Using BEAR to build a database of global forest disturbance data

In the second case study for September, we hear from one of our BEAR Champions, Nezha Acil, about how she has made use of BEAR storage, data processing and our training throughout her PhD, based on studying global forest disturbance data… My name is Nezha Acil and I am part of Thomas Pugh’s TreeMort team … Continue reading “Using BEAR to build a database of global forest disturbance data”

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Detecting malware through AI techniques

In September’s case study, we hear from PhD student Daniel Fentham from Computer Science, who has been making use of BEAR’s storage and data processing power, specifically using GPU’s to accelerate his research. The project I’m currently working on is automated malware detection using Graph Neural Networks, which we’ve needed to create an entire pipeline … Continue reading “Detecting malware through AI techniques”

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BEAR PGR/ECR Conference Opportunity

The BEAR conference has now been running for over 10 years and was originally created to give PhD students experience in running a conference, as well as provide a showcase for the fantastic research done on BEAR.  With previous support from the Graduate School and our suppliers, we have been able to provide catering as … Continue reading “BEAR PGR/ECR Conference Opportunity”

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Adrian’s First Blog Post

@ARC Five Months In It has felt like a whirlwind of activity at Advanced Research Computing (ARC) since I arrived at the end of February 2022. There is always lots of new ‘stuff’ going on, from interesting projects with our academic friends to student competitions and conferences. We are also continually refining our systems and … Continue reading “Adrian’s First Blog Post”

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BEAR: Maintaining Services when it’s 38C + Outside

If you are reading this, you probably know that we did not…. as we could not…. in the face of sustained temperatures beyond the design specification of the Research Data Centre. As with all engineering, there are safe operational limits and decisions are made about the conditions in which the system will operate. Similarly, air … Continue reading “BEAR: Maintaining Services when it’s 38C + Outside”

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From Image Analysis to ThunderSTORM

In July’s case study, we hear from Stanimir Tashev who has been making use of BEAR’s storage and data processing power, specifically the BEAR Portal to enable his research… I have been a Ph.D. student in the Herten Lab (@HertenDirk) since 2019 and my project deals with single molecule microscopy as well as the quantification … Continue reading “From Image Analysis to ThunderSTORM”

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BEAR Challenge 2022 Winners Interview

BEAR Challenge 2022 was a whirlwind of GPUs, AI and pizza! It was a great opportunity to showcase the computing power of the EPSRC Tier 2 Baskerville HPC system, and have the contestants tackle some real-world problems in Artificial Intelligence with Baskerville’s GPUs. To find out more about the challenges involved, read our BEAR Challenge 2022 blog … Continue reading “BEAR Challenge 2022 Winners Interview”

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BEAR Challenge 2022

After a two year hiatus, the BEAR Challenge is back! The popular three day event was held on June 21st-23rd and attended by seven teams of 3-5 undergraduate and taught postgraduate students (see below). The teams tackled a heady array of machine learning, deep learning, data engineering, parallelisation, and computer cluster design challenges using the … Continue reading “BEAR Challenge 2022”

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How Green is the BEAR? Sustainable Supercomputing

Last week we attended the University’s Sustainability Town Hall where we could be found on the IT Services stand, discussing our response to the challenge of delivering sustainable supercomputing. On our agenda for more than a decade, the major breakthrough for BEAR came with the adoption of direct liquid cooling in 2015. Read on to … Continue reading “How Green is the BEAR? Sustainable Supercomputing”

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