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Summer of HPC at EPCC

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 2 Mar 2015 | 09:33

The PRACE Summer of HPC (SoHPC) offers university students the opportunity to spend two months at a European HPC centre working on a topical summer project.

Having hosted students during the 2013 and 2014 programmes, we at EPCC are excited to be once again involved and will host three students this summer, one per project that we have proposed. 

Worldwide co-design centres & software development for exascale

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 24 Feb 2015 | 12:05

The European Exascale Software Initiative is a consortium of 29 organisations and around 100 individuals who are working towards providing key recommendations on European policy with a particular focus on how software can be developed and techniques further improved to help meet the challenges that exascale computing might bring.

The first version of this project, EESI-1, highlighted a number of key areas for further investigation and consideration. The EESI-2 project, which has been running since 2013, has built upon this and focused its attention on these areas.

Collaboration with UK Met Office

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 7 Nov 2014 | 15:39

We are working with the UK Met Office on a project to rewrite one of their weather forecasting models. Whilst the best known weather model is the Unified Model (UM), which generates the national and international forecast on a scale of 1km, the Met Office also has a number of other specialist models that concentrate on specific areas.  An example of this is in the study of cloud and cloud convection, in which case one often uses a Large Eddy Simulation (LES) model which handles turbulence in much more detail. 

EPCC at the British Science Festival 2014

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 10 Sep 2014 | 12:30

Every year the British Science Festival (BSF) visits a city in the UK and engages the public with the latest and greatest science, engineering and technology. It is a fantastic opportunity for people to get involved in science and the programme contains a wide variety of activities to ensure the festival appeals to all ages.

This was the third year that EPCC has been involved with the BSF. We travelled down to Birmingham where we held an exhibition entitled “Supercomputing: From dinosaurs to particle physics” on the Saturday, which was aimed primarily at families. We were based in the Library of Birmingham along with a number of other highly-engaging events that all aimed to introduce the public to HPC and to encourage the next generation of computational scientists.

PRACE Summer of HPC 2014

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 4 Aug 2014 | 11:38

This summer we have two students who have joined us for 9 weeks as part of the Summer of HPC programme. It is a great idea; in working on an HPC project not only do the students gain experience and enthusiasm for the field but also the actual work done on the projects is useful and important too.

EPCC at ISC'14: come and say hello!

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 13 Jun 2014 | 12:06

EPCC will be exhibiting in Booth 920.

International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) is one of the main events in the field of high performance computing, networking and storage. It has a diverse programme of keynote talks, research presentations, tutorials, BoFs and satellite events provided by 300 expert speakers along with over 170 exhibitors and 3,000 attendees. As usual, there will be a significant EPCC representation.

DiRAC driving test comes to Edinburgh

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 28 Nov 2013 | 10:00

My colleague Mike Jackson recently posted about the DiRAC driving test. DiRAC is the UK's integrated supercomputing facility for theoretical modelling and HPC-based research in particle physics, astronomy and cosmology and is used by numerous researchers with diverse backgrounds. Whilst much of their work is very different, one commonality is that it often requires in-depth technical and software engineering techniques. The idea of the driving test was therefore to ensure that all users have the required knowledge for effective use of the consortium’s machines.

Survey for exascale co-design

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 21 Nov 2013 | 16:24

In a previous post I introduced the European Exascale Software Initiative (EESI) Co-design deliverable in which EPCC is a joint task leader. We are looking to understand exactly what different people mean by the co-design term, what can be done to encourage and promote co-design and - specifically for exascale - how institutions might apply it to successfully deliver the HPC services of tomorrow.

Co-design for exascale

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 28 Oct 2013 | 10:35

It is widely accepted that to meet the deadline of an exascale system by 2020, a variety of complex problems must be solved.

Hybrid MPI+PGAS programming models tutorial

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 18 Sep 2013 | 11:37

Here at EPCC we are very excited about the PGAS2013 conference which is being held in Edinburgh on the 3rd and 4th of October. This will be the 7th international PGAS conference and, as always, it will be a great chance for those in the community to discuss latest developments in the field and their research.

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