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EPSRC launches six new Tier2 HPC Centres

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📥  Computing Services, High Performance Computing (HPC), Research

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has just launched six new High Performance Computational (HPC) Centres, worth a combined £20 million, at the Thinktank Science museum in Birmingham. These new Tier2 regional centres are aimed at supporting both academics and industry providing access to a diverse range of powerful supercomputers for scientific research and engineering.

These Tier2 systems will sit between the National Tier1 (e.g. ARCHER) and local campus Tier3 systems (e.g. Balena), addressing the gap in capability between these two levels. This new layer of Tier2 HPC will enable new discoveries and drive innovation, it will be open to any UK ESPRC researcher and provide easy local access, and be integrated with the HPC ecosystem across the UK, both vertically into Tier1 and Tier3 systems and horizontally to other Tier2 centres.  The Tier2 Centres will provide access to new and advanced technologies such as Intel’s Knights Landing (KNL) Xeon Phi, NVIDIAs Pascal, POWER8, 64-bit ARM and data burst buffers. To complement this minefield of diverse technologies, all six Centres will provide support though Research Software Engineers (RSEs) to assist with the training and skills development, porting and optimisation of applications and codes.

 

Great Western 4 (GW4) HPC Centre for Advanced Architectures: Isambard
Isambard, after Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, will be the first of its kind 64-bit ARM-based supercomputer providing multiple advanced architectures within the same system to enable evaluation and comparison across a diverse range of hardware platforms in a production environment. This is a joint project between the GW4 Alliance (universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter) together with Cray Inc. and the Met Office. The service will provide over 10,000 high performance ARMv8 cores, as well as NVIDIA P100 and Intel Xeon Phi (KNL) accelerators cards.
http://gw4.ac.uk/isambard/

A National Facility for Peta-scale Data Intensive Computation and Analytics: Peta-5
Peta-5, a multi-disciplinary facility providing large-scale data simulation and high performance data analytics designed to enable advances in material science, computational chemistry, computational engineering and health informatics. This project, led by University of Cambridge, will provide peta-flop performance across Intel’s KNL, GPU, x86 computational architectures and peta-scale storage on spinning disk and tape storage.

Hub in Materials and Molecule Modelling: Thomas
Thomas, after the polymath Thomas Young, a Materials and Molecular Modelling (MMM) Hub will have applications in energy, healthcare and the environment. The project is led by UCL, with partners in the Materials Chemistry Consortium (MCC) and UKCP, and will provide a large x86-64 based system.
https://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/news-articles/1116/021116-ucl-hpc-hub-materials-science

Joint Academic Data science Endeavour: JADE
JADE, led by the University of Oxford, will provide the largest GPU-based system in the UK. Working with NVIDIA, will provide around 3.7 Petaflops of performance using NVIDIA’s latest DGX-1 platform, which makes use of the new NVlink technology.  This centre will be optimised for Deep Learning which will greatly benefit research applications involved in machine learning, image/video/audio analysis and molecular dynamics.
http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2017-03-30-£3m-awarded-oxford-led-consortium-national-computing-facility-support-machine

HPC Midlands Plus
HPC Midlands Plus will primarily focus on data-intensive applications in fields ranging from engineering, manufacturing, healthcare and energy. Led by Loughborough University, the Centre will provide a large x86 based system, to accompany this will be a modest sized component of POWER8 systems each with 1TB memory.
http://www.lboro.ac.uk/media-centre/press-releases/2017/february/32m-funding-for-midlands-based-high-performance-computing-centre.html

Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC): Cirrus
Cirrus, will be hosted by the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC). It will offer over 10,000 x86 cores to both science and industry. This will nicely complement EPSRC’s National HPC service, ARCHER. As part of this project, EPCC will host a mini-RDF (Research Data Facility) to provide common object-based data store to the Tier2 ecosystem and other supercomputers.
https://www.epcc.ed.ac.uk/facilities/cirrus

 

Recent press releases about the launch:

  1. https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/newsevents/news/sixhpccentresofficiallylaunch
  2. https://www.top500.org/news/uk-antes-up-20-million-for-six-new-supercomputer-centers
  3. http://www.bath.ac.uk/news/2017/03/30/gw4-world-first-supercomputer-launched-at-national-exhibition

 

 

Simon's off to Sierra Leone

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📥  Audio Visual Unit (AV)

Fresh from being nominated for a Learning On Screen award Dr Roy Maconachie from the Department of Social Policy and Science and Simon Wharf from our Audio Visual team are heading out on a new research trip.They will be following diamond mining in Sierra Leone.

Simon is going to create a series of vlogs for us to document his trip and we are really excited to see the outcome of this.

Watch the first of these where he talks about the background to the research and the kit he needs to decide on for the 8 days of filming.

 

Save the date - 6th Annual Symposium on HPC on 12th June 2017

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📥  High Performance Computing (HPC), Research

We are pleased to announce that the 6th Annual Symposium on High Performance Computing will be healed on Monday 12th June 2017.

This symposium organized by the University of Bath we will bring together staff, researchers and students working with HPC in the different areas of science and engineering along with other invited specialists of the field.

Save the date in your agenda and don’t miss the opportunity for networking and get in touch with the exciting developments on HPC.

Best regards,
The Organising Committee

 

Mathematicians use Balena to model global air pollution

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📥  High Performance Computing (HPC), Research

Dr Gavin Shaddick, of the University of Bath’s Department of Mathematical Sciences and Deputy Director of the Bath Institute for Mathematical Innovation, has been leading an international research team, which includes the WHO, and have used the University of Bath's High Performance Computing (HPC) system, Balena, to investigate global air pollution.

The results show that nine out of ten people (92 per cent) on Earth live in places where air pollution is higher than acceptable limits – even when they are outside.

For more information visit:

http://www.bath.ac.uk/news/2016/09/27/air-pollution/

http://www.wired.co.uk/article/uk-air-pollution-levels-london

http://www.bath.ac.uk/research/news/2016/09/21/air-pollution/

 

 

5th Annual HPC Symposium was a great success

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📥  High Performance Computing (HPC), Research

Attendees of the 5th HPC Symposium

We would like to thank everyone who joined us at the 5th Annual Bath HPC Symposium yesterday. Following the trend from previous years, the event was a great success for the University.

This year represented the fifth symposium and the event was attended by over 50 participants from within the university, collaborators, as well as external partners including Intel. The schedule for the day included contributions from across the University: physics, maths, chemistry, biology; mech-eng, elec-eng and chem-eng; management and architecture. These contributions showcased the sheer variety of innovative HPC work being done across the University, covering including molecular dynamics and quantum-chemical simulations through to high level finite-element methods to solve engineering problems. The Symposium provided a great opportunity for networking and for learning about new developments in hardware, software and applications.

We would like to say a big thankyou to the contributors, attendees, keynote speakers, session chairs and ground crew, who together made this meeting a day to remember.

Also, we would like to congratulate our two prize winners, Tobias Brewer and Will Saunders, once again for their outstanding poster presentation and contributed talk.

Best wishes,
Steven, Jonathan and Roshan

 

5th Annual HPC Symposium - Abstract Submission Now Open

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📥  High Performance Computing (HPC), Research

Abstract submission for the 5th Annual Bath University HPC Symposium on Thursday 9th June is now open [please note that the day (Tuesday) in the earlier announcement was a typo!].

We would like to invite submissions for talks and poster presentations on all aspects of HPC-orientated research, including:

  • HPC driven research in all disciplines
  • Code parallelisation and algorithm development
  • Experiences with tools/libraries and the scalability of computational codes
  • Experiences with accelerator hardware (e.g. GPUs and Xeon Phis)

We would like this year to highlight the HPC research being done by postgraduates, so there will be a dedicated session for students presenting posters to give a five-minute flash presentation to introduce themselves and their work. A prize of an iPod Nano will be awarded for the best student flash/poster presentation.

Contributed talks will be scheduled for 15 minutes (12 mins + 3 mins questions).
There will also be a prize of an iPad Mini for the best overall contribution to the symposium.

 

LaTeX and Word templates are available from the symposium website at:

http://go.bath.ac.uk/hpc-symposium

Please send your submissions to hpc-symposium@bath.ac.uk, remembering to rename files with your username (e.g. “abstract_jms70.doc”).

The deadline for abstract submission is Friday 13th May, and presenting authors will be notified the following week.

Also, we would like to remind those who haven’t registered yet to do so. Registration is free (including refreshments) and is now open at:

https://bathhpc-2016.eventbrite.co.uk

and will close on Friday 27th May.

More information, including an up-to-date schedule, can be found on the symposium website.

We look forward to receiving your submissions.

Best wishes,
Jonathan and Steven

 

5th Annual HPC Symposium - First Announcement

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📥  High Performance Computing (HPC), Research

We are pleased to announce the 5th Annual Bath University HPC Symposium, which will take place on:
Thursday, 9th June from 09:30 - 18:00

Registration is free (including refreshments) and is now open at:
https://bathhpc-2016.eventbrite.co.uk

The deadline for registering is Friday 27th May.​

The details are still being finalised, but as in previous years we will mix keynote speakers with talks and poster presentations by Balena users. As is tradition, prizes will be awarded for the best contributions.

Refreshments and a buffet lunch will be provided during the day, and we will have an informal early-evening networking session with refreshments and pizza.

We'll be in touch shortly with information about abstract submission.

More information, including an up-to-date schedule, can be found at:
http://go.bath.ac.uk/hpc-symposium

We look forward to seeing you there.

Best wishes,
Jonathan and Steven

 

Researchers get a welcome performance boost

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📥  High Performance Computing (HPC), Research

Research and Innovation Services (RIS) are getting excited about the joint £1.36 Million investment into our new High Performance Computing system, Balena. They've included a write up in their news section detailing all the improved features that the new HPC system will offer our research community.

Dean of the Faculty of Science and Chair of the HPC Advisory Group, Professor David Bird, has said: "This is an excellent example of how substantial investment from the University makes a real difference to the research infrastructure available to our academics, postdoctoral researchers and PhD students. The new HPC system is not only significantly larger, thus providing more computational capacity, it also adds new capabilities that will allow us to expand the base of users across the University."

You may also have noticed that our Central Communications team have written about the launch event that we hosted to welcome Balena. The event was well attended and a welcome celebration to mark the start of a new chapter for research at the university.

Jonathan Knight, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), said: “I know many of our research projects rely on large scale and sophisticated data processing so it is fantastic to see such a powerful new addition to our HPC facility. This is a substantial investment by the University in its research infrastructure and I look forward to us all getting huge value out of it in the future.”

For more information about HPC at the University of Bath, visit: http://www.bath.ac.uk/hpc

 

HPC Symposium 2016 - Thursday 9th June

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📥  High Performance Computing (HPC), Research

Here is a date for your diaries, the University's 5th Symposium on HPC will be held on Thursday 9th June 2016.

The main aim of the symposium is to provide a forum for current (and prospective) users of the University's HPC service, aka Balena, and it will be an excellent opportunity to network and exchange ideas with your colleagues.

The following activities will be planned for the day:

  • Keynote talk
  • Talks and posters by users of the HPC facility
  • Prizes will be given for the best overall contributions
  • A buffet lunch will be provided along with after event refreshments and lots of opportunities to network

We look forward to seeing everyone there.

Regards,
the Scientific Organising Committee

 

Balena HPC Inauguration - 25th January 2016

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📥  High Performance Computing (HPC), Research

Balena HPC Inauguration
Monday 25th January 2016, 12:30 until 14:00
4 West 1.1
We will be hosting the inauguration of the Balena HPC system on Monday 25th January from 12:30 until 14:00 at 4 West 1.1. We warmly invite all users of the HPC service to join Professor Jonathan Knight and ourselves for lunch and refreshments to celebrate this event.

To register for this event please sign up at: https://bathhpc-inauguration-2016.eventbrite.co.uk
The University of Bath has been running a central HPC system since 2007 and this last year we saw the latest HPC system come into service, Balena. The Balena HPC system is a £1.36M joint investment by the University, SAMBa CDT (Mathematical Sciences) and Prof Butler's research group (Mechanical Engineering).

The Balena HPC system comprises of over 3,000 CPU cores, 22 NVIDIA and 22 Xeon Phi accelerator cards, along with a 200TB high-performance parallel storage system. Balena also sees the introduction of a high-end visualisation suite, which will enable our community to interact and render large 3dimensional data and simulations from a remote location.

http://www.bath.ac.uk/bucs/services/hpc

Regards,
HPC Team