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Durham University

Advanced Research Computing

Advanced Research Computing

Advanced Research Computing (ARC) is a dedicated computing support unit within the Research Division of the University. We support academic researchers in all faculties across the University, where there is a requirement for the use of computers as part of their research. We provide facilities and expertise, connect people across different disciplines, and build on the services provided by Computing and Information Services. Our range of activity extends from simple coding assistance through to supporting computationally intensive research requiring High Performance Computing.

Northern Intensive Computing Environment

The N8 Centre of Excellence in Computationally Intensive Research, N8 CIR, has been awarded £3.1m from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Resources Council to establish a new Tier 2 computing facility in the north of England. This investment will be matched by £5.3m from the eight universities in the N8 Research Partnership which will fund operational costs and dedicated research software engineering support.

The new facility, known as the Northern Intensive Computing Environment or NICE, will be housed at Durham University and co-located with the existing STFC DiRAC Memory Intensive National Supercomputing Facility. NICE will be based on the same technology that is used in current world-leading supercomputers and will extend the capability of accelerated computing. The technology has been chosen to combine experimental, modelling and machine learning approaches and to bring these specialist communities together to address new research challenges.

Click here for more information on NICE19.

News & Events

Version Control with Git and GitHub

24th September 2020, 09:30 to 12:30, Alison Clarke

Version control is the lab notebook of the digital world: it’s what professionals use to keep track of what they’ve done and to collaborate with other people.Every large software development project relies on it, and most programmers use it for their small jobs as well. And it isn’t just for software: books, papers, small data sets, and anything that changes over time or needs to be shared can and should be stored in a version control system.

In this hands-on session we’ll be getting to grips with the Git version control system. We’ll set it up, learn how to keep track of changes, how to use GitHub to collaborate with others, and how to resolve conflicts. If time allows we’ll move on to discussing Open Data and citation.

The course will make use of a lesson from https://software-carpentry.org/

Sign up and find more information here.

Due to the uncertainty with COVID-19 and the University closure, this course will be scheduled online. Your course provider will contact you with their preferred app that they’ll be using to run this. If the University re-opens on 24th September, the training will take place in TLC205 on the 2nd floor of the Teaching & Learning Centre, South Road.