Raspberry PIs to Supercomputers

Wednesday 7th June 2017, 6:30 pm.

Speaker: Alistair Grant, EPCC

Venue: Room 4.31, University of Edinburgh Informatics Forum, 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AB.

This event is free of charge and open to all, but please book via Eventbrite

Refreshments and networking from 6:00 pm.

This meeting is supported by NCR.


Supercomputers - a common enough term these days but what is a supercomputer? And what does it have to do with a Raspberry Pi? Better yet, what do we need them for?

ARCHER,the current UK National Supercomputing Service, is hosted and run by EPCC and the University of Edinburgh - this talk will use ARCHER as an example to look at what a supercomputer is and why we need and use them. And from that, explain why Raspberry Pis get all caught up in the mix with a look at Wee Archie.

Supporting ARCHER is just one of the services EPCC provides and in amongst all the other information, we will look at what EPCC does.

About the speaker


Alistair Grant is an Applications Consultant at EPCC and has been there for about 10 years now. He has worked on data focussed application areas with projects including:
- OGSA-DAI/DQP: a distributed data access, query and management solution.
- PERICLES: looking at approaches to long term data preservation.

One of his key interests is science and technology education in formal and informal settings. To this end, he is involved in developing and delivering activities and materials for schools, science festivals and other events based upon computing concepts and science applications.

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