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Free pizza, prizes and research software best practice: Collaborations Workshop 2015... Registration open!

Author: Mike Jackson
Posted: 13 Feb 2015 | 12:45

Oxford e-Research CentreThe Software Sustainability Institute’s Collaborations Workshop 2015 (CW15) will be held from 25-27 March 2015 in Oxford, UK.

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!

The Message-Passing Interface: unlocking the power of software

Author: Mike Jackson
Posted: 8 Jan 2015 | 11:53

Simulation by IES of daylight on a building.

 

 

 

 

 

EPCC helped lead the way in creating the standardised Message-Passing Interface (MPI) programming system to enable faster, more powerful, problem solving using parallel computing. It is now the ubiquitous de-facto standard among both hardware and software vendors.

Mike Jackson and Dan Holmes explain how EPCC continues to be involved in its development and use.

Supercomputer driving tests

Author: Mike Jackson
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 JacksonAndrew Turner and Clair Barrass compare and contrast these two supercomputer tests. 

Software Carpentry returns to Edinburgh

Author: Mike Jackson
Posted: 11 Dec 2014 | 12:24

Edinburgh Software Carpentry workshop attendeesLast 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.

ARCHER Software Carpentry workshop at EPCC

Author: Mike Jackson
Posted: 7 Oct 2014 | 13:14

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, we are running a two-day Software Carpentry workshop here at EPCC from 3-4 December.

ARCHER Software Carpentry boot camp at Imperial College London

Author: Mike Jackson
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.

ARCHER Software Carpentry boot camp and Introduction to Scientific Programming in Python

Author: Mike Jackson
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.

CFD: parallel sustainability with TPLS

Author: Mike Jackson
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.

Exploring the integration of Subversion and Git with CVS

Author: Mike Jackson
Posted: 7 Apr 2014 | 07:33

A brain scan.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.

Re-imagining the lab. Or, when science meets art

Author: Mike Jackson
Posted: 13 Mar 2014 | 15:07

LabBook being used with a tablet and stylusLabBook is a mobile app and online service that allows users to securely record and share their experiment notes. LabBook's developers - Mark Woodbridge, Geraint Barton and Derek Huntley of Imperial College London's Bioinformatics Support Service - asked The Software Sustainability Institute for consultancy as part of the Institute's open call.

I've been working with them to provide advice on the LabBook software, how it is developed, and how it can be moved towards an open source product.

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