Posted: 16 Dec 2014 | 11:27
In 2013, the DiRAC consortium rolled out the DiRAC driving licence, a software skills aptitude test for researchers wanting to use DiRAC's high-performance computing resources. Now ARCHER, the UK National Supercomputing Service, is to roll out an ARCHER driving test.
Despite their similar names, these tests differ in nature, intent, scale and reward. In this post, EPCC's Mike Jackson, Andrew Turner and Clair Barrass compare and contrast these two supercomputer tests.
Posted: 11 Dec 2014 | 12:24
Last week EPCC's ARCHER training team ran another Software Carpentry workshop here in Edinburgh, on 3rd and 4th of December. The workshop provided attendees with an introduction to version control and Git, building programs with Python, automating tasks with Make, and how (and how much) to test programs. These were set within the context of best practices for scientific computing.
Posted: 7 Oct 2014 | 13:14
Posted: 9 Jul 2014 | 12:04
ARCHER, the UK's national supercomputing service, offers training in software development and high-performance computing to scientists and researchers across the UK. As part of our training service EPCC is running a two-day Software Carpentry boot camp at Imperial College London, UK, on 16-17 September.
Posted: 30 May 2014 | 15:03
ARCHER, the UK's new national supercomputing service, offers training in software development and high-performance computing to scientists and researchers across the UK. As part of our training service EPCC is running a three-day Software Carpentry boot camp and Introduction to Scientific Programming in Python at Cranfield University, UK, on 21-23 July.
Posted: 11 Dec 2013 | 13:08
Posted: 28 Nov 2013 | 10:00
My colleague Mike Jackson recently posted about the DiRAC driving test. DiRAC is the UK's integrated supercomputing facility for theoretical modelling and HPC-based research in particle physics, astronomy and cosmology and is used by numerous researchers with diverse backgrounds. Whilst much of their work is very different, one commonality is that it often requires in-depth technical and software engineering techniques. The idea of the driving test was therefore to ensure that all users have the required knowledge for effective use of the consortium’s machines.
Posted: 2 Oct 2013 | 14:07
EPCC is hosting a Software Carpentry boot camp on 3-4 December 2013. The boot camp is designed to teach software development skills to researchers, helping them to do more in less time and with less pain.
Posted: 26 Aug 2013 | 10:21
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.
Posted: 25 Jul 2013 | 10:44
Since June 2012, The Software Sustainability Institute and Software Carpentry have been working with the DiRAC consortium to develop a "driving test" or basic software skills aptitude test. The test is now ready to be rolled out across DiRAC, the UK's integrated supercomputing facility for theoretical modelling and HPC-based research in particle physics, astronomy and cosmology.