Software Sustainability Institute
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.
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?
Free pizza, prizes and research software best practice: Collaborations Workshop 2015... Registration open!Author: Mike Jackson
Posted: 13 Feb 2015 | 12:45
CW15 focuses on software, best practice and the social side of working past the boundaries of traditional disciplines and roles to accelerate research outcomes. Or, put differently, interdisciplinarity done right!
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.
Posted: 3 Sep 2014 | 13:30
The Software Sustainability Institute's Fellowship 2015 application process is now open.
The Fellowship Programme run by the Software Sustainability Institute (SSI) could fund you by up to £3000 over a fifteen-month period to become Software Sustainability ambassadors within your research community (or communities if you belong to more than one). It can also allow you to share your expertise and advice with the SSI. The Programme will enourage you to develop your interests in the area of software sustainability (especially in your own area of work). And it's a fantastic and active interdisciplinary community to be involved with, as well as providing you with a great CV entry! The Fellowship is open to UK-based applicants. If you are interested then read on.
Posted: 3 Jul 2014 | 11:42
Do you use scientific codes in your research? Are the things you can do with it limited by the execution time? The code has been parallelised but does not scale well? How should you go about improving the performance? What can you do when you do not have full understanding of the code? There are some general steps that can be taken to improve the performance of parallelised codes. In this article I will describe briefly the process I have undertaken to optimise the parallel performance of a computational chemistry package, TINKER, as part of the EPCC/SSI APES project.
Posted: 28 Apr 2014 | 16:20
Mathematical modelling of complex fluid flows has practical application within many industrial sectors including energy, the environment and health. Flow modelling can include oil and gas flows in long-distance pipelines or refinery distillation columns, liquid cooling of micro-electronic devices, carbon capture and cleaning processes, water treatment plants, blood flows in arteries, and enzyme interactions. Multi-phase flow modelling models flows consisting of gases, fluids and solids within a single system eg steam and water, or oil and gas within a pipe, or coal dust in the air.
Posted: 7 Apr 2014 | 07:33
Michael Chappell leads the Quantitative Biomedical Inference (QuBIc) research group within the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Oxford. Michael has developed a method of processing functional magnetic resonance image (MRI) data that can be used to recognise blood flow patterns in the brain. I have been helping Michael through one of The Software Sustainability Institute's consultancy projects, which he applied for through the Institute's open call. Part of our collaboration looked at issues around integrating Subversion or Git repositories with CVS.
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.