Improving Research Workflows by Enabling High-speed Data Transfers

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With the volume of data generated from research increasing rapidly and affecting a wider variety of fields and disciplines than ever before, the requirement for transferring large volumes of data is now widespread. One of the ways that institutions are aiming to satisfy this need is to reduce the network impediments that affect the end-to-end speed at which research data can be transferred between the lab, computational and storage facilities. The University of Southampton, as a member of the Science & Engineering South Consortium (SES) and in partnership with Jisc and Diamond Light Source, has been running a pilot project...
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Interview: Dr. Richard Boardman

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Getting from A to B How High-speed Data Transfer Could Power Science Dr. Richard Boardman from the µ-VIS Centre for Computed Tomography (an X-Ray Imaging Centre providing support to the Engineering, Biomedical, Environmental and Archaeological Sciences at the University of Southampton) discuses how improving institutional data transfer speeds could lead to more efficient research. The pilot project setup by The University of Southampton, Diamond Light Source, the Science and Engineering South Consortium and Jisc was recently showcased in a workshop event at the University of Southampton’s Boldrewood campus. What's your experience of working with large datasets? We're used to handling...
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When Cars Get Smart

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Keep a steady speed. Anticipate what’s ahead. Where possible, coast to slow down. When accelerating, do it gently. Driving tips like these don’t just reduce your fuel usage and save you money – they also cut carbon emissions and help tackle climate change. It’s win-win. But is boosting fuel efficiency on our roads simply a question of us becoming more ‘savvy’ when we’re behind the wheel, or do cars need to get smarter too? In fact, both have a big role to play. That’s the starting point for G-Active, a collaboration between SES members the University of Southampton and Imperial...
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Trailblazing Training Adds to Chemistry’s Attraction

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When designing new molecules for pharmaceutical and other uses, the key is to combine the right elements in the right way. The same is true of the training vital to nurturing the skills needed to make it happen.     A perfect example has seen Southampton University join forces with Oxford and Bristol to establish an EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) integrating two vital aspects of chemistry in a powerful new way. With strong links to industry ensuring its work feeds into the real economy, the Theory and Modelling in Chemical Sciences (TMCS) CDT is producing tomorrow’s research leaders and equipping...
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Making the Structure of Materials Crystal Clear

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Exposing the deepest, most revealing secrets of materials’ structure is all part of a day’s work at the UK National Crystallography Service (NCS), based at the University of Southampton. By firing X-ray beams at crystals often just one-hundredth the size of a salt grain and then measuring the radiation’s diffraction pattern, Professor Simon Coles and his team generate important insights into materials and their properties – facilitating development of, for example, new drugs and novel energy storage technologies. This cutting-edge service provides UK academia and industry with easy access to world-class crystallography skills and facilities, opening the door to discovery...
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Spotlight On: Callista

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Each month we post a new edition to the SES 'Spotlight On...' series, showcasing equipment at our institutions, providing information and case studies for interested researchers/industries, and promoting better use of already available equipment. Callista is a purpose built Research Vessel offering a unique capability for operations along the south coast for teaching and research as well as a platform for marine enterprise and industry. She is also used in the Discover Oceanography outreach programme which offers the opportunity to experience a hands-on introduction to marine science for groups of all ages. She is is a 20m catamaran equipped with a 4 tonne A-frame,...
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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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Reassessing Asthma: Biomarkers, Business and Big Data

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Affecting millions and costing billions worldwide every year, asthma needs to be better understood to enable better treatment and management of this frequently distressing, sometimes fatal family of respiratory diseases. With SES members Southampton University and Imperial College London at the heart of its conception and execution, the multi-million-Euro U-BIOPRED project – the world’s biggest collaboration in severe asthma – is driving discoveries that will improve targeting of drugs and equip pharma businesses to develop potentially game-changing new ones. Above all, in pinpointing key ‘biomarkers’ – molecules revealing the precise type of asthma present in patients – U-BIOPRED has produced...
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Tunnel Vision Looks to Make Flying and Sailing Greener

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An iconic wind tunnel once used to develop the Spitfire is now aiding 21st century efforts to help aircraft fly and ships sail more fuel-efficiently. Located at the University of Southampton, the R.J. Mitchell Wind Tunnel is being harnessed by Professor Bharath Ganapathisubramani’s team on an EPSRC and Airbus-backed project to deliver fresh insights into aerodynamic ‘drag’, and on research revealing how to cut fuel use and emissions in the shipping sector. The tunnel also forms part of the National Wind Tunnel Facility (NWTF) – an imaginative new equipment-sharing initiative launched by SES members Imperial College London, Cambridge, Oxford and...
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Spotlight On: R. J. Mitchell Wind Tunnel

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Each month we post a new edition to the SES 'Spotlight On...' series, showcasing equipment at our institutions, providing information and case studies for interested researchers/industries, and promoting better use of already available equipment. The Mitchell Wind Tunnel at Southampton is a low speed wind tunnel capable of testing the aerodynamic performance of a wide range of items from various industries at wind speeds of up to 40m/s (or 90mph). The facility can be used to test cars, HGVs, trains, unmanned air vehicles, aircraft or components thereof, wind turbines, cyclists, boat hulls and underwater autonomous vehicles to name a few! The normal outputs...
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