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'Wee Archlett' at STFC’s Hartree Centre

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 16 Jan 2018 | 12:25

This post was written by Olivia O'Sullivan, Impact & Engagement Officer at the Hartree Centre.

After reading about the success of EPCC’s nifty Wee Archie  mini-supercomputer outreach project, we were inspired to set a group of five work experience students the challenge of building a 20-node Raspberry Pi cluster during their time with us.

STFC runs a work experience programme every year with applicants expressing an interest in placements within the Hartree Centre. Initially, we had a view of taking just one student to join our Future Technologies team but after hearing about other placements, we wanted to move away from the ‘lone student’ experience and offer a group-based opportunity. We hoped that this would show students how we operate here in multi-disciplinary teams working together to solve challenges.

Investigating high-performance data engineering

Author: Rob Baxter
Posted: 8 Jan 2018 | 16:03

Big data has always been a part of high-performance computing and the science it supports, but new open-source technologies are now being applied to a wider range of scientific and business problems. We’ve spent time recently testing some of the big data toolkits.

Making Scotland's medical images available for research

Author: Ally Hume
Posted: 20 Dec 2017 | 13:37

I've worked on many data analysis projects in my career and two common themes are that obtaining the data can be a  significant challenge and that once you obtain it you’ll notice it is very messy.

HPC-UK: a new resource for UK researchers

Author: Andy Turner
Posted: 18 Dec 2017 | 15:45

HPC-UK is a community resource that brings together information to support researchers using HPC, and the people (such as research software engineers) who support those researchers. It provides a coherent view of what is available, how to access it, where to get training, and how to get the most out of HPC applications.

Top500: Change or no change?

Author: Adrian Jackson
Posted: 12 Dec 2017 | 11:16

November 2017 Top500

My initial impression of the latest Top500 list, released last month at the SC17 conference in Denver, was that little has changed. This might not be the conclusion that many will have reached, and indeed we will come on to consider some big changes (or perceived big changes) that have been widely discussed, but looking at the Top 10 entries there has been little movement since the previous list (released in June).

PhD studentships: “Exascale research on HPE’s ARM ecosystem”

Author: Mark Parsons
Posted: 8 Dec 2017 | 10:42

EPCC is offering two fully-funded PhD studentships working in collaboration with Hewlett Packard Enterprise and ARM. We are seeking highly talented and motivated graduates to apply for the studentships, beginning in early 2018.

The National Safe Haven for research using unconsented NHS data

Author: Ally Hume
Posted: 21 Nov 2017 | 16:10

NHS Scotland allows research using routinely collected, unconsented patient data. Additionally, these data can be linked to social data such as education. The research this enables can have an enormous public benefit but the use of these data must be managed very carefully to safeguard privacy and maintain public trust and support.

​EPCC is responsible for building, supporting and hosting the infrastructure of the National Safe Haven, and we continue to develop the infrastructure and software to further enhance the service.

HPC-Europa EC-funded research visits: apply now!

Author: Catherine Inglis
Posted: 16 Nov 2017 | 16:00

The interdisciplinary HPC-Europa programme, which provides access to some of Europe’s top HPC facilities, is now running again.

The programme pays travel and living costs for short collaborative research visits to a scientific host in another country. Applications can be submitted at any time, with four closing dates per year.

Supercomputing MOOC: it’s massive!

Author: David Henty
Posted: 15 Nov 2017 | 11:20

Our Supercomputing MOOC is for anyone interested in leading-edge computing technology, supercomputers or the role that computer simulation takes in science and engineering. There is no requirement to write computer programmes. The next 5-week run will begin on January 15 2018.

Celebration of new and enhanced international research opportunities in Computational Science, Royal Geographical Society, London

Author: Lorna Smith
Posted: 14 Nov 2017 | 11:42

Group photo of winning researchersEPCC, the University of Edinburgh, and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) recently ran a Best Use of ARCHER competition to facilitate early-career researchers, who are all either PhD candidates or postdoctoral researchers, to build and develop their international network. ARCHER and EPSRC both recognise the importance of enabling young researchers to build their personal network to help build collaborations and skills.

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