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The University of Edinburgh

Issue 41, December 2000

CONTENTS

2–5 How EPCC works with

business in Scotland

6 EUTIST: machine vision

technology transfer

programmme

EPCC’s new MSc in HPC

7 Summer Scholarships

8 10 years of EPCC

9 EWOMP 2000

10 Supercomputing 2000

11 New starts at EPCC

Course timetable

At work with

Scottish industry


EDITORIAL

EPCC in Scotland

MAUREEN WILKINSON

WELCOME to the Winter edition of EPCC News. In this issue we

bring you up to date with the latest news on a few of the Scottish

companies that are reaping the rewards of EPCC-provided

solutions (see the articles on pages 3, 4 and 5).

Small Scottish companies now make up over 50% of our

commercial client base. This fact is important for two reasons.

First, it illustrates the extent to which Scotland’s businesses now

depend upon technology for their day-to-day operations.

Second, it serves as a measure of the success of EPCC’s

CALEDONIA project (see article on opposite page).

EPCC News aims to provide a service for the high performance

computing academic community and also to offer an informative

read to others interested in state-of-the computing. This edition is

the second of the new look EPCC News and we hope you

appreciate the fresh approach.

Comments and queries on EPCC’s commercial activities in

Scotland should be sent to: enquiries@epcc.ed.ac.uk.

Scottish Enterprise and EPCC – working

together for Scottish business

DR ARTHUR TREW

In 1991, EPCC bid for funding from Scottish Enterprise to

support industry work on our new CM-200 Connection Machine

– at that time the most powerful computer in the UK. In 1992,

the Scottish Enterprise Software Group agreed a funding

package gated by clear business targets – and so began the

relationship with one of our most long-term stakeholders.

Over the years, EPCC and Scottish Enterprise have seen the

market for high-end computing solutions change and with it the

form of the partnership. But our constant focus has been to make

a difference for industry and commerce, with, of course, a

special focus on Scotland. In achieving this, our task has been

eased by technological advances. No longer is it necessary to

buy expensive, esoteric computers for many high-end problems

– the improvement in networking functionality in MS Windows

means that EPCC can often provide novel solutions within the

context of standard PC networks. This, in turn, has broadened

our client base, which now ranges from large, blue chip multinationals

to small local companies.

Today, Scottish Enterprise is helping EPCC fulfill its mission by

providing seed-corn funding to enable Scottish SMEs evaluate

the business benefits from novel computing. By improving their

business processes we hope to increase the companies'

competitiveness in the global marketplace and hence to grow the

Scottish economy. So, is the plan working Yes! Over the last

two years, EPCC has worked with many Scottish SMEs such as:

Altamira Colour Ltd – an Ayrshire-based fabric manufacturer

whose scheduling processes we helped improve;

Weidlinger Associates Ltd – a recently-opened branch of a US

engineering consultancy for whom EPCC produced new software

for the design of medical ultrasound transducers;

Integriti Ltd – an SME in Dingwall, which we are helping to

develop a corrosion monitoring system.

For the past two years, we have combined this project work with

a marketing campaign part-funded by the European Regional

Development Fund. This project, known as CALEDONIA (see

opposite page), is running a series of monthly seminars focused

on a range of business sectors and we are visiting a wide

variety of SMEs to investigate new challenges. We have already

talked to over 500 companies and this is helping not only to

raise awareness of the potential of novel computing solutions,

but is enabling the range of seed-corn projects to be wider than

ever before.

Looking forward, EPCC is committed to remaining at the

forefront of technological development and to transfer the

benefits to industry. The current academic interest in Grid

computing will, we believe, rapidly translate into business

opportunities and so we are working with Scottish Enterprise to

put together a new data exchange project to investigate the

business-to-business opportunities.

I believe that the last eight years have been beneficial to EPCC,

Scottish Enterprise – and Scottish industry. I hope that our

partnership will be as fruitful for the next eight and that this new

data exchange project will be the first step towards a bright

e-future.

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MAUREEN WILKINSON

Novel and high performance computing solutions could give you a competitive edge over your business rivals.

That’s the message the CALEDONIA initiative has been delivering to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs)

throughout Lowland Scotland since its launch in 1998. Two years on and CALEDONIA is going strong. In fact,

we’re busier than ever.

Jointly funded by Scottish Enterprise and the European Regional

Development Fund, CALEDONIA aims to create an awareness of

the benefits of the novel use of high performance computing

technology. It’s only in the past few years that such computing

has become affordable by smaller organisations and it offers

them significant opportunities to improve their competitive

position.

In the beginning, SMEs were rather nervous about CALEDONIA

technologies – namely manufacturing planning software,

clustering and machine vision. Now, thanks to our promotion of

the business benefits of these technologies, SMEs have gained

confidence and we’re now finding that we’re being inundated

with requests to implement machine vision solutions!

The key to the success of the initiative therefore has been making

SMEs aware of the business benefits and opportunities presented

by novel computing technology. This has been achieved through

holding seminars (over 20 to date), demonstrator projects (over

5 to date and more about to begin – this includes CB

Technology, as described on page 9) and the regular production

of newsletters and information material.

CALEDONIA is due to finish next year in 2001. We’re hopeful

that the initiative will continue beyond this date as it is clear that

Scottish SMEs have much to gain from using novel technologies

and much to lose if they don’t.

For more information about CALEDONIA, please contact

Maureen Wilkinson, Caledonia Project Co-ordinator. Tel 0131

650 5027 or email m.wilkinson@epcc .ed.ac.uk

Weidlinger II PAUL

GRAHAM

Carrying on from the successful project between Weidlinger

Associates Ltd. and EPCC which concluded earlier this year,

funding is currently being sought from Scottish Enterprise for a

follow-on project.

Weidlinger is a major US engineering consultancy with a

European operation based in Fife. It offers a wide range of

innovative services in the fields of structural and civil

engineering, dynamics and applied mechanics. A crucial part of

its business is based around its modelling software used in such

areas as structural dynamics, survivability, explosive simulation

and electromagnetic modelling.

However, even with the performance gains offered by the

pseudo-spectral method, it is still very computationally

demanding.

EPCC's role will be to look to implement new functionality within

the software and to further improve its performance. The project

is due to finish in October 2001.

More detailed information on PZFlex can be found at

Weidlinger's website: http://www.wai.com/

Like the first project, this one is concerned with the software

package PZFlex. PZFlex is used for the finite-element modelling

of piezoelectric devices and supports a broad range of

modelling capabilities. It is used widely in industry and

academia for tasks such as transducer modelling, sonar design

and medical ultrasound modelling. This project is concerned

mainly with a part of the software which utilises pseudo-spectral

methods for modelling wave propagation through a

heterogeneous medium. The pseudo-spectral method helps

reduce memory requirements and computation time, and thus

allows more accurate and complex models than those generated

by more traditional methods.

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Charting unknown territory

GORDON DARLING

It happens every day. There you are, sitting in your boat, bobbing about in the

North Sea and trying to decide where to start drilling for oil...

OK, it's not common for most of us but it is an important

problem faced by oil and gas exploration companies. Prior to

commencing a drilling programme it is paramount that the

companies are confident of the existence and location of

reservoirs of oil and of the identity of materials located far below

the seabed.

EPCC has started a 20-week project with Radar World Ltd, an

East Lothian company that has spent 20 years developing

Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) technology for the identification

of materials and material properties. GPR technology measures

the reflection and absorption imagery of objects from

electromagnetic frequencies and deals with the high energy

response functions of the material in question. Specialised

software provides an unambiguous identification of the material.

The common theme of Radar World's

business is the design,

manufacture and testing of

novel pre-production

prototypes, suitable

for identifying a

range of materials.

Oil and gas

exploration is one market

for Radar World's

products but several

alternative application

Sub-surface objects are

identified via Radar World's

Ground Penetrating Radar

technology.

areas have been identified. For instance, the material

identification procedure is entirely non-invasive, which makes it

suitable for medical and biological applications and in the food

and drink industry.

Our project entails the construction of a graphical user interface

(GUI) for Radar World's current suite of GPR software. This

Java-based software will provide Radar World with an MS

Windows based product to create a sub-surface mapping system

for use in oil and gas exploration. The GUI will provide a menu

system leading the user through a series of modules from setting

scanning parameters and capturing the data to displaying

scanned images and material identification. The GUI will also

provide a web interface to Radar World's database of

previously identified materials and the mechanism for a user to

submit typecasting requests to Radar World.

Throughout the development of the GUI, EPCC will collaborate

with Radar World to ensure the product provides the full range

of functionality required by field engineers. A major advantage

of the adoption of an object-oriented approach is that the rapid

prototyping of the GUI is facilitated. This greatly enhances the

level of customer interaction during a product's initial

development stages. In particular, it is possible to demonstrate

non-functional versions of a GUI to the customer and to gain

valuable feedback on its suitability and usage. In turn, this

information can be incorporated in a revised version of the

product. Further, a modular approach to the GUI design will

allow the GUI to be readily tailored to suit alternative

applications of the GPR code.

The GUI that EPCC will produce for Radar World's software will

make its product of immediate value in the field. The provision of

the GUI will vastly reduce the complexity of running Radar

World's software and it is anticipated that it will

contribute significantly to an uptake of Radar World's

products throughout the oil and gas industry.

No more bobbing about in boats, then.

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Looking closer at machine

visionNEIL CHUE HONG

Machine vision is a field that covers the sensing and computer

processing of images in industrial applications. It can offer

greater definition and objectivity to replace the subjectivity of

human visual inspection, and can be used to measure

parameters which are ‘invisible’ to the human eye. EPCC is

taking part in a number of machine vision projects in a wide

variety of areas.

Typical applications of machine vision systems include:

• production line grading and inspection

• fingerprint or facial recognition

• room analysis

• object identification

• light monitoring

• object orientation and positioning

• range finding

• weld and join inspection

• crack and fault detection

• controlling robotics.

In many cases, machine vision is used to augment existing

inspection processes.

Many businesses are now utilising machine vision techniques

to improve efficiency and accuracy. In the past the majority

have been large companies with complex production lines.

Now, as the price of hardware falls, many SMEs are looking

to see if machine vision systems can provide benefits to their

business. From simple applications like detecting if a part is

on a production line to more complicated tasks such as using

a laser guide to direct a water jet to accurately clean and trim

fish, machine vision can be used to help all sizes

and types of companies.

also recently started the EUTIST-MV scheme which will involve

several European machine vision projects (see page 10). In

addition, a number of projects with local organisations are in

the pipeline.

EPCC's next machine vision project is with CB Technology as

part of the Caledonia initiative. CB Technology is a company

based in Livingston manufacturing precision contact probe

cards to test semi-conductor wafers.

CB Technology want a system which will allow them to

accurately measure the position of each probe tip on the card

automatically.

By utilising an existing computer-controlled table and

mounting a compact camera with microscope lenses on it, this

process can be done automatically, using image processing

and shape recognition techniques.

This will detect any probe tips which are out of alignment and

allow an optimal solution for the realignment of the tips to be

calculated.

By implementing this system, CB Technology will no longer

have to check each tip manually, increasing the efficiency and

speed of probe production. In addition, it will be able to enter

and store probe card designs allowing it to retrieve them if a

new card of a particular type is needed.

With the price of machine vision equipment becoming more

and more affordable, is it time to change the way you look at

things

In most cases, the solution required depends on the

application and the particular combination of

hardware and software needed are

unique to the problem. It is difficult

to use ‘off the shelf’ systems for

machine vision as each detail, such

as lighting, is important and can be

very different. EPCC has previously

undertaken the PROSPECT project,

looking at improving existing

automatic inspection techniques at a

carpet manufacturing plant. It has

A probe card

manufactured by CB

Technology to test

semiconductor

wafers. Each probe

tip is just 50 microns

in diameter and is

individually adjusted

by hand.

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EUTIST –

machine vision for

European industry

MARK SAWYER

EPCC has started a new technology transfer initiative worth

€3.2M in the field of integrated machine vision, funded by the

European Commission's Information Society Technologies (IST)

programme.

EPCC, together with Satakunta Polytechnic in Finland and CiS

Institut für Mikrosensorik in Germany, will be responsible for ten

industrial projects – all of which use machine vision to improve

products and processes. The application areas are wideranging

and include timber sawing, the manufacture of safety

glass and quality control of food and textiles.

The cluster of projects is part of the Commission's drive to ensure

that the results of its Research and Technology Development

Machine inspection of

(RTD) programme are taken up by industry.

carpets.

The projects involve end-users in industry as

well as research institutes, and the focus is on commercial

exploitation of new technology.

The project started on 1st October and will run until April 2003.

EPCC’s new MSc in high performance

computing GORDON DARLING

EPCC is to present an MSc in high performance computing. This

is in response to the increasing interest in the application of the

advanced computational and computing techniques throughout

academia, industry and commerce. We are pleased to announce

that the MSc will be funded through EPSRC's Masters Training

Package and a number of funded student places will be

available.

Commencing in October 2001, the

MSc will:

• provide training in fundamental

areas of HPC

• teach advanced programming tools

and methods

• apply advanced computational and

computing techniques in industrial

and commercial fields

• address the HPC demands of the

Computational Grid

offer graduates a valuable,

accredited university qualification.

Students will be able to undertake the MSc on a full-time or parttime

basis and will be required to take a series of compulsory

and optional modules followed by a dissertation.

A high level of support for the MSc has already been expressed

by industrial and commercial organisations who are interested in

the employment of graduates with the first-class skills and

education our MSc will provide. In addition, a number of

organisations have indicated their

willingness to offer summer project

positions. The modular nature of the course

also makes the undertaking of the MSc

attractive to those already in employment

who wish to continue their professional

development and greatly advance their

knowledge and skills in HPC.

Further information on the MSc or on

EPCC's other training activities can be found

at: http://www.epcc.ed.ac.uk/epcc-tec/

Or email: etg@epcc.ed.ac.uk

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Summer Scholarship Programme 2000

http://www.epcc.ed.ac.uk/ssp/

CATHERINE INGLIS

This summer EPCC once again ran its successful Summer

Scholarship Programme (SSP) for undergraduate students, with

twelve participants coming from ten different institutes in the UK,

Republic of Ireland, Czech Republic, Greece, Poland, Malta and

Egypt.

After an intensive week-long programme of training courses in

High Performance Computing techniques, students work on

individual projects, supervised by an EPCC staff member,

sometimes in conjunction with an external supervisor. This year's

external supervisors included researchers from the Department of

Meteorology, the Department of Geology and Geophysics and

staff from SELLIC (the Science and Engineering Library, Learning

and Information Centre).

Projects are usually proposed by EPCC staff and investigate

either personal research interests of staff members or areas of

particular current interest to EPCC. Each year the range of

projects reflects the wide variety of work undertaken by EPCC,

encompassing everything from pure computer science to the

application of HPC techniques to solve real-world problems.

At the end of the ten weeks, students write a full project report.

These reports, along with information about the students, are

available from the SSP web pages, as are details of projects

from previous years.

Snapshot of the animation produced to

visualise a computer simulation of the

formation of sandpiles (Dimitrios Mitsotakis).

Here are some examples of this year's projects:

‘Investigating Globus and GRID technologies’ (Golestan

Radwan, Cairo University, Egypt. Supervised by Paul Graham

and Connor Mulholland of EPCC).

Globus is a multi-institutional research and development project

focussed on enabling the application of grid concepts to

scientific and engineering computing. This project investigated

various Grid-related technologies and packages, evaluating

them and suggesting ways of improving their current

functionality.

‘Library Tools for Course Web Site Creators’ (Andrew Marshall,

University of York, UK. Supervised by Mario Antonioletti and

Gordon Darling of EPCC, and John MacColl and Wilma

Alexander of SELLIC).

This project concerns the development of a prototype tool to

facilitate the creation of on-line reading lists. Using a portable

protocol called z39.50 the tool interacts directly with the on-line

library catalogue allowing a reading list to be created by

teaching staff. In this way errors are minimised and availability

of the books is ensured. Records are identified directly from the

catalogue and added to the reading list. The chosen records can

then be output collectively as an HTML page to be incorporated

into a course website or as a series of HTML stubs to be

embedded in existing HTML. It is then possible for students to

click on these records and get holdings and locations

information directly from the library.

‘Visualisation of 2D and 3D Discrete Element Models using

OpenGL’ (Dimitrios Mitsotakis, University of Crete, Greece.

Supervised by David Henty of EPCC).

In this project a simple visualiser for DEMs (Discrete Element

Models) was written using the standard OpenGL graphics

library. This was then used to read files containing particle

positions as a function of time and animate them. The data came

from a third-party DEM code that simulates the formation of

sand piles. The effects of different colours, lighting and camera

motion were investigated to improve the quality of the

visualisations. A parallel version of the code was also developed

using MPI, allowing animations to be generated more quickly.

The project was very successful, and the results were used to

illustrate Dr Henty's talk at the annual Supercomputing 2000

conference (see opposite page).

Further information – including the final project reports for these

projects and the other SSP projects undertaken this year – can

be found on the webpage at: http://www.epcc.ed.ac.uk/ssp/

Information about the application procedure and the on-line

application form for the 2001 SSP are also now available from

the webpage.

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In September 2000, EPCC celebrated the tenth anniversary of its foundation. The occasion was marked by the

announcement of a new strategic partnership with Sun Microsystems. The following is an extract from a speech

given by EPCC’s Director, Dr Arthur Trew.

In celebration of ten years of EPCC

DR ARTHUR TREW

‘Ten years ago, our most powerful computer filled half a room

and had the performance of what today you could buy with a

few thousand pounds and place on a desktop. Ten years ago,

the Cold War was still in full swing and the HPC market was

dominated by government agencies, research establishments and

science and engineering companies. The machines were made

by 50 companies who designed their own microprocessors and

networks and wrote their own operating systems. There was

enough diversity to write a book on the subject, indeed those of

you with long memories will remember that Greg Wilson and I

did. Today, we could hardly scrape a pamphlet. Microprocessors

and operating systems are standard items, developed for

larger, more lucrative markets and only global companies

have the R&D budgets to innovate.

UltraSPARC III microprocessor and use interconnect technology

developed during the US's ASCI Pathforward project. This

system will deliver to EPCC, its commercial clients and academic

colleagues in the University of Edinburgh, more CPU and

memory than was available from the national HPC centres to the

entire UK computational research community only three years

ago.

‘I think that it is, therefore, a fair summary to say that as we

stand at the beginning of our second decade, EPCC and its

collaborators are looking towards a rosy future.’

‘So if change has joined the eternal verities of death and

taxes, what of the future How can a centre on the

northern periphery of Europe continue to make its mark

The answer is that we must embrace change and also

make friends, which is why tonight I am very pleased to

be able to announce that EPCC has become one of Sun

Microsystems' strategic partners – one of only three in the

area of HPC worldwide.

‘This is no empty rhetoric. EPCC has worked

with Sun Microsystems on joint software

projects for some two years now, and we

have invested in Sun compute technology. To

mark the partnership, Sun Microsystems has

donated a testbed SMP cluster worth some

£750,000 and we shall install a state-of-theart

facility in a few months. I cannot go into

details of that system tonight, except to say

that it will be based on Sun's latest

Above (left to right): Prof Jeff Collins

(EPCC’s first chairman), Dr Arthur Trew,

(EPCC’s Director), Prof David Wallace

(EPCC’s first director), Prof Richard

Kenway (EPCC Chairman), Graham

Kemp (Education and Research Business

Manager, Sun Microsystems).

Far right: Dr Arthur Trew.

Right: Prof David Wallace

Win! Win! Win!

To mark our anniversary, we are giving away a

bottle of Glenkinchie single malt whisky, which is

bottled near Edinburgh.

If you’d like the chance to win this winter warmer,

just send us a donation for Edinburgh Direct Aid,

a charity that takes humanitarian supplies to

Kosovo and Bosnia. We recommend a minimum

donation of five pounds – EPCC will match each

donation, pound for pound.

Email or post your entry to the address shown on

the feedback form on the back page. Don’t forget

to include your donation, name, postal address

and contact details. The winning entries will be

picked out of the hat on January 29 2001.

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EWOMP 2000 – the Second European Workshop on OpenMP – was held at

Murrayfield Conference Centre, Edinburgh on 14th and 15th September.

EWOMP 2000

the Second European Workshop on

OpenMP DR MARK BULL, EPCC

EWOMP was hosted by EPCC in collaboration with

Dr Barbara Chapman of the University of Houston.

The event attracted nearly 70 delegates from 10

European countries, Israel, the United States and

Japan.

The technical programme, consisting of three invited

presentations and 17 contributed talks, was of a very

high standard, and initiated much discussion and

debate, culminating in a lively panel session on the

future of OpenMP.

OpenMP has recently emerged as the definitive

standard for shared memory parallel programming.

This workshop was designed as a forum for

discussion of the latest developments in OpenMP and

its applications. The topics covered included

applications experiences, tools, language

developments and implementations, mixed

MPI/OpenMP programming, performance analysis

and benchmarking.

The invited presentations were:

• ‘OpenMP on Sparc Solaris: Compilers, Tools, and

Performance’ (Larry Meadows, Sun Microsystems)

• ‘Extending OpenMP for NUMA Architectures’

Jonathan Harris, Compaq Computer Corporation)

Below (left to right): Barbara Chapman (University of Houston),

Jonathan Harris (Compaq Computers Corp), Mark Bull, (EPCC),

Larry Meadows (Sun Microsystems), Sanjiv Shah (Kuck and

Associates), Jim Cownie (Etnus LLC).

• ‘OpenMP Fortran 2.0 and Beyond’ (Sanjiv Shah,

Kuck and Associates Inc., representing the

OpenMP Architecture Review Board)

The next workshop in this series, EWOMP 2001, will

be hosted by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya,

and will take place in Barcelona, Spain, in

September 2001.

EPCC gratefully acknowledges Sun Microsystems for

sponsoring this event.

Copies of these invited presentations, and of all the

contributed papers and presentations, are available

from: http://www.epcc.ed.ac.uk/ewomp2000/

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EPCC at

Supercomputing

2000 DR DAVID HENTY

This year's SC2000 meeting took place in Dallas, Texas, during

4–10 November. Supercomputing is the foremost international

conference on high-performance networking and computing,

and EPCC was more heavily involved than ever before.

As at SC99, EPCC had a Research Booth in the exhibition hall

and a poster (‘Parallel Programming in Java with OpenMP-like

Directives’ by Dr Mark Bull) shown as a ‘Research Gem’. This

year, however, we also had papers accepted for the Technical

Program – the first time that EPCC's research has been presented

at Supercomputing. Dr Stephen Booth spoke on ‘Single Sided

MPI Implementations for Sun MPI’, and Dr David Henty on

‘Performance of Hybrid Message-Passing and Shared-Memory

Parallelism for Discrete Element Modelling’. Both talks were

extremely well attended with in excess of 250 people in the

audience for each session.

At the EPCC Research Booth we distributed information on our

academic and industrial projects, and displayed a poster

detailing the Intersim project that is currently being undertaken

for Cisco Systems. We also showed various demos and

animations from EPCC's multimedia annual report, and gave out

in excess of 100 copies of the report on CD-ROM. Having a

presence in the exhibition hall makes it much easier to interact

with the other commercial exhibitors who include software

vendors and all the major manufacturers such as Sun, Cray, SGI,

IBM, Compaq and NEC. There was significant interest in EPCC's

work which we hope to convert into future projects. Other

research organisations were also represented, including the

major US and European supercomputer centres as well as

Manchester from the UK.

There was no obvious single trend at SC2000, although it is

clear that there is ever-increasing interest in the Linux operating

system and the possibilities opened up by the Computational

Grid (the focus of the previous issue of EPCC News). EPCC's

current research areas of Java and OpenMP also had a very

high profile.

Given our growing involvement in Supercomputing, we expect

that you will be seeing EPCC again at SC2001 in Denver,

Colorado.

For full details see the SC2000 web pages at:

http://www.sc2000.org/. The site is rather large, so if you are

just interested in the EPCC talks then download pap154.pdf and

pap182.pdf from:

www.sc2000.org/proceedings/techpapr/papers/

Far left. The EPCC

team (left to right):

Mark Bull, Kira

Smyllie, Stephen

Booth, David Henty,

Mark Sawyer.

Left: Visitors at

EPCC’s research

booth.

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New starts at EPCC

Lindsay Pottage, Applications Consultant

I graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1999

with BSc (hons) in Immunology. During the degree

course I worked for Astra pharmaceuticals in Boston as

a vaccine research assistant. Unfortunately this

experience made me realise that the lab life wasn't for

me and therefore, following graduation, I continued on

to complete an MSc in Information Technology:

Software Systems.

My interests include hockey, rugby (only watching),

music and dancing.

Esme Kaiser, Admin Assistant

I started work as an admin assistant in EPCC in

October 2000. I previously worked as a system

operator in the Estates & Buildings dept of the

University of Edinburgh, organising rooms for

academic purposes. I moved to Edinburgh in

1998 from Glossop (a small town near

Manchester) where I studied to gain a riding

instructor qualification. I also competed to a

professional level in eventing and show jumping.

My interests are riding, playing the saxophone

and modifying cars.

Jo Beech-Brandt, Systems Support

I spent my student days in JCMB doing a

Computational Physics degree. I was also

an SSP student in '99 where I worked

with Doug Smith on an OpenMP project.

Before starting at uni, I worked for a few

years at Daresbury Laboratory. I spent

my time there in a variety of departments

including user support, nuclear science

support, electronics and finally in the

synchrotron science computing support

team.

On a more personal note, I enjoy

travelling, going to the cinema, eating

out and lots of good socialising!

Course timetable

January–March 2001

January 2001

16-18 Introduction to High Performance Computing

23-24 Writing Message Passing Programs with MPI

30-31 Data Parallel Programming with HPF

February 2001

6-7 Writing Shared Memory Parallel Programs with Open MP

13-14 Scientific Visualisation: A Practical Introduction

27 Feb– Practical Software Development for Computational Scientists and Engineers

1 March

IF you’d like to register for a course,

please do so as early as possible

since sometimes our courses are

over-subscribed. Conversely, we

sometimes have to cancel courses

due to lack of numbers, so it is to

your advantage to book early.

If, after registering for a course, you

find that you will be unable to

attend, please let us know so that we

can fill your place from our waiting

lists.

For updates, see:

http://www.epcc.ed.ac.uk/epcc-tec/

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The University of Edinburgh,

Mayfield Road,

Edinburgh,

EH9 3JZ, Scotland.

Tel: 0131 650 5028

Email: epcc.ed.ac.uk

Fax: 0131 650 6555

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EPCC is one of the leading European centres for parallel

computing research, development and applications. It

promotes the exploitation of new computer technology

through: courses and seminars; direct contract work; and

participation in European and UK Government-funded

collaborations.

EPCC is pleased to acknowledge the support of these

industrial collaborators and public bodies.

• AEA Technology Ltd

• Enterpris Ltd

• Kwik Fit Holdings plc

• Sun Microsystems Ltd

Printed by Stewarts Colour Print, Edinburgh.

• Applied Research &

Technology Ltd

• Centro Ricerche Ambientali

SpA

• Cogsys Ltd

Edinburgh Old Town

Renewal Trust

Edinburgh Petroleum

Services

• EPSRC

• European Commission

• Foamtex A/S

• High Speed Productions Ltd

• Hitachi Europe Ltd

• Integriti Solutions Ltd

• Ironside Farrar Ltd

• Kjaergaard Industri

Automatic A/S

• Orange PCS Ltd

• PPARC

• Rosti (Scotland) Ltd

• QSW Ltd

• Quadstone Ltd

• SCI Ltd

• Scottish Enterprise

• Smith Group Ltd

• The Crown Office

• The Scottish Office

• TSB Bank Scotland plc

• Turnbull Jeffrey Partnership

• UK Meteorological Office

• Umweltschutz Nord GmbH

• Upstream Systems Ltd

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