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Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 14 Mar 2016 | 12:55

This article is published on behalf of Simon Hettrick from the Software Sustainability Institute.

I love starting a new policy campaign. There’s this sweet spot of no responsibility between the time when you first raise an issue and the time when you’re first asked “Where’s the evidence?”. After that, life far more difficult. 

EPCC at the Edinburgh International Science Festival

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 12 Mar 2016 | 10:50

At 12pm and 2pm from Saturday 26th of March to Wednesday 30th March  EPCC, as part of the University of Edinburgh offering, will be running a free but ticketed event, entitled Junkyard Clusters, at the Edinburgh International Science Festival. This will let you to put a personal computer (PC) together from its various components and, once done, cluster the PC with those built by fellow workshop attendees to solve a common problem. This is a great opportunity to see what some of the innards of a computer look like, how they fit together and what they do. Tickets are limited so make sure that you get yours early!

Rolling Presentations on a Stick

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 10 Mar 2016 | 17:20

We often find ourselves going away to a conference or a meeting - in this particular instance the Big Bang Fair - where we have a booth or space and as part of our dissemination we wish to have a rolling presentation. In the past this has meant either taking a spare laptop with the inconvenience of having to take additional luggage or sacrificing someone's laptop for the duration in order to host the presentation. Well this no longer is the case - we can use one of the fancy new stick PCs being produced for this very purpose. You will not be able to do any supercomputing on it but for a relatively negligable expense you can save yourself a lot of luggage space and weight.

Attending an SSI All Hands Meeting

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 7 Mar 2016 | 09:24

On the 2nd and 3rd of March the Software Sustainability Institute (SSI) held its first All Hands Meeting in Lyndhurst, near Southampton. This provided an opportunity for SSI staff - distributed between Edinburgh, Manchester, Oxford and Southampton - to meet face-to-face and to collectively carry out a number of tasks that are of interest to the SSI. It proved to be an interesting and useful two days.

Building a strong CP2K user community

Author: Iain Bethune
Posted: 4 Mar 2016 | 12:42

CP2K logoLast week we held the 3rd annual CP2K users group meeting down at Kings College London.  Amazingly, we are already half-way through the 5-year 'CP2K-UK' project - the EPSRC-funded community support effort that I'm leading - how time flies!  It was great to see these meetings continue to go from strength to strength.  This year we had over 50 people there on the day from around the UK but also a significant proportion from overseas too!  While the primary aim of our activities is to support the UK research community, if we have a wider impact that's of course a bonus.  

Innovative Learning Week: doing a Kaggle Competition

Author: Marc Sabate
Posted: 3 Mar 2016 | 15:31

The week of the 15-19 February an Innovative Learning Week event was held at the University of Edinburgh, where students and staff are invited to collaborate and explore their teaching and learning experience respectively in a new and creative way.

Careers Hive

Author: Fiona Reid
Posted: 1 Mar 2016 | 15:38

Yesterday I spent the day volunteering at the Careers Hive a new activity organised by Edinburgh International Science Festival for S1-S3 pupils.  The event is running in the Grand Gallery of the National Museum of Scotland from 29th February to 4th March 2016.

Debugging in 5D

Author: Adrian Jackson
Posted: 24 Feb 2016 | 16:41

Or why debugging is hard and parallel debugging doubly so

Computing bug: Grace Hopper's famous bug found in 1947 in a relay in the Mark II computer, taped it to the operations logbook with the annotation "First actual case of bug being found". Image courtesy of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren, VA., 1988. - U.S. Naval Historical Center Online Library Photograph

Debugging programs is hard. I give a lecture on debugging for the Programming Skills module of EPCC's MScs in HPC and HPC with Data Science where we try to point out common programming mistakes, programming strategies for making bugs less likely, and the skills and tools required for investigating, identifying, and fixing bugs.

Doing Super Science with Supercomputers - EPCC at Big Bang Fair 2016

Author: Mirren White
Posted: 19 Feb 2016 | 09:49

Next month, a group of EPCC staff members will be travelling to Birmingham to take part in The Big Bang Fair 2016, a national science festival for school children. The event takes place over four days and will reportedly attract in excess of 70,000 visitors, so this is a great opportunity to showcase ARCHER, EPCC and all of the work we do here.

Making the most of ARCHER for Materials Chemistry

Author: Iain Bethune
Posted: 15 Feb 2016 | 15:38

Ab initio modelling of oil formation in clay mineralsIn early December we added a visualisation of the most heavily used application codes to the ARCHER website.  At the moment it only shows data for the current month, but we've been recording the data since the ARCHER service began back in 2013 (table below).

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