EPSRC Tier-2 HPC Applications Open Now

EPSRC is offering open access to five new Tier-2 High-Performance Computing facilities through a call for proposals. Free access to the facilities is through a two stage peer review process with an initial closing date of the 21st of September.  There will only be three calls a year for access to the facilities.

The five facilities users can access through this call are:

  • Cirrus HPC System – 10,000 core system based on Intel Xeon Broadwell
  • GW4 – Test bed for emerging architectures including ARM, GPU and Xeon Phi
  • CSD3 – 24,000 cores of Intel Xeon Skylake, 342 Intel Xeon Phi and 360 NVidia GPUs
  • HPC Midlands – 14,336 core system based on the Intel Xeon processor
  • National GPU facility JADE – 22 NVIDIA DGX-1 Deep Learning systems

Further details on each of these systems can be found in the call document.

The aim of the call is to provide access to the national Tier-2 HPC facilities for adventurous high-risk, high-reward projects that will benefit from the diversity of computing architectures available at Tier-2.

A non-exclusive list of eligible projects includes:

  • Short computational projects that do not warrant a full grant application;
  • UK led collaborative projects with international and/or industry partners;
  • Joint applications from students (as Co-Is) with proven HPC experience and their PIs;
  • Projects that link consecutive standard grant applications or that aid the preparation of a grant or fellowship application;
  • Extended feasibility studies and trailing application developments at scale;
  • High-risk, high-reward projects that would benefit from using novel architectures.

If you are interested in applying then we are happy to help you with your application so please get in touch.

FAIR in Practice Focus Group

You’re invited to participate in one of several focus groups exploring the use of FAIR data principles within UK academic research. ‘FAIR in Practice’ is the Jisc project which explores questions around how data is used in research, and to what extent it is findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable. If you want any background information about this work, you can find it described in this blog post by Bas Cordewener, project manager for FAIR in practice at Jisc.

We are also holding separate focus groups for…
1) Research support professionals familiar with the “data” aspects of the research lifecycle.
2) Researchers from 4 key discipline areas, with focus groups in London and Newcastle.

Sept 12th London Research Support Professionals
Tickets can be found here.

Sept 13th Researchers Focus Group London
Tickets can be found here.

Sept 26th Researchers Focus Group Newcastle
Tickets can be found here.

Your participation will help to get an overview of the current state of data being FAIR and identifying opportunities to improve. The focus group will allow you to exchange views and expertise on FAIR principles with interested colleagues. Discussions will contribute to a better understanding of the principles and their potential to enhance research in the UK.

Lunch will be provided.

We hope to see you there!

Investigating the running abilities of Tyrannosaurus Rex using N8HPC

What if you were told that you could out-run one of the largest and most terrifying bipedal animals to have ever evolved and walked the Earth…the T-Rex? Well, today new research written by Dr William Sellers (University of Manchester’s School of Earth and Environmental Sciences) and published by PeerJ states just that! With the paper suggesting that maybe the T-Rex couldn’t even move faster than a gentle jog, let alone run.

This discovery coming from the University of Manchester, suggests that the size and sheer mass of the T-Rex would render it physically impossible to move at any speed higher than 7.7mph, which is slower than the average man’s running speed, which is around 8.4mph. Any speed higher than that would cause the T-Rex’s legs to simply break during chase due to its immense weight.

Their research utilised the Tier 2 HPC facility N8HPC, which underpins world-class research, to generate intense and detailed simulations to test Dr Sellers’ findings. A team led by Dr Sellers himself  combined two popular bio mechanical techniques – multi-body dynamic analysis (MBDA) and skeletal stress analysis (SSA) to create a more refined model which he and his team (Stuart B. Pond, Charlotte A. Brassey, Philip L. Manning, and Karl T. Bates) used to prove their theory.

Dr William Sellers’ results disrupt the idea that the T-Rex was primarily a high-speed pursuit predator. A topic which has been an intensely debated subject matter amongst the palaeontology community for decades. The research suggests a less athletic lifestyle for the T-Rex and even throws into question their hunting methods.

Furthermore, their results bring into question the maximum running speeds of other large two-legged dinosaurs such as: Giganotosaurus, Mapusaurus, and Acrocanthosaurus.

Dr Sellers has stated that the ‘Tyrannosaurus Rex is one of the largest bipedal animals to have ever evolved and walked the earth. So it represents a useful model for understanding the biomechanics of other similar animals.’

Dr William Seller’s research can be found in PeerJ.

Accelerated discovery of two crystal structure types in a complex inorganic phase field enabled by N8 HPC

Professor Matthew Rosseinsky (alongside a group of researchers from the University of Liverpool) is the co-author of a new paper, published on June 7th in the leading journal, Nature. As well as their use of the national HPC service, ARCHER, important to the Rosseinsky group’s research was their use of the regional N8 HPC.

The work of Dr Rosseinsky’s group at the University of Liverpool has led to a development of a computational tool that combines human-like chemical understanding and knowledge with ab initio methods. Using the tool, they predict and synthesise complex metallic oxides with entirely new crystal structures.

Dr Matthew Dyer from the University of Liverpool who made use of N8 HPC as part of their research was hugely complimentary of the service, stating:

The computing resources available to our group through the N8 HPC consortium made an important contribution to the calculation of energy versus composition plots which guided experimental synthesis to regions of compositional space likely to contain new materials. This accelerated the discovery of two new phases in the Y-Sr-Ca-Ga-O phase diagram, both with new crystal structures which do not belong to previously reported crystal structure types.

Their research was funded by the EPSRC and undertaken at the University of Liverpool. The Rosseinsky group’s research targets the synthesis of new materials, in order both to discover new physical and chemical properties for improvement in our fundamental understanding in sectors such as separation and catalysis, storage and generation and communications and separation. You can read the paper here, on Nature’s website.

ARCHER2 Information Gathering Survey

Do you want to help shape the future of ARCHER? Then here’s your chance! ARCHER is looking for potential users and, more particularly, software developers to express their
thoughts on what the service might become in the future. EPSRC and NERC welcome input from HPC communities, users and stakeholders to help understand the scientific and HPC needs of our communities. By participating in this survey, you are helping to define the requirements of the successor to the current service, ARCHER. The survey can be accessed here and will close at midnight on Sunday 25 June 2017, so don’t hesitate to respond!

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