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Administrative Data Research (ADR)

Author: Mark Sawyer
Posted: 30 Jul 2021 | 10:01

ADR Scotland (Administrative Data Research Scotland) is a partnership combining specialists in the Scottish Government’s Data Sharing and Linkage Unit with the expertise of academic researchers at the Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research. Together they are transforming how public sector data in Scotland are curated, accessed and explored, so it can deliver its full potential for policymakers and for the public.

EuroCC@UK: promoting excellence in HPC, HPDA and AI

Author: Mark Sawyer
Posted: 7 Jun 2021 | 10:05

The European Commission has launched a network of National Centres of Excellence in High-Performance Computing (HPC), High-Performance Data Analytics (HPDA) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). The UK centre will be delivered jointly by EPCC and the Hartree Centre.

Better engineering through HPC

Author: Mark Sawyer
Posted: 5 May 2021 | 10:21

EPCC is a partner in the EXCELLERAT project, a single point of access for expertise on how data management, data analytics, visualisation, simulation-driven design and Co-design with high-performance computing (HPC) can benefit engineering, especially in the aeronautics, automotive, energy and manufacturing sectors.

EuroCC: a new network of national HPC competence centres

Author: Mark Sawyer
Posted: 16 Nov 2020 | 14:07

EuroCC will raise participating countries to a common high level in high-performance computing (HPC), high-performance data analytics (HPDA), and artificial intelligence (AI).

National Competence Centres (NCCs) will be responsible for surveying and documenting the core HPC, HPDA, and AI activities and expertise in each participating country. The ultimate goal is to make HPC available to different users from science, industry, public administration, and society.

EPCC awarded new data processing and storage accreditations

Author: Mark Sawyer
Posted: 15 Jun 2020 | 11:18

We have become an accredited processor under the UK Digital Economy Act, following an audit process conducted by the Office for National Statistics. EPCC is one of only seven UK organisations to gain this accreditation. 

The Digital Economy Act (DEA) came into force in 2017 and covers issues related to electronic communications infrastructure and services. Under the Act, an organisation may become accredited for the purposes of processing data, principally with the linkage or de-identification of data, or the storage and provision of secure access to the de-identified data. EPCC is accredited for storage and provision for the National Safe Haven that it operates on behalf of Public Health Scotland.

Survey of European engineering community requirements

Author: Mark Sawyer
Posted: 24 Apr 2020 | 11:57

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. A Service Platform (including training, access to codes and software, and expert consultation) will be offered within EXCELLERAT where participants will be provided with the most suitable type of support, based on their own current needs.

The European Centre of Excellence for Engineering Applications

Author: Mark Sawyer
Posted: 2 Dec 2019 | 10:36

The European Centre of Excellence for Engineering Applications (EXCELLERAT) has spent its first year identifying the major challenges that must be overcome to reach Exascale performance for a set of reference applications.

There are great opportunities for engineering applications in exploiting exascale computing (that is, more than 1018 operations per second). This will be the case not only in academia but also industry: engineering is seen as having the biggest potential for exascale in the industrial field. EXCELLERAT brings together expertise in HPC and engineering software to support the development of applications that can exploit computing capability at this level.

EXCELLERAT: new European Centre of Excellence for engineering applications

Author: Mark Sawyer
Posted: 10 May 2019 | 11:28

EPCC has joined with other European HPC centres and engineering experts to form EXCELLERAT, the European Centre of Excellence for Engineering Applications.

Engineering applications will be among the first to exploit Exascale computing (more than 1018 operations per second). This will be the case not only in academia but also industry, with engineering judged to have the biggest potential for Exascale in the industrial field. EXCELLERAT will bring together expertise in high performance computing and engineering software to support the development of applications capable of exploiting Exascale computing.

Event review: What data-driven innovation means for business in Scotland

Author: Mark Sawyer
Posted: 6 Mar 2019 | 10:13

EPCC is at the heart of the Data Driven Innovation programme of  the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal. This £661m programme will lead to the creation of major new data services for Scottish business, with EPCC providing the Edinburgh International Data Infrastructure (EIDF) that will underpin it.

Last week we hosted an event to explain the enormous potential of data-driven innovation for industry and to show how companies are already using data technologies to enhance commercial performance.

Fortissimo Marketplace: open for business

Author: Mark Sawyer
Posted: 15 Jan 2019 | 11:52

 

The Fortissimo 2 project ended on 31 December 2018. Together with its predecessor (the plain old 'Fortissimo project') it has helped over 100 SMEs and mid-caps to run experiments that demonstrate the effectiveness of providing HPC services using a business model derived from cloud computing, thereby making it much lower risk for small companies to use HPC. 

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