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”

Joining Advanced Research Computing

On behalf of Dr Ryan Pepper Since March, I’ve been working in the BEAR team as a Research Software Engineer (RSE). For those who are not familiar with the term, RSEs are effectively software engineers with either a background or interest in working on problems in academic research, who work with researchers to write code … Continue reading “Joining Advanced Research Computing”

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Baskerville Basics

Baskerville is a GPU-focussed Tier 2 HPC cluster that attracts users from a wide range of disciplines and with varying levels of HPC experience. Since joining the ARC team one of my roles has been helping design a short training course called Baskerville Basics which provides useful information regardless of users’ research disciplines and HPC … Continue reading “Baskerville Basics”

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Pure – How to add software as a ‘Research Output’

Pure is a Current Research Information System (CRIS), collecting a range of information about the University’s research. If you add software as a research output to your profile, the Research Portal draws information directly from Pure removing the need to enter the same information into more than one place. This makes your deposits readily available if you … Continue reading “Pure – How to add software as a ‘Research Output’”

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The Launch of Baskerville – a Tier 2 HPC system

On the 14th of September, 2021, we were excited to welcome visitors to the University from across the country to the official launch of our Baskerville Tier 2 HPC system, expected to rank in the Top 200 of HPC systems in the world. Invited attendees included our technology partners in the project – OCF, Lenovo, … Continue reading “The Launch of Baskerville – a Tier 2 HPC system”

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BEAR PGR Conference 2021 – A view from the inside by Yordanka Dimcheva (Modern Language)

The following was written by Yordanka Dimcheck, who is a PhD student from Modern Languages and was one of the people responsible for marketing. Starting my Ph.D. at the University of Birmingham in a year marked by a global pandemic and unprecedented challenges in terms of how we communicate and do social research inevitably affected … Continue reading “BEAR PGR Conference 2021 – A view from the inside by Yordanka Dimcheva (Modern Language)”

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Open Research Forum

The Open Research Forum event was a 4-event series that focussed on highlighting the opportunities of cross-discipline engagement with Open Science through practical examples presented by UoB staff and external colleagues. The event aired ( via Zoom ) through lunch time sessions over 4 days and covered Day 1 : Launch Event Day 2 : … Continue reading “Open Research Forum”

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