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Doing better business with HPC

Author: Terry Sloan
Posted: 28 Aug 2013 | 11:00

EPCC is part of SHAPE (SME HPC Adoption Programme in Europe), a Europe-wide programme designed to spread the benefits of advanced computing to smaller companies by giving them the expertise to use HPC to develop new products, services or ways of working. SHAPE is supported by PRACE, the pan-European Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe .

"What Makes Good Code Good?" at INTECOL13

Author: Mike Jackson
Posted: 26 Aug 2013 | 10:21

London Docklands

I ran the latest instalment of The Software Sustainability Institute's "What Makes Good Code Good" discussions at INTECOL13 in London's Docklands on 21st August.

I attended at the invitation of Matthew Smith from the BES Computational Ecology Specialist Interest Group and Microsoft Research, and Greg Wilson from Software Carpentry. I'd expected about 20 attendees and was pleasantly surprised (nay, stunned) when about 100 turned up. 

Securely citing datasets

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 22 Aug 2013 | 14:50

This post was written by Adrian Mouat, a former EPCC employee who is now an independent software consultant.

Citing a paper is a reasonably straightforward and well-defined task; just give a reference to the author and the publication you found the paper in and you're pretty much there. Anyone else who wants to look up the reference just has to find the publication and they should see exactly the same text you saw.

Unfortunately, citing datasets is not as simple, at least not if you want the security of knowing that readers who follow the citation will find exactly the same data you used.

How fast is a dinosaur?

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 19 Aug 2013 | 10:40

Is a dinosaur faster if it has longer legs? Is it better for it to be bigger, and hence cover more distance, or to be smaller and lighter? Which species is the fastest? Thanks to high-performance computing, you will soon be able to experiment yourself, and try and find answers to all those questions!

Debt owed to the source code makers featured in Times Higher Education

Author: Simon Hettrick
Posted: 15 Aug 2013 | 14:11

I'm happy to announce that the Software Sustainability Institute's campaign to gain recognition for research software engineers is featured in this week's Times Higher Education. The Software Sustainability Institute is led from its base at EPCC and works in collaboration with the universities of Manchester, Oxford and Southampton.

Next Generation Sound Synthesis

Author: James Perry
Posted: 13 Aug 2013 | 14:16
When you think about applications for high performance computing and large-scale simulations, you probably think of particle physics, or climate modelling, maybe molecular biology. You probably don't think of music. But the Next Generation Sound Synthesis project (NESS) may change that.
 

Wait a minute, where *are* my data?

Author: Rob Baxter
Posted: 7 Aug 2013 | 11:56

Policy restrictions on data storage can make the straightforward technological problems complex, over-constrained and potentially insoluble.

Pic credit:  Jeff Rowley Big Wave Surfer

As the slowly toppling wave of research data begins to overwhelm us all, we're increasingly looking for new ways to automate the management of all these bits. Keeping human curators and data managers in the loop becomes ever more unscalable and unsustainable. So, we're storing data in the Cloud, auto-replicating them five ways so we don't lose any, letting the systems manage the data for us.

EPCC at British Science Festival 2013

Author: Iain Bethune
Posted: 2 Aug 2013 | 12:19

BSF 2013 Newcastle 7-12 Sept 2013

The programme for the British Science Festival 2013 in Newcastle has now been released and EPCC is running two events this year.The first is an exhibition booth in the Discovery Science Centre on Saturday 7th September, where we will be showing off a range of HPC demos including the Virtual Paleontology 'Dinosaur Racing' game currently being developed by one of our PRACE Summer of HPC students, as well as some other new ideas developed during Innovative Learning Week on our MSc, and of course a range of  HPC hardware old and new.

Dinosaur racing at EPCC

Author: Nick Brown
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.

DiRAC driving test ready to roll

Author: Mike Jackson
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.

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