with a glass wall, providing a rather distracting view of the Meadows parkland. 

​A not-so-brief history of research software engineers

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 22 Aug 2016 | 11:28

This guest post by Simon Hettrick, Deputy Director of the Software Sustainability Institute, explains how the role of research software engineer has gained greater definition and recognition.

On a beautifully sunny day in March 2012, a small group met at Queen’s College Oxford and challenged a long-standing problem: why is there no career for software developers in academia? They didn’t know it at the time, but this meeting led to a nationwide campaign that created a vibrant and rapidly growing community, and established a new role in research: the Research Software Engineer.

Summer of HPC: Finding the fireball

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 18 Aug 2016 | 14:51

Summer of HPC visitor Tomislav Subic gives a summary of his project at EPCC: a visualisation of the UK Met Office's weather model.

A legend says that there was once a warm sunny day in Scotland. I have started my quest to find out if the myth was true, but I was not the only one.

Forthcoming computational biomolecular research events

Author: Adam Carter
Posted: 9 Aug 2016 | 17:18

BioExcel is a newly launched Centre of Excellence that helps academic and industrial researchers to use high-performance computing and high-throughput computing in biomolecular research. 

We are running a number of events in September and October and I would be very grateful to anybody who circulates these to people or groups that may be interested (and bonus points if you are willing to share with me details of where/to whom you publicise so that we can reduce cross-posting).

 

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