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MMM Hub and JADE debuted at EPSRC Tier 2 Launch

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New HPC Centres JADE and the MMM Hub were revealed last week at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) High Performance Computing (HPC) Launch Event at Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum.  EPSRC has funded the SES member-led consortia with £7 million in a bid to develop two new HPC machines in Machine Learning and Materials and Molecular Modelling (respectively). About the event Prof. Simon Cox and Dr. Andy Richards at the T2HPC launch event The event provided a unique overview of the six new Tier 2 centres (based at UCL, The University of Oxford, The University of Cambridge, The University of Edinburgh,...
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Queen Mary University of London Joins SES

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One of London’s largest institutions and a leader in scientific research, Queen Mary University of London joins SES in early 2017, joining other consortia members including King’s College London, The University of Southampton, University College London, The University of Oxford, and Imperial College London. Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), one of the UK's leading research-focused higher education institutions, has recently joined the Science and Engineering South Consortium (SES). Part of the Russell International Excellence Group (of which all SES institutions are members), QMUL brings to SES a strategic commitment to the highest quality of research. A major centre for medical teaching and...
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The Data Dialogue: At War with Data

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Cyber security, open source intelligence, web science, bioinformatics and crime science…all modern and relevant terms in the UK research landscape, and all with one thing in common: Data. Why are researchers interested in accessing publicly available data? What are they doing with anonymised, confidential data? How can open data provide us with intelligence? How can data from one field of research be used in another? This Unique finale to The Data Dialogue, At War with Data, provided Early Career Researchers from a range of disciplines with the tools and knowledge to approach the subject of research data from a wider point of view....
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The Data Dialogue: When Research Crosses Borders

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In an increasingly globalised world, research is reaching beyond geographical borders, raising questions on the methods, laws, and possibilities in moving or sharing data internationally. As the volume and type of data we create becomes more varied, sensitive, and complex, we need to ask: what are our own responsibilities as professional researchers collecting data overseas? Who is ultimately accountable for data produced with foreign partners? What happens when national laws and policy differ dramatically? May strategies be usefully shared within or across disciplines? The second part of The Data Dialogue - When Research Crosses Borders -  provided Early Career Researchers from...
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£12 Million Awarded to SES Institutions to Deliver University HPC

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Researchers across the Science and Engineering South Consortium (SES) and the wider UK research community will soon benefit from an influx of funding to support scientific work on computational systems, crucial to the development of the UK economy and with high impact in areas such as the environment, technology, and health. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research council (EPSRC) has awarded £12 million to SES institutions towards developing university Tier 2, High Performance Computing (HPC) facilities with a diversity of architectures that are designed to provide a boost to research and innovation and fill a gap where computational needs have...
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The Data Dialogue: Time to Share

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Researchers are faced throughout their careers with managing research data. Implementing best practice early on can not only help you to access the right data quickly, but also ensure that data is relevant,  reusable and accessible to others, contributing further to scientific research. The first part of The Data Dialogue - Time to Share: Navigating Boundaries and Benefits -  provided Early Career Researchers from a range of disciplines with the tools and knowledge to better approach their research data needs, covering the benefits of sharing data, how we share difficult and sensitive data, gaining access to restricted, secure, or open data,...
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Bringing HPC Alive

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Last Thursday 21st April, Oxford Advanced Research Computing (ARC) and SES hosted the annual ARC High Performance Computing Showcase at Oxford E-research Centre to feature some of the largest research projects utilising HPC in Oxford. With speakers from The University of Oxford, Swansea University, Lenovo, and Jacobs University, Bremen, the event showcased how researchers are tacking scientific challenges using HPC. Dr. Ben Evans (Swansea University) reprised last year's visit from Bloodhound SCC, updating guests on the design of their 1,000mph car and explaining how CFD has been essential to understanding phenomena in the accelerating stage of the vehicle (see simulation below). This information...
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King’s College London Joins SES

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King's College London, one of the world's leading research and teaching universities, has recently joined the Science and Engineering South Consortium (SES). Ranked in the top 20 universities worldwide (2015-16 QS international world rankings), King's brings to SES a rich history of scientific investment and cutting-edge research. As the largest centre for the education of healthcare professionals in Europe, King's adds it's own unique capabilities to the consortium and proves that SES is continuing to grow, leveraging our collective expertise to create cutting edge science, which we could not achieve alone. Representing King's on the board of PVC's is Chris Mottershead (Vice-Principal for Research and Innovation,...
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Prospects in Data Science: Going Digital in the New Forest

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Last week, data scientists, researchers and students descended upon Carey's Manor in the depths of the New Forest to attend the 2016 Data Science Symposium, hosted by The University of Southampton. With high-profile speakers including David Hand and Prof. Yike Guo (Imperial College London), Prof. Peter Grindrod, Dr. Frank Wood and Prof. Anne Trefethen (University of Oxford), Prof. Dame Wendy Hall (University of Southampton), Prof. John Aston (University of Cambridge), and Prof. Sofia Olhede and Dr. Arthur Gretton (University College London) it was an event with significant representation from SES and a range of disciplines. The symposium, spread over three days, touched on data analytics, web...
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Guest Post: Sinan Shi talks #SESBigData

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Sinan Shi, Research Software Developer at University College London, was among the invited guests at SES's Big Data event. He recaps the day and reflects on the benefits of reaching out of researchers of different disciplines. Big data is probably the one of hottest terms being used in recent years. The scientific community is one of the first communities to become aware of the challenge and opportunity in big data. Data will play a more and more crucial role in the future of scientific research. In this workshop, instead of talking about the details of big data techniques or general big data...
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