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Cloud as an enabler for Research and HPC

Topic: Cloud as an enabler for Research and HPC

Speaker: James Grant Solutions Architect (Research)

Speaker Bio: James Grant holds a PhD in physics from the University of Bath. After developing computer models of model systems he moved to chemistry working in computational materials science and developing his software engineering skills. In 2017 he moved to a Research Software Engineering role in the central research computing team, working with researchers to develop their codes and computational workflows where he initiated a training program in coding. He contributed to the operation and management of on-premise systems, the UK’s Tier-2, regional HPC facility, Isambard, which was the first ARM based production machine and helped develop a national community, HPC Champions to promote, help users learn about and get the most out of available resources. In February 2021 he joined AWS as a Solutions Architect with a research specialism, where he helps to researchers and research software engineers to get the most out of cloud.

Abstract of Topic:  This talk will explore how research computing and High Performance Computing (HPC) can be enabled by cloud. We will introduce AWS technologies, products and partners that enable research directly with examples in HPC and machine learning and also discuss how reproducibility can be improved by cloud and democratise access to research. Earning trust with research groups is essential, so we will explore how incremental focussed projects and working closely with groups and research software engineering teams can engage researchers and help you to increase the pace of innovation and impact of research at your institutions. Granting users unfettered access to HPC resources wherever they may be located can introduce problems relating to Security, Organisational Compliance, Cost Management, Capacity Management and more. To that end, we will conclude this session by considering the wider breadth of AWS tools and services and how they can be used to help enforce good governance practises across your research estate.


Nov 25 2021


10:00 am - 11:00 am


Online via MS Teams


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