Interactive weather forecasting on supercomputers as a tool for education

Project reference: 1708 A common and very important application of HPC is that of weather forecasting. In conjunction with the UK Met Office we have developed a new, state of the art, atmospheric model which the scientific community use to

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Online visualisation of current and historic supercomputer usage

Project reference: 1709 We house and run the UK national supercomputing service, ARCHER, which has an active user base of around 3000 users. Many different people rely on this machine as a crucial instrument in their science and there are

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Development and validation of real-time earthquake hazard models

Project reference: 1707 Operational earthquake forecasting is a novel scientific direction of Seismology focusing on providing real-time earthquake likelihoods during the evolution of an aftershock sequence. The moment a major earthquake occurs, decision-makers need expert advice to both support proactive

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From an edge to the whole picture

Hi there! It’s almost the end of summer holidays and the summer of HPC, and I still haven’t made to tell you everything about what I’m working on. I was done with the CFD exercise so I started with a new one

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Two applications for two techniques

Having already introduced you to the technique that will be used for my project in one of my previous posts let me share with you some more things about the application. The application will be used at outreach events and

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Has the rain stopped yet?

Indeed, as the summer comes to an end I realize I had a lot of rain – both here in Scotland and on my computer screen. My project was to develop a weather visualisation application which will be used at

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Finding the fireball

A legend says that there was once a warm sunny day in Scotland. I have started my quest to find out if the myth was true, but I was not the only one. A group of scientists from the UK

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Python, MPI, CFD and ARCHER – what is a bigger challenge?

Hi Guys! In this blog post, I would like to introduce you my project “Parallelising Scientific Python Applications” which I’m working on at EPCC under Dr. Neelofer Banglawala. Wait! Sit down, don’t worry and get a cup of excellent British tea.

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If not task farming then what?

When I decided to apply for the EPCC project of the Summer of HPC I knew that my project will be related to some outreach events and it will have educational purposes too.  It has to display how parallelism works

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Familiarizing with Edinburgh

A bit of history at the beginning. Once upon a time in the town of Edinburgh, Scotland – it was a cloudy summer day, not very cold but also not very warm. Just a typical Scottish day (if you know

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Scotland for the summer, seriously?

  “It’s gonna be cold and rainining up there the whole time…” If I got a pound every time  I heard that in the last months, I could buy a kilt (which are not cheap by the way). While most

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Summer in the North

If we make a wordcloud for all the things that we said during the training week in Juelich, the biggest word would be “WHERE” I guess. Was that nerdy enough for an introduction for an HPC summer program?  “Where are

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Marta Cudova

Marta CUDovA. Parallel computing is her destiny. For sure!

Marta Cudova is a 25 years old Czech girl coming from the heart of the South Moravia, a lovely city called Brno. She has just finished her master’s studies in the field of Computer and Embedded Systems at the Brno University

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Anna Gradou

Anna Gradou is a young student from Athens, Greece. She is 23 years old and she is currently finishing her undergraduate studies at the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications of the University of Athens. She is doing her thesis which

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Tomislav Šubić

“When I saw Tomislav for the first time I knew that he is not the right person to make a fun of,” said his best friend Boris. “He doesn’t say a much, but I just know, you say the wrong

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15 degrees, rain and HPC: Summer in Edinburgh (week 4)

After visiting Edinburgh Castle during the previous weekend, I was determined to dive deeper into all those things that are typical for Edinburgh. One of the most iconic ones? The Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo! The actually affordable tickets (starting at

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15 degrees, rain and HPC: Summer in Edinburgh (week 3)

The first and probably most important task due for our third week in Edinburgh was the Week 3 report. It’s not only about presenting our project after about two weeks of work but also updating the time schedule and preparing

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15 degrees, rain and HPC: Summer in Edinburgh (week 1)

The first week of our stay consisted of many introductions. Introductions to our site coordinator Catherine, to our project mentors Toni and Neelofer, to EPCC and King’s Buildings in general, to Edinburgh and of course to our projects. EPCC is

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Implementing MPI parallelisation in a the Fluctuating Finite Element Analysis (FFEA) tool

FFEA uses a continuum mechanics description of soft macromolecules and is specifically designed to take advantage of emerging low resolution experimental data, such as protein structural maps from the Electron Microscopy Data Base. The model is a Finite Element algorithm which has been generalised to include thermal fluctuations, enabling the simulation of large protein complexes within their cellular environment, and therefore provides acces to the elusive mesoscale regime between 10 and 500nm that is too computationally expensive for atomistic molecular dynamics, but too small for conventional macroscopic simulation techniques to be applicable.

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An “HPC Cluster Challenge” app for public outreach

EPCC is developing an HPC Cluster Challenge’ web app for phones, tablets and PCs, in which participants will be able to design their own Supercomputer cluster, by picking and assembling predetermined component parts, all while working within a fixed virtual budget. The aim would be to achieve the highest performance score on LINPACK, a well-known benchmark that is used to rank the largest computers in the world! As well as controlling costs, the user must also try to minimise their virtual machine’s power usage-this is one of the key limiting factors for modern-day HPC. The app will explain what the main components of a Supercomputer are, and guide a user through the process of configuring their cluster. Links to more in-depth educational material will also be made available through the app.

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Developing the user interface for the Fluctuating Finite Element Analysis (FFEA) tool

The Fluctuating Finite Element Analysis (FFEA) tool uses a continuum mechanics description of soft macromolecules and is specifically designed to take advantage of emerging low resolution experimental data, such as protein structural maps from the Electron Microscopy Data Base. This work aims to improve the visualization interface to enable the handling of large data sets that will arise from the use of distributed memory HPC computations.

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Rajagopal Hariharan

The disappointment of my delayed arrival due to visa issues was quickly made up by the warm welcome that Edinburgh provided me. For a long time, I have heard about how Edinburgh has dull weather even during summer, when it tends to be wet and windy. This summer, however seems to be different with most days being bright and sunny, almost perfect for camping.

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Nedim Hadzic

I arrived in Edinburgh on a cloudy Sunday and what surprised me immediately is that there were only a couple of people on the streets. Well, later I learned that I’m in a residential area, but afterwards I discovered the beauties of this amazing medieval city.

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Hosting Sites & Projects

CINECA

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to spend two months at one of the following hosting sites, working on these projects:   CINECA  –  Consorzio Interuniversitario Bologna,Italy http://www.cineca.it/en Visualizing the results of the project “The way to heating the solar

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Presentations from the UK

And finally here are the presentations from the UK, from Simone, Stamatia, Marko & Antoine. Who will win the awards? Find out Tuesday Dec 3rd! Simone Stamatia Marko Antoine Please follow and like us:

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