Archive of past news & events

22nd August 2013: Maple licenses renewed and version 17 released

Stand-alone Maple licenses for Sheffield University were set to expire at the end of August,2013. New licenses that will last until August 2014, as well as the latest version of Maple ( Version 17) can now be obtained via our Maple support pages


18th July 2013: OpenAcc Training by NVIDIA

This practical training workshop provided by NVIDIA will take place from 10:30 until 16:00 in the Hicks Building Room G25. OpenAcc is a new open parallel programming standard. OpenACC is designed to enable scientific and technical Fortran and C programmers to easily take advantage of the transformative power of heterogeneous CPU/GPU computing systems. OpenACC allows parallel programmers to provide simple hints, known as “directives,” to the compiler, identifying which areas of code to accelerate, without requiring programmers to modify or adapt the underlying code itself.  You can register for a place at this workshop using the following link:

http://openacctraining2013.eventbrite.co.uk/


25th April 2013:  First Meeting of the Sheffield R Users Group

The first meeting of SheffieldR, the Sheffield R Users Group, will be held on Thursday April 25th from 6.30-8.00pm in Lecture Theatre 3 on F Floor in the Medical School at the University of Sheffield. Afterwards we will adjourn to the Francis Newton pub across the road for drinks and networking.

Details and registration is via: http://www.meetup.com/SheffieldR-Sheffield-R-Users-Group/events/111463622/.


24th April 2013:  Sheffield Jam Special Event

Following the recent Raspberry Pi event, we are pleased to announce the following: 

   - the next Sheffield Pi Jam meeting will be on Wednesday, 24th April, from 6.30 pm:
     Details and Registration:  http://shefjam-es2005.eventbrite.co.uk/

  - there are several projects working with the Pi here in the Computer Science
    department, some of them with some part-time work available for students;
     please email  Prof. Hamish Cunningham on hamish@gate.ac.uk if you're interested.


19th April 2013: Raspberry Pi Experience

 A number of academic staff are exploring how Raspberry Pi devices can be used in learning, teaching and research. On 19th April 11:00-12:00 we will be hosting a talk during which academic staff can exchange ideas on possible applications for the device. If you are interested in seeing what has already been achieved or wish to share your ideas with interested colleagues you can register a place using the link below:
  http://raspberrypiexperience.eventbrite.co.uk/


15th April 2013: hpc@sheffield Event

This years all-day hpc@sheffield event will take place in the Tapesty Room, Firth Court, University of Sheffield.
Places are limited and registration is required @:   http://hpcsheffield2013.eventbrite.co.uk/

HPC@sheffield is an exciting University of Sheffield research computing event that will provide an opportunity for researchers, post-graduates and final year undergraduates to learn about projects using the national research computing facilities and HPC facilities hosted locally at The University of Sheffield. HPC@sheffield will comprise a series of presentations and a poster session. The objective of the event is to publicise what is available and to provide examples of what may be achieved using the current e-Infrastructure.

The emphasis of the 2013 event will be to introduce the new regional N8 HPC Centre and to demonstrate the N8 facility for science and engineering applications using HPC.

Presentations will be given by academic research groups and HPC hardware & software suppliers about the latest advances in research computing. Here is the full programme for the event. Event Programme


14th March 2013: Forthcoming updates to the Iceberg Cluster.

In order to maintain and improve the quality of the HPC service we periodically upgrade the Iceberg system. The update of the fastdata system requires that we upgrade Iceberg from Scientific Linux 5 to Scientific Linux 6 (SL6). Iceberg-admins have undertaken preliminary work to prepare the revised system image for SL6 and to ensure that packages on iceberg are compatible with the updated operating system. The update requires that our system integrator (Alces) will undertake work on the fastdata system. To undertake this work they will reformat fastdata, subsequently all data will be lost. Users of /fastdata have already been advised to contact iceberg-admins@lists.shef.ac.uk if they require a copy to be made of their /fastdata filestore. As from 11th March data stored on fastdata will not be recovered after the system update.

To help researchers plan for this work, here are our anticipated dates for the key stages of the work program

  • 11th March transfer of fastdata to fastdata reserve commences
  • 8th April work commences fastdata not available
  • 15th April Parallel queues on the intel nodes will be run down
  • 17th April Parallel queues on intel nodes and Fastdata available again
  • 29th April data restored to fastdata (where requested)

These dates are approximate please check iceberg news, and the twitter feed @hpcsheffield and your email for updates on the progress with work. We thank iceberg-users for their patience and co-operation with this work.


HPC Training Workshops in Sheffield University during February & March 

During February-March, NAG will be providing training in MPI, OpenMP and CUDA at Sheffield University.  Full details of these courses are published in our local  Training Seminars pages .

These workshops are part of the National HPC training program modules presented by NAG.

Anyone wishing to attend must fill the registration form that can be found at:
http://www.hector.ac.uk/cse/training/courseform/ 


17th, January,2013 : Vacancy - Part Time Research Computing Support Officer 

 Corporate Information and Computing Services is offering part time work to suitably qualified applicants to help support High Performance Computing and e-Research work at the University of Sheffield. The successful applicant(s) will be based in the Research Computing Group in the Technical Services section of CiCS.

 Please see the CiCS news for further information. 

Closing date for application is Friday 15th Feb 2013


14th May 2012 : Changes to the SGE Job Scheduler

On 14th of May, we will be introducing improvements to the SGE job scheduler so that we -
  (a) get better overall performance from the cluster,
  (b) make life easier for users by relaxing some of the currently imposed limits.

After the changes:

  •  default memory allocation limit for each job will go up from the current 2 GBytes to 6 GBytes.
  • Anyone needing larger than 6GBytes of memory will be able to request it via the optional -l mem= parameter as usual.
            E.g.  -l mem=64G
  • The stack-size limits will be removed to avoid the risk of excessive recursion causing crashes.
  • The risk of exceeding the filestore allocations will be reduced by not allowing the creation of core-dump files by default.
  • There will be a new optional  -l rmem= parameter introduced to fine-tune the memory usage of large memory jobs.
  • At the same time our documentation will be updated to reflect these changes.

10th May 2012: Workshop for Introducing High Performance Computing Using Iceberg

 This 'mostly morning' workshop is jointly given by software vendors Intel and ALCES Software and will provide the following sessions:

  • An introduction to high performance computing
  • An overview of the iceberg HPC facility
  • Data storage and management
  • Running applications and using the scheduler
  • The intel cluster toolkit


4th April 2012: High Performance Computing at Sheffield: Opportunities and Futures

On 4th of April, we will be celebrating the latest improvements to our HPC facilities by showcasing the achievements of The Sheffield University research community who use HPC.

This event will take place in the Abbeydale Room of The University House and will provide an opportunity for researchers, post graduates and final year undergraduates to hear about exciting research projects that makes use of the research computing facilities nationally as well as locally at The University of Sheffield.

Further details of this all-day event can be found in the CiCS news release.

As spaces are limited, if interested, you must apply here to attend this event so that we can reserve you a place.

Queries can be directed to wrgrid-training@sheffield.ac.uk .


28th & 29th February 2012 : ANSYS OpenDay ( in Meadowhall )

To mark the ANSYS launch of the latest version of Fluent/Ansys, there will be a numbers of Open Day events thorough out UK demonstrating various aspects of this software.. The nearest one to us is taking place here in Sheffield.

Anyone wishing to attend this FREE event should follow this details and registration link.


The e-Science Collaborative Workshop

1-3 March 2011: Research Data Management Workshop

The UK Digital Curation Centre http://www.dcc.ac.uk/ is running regional workshops aimed at supporting institutional research data management planning and training.
The second DCC Roadshow is organised in partnership with the White Rose University Consortium and will take place 1-3 March 2011 in Sheffield. Different workshops will provide advice and guidance tailored to a range of staff,

Day 1) The Research Data Landscape (introduction with case studies)
Day 2) The Research Data Challenge for Institutions (strategic policy and planning)
Day 3) Data Curation (practice and tools) draft content includes
-funding body policies and mandates
-tapping into existing institutional infrastructure and policies
-selection and appraisal
-data mangement plans in practice

Find out more about the workshops at
http://www.dcc.ac.uk/events/data-management-roadshows/dcc-roadshow-sheffield

Each workshop can be booked individually and registration is free.

Note that delegate numbers are limited and priority will be given to
participants from HEI’s in Yorkshire

Register now at: - http://asp.artegis.com/dccroadshowmarch2011


ICEBERG helps make the news

Professor Robertus von Fay-Siebenburgen's work on solar magneto hydrodynamics have been on the news recently as his team were invited to present their research to an audience of politicians from the House of Commons and House of Lords after being selected by the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee. Numerical modelling and simulation component of this work is currently been carried out on 'iceberg' .

See Star Newspaper article for further information.


Presentation on Workflows for Scientific Computing and Sharing Using MyExperiment

Date and Time Wednesday 16th June
from 1100am until 1200

Venue: Hicks Building Lecture Theatre B

Katy Wolstencroft from the School of Computer Science at The University of Manchester will talk aboout myExperiment and Taverna. myExperiment is a collaborative environment where scientists can safely publish their workflows and experiment plans, share them with groups and find those of others. Unlike Facebook or MySpace, myExperiment fully understands the needs ofthe researcher and makes it really easy for the next generation of scientists to contribute to a pool of scientific methods, build communities and form relationships - reducing time-to-experiment, sharing expertise and avoiding reinvention. myExperiment is now the largest public repository of scientific workflows.

If you would like to attend please e-mail: m.griffiths@sheffield.ac.uk


Internet Based Video Conferencing and Collaborative Applications Demonstration Using Access Grid

As part of our activities to promote research computing services at The University
of Sheffield and within the White Rose Grid we are providing a user demonstration of internet based video conferencing and collaborative applications using Access grid.

The session will be chaired by Professor Peter Ainsworth and there will be demonstrations of
1. Virtual Vellum (Mike Meredith WRG sheffield)
Virtual Vellum and Access Grid

2. Collaborative Application usage with IBM deep computing visualisation (Paul Hatton University of Birmingham)
(this is basically a high performance technique for sharing desktop applications)

The event will involve participation from colleagues in the US, from STFC and IOCOM.

The event will take place on the 12th January 2010 from 1600 in Lecture Theatre B,
The Hicks Building.

If you would like to attend this meeting please e-mail
m.griffiths@sheffield.ac.uk

Also, please feel free to pass this link on to colleagues who may be interested in this event.


SEPTEMBER 2009: two short iceberg training courses planned.

Two '3-hours each' courses designed to help new users to iceberg are scheduled for September.

Please see section on Training for further details.


JULY 2009: Linux Group under USPACE "ClearSpace" and UBUNTU tests

USPACE
July 2009 has seen the release of a Collaboration Tool 'clearspace' under the name USpace as part of Sheffield University Service. This is a networking and collaboration tool that sits in proximity of FaceBook, Wiki, Blogspot, Document-Sharing types of concepts where like-minded people can talk to each other, collaborate and share information.

We now have a Linux Users Group under Uspace. Everyone are welcome 'and encouraged' to join this group which should become source of useful information for all iceberg users.


UBUNTU
As a result of work undertaken by the Linux Users Group, guide-lines for installing Ubuntu workstations and accessing 'iceberg' from them is now published at:
http://wrgrid.group.shef.ac.uk/ubuntu/index.html


Latest changes to 'iceberg' June,2009. Only use sftp and ssh to iceberg now.

During May/June 2009 we have been very busy upgrading the 'iceberg' cluster. This has improved the overall performance and particularly the parallel processing performance of the cluster as well as the resilience of the cluster as a whole.
We have finally implemented one of the long promised 'security' improvements by allowing only sftp and ssh methods of access to iceberg. Therefore the older telnet and ftp methods of access no longer works. Although sftp and ssh were the only recommended methods of access to iceberg, our longer established users may have been continuing to use telnet and ftp based clients and will now need to move onto ssh and sftp based clients.
The following URL lists some of the commonly used terminal access and file transfer clients, which may be a good resource to check if your current client will continue to work and if not what to replace it with.

Deniz's Connectivity Pages


Presentation by the Silicon Graphics on Cutting Edge Visualization Using the SGI VUE Software.

Date: Wednesday 25th February at 0930
Venue: Humanities Research Institute Access Grid Room

The Silicon Graphics visualization group are visiting the University of Sheffield on 25th February.
SGI will be providing a presentation on their recently launched cutting edge suite of visualization tools.

HPC wire report on the SGI VUE software

There will be a presentation at 0930 by Bob Pette, who leads the visualisation group.
Bob will be providing the presentation via access grid from University College London.

The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session lead by SGI.

The venue at Sheffield will be the humanities research institute
Directions to the HRI

If you would like to attend this meeting please e-mail
m.griffiths@sheffield.ac.uk

The e-Science Collaborative Workshop

Thursday 13th November 2008
Venue: ICOSS The University of Sheffield


A workshop on digital curation and research data management. Organised with the Digital Curation Centre.

Workshop slides


Forthcoming CIC's Training Events in High Performance and Grid Computing at The University of Sheffield

The following Sessions in High Performance and grid computing will be held during July and August 2008.


CIC6001a:Introduction to Linux and UNIX 29 Jul, 2008 9:30-12:30

CIC6001b:Gettting Started with High Performance and Grid Computing on Iceberg 31 Jul,2008 9:30-12:30

CIC6007a:Introduction to Matlab 5 Aug,2008 9:30-16:30

To register to attend these sessions, please use the Learning Management System. Full instructions may be found under the training tab on these pages.

For any enquiries or further information please e-mail
m.griffiths@sheffield.ac.uk


September, 8th-11th, 2008, UK E-SCIENCE 2008 MEETING at The University of Edinburgh, UK.

This year's UK e-Science All Hands Meeting will be held at the University of Edinburgh, 8th-11th September 2008.
The goal of the meeting is to provide a forum in which information on e-Science projects from all disciplines can be communicated and where the capabilities being developed within projects can be demonstrated.
You can register at http://www.allhands.org.uk/2008/registration/index.cfm

AHM 2008 will begin on the evening of Monday 7th September with a programme of mini-symposia. The main conference programme will begin on Tuesday 8th September and end early afternoon on Thursday 11th September.
The provisional programme is online at http://www.allhands.org.uk/2008/programme/index.cfm

Further details about the event can be found at www.allhands.org.uk
There will be demonstrations of the E-Science work being conducted at Sheffield University.
Any user from The University of Sheffield wishing to publicise their projects at this meeting or requiring further information can contact:
M.Griffiths@sheffield.ac.uk


The White Rose Grid workshop:
e-Science Challenges and Perspectives

Date & time: Thursday 27th March 2008 from 10:15 to 15:00
Venue: University of Leeds

An internal e-Science workshop has been
organised by the White Rose Grid e-Science Centre.
The workshop will be held on 27th March 2008 at the University of Leeds. The
aim of this event is to examine how some of our projects address e-Science
challenges. Attached please find a provisional programme.

The workshop will offer you an opportunity to learn more about current
e-Research projects and talk directly to researchers developing and applying
advanced computational technologies.


Workshop on The TAVERNA Workflow Workbench
(28th January 2008)

This workshop on The TAVERNA workflow workbench
was given by Franck Tanoh from the MyGrid Project Team at the University of Manchester (28th January 2008). The workshop was hosted by the White Rose Grid e-Science Centre and the Informatics Collaboratory of the Social Sciences (ICOSS) at The University of Sheffield.

Course Material is Available from The Links Below

Introduction to Mygrid (Powerpoint Presentation)
Course Exercises for Taverna(Powerpoint Presentation)
Taverna Download Site
NAG Nortwest Seminar: Mathematics and Technology for Optimised Performance ( 28 November 2007 )

This seminar is going to be held at University of Manchester on 28th of November 2007 and it is free to attend. Places are limited and early booking is strongly advised.
For further information and registration visit this link


September, 11th-13th, 2007, UK E-SCIENCE 2007 MEETING in Nottingham, UK.

This year's UK e-Science All Hands Meeting will be held at the East-Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham, 10th-13th September 2007.
The goal of the meeting is to provide a forum in which information on e-Science projects from all disciplines can be communicated and where the capabilities being developed within projects can be demonstrated.
You can register at http://www.allhands.org.uk/registration/delegate-registration.cfm

AHM 2007 will begin on the evening of Monday 10th September with a programme of mini-symposia. The main conference programme will begin on Tuesday 11th September and end early afternoon on Thursday 13th September.
The provisional programme is online at http://www.allhands.org.uk/programme/index.cfm

Further details about the event can be found at www.allhands.org.uk
There will be demonstrations of the E-Science work being conducted at Sheffield University.
Any user from The University of Sheffield wishing to publicise their projects at this meeting or requiring further information can contact:
M.Griffiths@sheffield.ac.uk


September 10th-12th, SUN GRID ENGINE WORKSHOP in Regensburg, Germany

The workshop offers a venue for exchanging experiences among users, discuss needs with their peers and for getting in direct touch with the developers to give feedback and to receive an update on the most recent and coming enhancements ( further details ).

There will also be a presentation of the EASA-Portal/Sun Grid Engine integration work carried out by the Sheffield University HPC team.

Thursday 13th November 2008
Venue: ICOSS The University of Sheffield

A workshop on digital curation and research data management. Organised with the Digital Curation Centre.


Workshop slides


Forthcoming CIC's Training Events in High Performance and Grid Computing at The University of Sheffield

The following Sessions in High Performance and grid computing will be held during July and August 2008.

  •  
  • CIC6001a:Introduction to Linux and UNIX 29 Jul, 2008 9:30-12:30
  •  
  • CIC6001b:Gettting Started with High Performance and Grid Computing on Iceberg 31 Jul,2008 9:30-12:30
  •  
  • CIC6007a:Introduction to Matlab 5 Aug,2008 9:30-16:30
  •  


To register to attend these sessions, please use the Learning Management System. Full instructions may be found under the training tab on these pages.

For any enquiries or further information please e-mail
m.griffiths@sheffield.ac.uk


September, 8th-11th, 2008, UK E-SCIENCE 2008 MEETING at The University of Edinburgh, UK.

This year's UK e-Science All Hands Meeting will be held at the University of Edinburgh, 8th-11th September 2008.
The goal of the meeting is to provide a forum in which information on e-Science projects from all disciplines can be communicated and where the capabilities being developed within projects can be demonstrated.
You can register at http://www.allhands.org.uk/2008/registration/index.cfm

AHM 2008 will begin on the evening of Monday 7th September with a programme of mini-symposia. The main conference programme will begin on Tuesday 8th September and end early afternoon on Thursday 11th September.
The provisional programme is online at http://www.allhands.org.uk/2008/programme/index.cfm

Further details about the event can be found at www.allhands.org.uk
There will be demonstrations of the E-Science work being conducted at Sheffield University.
Any user from The University of Sheffield wishing to publicise their projects at this meeting or requiring further information can contact:
M.Griffiths@sheffield.ac.uk


The White Rose Grid workshop:
e-Science Challenges and Perspectives

Date & time: Thursday 27th March 2008 from 10:15 to 15:00
Venue: University of Leeds

An internal e-Science workshop has been
organised by the White Rose Grid e-Science Centre.
The workshop will be held on 27th March 2008 at the University of Leeds. The
aim of this event is to examine how some of our projects address e-Science
challenges. Attached please find a provisional programme.

The workshop will offer you an opportunity to learn more about current
e-Research projects and talk directly to researchers developing and applying
advanced computational technologies.

Provisional Programme [pdf]


NAG Nortwest Seminar: Mathematics and Technology for Optimised Performance ( 28 November 2007 )

This seminar is going to be held at University of Manchester on 28th of November 2007 and it is free to attend. Places are limited and early booking is strongly advised.
For further information and registration visit this link