No Tenim Por

The candle vigil at La Rambla and Catalunya.

~ We Are Not Afraid ~ When I last wrote for this blog we were having a good time at “La Festa” – mild injuries notwithstanding. This was, as we all know by now, rudely interrupted by the terrible event

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Adéu, Barcelona.

The sea through the train window

Well, I’m writing this from back home in Norway after a great summer in Barcelona! This time, I’ve decided not to write so much hard scientific stuff as before. For that, I refer back to my two previous posts one on

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Baptism of Fire

Devil costume with fireworks.

~ how NOT to prepare for an adventure ~ A new beginning The morning broke, as it always does, with the ringing of the clock reminding me of the fact that I should have made the appointment with my bed

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More on Deep Q networks

Nature cover

It’s time for another blog post apparently! Just as last time, I have decided to fill it with science! This time I will talk mostly about the “Deep Q Network” and the “Stochastic Gradient Descent” algorithm. These are all fairly

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Accelerating iterative solvers by chance

tools of the trade

The project I have laid my hands on goes under the fancy title of Hybrid Monte Carlo Method for Matrix Computation on P100 GPUs Now most will understand the ending, but not the beginning of the above. Thus I’ll endeavor

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Artificial Brains for enhancing Crowd Simulations?!

A visualisation of a biological neural network.

Hi all, In my previous post I introduced myself and the SoHPC programme. Now it’s time for my project. Why Crowd Simulation? Throughout history, humankind has had a clear preference for grouping together in larger and larger groups. On the global scale, 54

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Aleksander Wennersteen

You’re like a magical giant -Dimitra I’m 23 years old and in my third year of the five year MPhys in Mathematical Physics at the University of Edinburgh. This summer, I will be participating in the Summer of HPC, based

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Hybrid Monte Carlo Method for Matrix Computation on P100 GPUs

Project reference: 1701 The focus of this project will be on  enhancing further hybrid (e.g. stochastic/ deterministic) method for Linear Algebra. The focus is on Monte Carlo and quasi-Monte Carlo hybrid methods and algorithms for matrix inversion and solving systems

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Monte Carlo and Deep Learning Methods for Enhancing Crowd Simulation

Project reference: 1702 Simulating realistic large scale crowd behaviours is a complex endeavour. The use of real data and realistic perception models is required. And once the behaviour is established, one must generate and animate varied characters for realistic visualization

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Sophie’s World, Chapter 2: The project

In case you have cheched out this video, you might be wondering what this project is all about. In case you haven’t, I will wait for you 3:33 minutes to see it and return 🙂 Ok, now a little background

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Why is high performance computing so good for image analysis?

My Summer of HPC project  was officially titled “Development of  a sample application in PyCOMPSs”. As you can probably tell it’s a pretty vague title, and I was given a lot of freedom to come up with my own project,

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Sophie’s World, Chapter 1

Time flies. We are already in the middle of the PRACE Summer Of HPC Computing programme and it seems like yesterday when we first arrived for the training week in Germany. So here is a quick recap of our full

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Python Public Service Announcement: Virtual environments

Snake oil - Python get it?...

Possibly fictitious excerpt from the Python Conference announcement of Virtual Environments. Most honorable Python developers, please raise your hand if you’ve ever gone from the highs of writing Python to the dreary comedowns of library version control. “Everybody raises hands”

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Marco Forte

Marco's grand day out (Cologne)

Each year aspiring young programmers, engineers, and scientists from throughout the fabled land of Europe set out on a noble quest to tour the furthest reaches of the realm, seeking to master the arcane art of parallelism, and spread the

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Sofia Kypraiou

Sophia Kypraiou is a young student from Greece. She is an undergraduate student at the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications of the University of Athens and she will graduate during September. She is currently finishing her thesis on “Temporal Recommendation

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Visualization data pipeline in PyCOMPSs/COMPSs

Project reference: 1601 COMPSs is a programming model and runtime that aims at parallelizing sequential applications written in sequential programming languages (Java, Python, C/C++). The paradigm used to parallelize is the data-dependence tasks: the application developer selects the parts of

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This summer is hot!

Dear readers, in this blog I offer a brief digest of impressions, memories,  and thoughts from the past few weeks, when I started on my adventure/journey for wisdom and experience in High Performance Computing in two beautiful cities Barcelona and Budapest. At

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Docking in BSC

Until now everything ran quite quickly. I still can not believe that the first month has already passed. So far it has been the most important working experience in my life. I liked everything in Barcelona because it reminds me of

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Hola Barcelona!

HPC’s introductory week in Barcelona ended up with beautiful pictures of young team-spirited researchers who, despite the difference of their fields of study they, all had something in common: they were ready to disperse throughout the world in order to

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Go user-friendly or go home

Working at BSC Barcelona, post-training week. To my colleagues who have flown to other SoHPC destinations, I would like to report that the city is alive and well, hot and welcoming as ever, and that thankfully the AC in our

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About training week

The Summer of High Performance Computing (SoHPC) is a program run by the Partnership For Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE), and it gives you a chance to learn and enjoy your summer at one of the supercomputing Centers in Europe. The

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Kicking off our Summer of HPC in Barcelona

Kicking off our Summer of HPC in Barcelona The training week is over now and we have started to settle into our project sites. Its a good time to look back and share impressions of the first week of our Summer

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The same pattern re-appears

I find Mandelbrot set very interesting, that is why I have decided to show it to you from the perspective of physicist. Mandelbrot set is named after Benoit Mandelbrot and it is a fractal. Mandelbrot set is the set obtained

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Para arriba…

After two weeks in Barcelona I have to say that applying for SoHPC was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It’s not only the everlasting warm weather, sand beaches, unique architecture, lots of places to visit, great people

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Barriga llena, corazón contento

As soon as I’ve got to the capital of Catalonia, the second largest city in Spain, I couldn’t move my eyes away from the beautiful sea and the shiny sun. I have spent my first days around the sights in

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