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Primeur weekly 2013-07-30

Special

When it comes to memory, bioinformatics is a hungry wolf ...

The Cloud

IBM boosts zEnterprise mainframe portfolio to help clients build better customer experiences ...

CA releases mainframe performance enhancement innovations ...

Desktop Grids

Supercomputer created on the cheap ...

Want to help cure disease or discover new stars? Now you can, using your smartphone ...

Miron Livny earns distributed computing award ...

New app puts idle smartphones to work for science ...

EuroFlash

Customer validation achieved for Genalice map ...

e-IRG's White Paper 2013 published: Europe needs a e-Infrastructure Commons ...

Barco and projectiondesign deliver next-generation projection innovation for theme parks at EAS 2013 ...

Cray awarded $30 million contract to install a Cray XC30 supercomputer for the UK National Supercomputing Facility ...

PRACE launches pilot of high performance computing adoption programme for European SMEs ...

Iberdrola and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center develop the Sedar project ...

HOST project to organize workshop for scientific problems ...

Teenagers use supercomputing to design future aircraft with the Smallpeice Trust ...

USFlash

First Mira runs break new ground with turbulence simulations ...

NVIDIA pushes further into high performance computing with Portland Group acquisition ...

Parallella is shipped to early Kickstarter backers ...

OpenMP 4.0 API specification is released with significant new standard features ...

Studies suggest new key to switching off hypertension ...

Planned Systems International marks 25 years of excellence in technology and service ...

OSC OnDemand gives computational researchers innovative web interface to HPC systems ...

Notre Dame researchers develop system that uses a Big Data approach to personalized health care ...

Los Alamos National Laboratory upgrades its Powerwall Theater with Christie visualization projection system ...

HP and NEC expand enterprise computing alliance to deliver increased reliability and innovation to customers ...

MoSQuIT bags mBillionth South Asia Award 2013 ...

Intel aims to re-architect data centres to meet demand for new services ...

Teenagers use supercomputing to design future aircraft with the Smallpeice Trust

24 Jul 2013 Leamington Spa - Twenty-four budding engineers from across the UK recently took on the challenge of designing future aircraft at the University of Southampton. Organised by The Smallpeice Trust and delivered in partnership with the University's Faculty of Engineering and the Environment and Microsoft, the course opened up the eyes of the 16 and 17 year-old students, showing them how computers influence how we live, what we do and where we travel.

During the four-day residential programme in July, students were set the challenge of building high performance computers from scratch, using components including processors and motherboards. The students applied a range of Microsoft technologies, including Windows Azure, .NET Gadgeteer and Touch Develop, to the design of future aircraft to make them quieter, cleaner and cheaper. They were put through their paces when they took the controls in the University's state-of-the-art flight simulator. They also toured the University's pioneering mu-VIS 3D imaging service and the Iridis High Performance Computing facility with 12,000 cores of compute power - the largest UK Consortium-owned supercomputer on a University Campus.

The course was overseen by world-leading engineers from the Microsoft Institute for High Performance Computing at the University. Students had the opportunity to learn more about the challenges facing engineers and the career opportunities available in this fast-paced and ever-changing field.

The social aspect of the course included a games night, a harbour cruise and a formal course dinner on the final night where students and supervisors socialised and shared their experiences of the week.

Professor Simon Cox of the University of Southampton explained: "The students are very motivated and keen to learn about new technologies. It has been great to welcome them to the University of Southampton. During the course they have been working on projects showing how a whole range of computing tools - from high performance computing to smartphones - are used in Engineering. I am really impressed with their enthusiasm as they have got their hands on the kinds of tools and technologies that we use in research to model and understand the world and improve the products that are designed by Engineers."

Spokesperson for The Smallpeice Trust, Lucy Kelly commented: "Computers have the power to change the future; they have a massive impact on everyone's lives as they are integrated into so much of what we see, do and learn. This course has demonstrated to some very intelligent and enthusiastic young people just how important this subject is and what a great impact they could have if they decided to pursue a career in this area."

The Supercomputing course is run by independent charity, The Smallpeice Trust, and is part of an on-going programme of residential courses to help young people aged 13 to 18 learn and develop skills in engineering, design, technology and manufacturing. Through running residential courses and STEM enrichment days, The Trust has reached out to 20,353 students across the UK in the past year.

The new course timetable for 2014 will be launched in the autumn school term. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

More information is available at www.smallpeicetrust.org.uk
Source: University of Southampton

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2013-07-30

Special

When it comes to memory, bioinformatics is a hungry wolf ...

The Cloud

IBM boosts zEnterprise mainframe portfolio to help clients build better customer experiences ...

CA releases mainframe performance enhancement innovations ...

Desktop Grids

Supercomputer created on the cheap ...

Want to help cure disease or discover new stars? Now you can, using your smartphone ...

Miron Livny earns distributed computing award ...

New app puts idle smartphones to work for science ...

EuroFlash

Customer validation achieved for Genalice map ...

e-IRG's White Paper 2013 published: Europe needs a e-Infrastructure Commons ...

Barco and projectiondesign deliver next-generation projection innovation for theme parks at EAS 2013 ...

Cray awarded $30 million contract to install a Cray XC30 supercomputer for the UK National Supercomputing Facility ...

PRACE launches pilot of high performance computing adoption programme for European SMEs ...

Iberdrola and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center develop the Sedar project ...

HOST project to organize workshop for scientific problems ...

Teenagers use supercomputing to design future aircraft with the Smallpeice Trust ...

USFlash

First Mira runs break new ground with turbulence simulations ...

NVIDIA pushes further into high performance computing with Portland Group acquisition ...

Parallella is shipped to early Kickstarter backers ...

OpenMP 4.0 API specification is released with significant new standard features ...

Studies suggest new key to switching off hypertension ...

Planned Systems International marks 25 years of excellence in technology and service ...

OSC OnDemand gives computational researchers innovative web interface to HPC systems ...

Notre Dame researchers develop system that uses a Big Data approach to personalized health care ...

Los Alamos National Laboratory upgrades its Powerwall Theater with Christie visualization projection system ...

HP and NEC expand enterprise computing alliance to deliver increased reliability and innovation to customers ...

MoSQuIT bags mBillionth South Asia Award 2013 ...

Intel aims to re-architect data centres to meet demand for new services ...