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Building a scaleable, extensible data infrastructure

Author: Amy Krause
Posted: 8 Jul 2016 | 14:48

Modern genome-sequencing technologies are easily capable of producing data volumes that can swamp a genetic researcher’s existing computing infrastructure. EPCC is working with the breeding company Aviagen to build a system that allows such researchers to scale up their data infrastructures to handle these increases in volume without compromising their analytical pipelines.

Creating a safe haven for health data

Author: Donald Scobbie
Posted: 6 Jul 2016 | 14:36

Safe havens allow data from electronic records to be used to support research when it is not practicable to obtain individual patient consent while protecting patient identity and privacy. EPCC is now the operator of the new NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) national safe haven in collaboration with the Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research which provides the infrastructure. 

Bringing art and science together

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 1 Jul 2016 | 10:58

This week I have been at the FEAT (Future Emerging Art and Technology) workshop in Vienna, which aims to promote collaboration between scientists and artists. As I am sure many people will be aware, the EU-funded Future and Emerging Technology (FET) programme consists of scientific projects looking to push the boundaries of research in specific fields.

ARCHER Champions: spreading the word

Author: Josephine Beech-Brandt
Posted: 27 Jun 2016 | 15:01

ARCHER Champions began with a vision: every research organisation that could benefit from ARCHER should have someone local who knows about the routes to access ARCHER and who can help potential users to get started.

We want Champions to tell us how we can improve support for them and their local users, and how to start joining up all the HPC facilities and the people with the expertise around the UK.

Latest Top500 list, looking beyond the number 1

Author: Adrian Jackson
Posted: 21 Jun 2016 | 17:13

There's been a lot of discussion about the latest Top500 list, released this week at ISC16.  Most of the interest has been in the whopping new Chinese system, Sunway TaihuLight, which has come in at number 1 on the list with a massive 93 PFlop/s rpeak Linpack performance, and 125 PFlop/s rmax theoretical peak performance (3 times bigger than the previous number 1 system).Top500

Whilst this is a very interesting system, and much bigger than is currently planned elsewhere, it's not unknown for very large systems to come in and dominate the list like this.  Back in 2002, the Japanese Earth Simulator system became the number 1 machine with an rpeak of ~5x that of the previous number 1 system, and it stayed as the top machine for a number of years.

If you're only going to learn one programming language, you should learn...

Author: Adrian Jackson
Posted: 21 Jun 2016 | 07:59

Choice, choice, choice A Piper

I'm often asked "What programming language should I learn for scientific computing?".  Or I get involved in religious-like discussions about the best programming language for a particular task, or of all time (think Python vs Fortran, Go vs C, etc...). What's my answer?

Just recently I realised that, to me, programming languages are like musical instruments.

Collaboration, collaboration, collaboration

Author: Adrian Jackson
Posted: 15 Jun 2016 | 13:35

This week sees our annual collaboration workshop with Tsukuba University, Japan (more details are available here).  This is a great chance to get a flavour of the kind of research another HPC centre is undertaking, how they work, and what platforms they are investing in.

The Centre for Computational Sciences (CCS) at Tsukuba is a department very like EPCC, in that it is responsible for high performance and parallel computing at the university, runs and supports large-scale computers for researchers, and undertakes parallel computing research.

Closing the gap: Software Carpentry training for women

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 14 Jun 2016 | 10:24

Aleksandra Pawlik, former leader of the Software Sustainability Institute’s training activities, shares her thoughts about training aimed at women working in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Closing the gender gap in STEM is a broad topic. Increasing diversity and female participation at all levels of education and professional world in science and technology is a subject of lots of debates. The Software Sustainability Institute has hosted a series of blog posts on Women in Software. Different perspectives from the authors of these posts show that there are many challenges and many ways they could be addressed. 

Investigating power use in parallel computing

Author: Mirren White
Posted: 3 Jun 2016 | 16:09

The Adept project has been working hard for over two years to further understanding of how power is used in parallel software and hardware, and we are now on the finishing straight. 

It's a good time to take stock of our achievements and reflect on how to focus our efforts in the final phase. Also to consider life after the project ends: how do we want to exploit the technologies we have developed and the knowledge we have gained? How do we ensure a lasting legacy for Adept?

Fortissimo Marketplace: a one-stop-shop for modelling and simulation services

Author: Mark Sawyer
Posted: 3 Jun 2016 | 14:34

 

A consortium of Europe’s leading supercomputing centres and HPC experts is developing the Fortissimo Marketplace, a one-stop-shop where end-users will access modelling and simulation services, plus high-performance data analytics.

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