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Research IT Services

The Research IT Services (RITS) department develops, delivers and operates services to assist UCL researchers in meeting their objectives at each stage of the research lifecycle. These pages are here to help UCL researchers and other users to take full advantage of our services and include comprehensive user guides, contact information for support queries, and details about forthcoming training and events.

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Research Computing Services

Research Computing Platform Services

Services to support computationally intensive research. Providing advice and access to high performance/high throughput computing clusters for all UCL researchers.

Research IT Applications

Research IT Applications

Applications supporting funding and innovation through to publication and dissemination, including the IRIS, RPS and equipment catalogue applications. 

Research IT Training

Popular courses:

  • High Performance and Throughput Computing
  • Software Carpentry Workshop
  • Introduction to the Unix shell

Research Software Development

Research Software Development Team

Professional research software development: programming effort, training, advice and tools to support best-practice in academic software.

Research Data Services

Research Data Services

A suite of services to facilitate better management of digital datasets by UCL researchers, their partners and collaborators.

RITS all audiences site

Visit our all audiences site to find out about our successes working with UCL researchers and external partnerships.

Help & Self-service resources

Drop-in sessions

We hold regular drop-in sessions where you can come and meet members of the RITS team for hands-on support.

Advice & Consultancy

We can provide free advice and consultancy to help you to make the best use of IT when managing or carrying out research. We'd also like your feedback on our services. We're here to help!

Sign up to the RITS mailing list to keep up to date with events, training courses and news about our services.

FAQs

Who do I contact for support?
How do I get an account for one of the research computing platforms (e.g. Legion)?

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IT incident 5 May 2017 – a response from ISD and Estates

We wanted to update UCL staff and students following the major loss of IT services on Friday 5 May 2017. Firstly, we want to apologise for the significant impact this had on staff and students’ ability to work across the whole university. We all rely on this technology round the clock and any loss of service is frustrating.

Published: May 16, 2017 4:30:52 PM

Research IT Services: 2016 in Review

The Research IT Services department has come a long way since it was established in 2012, so we thought it would be a good idea to put together something to showcase all of the great services we provide to support research at UCL. The past 12 months in particular have been transformative in terms of the range and scale of services on offer, and our new booklet, 'Research IT Services: 2016 in Review' celebrates these successes and introduces some of the people behind RITS. We also take a look towards the future of Research IT Services at UCL and across the wider academic sector. Whether you're an old friend of RITS or just want to know a bit more about what we do, we hope you'll enjoy reading.

Published: Apr 27, 2017 11:47:17 AM

HPC for data driven research project

The introduction of Grace in 2015, and its extension in 2016, has dramatically improved UCL’s ability to support “traditional” high performance computing by providing a dedicated platform for performing large parallel workloads previously handled by Iridis and Legion.

Published: Feb 15, 2017 10:07:19 AM

Teaching for the future of scientific computing

A new MSc program in Scientific Computing began at UCL this year with the aim of producing highly computationally skilled scientists and engineers who are able to tackle real life problems in a structured and rigorous way. James Hetherington from the Research Software Development Group has contributed significantly to the development of this course and his team are helping to deliver the core skills training in high performance computing and software development. James tells us how it’s going and why this course is important for delivering the research skills we’ll need in future…

Published: Feb 6, 2017 4:27:06 PM