The University of Edinburgh is one of Europe’s leading research universities and is represented in this project by its supercomputing centre, EPCC (http://www.epcc.ed.ac.uk). Established in 1990, the organisation is at the forefront of HPC service provision and research in Europe.
EPCC has a full!time staff of 90, most educated to postgraduate level, and a large array of HPC systems including the 118,080 core, 2.5 Petaflops Cray XC30-based UK National HPC service ! ARCHER.
EPCC works with a wide variety of scientific and industrial partners; collaborative projects with industry represent 50% of the Centre’s annual turnover (£5 million in FY15/16 excluding capital costs).
EPCC has led the UK’s technical work in all the PRACE projects to date and is the coordinator of the NEXTGenIO project, which focuses addressing the I/O bottleneck of HPC workloads through exploitation of non-volatile memory technologies.
In addition to its role as a national HPC service provider, EPCC provides a wide variety of services to both industry and academia including: HPC application design, development and re!engineering; HPC application performance optimisation; distributed computing consultancy and solutions (with a particular focus on Grid and Cloud computing); HPC facilities access; project management for software development; and data integration and data mining consultancy.
The organisation has considerable experience of managing large, complex EU!funded projects including the Fortissimo project (which enables European SMEs to be more
competitive globally through the use of simulation services running on a HPC cloud infrastructure).
The centre has a long history of working with HPC vendors to design leading edge novel HPC systems including the QCDOC system, the Maxwell FPGA system and, most recently, the IBM BlueGene/Q.