University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s leading research universities and is represented in this project by its supercomputing centre, EPCC (

Established in 1990, EPCC is at the forefront of HPC service provision and research in Europe. EPCC has a full-time staff of 80 and a large array of HPC systems including the 118,080 core, 2.5 Petaflops Cray XC30 UK National HPC service, ARCHER. EPCC works with a wide variety of scientific and industrial partners and is recognised worldwide for its work in HPC research and leads national, European and international collaborations. EPCC has led the UK’s technical work in all the PRACE projects to date and has been involved in numerous complex European projects including as the coordinator of CRESTA, NEXTGenIO and FORTISSIMO projects.

In addition to its role as a national HPC service provider, EPCC provides a wide variety of services to both industry and academia including: HPC application design, development and re-engineering; HPC application performance optimisation; distributed computing consultancy and solutions (with a particular focus on Grid and Cloud computing); HPC facilities access; project management for software development; and data integration and data mining consultancy.

The centre has a long history of working with HPC vendors to design leading edge novel HPC systems including the QCDOC system, the Maxwell FPGA system and the IBM BlueGene/Q. EPCC is also a part of the Intel Parallel Computing Center initiative, is a NVIDIA CUDA Research Center and is part of Cray’s Exascale Research initiative in Europe.

EPCC brings its vast experience in collaborating on large-scale projects to CompBioMed and leads WP4: Innovation and Sustainability which will establish the relationship between the CompBioMed Centre of Excellence and the wider industrial stakeholders and commercial activities. The Centre will also provide substantial contributions to the rest of the work packages, including infrastructure and expertise in developing HPC software and training.