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Recent blog posts

The Python’s Tale

Tue, 17 Dec 2013 14:49:02 +0000

Being able to write a computer program is an incredibly useful skill for anyone to have and more and more researchers are finding that they need to learn at least the basics in order understand how their data is being treated. There are a lot of courses freely available online, where people can learn pretty [...]

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Institutional HPC and Cloud services

Wed, 16 Oct 2013 15:59:47 +0000

There is a fundamental dissonance between how we do HPC today and how Cloud services are presented to their users. In HPC users are directly exposed to the finiteness of resources by having to work with a scheduler, which more often than not wraps around their application – the computation happens implicitly and in a [...]

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The Craftsperson and the Scholar (bringing together the best of two archetypes)

Tue, 15 Oct 2013 10:31:27 +0000

(This entry was originally posted on the Software Sustainability Institute Blog) At Digital Research 2012, I presented a position paper with colleagues regarding the role of the Research Software Engineer. This paper followed on from a discussion I led at the Collaborations Workshop and some very interesting blog posts by Dirk Gorissen and Ilian Todorov. [...]

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Alastair Smith

Alastair Smith

alastair.smith@ucl.ac.uk

My job requires a jack of all trades approach to get our high end data storage system up and running and help our users to find the best way of using it. I'm generally interested in learning about and generating solutions involving cutting edge technology.