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From multi to many cores: Intel Xeon Phi at EPCC

Author: Iain Bethune
Posted: 12 Apr 2013 | 14:30

Two shiny new Intel Xeon Phi 5110P co-processors have recently arrived at EPCC.

Based on Intel's Many Integrated Core (MIC) architecture, each card comprises 60 cores with 4-way SMT and a 512 bit wide SIMD vector unit.  At a clock speed of 1.053 GHz, this gives an aggregate peak double precision floating point performance of 1.01 TFLOP/s - all in a PCI card package, and using less than 225 Watts of power.  

Energy Efficient Computing - Call for papers extended to May 15th 2013

Author: Terry Sloan
Posted: 12 Apr 2013 | 14:00

The deadline has been extended for submission of papers to the special session on Energy Efficient Systems at the 2013 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics.

Launching applications non-homogenously on Cray supercomputers

Author: Tom Edwards
Posted: 12 Apr 2013 | 11:31

The vast majority of applications running on HECToR today are designed around the Single Instruction Multiple Data (SIMD) parallel programming paradigm. Each processing element (PE), i.e. MPI rank or Fortran Coarray image, runs the same program and performs the same operations in parallel on the same or a similar amount of data. Usually these application are launched on the compute nodes homogenously, with the same number of processes spawned on each node and each with the same number of threads (if required).

MSc Virtual Open Day

Author: Fiona Reid
Posted: 12 Apr 2013 | 10:06

On 11th April we held a virtual open day for prospective students for our MSc in High Performance Computing. These open days give an opportunity to find out more about both EPCC and the MSc, the taught courses, the projects, how to apply and any other aspect of studying with us at EPCC. The sessions are online and use a virtual space which enables you to chat (via audio or text) with us. 

At the EASC last day

Author: Adrian Jackson
Posted: 11 Apr 2013 | 14:18

It's the last session of the EASC conference and we still have 80-90 people in attendence, which is fantastic. We're all very pleased that over 130 people came and contributed to this event, it's great to see the demand for a discussion forum for Exascale research and issues.

Keep your eye on the EASC2013 website (http://www.easc2013.org.uk), because we will shortly be putting up the slides from the keynotes, which we've also been filming and will put online (providing the videos are of sufficient quality).

EASC2013 - The final day

Author: Lorna Smith
Posted: 11 Apr 2013 | 12:34

After an enjoyable meal at the HUB last night, the last day of the EASC2013 conference began with a keynote speak from George Mozdzynski, from the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF).

EASC2013: Day 2

Author: Lorna Smith
Posted: 10 Apr 2013 | 16:40

Day 2 of the EASC2013 conference in Edinburgh.

There has been a series of interesting and diverse talks today, with parallel sessions covering topics such as tools for exascale, preparing applications for exascale and the I/O challenges. Disruptive technologies has been a theme in many talks and discussions, a theme started yesterday with Iain Duff's talk on disruptive technologies within the EESI-2 project.

PRACE Industrial Seminar 2013

Author: Paul Graham
Posted: 10 Apr 2013 | 10:20

Next week sees the fifth PRACE seminar for industry users being held at Bad Boll, near Stuttgart in Germany.

The seminar targets industrial users of HPC, who will have an opportunity to learn how PRACE resources, expertise, education and training can contribute to their business success. The seminar will act as a forum to develop or strengthen links with CEOs, CTOs, CIOs and R&D managers coming from large corporations and SMEs, as well as Independent Software Vendors. 

EASC2013: Solving Software Challenges for Exascale

Author: Lorna Smith
Posted: 9 Apr 2013 | 10:35

Today, April 9th 2013, sees the first day of the EASC2013 conference. Over 130 delegetes have registered for this conference, which aims to bring together those involved in solving the software challenges associated with programming exascale systems. 

Why are website redesigns such a challenge?

Author: Mark Parsons
Posted: 8 Apr 2013 | 16:01

Welcome to the new EPCC blog – a source of what we hope will be regular musings on the activities and challenges that make an HPC centre tick.

If you’re viewing this page then the redesigned EPCC website has finally gone live. A huge sigh of relief will be heard across EPCC as the stream of nagging emails asking for rewritten content and images reduces for the first time in months.

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