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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.

Café Conversations: Decolonizing Artificial Intelligence

20th January 2021, 11:00 to 12:00

Building on last term's interdisciplinary discussions of machine learning and data science, and our workshop on Decolonising Research Practice, we'll discuss how is AI biased? Does it reinforce colonial patterns and processes? What can be done about this?

Durham Research Methods Centre, Advanced Research Computing and the Research Data Management Team invite you to join a weekly series of cross-disciplinary conversations on research methods. The conversations are an opportunity to meet colleagues from across departments who share an interest in practical and fundamental research methods topics. We hope conversation will stimulate research methods development.

The conversations are held each Wednesday, 11:00-12:00, on the Teams Research Methods Café Conversations channel. Once you’ve joined the channel, you’ll see the meeting, and you can view its details and add it to your own calendar if you wish.

Post-graduates and staff from across the University are welcome.

For details of this and other conversations visit the Café Conversations page.