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Partners in time: HPC opens new horizons for Humanities research

From new discoveries about the hidden history of London to fresh insights into gender bias down the centuries, Research IT Services (RITS) is showing how leading-edge computing can add a powerful extra dimension to the Arts & Humanities research toolbox.

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Data storage solution delivers battery of benefits

Keeping data secure, but ensuring it’s still easy to access; maximising the huge potential of big data, but minimising the stress and burden of managing it – the ability to achieve apparently contradictory goals like these is a key challenge facing the research community.

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Legion warms to task of solving icy mystery

Legion, a key component in UCL’s world-class suite of computing platforms supported by Research IT Services (RITS), has helped a team of researchers from UCL and Germany to better understand how ice crystals form in the clouds. 

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Bigger data, better healthcare

As data volumes go on growing at an astonishing rate, so does the potential to put them to beneficial, life-changing use – and nowhere more than the vital field of healthcare provision.

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Visualisation solution tames a sea of shipping data

Expertise and insight supplied by Research IT Services (RITS) have released the full potential of pioneering work on a key ‘green’ challenge: the need to cut polluting emissions produced by the economically vital global shipping industry.

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Safe, seamless storage for a priceless resource

The Research Data Storage service developed by UCL Research IT Services (RITS) is bringing real benefits to a flagship project aiming to preserve and publicise the writings of one of Britain’s most iconic philosophers.

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UCL Consultants look to IRIS

UCL Consultants use IRIS, the one stop shop for information about research at UCL, to search for academic experts who may be interested in taking on consultancy projects with external organisations. By completing a biography and making connections with other groups, themes and places, UCL researchers can make themselves and their work more discoverable, and increase their opportunities to deliver real impact on their research.

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HPC adds extra dimension to the search for extraterrestrial life

It is one of the biggest scientific and philosophical questions of all: are we alone in the universe? In the quest for answers, one of the most important developments in recent decades has been the ability to detect planets circling distant stars. RITS' Legion cluster is providing UCL astrophysicists with the computing firepower they need to analyse the light from these exoplanets and assess whether they are capable of supporting alien lifeforms.

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Simulation software advancing the discovery of new catalysts

Dr Michail Stamatakis from the UCL Department of Chemical Engineering developed Zacros for simulating molecular phenomena on catalytic surfaces, but further work was needed for the code to run effectively on high performance computing platforms. A collaboration with the UCL Research Software Development Group has brought about significant improvements in the performance and usability of the code, which has become a popular tool with researchers around the world.

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HIV research using UCL computing platforms has a real-life impact

Buying into part of the Legion high performance computing cluster has helped Professor Andrew Phillips to enhance HIV research by deploying computer simulation models of HIV infection, progression, resistance, and treatment with antiretroviral therapies.

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Securing the future of important pharmacology software

When the original developers of an important suite of research software retired, the Research Software Development Team were asked to contribute to the efforts being made to ensure that this code is updated and maintained for future generations of researchers.

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Crime scene DNA analysis: assessing the evidence

The Research Software Development Team (RSDT) assisted Professor David Balding of the UCL Genetics Institute with his forensic DNA analysis package, used to assess the weight of evidence from partial DNA samples.

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HemeLB: vascular modelling and blood flow simulation

The Research Software Development Group was brought in to help identify and fix a problem with HemeLB: an open-source computational suite for fluid dynamics simulations of blood flow in the vasculature of the human body.

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Improving cancer treatment with Emerald

Professor Francesco Gervasio of UCL’s Department of Chemistry used the Emerald supercomputer (built in partnership with the Centre for Innovation) to simulate the effect of gene mutations linked to the spread of cancer. His research could help develop more robust and effective cancer treatments.

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How the SES helped improve tsunami modelling at UCL

Dr Serge Guillas from UCL’s Department of Statistical Science is researching uncertainties in models for geophysics. Via UCL’s membership of the Science and Engineering South consortium (SES), he has worked with GPU specialists in Oxford to greatly improve the performance of a tsunami simulation code. The team used the SES GPU-based supercomputer, Emerald, to achieve its results.

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Developing the research equipment catalogue

RITS' Research IT Applications team assisted the Office of the Vice-Provost (Research) in implementing a web-based catalogue of UCL’s major research equipment. The catalogue will support research grant applications, help maximise equipment usage and promote collaboration within UCL and beyond.

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