In February last year we announced a project to deliver a new high performance computing platform aimed at better supporting data intensive research at UCL. Over the past twelve months we’ve been talking with a broad cross-section of researchers and working with colleagues in ISD to come up with a design for a service that will meet the current and future needs of researchers who work with large datasets. After going out for tender in September, the hardware is currently being assembled by the chosen vendor OCF, and we’re expecting the new service, Myriad, to be available to all UCL researchers in June this year.
Publication date: 4 May 2018
The Research Software Development Group are working on a new project called CloudLabs, which will help UCL researchers to create custom websites and applications for research projects. The aim is to make setting up a website or spinning up virtual computing resources on the cloud as painless as possible with a fully automated service that simplifies the design, setup and maintenance of new sites.
Publication date: 13 February 2018
The Research Data Storage Service has completed a major upgrade, making an additional 2.76 petabytes available for UCL’s research data. In addition, the service now provides a CIFS presentation – an oft-requested feature that gives users the ability to mount their project’s storage space as a network drive on their local machines.
Publication date: 6 December 2017
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Publication date: 22 November 2017
DMPOnline is a free tool which helps researchers to develop data management plans in accordance with funders' requirements by providing templates and step by step guidance. Thanks to the Research Data Management team in UCL Library Services, DMPOnline now includes customised guidance for UCL researchers with information on local infrastructure, policies and support services.
Publication date: 2 November 2017
The following websites will be unavailable while we migrate our databases to the new datacentre:
Publication date: 12 July 2017
If you carry out research at UCL, as a postgraduate student or member of staff, we'd appreciate it if you can help us to continue to improve IT support for research by completing a short, anonymous survey about the services that are currently available.
Publication date: 22 June 2017
IRIS (UCL’s Institutional Research Information System) will be unavailable on Tuesday 27 June between 7am and 11am, while ISD colleagues carry out planned work to move the service to our new datacentres.
Publication date: 21 June 2017
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.
Publication date: 27 April 2017
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.
Publication date: 15 February 2017
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…
Publication date: 6 February 2017
It’s been a busy summer for the Research Data Services group as they oversee major improvements to their existing service and set out their plans for the future. Dr James A J Wilson, has been leading the group since April, and here he tells us what they’ve been up to and what we can expect next…
Publication date: 11 October 2016
After successfully concluding a project to double service capacity, UCL’s High Performance Computing (HPC) system, Grace, became the largest and fastest HPC system in the UK University sector, ranked at 400 in the “Supercomputing Top 500” list of the fastest HPC systems in the world.
Publication date: 3 October 2016
We are pleased to announce the launch of a new service aimed at promoting software written by UCL researchers. If you have research code that you would like to share with colleagues or the wider world, you can now add it to the Research Software Dashboard at dashboard.rc.ucl.ac.uk
Publication date: 27 July 2016
The Research Software Development Group is looking for two new Research Software Developers to join the group.
Publication date: 27 June 2016
The PAGS (Pre-Award Grants System) project is nearing live deployment and will be rolled out over the summer. The new system will replace pFACT to allow UCL staff to complete costing and pricing of research grant proposals and provide additional support for bid proposal development. Research grant income provides over a third of UCL’s income and therefore having a modern costing and proposal development solution is vital for UCL in maintaining this income.
Publication date: 18 May 2016
Dr James Wilson joined us in April as our new Head of Research Data Services. He'll be leading the group providing our Research Data Storage service, and developing our archive for long-term preservation of research data. We've asked him to introduce himself and tell us about the priorities for his team.
Publication date: 16 May 2016
If you carry out research at UCL, as a postgraduate student, postdoc or
member of staff, you can help us to improve IT support for research, and
enter a competition to win one of 10 Raspberry Pi 3s, by completing a short, anonymous survey.
Publication date: 8 March 2016
Next month RITS is pleased to launch our new HPC facility, Grace, in coordination with HPC, big data and analytics integrator OCF at the Wilkins South Cloisters on 6th April. Grace runs alongside UCL’s existing HPC machines, Legion and Emerald, and will be UCL’s flagship HPC service, free at the point of use for researchers across the University.
Publication date: 24 February 2016
This year, the Research Software Development Group (RSDG) are embarking on a new collaboration with the UCLH Critical Care team to develop new digital tools for research and patient care. As is happening in many other research domains, digital methods look set to transform this field, allowing researchers and clinicians to make better use of large and complex datasets. James Hetherington, the head of the RSDG, tells us more…
Publication date: 11 January 2016
A new component, iRODS, has recently been added to the Research Data Services portfolio, which will make it easier for researchers to manage their data and prepare it for open access. We asked the Research Data Services team to tell us about iRODS and what it can do for UCL researchers.
Publication date: 11 January 2016
Over the summer, the Research IT Applications (RITA) team have been busy upgrading the software and infrastructure underpinning the UCL Discovery service. This work will secure the future of UCL Discovery, making it more reliable and sustainable, and will help UCL to respond to upcoming changes in Open Access requirements from HEFCE.
Publication date: 6 October 2015
In May we welcomed Myriam Fellous-Sigrist to UCL in a new role as UCL’s Research Data Support Officer. Here Myriam tells us a bit about what she’s been up to and how she can help UCL researchers manage their data.
Publication date: 6 October 2015
Grace, the replacement for the Iridis service, has now been delivered to our off-site data centre in Slough. All of the hardware is in place, as is network connectivity, and our partners at OCF are currently running burn-in tests, with our own acceptance tests due to start shortly. Initial results on a subset of the cluster are very promising, and even with that subset, we have significantly exceeded the capacity we have lost from Iridis
Publication date: 2 October 2015