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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.

Virtual Palaeontology: the debut!

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 16 Sep 2013 | 12:56

This summer we were fortunate to have a student, Antoine, work on our dinosaur-racing outreach project as part of the Summer of HPC programme. Antoine did a great job in turning the demo from a simple prototype into a much more polished, usable showcase for how HPC plays a vital role in a variety of sciences. If you are a regular reader of the EPCC blog then you might have already read some posts about this application - see my initial blog post, and Antoine's progress updates here and here.

Dinosaur racing at EPCC

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 31 Jul 2013 | 14:49

The Animal Simulation project, run at the University of Manchester, aims to create realistic simulations of animals both present and extinct. By combining the expertise of a number of scientific fields along with high performance computing (HPC), they have created GaitSym, a code capable of realistically simulating movements of animals based on a 3D model of their skeleton and biological data.

Cyber security - the greatest modern challenge?

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 14 Jun 2013 | 16:02

EPCC's seminar series, which is usually open to all and given by EPCC staff, that covers a wide variety of topics, from those closely related to HPC to others which are much more general. An example of the latter is a talk I recently gave on cyber security. With an estimated ten million cyber-attacks worldwide per day, from individuals to small and large-scale organisations, this is something that we should all be aware of.

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