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A researcher's perspective on working with the Software Sustainability Institute

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 11 Dec 2020 | 08:50

By Edward Wallace, School of Biological Sciences, University of Edinburgh.

Why I need sustainable software for my research

I run a lab, or research group, in the School of Biological Sciences at Edinburgh. My group  is funded by the Wellcome Trust, the Royal Society and BBSRC. We're interested in questions about how cells decide which proteins to make and when. Also, how cells change which proteins they make when they learn something from the environment and need to change what they're doing. In the 21st century we collect some very large datasets to measure this. There are datasets based on sequencing the RNA, which encodes protein, and datasets that measure all the proteins in cells at the same time. These datasets are measuring thousands of different things in many samples, often dozens of samples. Each dataset is gigabytes in size, and so it's quite hard work to dig into them and get the simplest and most relevant answers about what cells are doing.

Modelling triple stellar interactions during a pandemic

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 8 Dec 2020 | 10:46

Alexey Bobrick (Lund UniversitySpirit of 2020. My host and me, on one of the top floors in Birmingham University.(link is external), Sweden) was an HPC-Europa3 visitor hosted by Dr Silvia Toonen (link is external)at the Institute of Gravitational Wave Astronomy(link is external), University of Birmingham, UK. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, Alexey's visit has been split between his time in Birmingham (from 1–23 November), and working remotely from Sweden until 23 December. In this post Alexey tells us about his trip to Birmingham.

I study binary stellar astrophysics at Lund University, Sweden. In Birmingham my host, Dr Silvia Toonen, is one of the leading experts in triple and binary stellar evolution. I arrived at my accommodation in the middle of the autumnal Edgbaston Park area next to Birmingham University, and next morning I met my host. She kindly showed me around the campus and introduced me to her colleagues. The image shows me and my host, on one of the top floors in Birmingham University.  We then launched into many science discussions, which continued in the following weeks, together with meetings, work, calculations and more discussions.

Optimising sparse-matrix vector multiplication on Intel Xeon Gold processors

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 24 Aug 2020 | 18:11

Edoardo Coronado visited EPCC from 18th May–15th August 2019 under the HPC-Europa3(link is external) programme. Here he gives us an update on his research since his previous blog article.

During my visit to EPCC in 2019 under the auspices of the HPC-Europa3 programme, I worked on optimising routines to perform the Sparse Matrix-Vector (SpMV) product, a common operation in lots of scientific applications, on Intel Xeon Gold processors and Graphics Processing Units (GPUs).

ePython: can we have our cake and eat it?

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 17 Aug 2020 | 15:02

Maurice Jamieson is a third-year PhD student at the EPCC working on the programmability of micro-core architectures, both in terms of design and implementation, through the development of the ePython programming language.

We recently published a paper at the Scientific Computing with Python (SciPy) 2020 conference that outlined the latest developments to ePython, a version of Python specifically written to leverage micro-core architectures. The paper provides a detailed discussion of the design and implementation of ePython, touching on the latest updates to manage arbitrary large data sets and native code generation. This post will summarise key elements of the paper.

The Global Open Finance Centre of Excellence: delivering innovation and public benefit

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 5 Aug 2020 | 14:38

In June, a unique collaboration between the University of Edinburgh, the Financial Data and Technology Association, and Fintech Scotland was awarded £22.5m from UK Government to harness financial data for societal and economic benefit. The Global Open Finance Centre of Excellence (GOFCoE) will be an independent collaboration between governments and regulators, the financial services, industry and academia. 

Service Portal for engineering excellence launched

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 4 Aug 2020 | 16:06

EPCC is a partner in the EXCELLERAT programme, which brings together key players from industry, research and HPC to provide services that will enable the European engineering industry to advance towards Exascale technologies.

There are great opportunities for engineering applications in exploiting Exascale computing. EXCELLERAT brings together expertise in HPC and engineering software to support the development of applications that can exploit computing capability at this level. 

Research Data Scotland's response to COVID-19

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 2 Jun 2020 | 13:44

The COVID19 research data service, which EPCC helped build, will bring together expertise, resource and capabilities from a range of programmes across the public sector. Roger Halliday, Chief Statistician and Data Officer for the Scottish Government, explains how it will support Scotland's response to the pandemic.

I want to share an update on how Research Data Scotland (RDS) is supporting the national response to COVID-19.

RDS’s mission remains to improve the economic, social and environmental wellbeing in Scotland by enabling access to and linkage of data about people, places and businesses for research in the public good.

HPC-Europa3 report: studying the strong force between quarks and gluons

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 13 May 2020 | 15:25

HPC-Europa3 visitor Fernando Romero López, a PhD student from the Institute of Corpuscular Physics (IFIC) at the University of Valencia in Spain, visited Dr Antonio Rago of Mathematical Sciences at Plymouth University earlier this year. Here he describes his experience.

I am a physicist doing my PhD in theoretical particle physics at the University of Valencia. During January and February, I had the chance to visit the UK for a six-week research project at the University of Plymouth as a part of the HPC-Europa3 programme.

Enabling research access to historic geospatial data of places around the globe

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 5 May 2020 | 11:28

The National Collection of Aerial Photography (NCAP) is an early adopter of the Edinburgh International Data Facility, which is being developed by EPCC. Dr Allan Williams, Head of the Collection, explains the benefits of the collaboration.

One of the largest collections of aerial photography in the world, the National Collection of Aerial Photography (NCAP) holds tens-of-millions of high-quality analogue images that record key moments in world history, and places around the globe. NCAP is the official custodian of UK government military-declassified aerial imagery created from the 1920s onwards, it also holds imagery commissioned by UK government civilian agencies and air survey photography created by commercial partners.

Efficient FE2 multi-scale implementation applied to composite deformation

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 1 Mar 2020 | 10:37

Guido Giuntoli visited STFC's Daresbury Laboratory in December 2019 through the HPC-Europa3 programme. Here he describes his work and time in the UK.

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