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Collaborations Workshop 2016

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 31 Mar 2016 | 09:30

The Software Sustainability Institute's Collaborations Workshop 2016 is now over. If you blinked, you missed it. You shall now have to wait until 27-29th March 2017 for the next one, to be held at the Leeds Business School.  I still think that this is one of the best networking conferences around and well worth attending, though for the purposes of full disclosure I have to admit that I have a dual role: as a peripheral organiser as well as a full workshop attendee. The workshop runs over two days and is followed by a hack day which I was unable to attend because of other commitments.

Learning more about the Research Software Engineer community

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 14 Mar 2016 | 12:55

This article is published on behalf of Simon Hettrick from the Software Sustainability Institute.

I love starting a new policy campaign. There’s this sweet spot of no responsibility between the time when you first raise an issue and the time when you’re first asked “Where’s the evidence?”. After that, life far more difficult. 

Building a strong CP2K user community

Author: Iain Bethune
Posted: 4 Mar 2016 | 12:42

CP2K logoLast week we held the 3rd annual CP2K users group meeting down at Kings College London.  Amazingly, we are already half-way through the 5-year 'CP2K-UK' project - the EPSRC-funded community support effort that I'm leading - how time flies!  It was great to see these meetings continue to go from strength to strength.  This year we had over 50 people there on the day from around the UK but also a significant proportion from overseas too!  While the primary aim of our activities is to support the UK research community, if we have a wider impact that's of course a bonus.  

Making the most of ARCHER for Materials Chemistry

Author: Iain Bethune
Posted: 15 Feb 2016 | 15:38

Ab initio modelling of oil formation in clay mineralsIn early December we added a visualisation of the most heavily used application codes to the ARCHER website.  At the moment it only shows data for the current month, but we've been recording the data since the ARCHER service began back in 2013 (table below).

The Collaborations Workshop 2016 Returns to Edinburgh

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 12 Feb 2016 | 12:11

The Collaborations Workshop (CW) is coming home to Edinburgh. It will be held on 21st-22nd March in the Royal College of Surgeons with an optional hack day on 23rd of March.  The series of CWs were originally started under the now defunct Open Middleware Infrastructure Institute UK (OMII-UK) that held two workshops in Edinburgh in 2009 and 2010 in what was then the National e-Science Institute in Edinburgh. The aim of these workshops was to get researchers to come together, talk, avoid reinventing the wheel and to establish fruitful collaborations. It was, and has remained, a most excellent networking event.

ARCHER eCSE programme

Author: Chris Johnson
Posted: 4 Dec 2015 | 14:13

The ARCHER embedded Computational Science & Engineering programme (eCSE) provides funding for researchers across the UK to work on the development of software running on ARCHER. This can include improving the performance or usability of the software, inserting new functionality, or efforts to improve its long-term sustainability.  

Hackathons as an educational tool

Author: Emmanouil Farsarakis
Posted: 23 Sep 2015 | 09:33

They go by many names: “Hackathons”, “Hackdays, “Hackfests”, or my personal favourite “Code Dungeons”. Despite having heard most of these terms repeatedly over the years, I had no personal experience of them. To me, they sounded like competitive events to show off one’s skills. However, after attending Eurohack 2015 (yes, another alias) this past July, as well as a similar event organised earlier in the year by Intel, I was surprised to discover a whole new aspect of Hackathons: education and scientific advancement.

War in the coding world

Author: Adrian Jackson
Posted: 11 Sep 2015 | 13:41

It's not often that the internecine rivalries of the HPC research and development community spill over into the public arena. However, a video recently posted on YouTube (and the associated comments), ostensibly a light-hearted advert for a SC15 tutorial on heterogenous programming, shows how real and deep these rivalries can be.

Agony and ExTASY

Author: Iain Bethune
Posted: 8 Jun 2015 | 16:41

ExTASY project logo

Over 18 months ago, we kicked off the ExTASY project. Our lofty aim was to tackle one of the 'Grand Challenges' of biochemistry - effective sampling of complex biomolecules using Molecular Dynamics to provide a physical understanding of their function and behaviour.

The Mozilla Lab Global Science Sprint 2015

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 8 Jun 2015 | 10:03

I had not intended to go to the Mozilla Global Science Sprint 2015. However, EPCC acted as a hub for local developers who wanted to participate and Neil Chue Hong (Director of the Software Sustainability Institute, and based here at EPCC) asked me to set up the room and make the initial connection in case he was unavailable. I managed to set up the servers and then stayed.

So what is the Mozilla Global Science Sprint?

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