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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Pervasive Parallelism

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Pervasive Parallelism
The University of Edinburgh Informatics

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Pervasive Parallelism

The EPSRC-funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Pervasive Parallelism at the University of Edinburgh is pleased to offer 10 fully funded four year studentships across all areas relevant to the "pervasive parallelism challenge". Students undertake an initial MSc by Research year, followed by three years of PhD study.

Research Topics in Pervasive Parallelism

The computing industry faces its most disruptive challenge for fifty years. For performance and energy reasons, parallelism permeates all layers of the computing infrastructure, from the manycore CPUs and GPGPUs inside smartphones up to supercomputers and globally networked distributed systems. These systems generate fascinating research challenges in many areas of Computer Science, from theory to practice.

  • How should we design parallel programming languages and compilers?
  • How should we design and implement parallel architectures and communication networks?
  • What theories do we need to prove properties of such systems, or to model and reason about their performance?
  • How can concurrent and distributed systems be made secure?
  • How can we trade performance for energy in context sensitive ways?
  • How can we make algorithms and applications robust against the failures inevitable in exascale systems?
Centre for Doctoral Training in Pervasive Parallelism

Students in the CDT in Pervasive Parallelism address such "pervasive parallelism challenges", undertaking the fundamental research required to transform methods and practices. They develop not only deep expertise in their own specialisms, but also, crucially, an awareness of the relationships between all facets of the challenge. Our industrial partnership and engagement programme ensures that our research is informed by real world case-studies, and provides a source of diverse internship opportunities for our students.

Studentships

The Centre is now recruiting its third cohort of students, to begin study in September 2016. We are pleased to offer at least 10 fully funded, four-year studentships per year. Due to constraints from funding agencies, there are different rules for funding depending on your fee status. Funding is predominantly for UK and EU qualified applicants, but a smaller number of excellent international students may also be supported.

Applicants must have a good first degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Electronics, or a similar discipline relevant to the area in which they plan to work.

For more information, including funding and application details, see:
CDT in Pervasive Parallelism

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About the School of Informatics

The CDT in Pervasive Parallelism is a collaboration between the School of Informatics and the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC). The School of Informatics is Europe's largest computing department, highest rated for research and ranked 'excellent' in the UK according to the most recent research assessment exercises. The size and reputation of the School means that it is big enough to provide outstanding facilities for students which in turn attracts some of the brightest minds to study and teach there. The School has an extremely successful track record of generating spin-out activity, with an estimated 44% of all University of Edinburgh spin outs since 2008 emerging from the School of Informatics alone. Recently awarded a Silver Athena SWAN Award, it is also recognised as an institution with a commitment to advancing women's careers.

For more information about postgraduate study opportunities at the School of Informatics see:
School of Informatics

About EPCC

The EPCC is the UK's largest supercomputing centre. It aims to accelerate the effective exploitation of novel computing throughout industry, academia and commerce. This is achieved through a range of activities spanning undergraduate and advanced training programmes, service provision, industrial affiliation, research and contract work. EPCC houses an exceptional range of supercomputers, with 75 staff committed to the solution of real-world problems. EPCC plays a leading role in PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe).

For more information about EPCC see:
www.epcc.ed.ac.uk


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