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"What Makes Good Code Good?" at INTECOL13

Author: Mike Jackson
Posted: 26 Aug 2013 | 10:21

London Docklands

I ran the latest instalment of The Software Sustainability Institute's "What Makes Good Code Good" discussions at INTECOL13 in London's Docklands on 21st August.

I attended at the invitation of Matthew Smith from the BES Computational Ecology Specialist Interest Group and Microsoft Research, and Greg Wilson from Software Carpentry. I'd expected about 20 attendees and was pleasantly surprised (nay, stunned) when about 100 turned up. 

Debt owed to the source code makers featured in Times Higher Education

Author: Simon Hettrick
Posted: 15 Aug 2013 | 14:11

I'm happy to announce that the Software Sustainability Institute's campaign to gain recognition for research software engineers is featured in this week's Times Higher Education. The Software Sustainability Institute is led from its base at EPCC and works in collaboration with the universities of Manchester, Oxford and Southampton.

File transfer technologies for HPC systems

Author: Stephen Booth
Posted: 28 May 2013 | 14:32

Introduction

While a surprisingly high proportion of HPC users are happy to keep their data on a single HPC service, or at most to move it within the hosting institution, sometimes is becomes necessary to move large volumes of data between different sites and institutions. As anyone who has ever tried to support users in this endeavour knows, it can be much harder to get good performance than it should be. This post is an attempt to document the available tools and technologies as well as common problems and bottlenecks.

If we value software, we need "a fundamental sea-change" in academia

Author: Simon Hettrick
Posted: 17 May 2013 | 09:26

Combining the skills of a scientific researcher and a software developer, the research software engineer is ideally placed to bring scientific software up to scratch. An ongoing discussion that began at the Collaborations Workshop asks what obstacles need to be removed to clear the way.

St Andrews and Heriot-Watt join us for this year’s facilities sharing event

Author: George Graham
Posted: 23 Apr 2013 | 09:50

This year’s facilities sharing event, Get Your Kit Out Too, takes place on June 11 and with the usual funding for equipment severely squeezed, why not come and see what's on your doorstep, and how it can work for you? There will be talks, exhibitions and networking to help you discover the kit and facilities available at the College of Science and Engineering and find out how you can access them. Building on last year's successful and informative day, this year's event will also feature facilities from outwith the College, including those at Heriot-Watt and St Andrews universities.

Collaborations Workshop 2013

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 27 Mar 2013 | 13:02

This year's Collaboration Workshop, organised by the Software Sutainability Institute, was held in the dreamy spires of Oxford. In particular Merton College, Oxford which turned out to be an apt setting for this kind of thing. 

Merton College at dusk.

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