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

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

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.

Research IT Services: 2016 in Review

Wednesday, 26 April 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.

HPC for data driven research project

Wednesday, 15 February 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.

Teaching for the future of scientific computing

Monday, 06 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…

Code, test, merge, repeat

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

The Research Software Development Group (RSDG) have found another way to help researchers follow best practice when developing code: the Travis-CI continuous integration service.

Update on UCL Research Data Services

Monday, 03 October 2016

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…

Grace doubles capacity to enter the Supercomputing Top 500

Monday, 03 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.

Research Software Dashboard launch

Wednesday, 27 July 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

The Research Software Development Group is hiring

Monday, 27 June 2016

The Research Software Development Group is looking for two new Research Software Developers to join the group.

The Pre-Award Grants System nears deployment

Wednesday, 18 May 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.

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