EPCC

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EPCC
Epcc logo.jpg
Established1991
Research typeHigh performance computing, Hardware acceleration, Computational science and engineering
DirectorAlison Kennedy, Mark Parsons
Staff70
LocationEdinburgh, UK
Operating agencyUniversity of Edinburgh
Websitewww.epcc.ed.ac.uk
 
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EPCC
Epcc logo.jpg
Established1991
Research typeHigh performance computing, Hardware acceleration, Computational science and engineering
DirectorAlison Kennedy, Mark Parsons
Staff70
LocationEdinburgh, UK
Operating agencyUniversity of Edinburgh
Websitewww.epcc.ed.ac.uk

EPCC (formerly Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre) is a supercomputing centre based at the University of Edinburgh. Since its foundation, its stated mission has been to accelerate the effective exploitation of novel computing throughout industry, academia and commerce.

The University has supported high-performance computing (HPC) services since 1982. As of 2010, through EPCC, it supports the UK’s national high-end computing system, HECToR.

Overview[edit]

EPCC's activities include: consultation and software development for industry and academia; research into high-performance computing; hosting advanced computing facilities and supporting their users; training and education .

The Centre supports visiting European researchers through the European Commission’s HPC-Europa programme[1] and offers an MSc in High-Performance Computing.[2]

EPCC is extensively involved in all aspects of Grid computing including: developing Grid middleware and architecture tools to facilitate the uptake of e-Science; developing business applications and collaborating in scientific applications and demonstration projects.

It is a member of the Globus Alliance and, through its involvement with the OGSA-DAI project, it works with the Open Grid Forum DAIS-WG. The Centre was a founder member of the UK’s National e-Science Centre (NeSC), the hub of Grid and e-Science activity in the UK. EPCC and NeSC are both partners in OMII-UK, which offers consultancy and products to the UK e-Science community. EPCC is also a founder partner of the Numerical Algorithms and Intelligent Software Centre (NAIS).

Around half of EPCC’s annual turnover comes from collaborative projects with industry and commerce. In addition to privately funded projects with businesses, EPCC receives funding from Scottish Enterprise, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the European Commission.

History[edit]

EPCC was established in 1990, following on from the earlier Edinburgh Concurrent Supercomputer Project. Since 2002, EPCC has been part of the university's School of Physics.[3]

EPCC has hosted a variety of supercomputers over the years, including several Meiko Computing Surfaces, a Thinking Machines CM-200 Connection Machine, and a number of Cray systems including a Cray T3D and T3E.

High-performance computing facilities[edit]

As of 2010, EPCC manages a collection of HPC systems including HECToR - which includes the first production Cray XT6 24-core system in the world - and a variety of smaller HPC systems. EPCC also offers access to its experimental, award-winning 64-FPGA-based Maxwell system. These systems are all available for industry use on a pay-per-use basis. Recent systems hosted by EPCC include:

Sample Projects[edit]

Projects that EPCC is involved in that also have entries on Wikipedia.

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