Guest blogger's blog

Haggis actually isn’t half bad…

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 28 Jul 2017 | 15:16

Summer of HPC student Sam Green is working with EPCC's Nick Brown on a visualisation of the Met Office's MONC weather model. Here he writes about his first impressions.

The Summer of HPC 2017 training week has long since passed and we have all started our projects in our respective countries. It has been about 2 weeks since we landed in Edinburgh and within that time I think I can safely say we have all settled in nicely here.

I must say I quite like the lifestyle here, although I guess it isn’t much different to the lifestyle in Ireland (my homeland) and probably why I fit in so well here! Despite this, I’m still getting used to some of the words they use here and a few of the countryside accents.

The experience of a lifetime :  ISC’17 Student Cluster Competition

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 13 Jul 2017 | 23:49

A team of students from EPCC's MSc programmes took part in this year's Student Cluster Competition at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) in Germany. The competition requires teams to design and configure a cluster on which they optimise and run benchmarks and applications within a power budget of 3000 watts.

Here Team EPCC and its coach Emmanouil Farsarakis tell us about their hard work and its rewards.

US Naval Academy visit to EPCC

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 26 Jun 2017 | 12:10

Our guest blogger is Prof. Carl Albing of the US Naval Academy. Prof. Albing and two students recently came to EPCC for a three-week study project.

Work experience at EPCC

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 10 Apr 2017 | 16:06

Guest blogger Kara Moraw is an undergraduate Informatics student in Bonn, Germany. Here she writes about her 4-week internship with EPCC, spent working with EPCC's Nick Brown on the ARCHER outreach project.

My work experience at EPCC

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 21 Nov 2016 | 09:59

Connor Walsh is a school pupil who joined us on a work experience placement last week. Here's his report.

I have been "working" at the EPCC offices at Edinburgh University under Eilidh Troup on a project using Python and Pygame to simulate how much an object would sink in water when you change the mass and the volume of the object.

The Power Benchmarking Game

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 2 Sep 2016 | 14:12

As we continue to scale our HPC systems, the energy cost of doing so becomes an increasingly large and potentially limiting factor.

One of the most important aspects of addressing the challenges of energy efficient computing is having a solid understanding of how various design choices, in both software and hardware, affect the overall energy usage of your system and application.

In his guest post, PhD student Blair Archibald discusses how the Adept project is contributing to knowledge in this area.

​A not-so-brief history of research software engineers

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 22 Aug 2016 | 11:28

This guest post by Simon Hettrick, Deputy Director of the Software Sustainability Institute, explains how the role of research software engineer has gained greater definition and recognition.

On a beautifully sunny day in March 2012, a small group met at Queen’s College Oxford and challenged a long-standing problem: why is there no career for software developers in academia? They didn’t know it at the time, but this meeting led to a nationwide campaign that created a vibrant and rapidly growing community, and established a new role in research: the Research Software Engineer.

Summer of HPC: Finding the fireball

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 18 Aug 2016 | 14:51

Summer of HPC visitor Tomislav Subic gives a summary of his project at EPCC: a visualisation of the UK Met Office's weather model.

A legend says that there was once a warm sunny day in Scotland. I have started my quest to find out if the myth was true, but I was not the only one.

Summer of HPC: Scotland for the summer, seriously?

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 5 Aug 2016 | 14:37

 Summer of HPC visitor Tomislav Subic writes about his introduction to Edinburgh and EPCC.

“It’s gonna be cold and rainining up there the whole time…”

If I got a pound every time I heard that in the last months, I could buy a kilt (which are not cheap by the way). While most of my fellow SoHPCers are fleeing the north in order to spend their summer on the sunny Mediterranean beaches, I am doing the opposite.

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. 

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