"Partnerships in research software"
The Computational Science Centre for Research Communities (CoSeC) supports the advancement of scientific research by developing and strengthening software to analyse and solve increasingly complex problems in multiple disciplines - physics, chemistry, life sciences, engineering, and more.
Funded by EPSRC, MRC, and BBSRC, we also provide
a hub for exchanging knowledge and expertise through training and
outreach. Long-term partnerships and collaborations with universities
and other research establishments are at the heart of what we do.
Together, we convey longevity to the software and expertise that,
alongside continued advancement of computational hardware and the
nurturing of strong collaborations, provide what is necessary for
scientific communities to flourish.
This work differs depending on the needs of the community:
- Development of theory, algorithms, and software: This is a key element of support for many current projects, resulting in long-term, continued expansion and updating of the software programs. It may include the consolidation of existing codes into a more sustainable community software package
- User support and training: This includes individual support and training as well as help to organise and conduct events such as workshops, summer schools and study weekends. Support for Centres of Doctoral Training is also offered
- Outreach and promotion of computational science and engineering activities: facilitate the exchange of expertise, and tools, reaching out to new communities, including experimentalists and industry, nationally and world-wide
- Collaboration on scientific projects: working together with scientists in the communities to advance scientific research and help nurture projects and develop new opportunities
- Porting, optimisation, and benchmarking on local and national computing platforms including High Performance Computing (HPC) and new architectures: evaluation of new hardware and software technologies
- Maintenance, distribution, license management, dissemination and demonstration of software
- Management of scientific data: This includes activities such as, for example, the development of visualisation and workflow management tools, database and archiving, and verification and validation activities
- Co-ordinate and nurture existing and new communities, from practical tasks such as organising community meetings, to representing the communities in strategic activities in the UK Research Councils and abroad.
Project Office Manager
All activities of CoSeC are co-ordinated from the Project Office which is managed by Damian Jones.
The Project Office remit includes the collection and collation of data for the mid-term and annual CoSeC reports, monitoring of effort bookings and spend, monitoring of progress against project job plans and milestones, support for funded CCP and HEC conferences and workshops, monitoring of the SLA allocation on ARCHER, and advice to increase the impact and dissemination of the work completed using CoSeC funding through the Impact Manager Marion O'Sullivan. Ongoing support for the CoSeC project web sites is provided through the Project Office and by the Research Infrastructure Group at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.