EPCC News 84/Our move to the Bayes Centre

Welcome to the Autumn 2018 edition of EPCC News. Over the summer EPCC has moved offices for the first time in its 28-year history.

While the process has not been without its challenges, we’ve now settled into our beautiful new home on the second floor of the £45m Bayes Centre in central Edinburgh. We’re already benefiting from this central location in terms of interaction with the School of Informatics and visitors to the University.

The Bayes Centre is one of the six new buildings funded through the Edinburgh & SE Scotland City Region deal which was signed by the Prime Minister and First Minister in August. As well as being a key organisation within the Bayes Centre, EPCC is also in charge of creating the World Class Data Infrastructure which supports the Data Driven Innovation Programme. Over the next 10 years we will invest £115 million in this infrastructure including an increase to 32MW of power at the ACF and a fourth computer room.

We have also successfully won a number of new projects which you can read about in this issue. The largest of these is the 5-year £15m Prosperity Partnership which EPCC leads with Rolls-Royce. This project will develop the world’s first high-fidelity simulation of a next-generation gas turbine engine in operation.

We are also looking forward to the delivery of our first large-scale Arm-based HPC system from the Catalyst UK project led by HPE. This 4,096-core system based on Cavium’s ThunderX2 Arm processor is a new departure for us. More diversity in processor technology is very important for the long-term future of the HPC industry world-wide - particularly as we approach the Exascale.

I hope you enjoy this issue!

Mark Parsons, EPCC Director

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