Posted: 22 Aug 2013 | 14:50
This post was written by Adrian Mouat, a former EPCC employee who is now an independent software consultant.
Citing a paper is a reasonably straightforward and well-defined task; just give a reference to the author and the publication you found the paper in and you're pretty much there. Anyone else who wants to look up the reference just has to find the publication and they should see exactly the same text you saw.
Unfortunately, citing datasets is not as simple, at least not if you want the security of knowing that readers who follow the citation will find exactly the same data you used.
Posted: 19 Aug 2013 | 10:40
Is a dinosaur faster if it has longer legs? Is it better for it to be bigger, and hence cover more distance, or to be smaller and lighter? Which species is the fastest? Thanks to high-performance computing, you will soon be able to experiment yourself, and try and find answers to all those questions!
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.
Posted: 13 Aug 2013 | 14:16
Posted: 7 Aug 2013 | 11:56
Policy restrictions on data storage can make the straightforward technological problems complex, over-constrained and potentially insoluble.
Pic credit: Jeff Rowley Big Wave Surfer
As the slowly toppling wave of research data begins to overwhelm us all, we're increasingly looking for new ways to automate the management of all these bits. Keeping human curators and data managers in the loop becomes ever more unscalable and unsustainable. So, we're storing data in the Cloud, auto-replicating them five ways so we don't lose any, letting the systems manage the data for us.
Posted: 2 Aug 2013 | 12:19
The programme for the British Science Festival 2013 in Newcastle has now been released and EPCC is running two events this year.The first is an exhibition booth in the Discovery Science Centre on Saturday 7th September, where we will be showing off a range of HPC demos including the Virtual Paleontology 'Dinosaur Racing' game currently being developed by one of our PRACE Summer of HPC students, as well as some other new ideas developed during Innovative Learning Week on our MSc, and of course a range of HPC hardware old and new.
Posted: 31 Jul 2013 | 14:49
The Animal Simulation project, run at the University of Manchester, aims to create realistic simulations of animals both present and extinct. By combining the expertise of a number of scientific fields along with high performance computing (HPC), they have created GaitSym, a code capable of realistically simulating movements of animals based on a 3D model of their skeleton and biological data.
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.
Posted: 22 Jul 2013 | 10:16
The SoHPC programme offers undergraduate and junior postgraduate university students the opportunity to spend two months of the summer at an HPC centre in a PRACE partner country. Students undertake a visualisation project, which is based on the outcomes of PRACE technical work or other work using PRACE resources.
Posted: 19 Jul 2013 | 07:35
This week I was in Bath to lead a Software Carpentry boot camp organised by Software Sustainability Institute fellow, Alex Chartier. I was joined by Chris Woods from the University of Bristol, who made his instructor debut. The SSI fellow Manchester fellow, Michael Croucher, also came along to help out.