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Improving IT support for research at UCL

Thursday, 22 June 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.

Planned IRIS downtime affecting website staff profiles (Tuesday 27 June, 7am to 11am)

Wednesday, 21 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.

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.

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