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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Solving unsteady fluid flows with Hyperflux

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An Innovate UK- and EPSRC-funded project called Hyperflux is bringing together industry and academia to tackle the problem of modeling unsteady fluid flow. Peter Vincent, Senior Lecturer and EPSRC Fellow in the department of Aeronautics at Imperial College London, heads up the academic side of this project. His team is working with engineers at CFD company Zenotech and CFMS, an independent centre for modelling and simulation based at the Bristol & Bath Science Park, to create a commercial product called Hyperflux, which will help industry to model these unsteady flows. As of early 2015, the team has already managed the development and rolling...
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High-order Computational Fluid Dynamics

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Application to Design of Next-Generation Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Computational simulation of fluid flow, often referred to as Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), plays an critical role in the aerodynamic design of numerous complex systems, including aircraft, F1 racing cars, and wind turbines. CFD technology allows engineers to understand complex flow patterns, and thus perform aerodynamic design, without ever flying an aircraft, or even starting up a wind tunnel. Dr. Peter Vincent, and his team of researchers in the department of Aeronautics at Imperial College London, have been using the Emerald GPU cluster to test the performance of new ‘high-order accurate’ CFD...
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Working towards the Square Kilometre Array

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The Many-cOre Technology Investigating Value, Application, deploymenT and Efficiency project or (MOTIVATE for short); is a pathfinder project with the aim of investigating the application of the latest many-core technologies, such as GPUs, to deliver energy and cost efficiencies in the area of radio astronomy High Performance Computing. Astrophysical radio sources such as Pulsars are excellent probes of extreme physical processes originating from compact sources within our Galaxy and beyond. Generating intermittent radio bursts of milliseconds in duration, as observed here on earth, the signals generated by Pulsars carry valuable information about the physical processes occurring at the source as well as in the intervening interstellar or intergalactic...
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World leaders in Performance Sports Engineering

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The Wolfson Unit at the University of Southampton have been working with America’s Cup teams for over 30 years, using experimental testing in towing tanks and wind tunnels to define and improve the performance of the racing yachts. The America’s Cup, the world’s oldest international sporting trophy, was sailed in mono-hulls with traditional soft sails until 2010 but for the 2013 Americas Cup the yachts have been changed to catamarans with solid wing sails. The result is a four-fold increase in speed, and a shift in performance prediction requirements from straight line speed through the water to dynamic manoeuvres and...
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How the “Swine” flu virus develops drug resistance

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A University of Bristol team used the Emerald GPU supercomputer to investigate how mutations of a key enzyme of H1N1 “Swine” flu lead to the development of resistance to current antiviral flu treatments. H1N1-2009 is a highly adaptive virus derived from different gene segments of swine, avian and human influenza. Within months of its appearance in early 2009, the H1N1-2009 strain caused the first flu pandemic of the 21st-century. The antiviral drugs zanamivir (Relenza) and oseltamivir (Tamiflu), which target the neuraminidase enzyme in influenza, successfully treated the infection but widespread use of these drugs led to a series of mutations in...
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