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Software Sustainability Institute is looking for Fellows for 2018

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 30 Aug 2017 | 13:10

Applications are open for the Software Sustainability Institute's Fellowship Programme 2018. The Fellowship Programme will support you to talk about software in your research domain to a wider audience, network with others who share a passion for software in research, and learn key skills to benefit you and those you collaborate with.

The programme includes £3000 to use towards travel or conference fees over a 15-month period. You will also be able to interact with other Fellows from 2018 and previous years, thus enabling you to build a network of dynamic people throughout the UK.

Teaching the world to program

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 18 Jul 2017 | 11:56

Smily participants on the R course.

Wearing my Software Sustainability Institute hat, I taught at the CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Summer School in Italy last week. With participants from five of the seven continents, sadly Australia and Antartica being under-represented, it was truly a global Summer School.

Wee Archlet: our homemade Raspberry Pi cluster

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 16 Jun 2017 | 14:18

Download our instructions to build your own Raspbery Pi cluster.

A better class of note

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 19 May 2017 | 08:21

This article covers what I think is a good way of taking notes, keeping track of them, and publishing them so that others can benefit from them or comment on your approach.

We often use notes to track what we have to do or have done. They might be in paper form or electronic text files. They document how we achieved our goal: the helpful URLs that put us on the right track, error and warning messages that were encountered and how they were resolved, etc. However, notes can quickly become intractable with recorded error and/or warning messages and unfathomably long URLs or, worse, they get lost.

EPCC at the Edinburgh International Science Festival

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 3 Apr 2017 | 12:31

EPCC will be at the Edinburgh International Science Festival again along with others from the University of Edinburgh. Last year we hosted a very successful Junkyard Clusters workshop where participants constructed a PC from its constituent components. This year we will be part of the drop-in activities, showing what supercomputers can do

Return to the Big Bang Fair

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 17 Mar 2017 | 07:54

The Big Bang Fair, billed as the UK's largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people, provides our Supercomputing Sleuths event with an excellent opportunity to show the benefits of supercomputing to a host of young people through a number of targeted acitivities.

A bunch of stars!!

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 16 Nov 2016 | 11:41

It has been around two years since a number of us at EPCC became science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) ambassadors and, as part of our outreach activities, we have maintained our membership of STEMNET (you have to do at least one STEM-related event per year).

Can one of our MSc students help you?

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 31 Aug 2016 | 15:29

We're looking for collaborative projects with industry and academia.

A new batch of students will soon be joining our MSc in High Performance Computing (HPC) and MSc in HPC with Data Science.

As ever we are on the look-out for interesting collaborative projects for the students to undertake towards the end of their course (roughly from April/May to August). 

Data and Software Carpentry combo at Edinburgh

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 29 Aug 2016 | 10:35

Software Carpentry attendees during the shell session. Pic Credit: Martin Callaghan.

With my Software Sustainability Institute hat on, I recently participated in a back-to-back Data Carpentry and Software Carpentry course sponsored by the University's Research Data Service here at the University of Edinburgh. The courses were held in the main University library in a gorgeous room with a glass wall, providing a rather distracting view of the Meadows parkland. 

ExTASY: smarter simulations for chemists

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 23 May 2016 | 14:43

Last week I attended an ExTASY tutorial here in Edinburgh. The project aims to build a set of Extensible Tools for Advanced Sampling and Analysis (hence the name) to allow chemists who use computational methods and off-the-shelf molecular dynamics (MD) packages (such as GROMACS, AMBER and NAMD) to be cleverer and more efficient with their simulations.

The Extasy-based tools are well worth considering if you are doing MD calculations. If you want to be smarter about how you do your simulations, take a look at ExTASY.

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