Ranked 17th in the 2014 QS World University Rankings, the University of Edinburgh is one of Europe’s leading research universities and is represented in this project by its supercomputing centre, EPCC. Established in 1990, EPCC is one of Europe’s leading supercomputing centres with a full-time staff of around 100 staff, most educated to postgraduate level, and with a large array of HPC systems including the 118,080-core, 1.64-Petaflop Cray XC30 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 (£8.3m million in FY15/16 excluding capital costs). EPCC leads the UK’s involvement in the PRACE HPC research infrastructure.
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 Cloud computing); HPC facilities access; project management for software development; and data integration and data analytics consultancy. The organisation has considerable experience of managing large, complex EU-funded projects including amongst others the CRESTA Exascale software project and the €34m Fortissimo Factories of the Future projects. Locally it works through Supercomputing Scotland to deliver HPC resources and expertise to Scottish companies.
EPCC leads the Software Sustainability Institute, in collaboration with the Universities of Manchester, Oxford and Southampton. The Institute is the UK’s leading facility for supporting and representing researchers of all disciplines who use and develop specialist software, and is a partner in the Software Carpentry foundation dedicated to training researchers.
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, the IBM Bluegene/Q and most recently the NEXTGenIO system with Intel and Fujitsu.