Mario Antonioletti's blog

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.

Mozilla Science Lab Global Sprint 2016

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 5 May 2016 | 15:51

We will be one of the participating sites at this year's Mozilla Science Lab Global Sprint here in Edinburgh.

The event will take place from 2nd-3rd of June, and will bring together researchers, developers, librarians and the general public from all over the world to hack on open science and open data projects.

Managing Makefiles in git

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 7 Apr 2016 | 16:36

I have become a bit of a fan of the distributed revision control provided by git. In my day-to-day work at EPCC, I find myself developing and running code across multiple machines. Trying to keep a code base coherent across all these systems would be a bit of a nightmare were it not for git or any other source control revision system. Arguably, SVN would work as well but I somewhat lost my faith in SVN after trying to commit files over a slow and unstable connection while travelling on a train.

Junkyard Clusters

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 5 Apr 2016 | 12:30

It was not without a certain element of trepidation that I volunteered to help out at our offering at this year's Edinburgh International Science Festival: Junkyard Clusters.

The activity basically involved taking a stripped down Dell desktop system and, in a workshop format, with a host of mostly young participants, walking them through putting the machine back together, networking the systems up and from the now working systems getting them to collaboratively build a fractal image.

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