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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.

Day 4: Big Bang Fair

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 17 Mar 2016 | 23:06

Day 4 of the Big Bang Fair - we were joined by Toni and Lorna left us to return to Edinburgh. Miles was our allocated helper for today (in the red shirt) who helped us in the early part of the morning but was to be co-opted to be a water tap for Water Aid in the second half of the day (see picture at the end). If anything, today was busier than yesterday. The problem with the dino racing demo crashing discoveed yesterday was fixed. A number of other improvements were made with the supercomputing app showing the most recent scores in case you did not make it the leader board.

Day 1: Big Bang Fair

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 14 Mar 2016 | 21:31

This is day one of the Big Bang Fair, not one that the target audience see; it is build day where we, along with all the other exhibitors, begin construction of our booths and exhibits. Our two pallets that got shipped from Edinburgh at the end of last week await unpacking whilst our floor, in the background of the pic, is being laid out. Not only are there two pallets but we have all come down, burdened like donkeys, bringing additional material, laptops, PC sticks, etc that will also be used on the booth. Despite all this the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham is truly massive with 20 exhibition halls. The Big Bang Fair are only using four of them and we are completely dwarfed by this huge amount of space.

EPCC at the Edinburgh International Science Festival

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 12 Mar 2016 | 10:50

At 12pm and 2pm from Saturday 26th of March to Wednesday 30th March  EPCC, as part of the University of Edinburgh offering, will be running a free but ticketed event, entitled Junkyard Clusters, at the Edinburgh International Science Festival. This will let you to put a personal computer (PC) together from its various components and, once done, cluster the PC with those built by fellow workshop attendees to solve a common problem. This is a great opportunity to see what some of the innards of a computer look like, how they fit together and what they do. Tickets are limited so make sure that you get yours early!

Rolling Presentations on a Stick

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 10 Mar 2016 | 17:20

We often find ourselves going away to a conference or a meeting - in this particular instance the Big Bang Fair - where we have a booth or space and as part of our dissemination we wish to have a rolling presentation. In the past this has meant either taking a spare laptop with the inconvenience of having to take additional luggage or sacrificing someone's laptop for the duration in order to host the presentation. Well this no longer is the case - we can use one of the fancy new stick PCs being produced for this very purpose. You will not be able to do any supercomputing on it but for a relatively negligable expense you can save yourself a lot of luggage space and weight.

Attending an SSI All Hands Meeting

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 7 Mar 2016 | 09:24

On the 2nd and 3rd of March the Software Sustainability Institute (SSI) held its first All Hands Meeting in Lyndhurst, near Southampton. This provided an opportunity for SSI staff - distributed between Edinburgh, Manchester, Oxford and Southampton - to meet face-to-face and to collectively carry out a number of tasks that are of interest to the SSI. It proved to be an interesting and useful two days.

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.

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?

EPCC at the Sciennes Primary Summer Science Fair

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 6 Jun 2015 | 18:42

It appears that summer is not quite the same in Edinburgh as it is for the rest of the world, so on a blustery Saturday Eilidh Troup and I attended the Sciennes Primary School Summery Science Fair. On behalf of STEMNET and EPCC we wanted to show that science, in the particular context of supercomputing, can be fun and by doing so encourage young minds to head in that direction for their future careers.

Looking for help to improve your research software?

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 20 Nov 2014 | 12:22

The Software Sustainability Institute (SSI) is seeking applications to its Open Call for Projects, a free service that allows researchers to propose joint software consultancy projects with the Institute.

If you write code as part of your research and you are successful in your application you can get the SSI to help you improve your development processes and/or your code's sustainability at zero cost to yourself. Note that the call closes on the 5th December 2014.

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