For the second year, Advanced Research Computing (ARC) held an HPC (high performance computing) Showcase day on Thursday 21st April at the Oxford e-Research Centre. The event was entitled Bringing HPC Alive and was combined with a Lenovo & University of Oxford Bioscience Day held the day before.
The HPC Showcase included talks on the use of HPC in Oxford and elsewhere and poster presentations from ARC users. An exhibition area in the atrium and conference room at the e-Research Centre hosted stalls from various HPC vendors. Also on display was Wee ARCHIE, a suitcase-sized supercomputer made from Raspberry Pi hardware. Wee ARCHIE is used by the outreach team of the ARCHER national HPC service to introduce supercomputing to a general audience.
Over 90 people attended the HPC Showcase. The ARC team thanks OCF, Lenovo and the Oxford e-Research Centre events team for their assistance in another highly successful event.
The ARC facility is a central resource available to researchers in any division or department of the University who need high performance computing. It became part of Academic IT Services in summer 2015. Dr Steve Young is ARC’s Head of Technical Services.