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News and Features
News and Features
Laser technique opens door to effective global carbon dioxide reduction and clean fuel production
UK scientists have developed a new approach using lasers that opens the door to finding an efficient way to convert waste carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas, into a clean fuel.
SCD's Head of Data helps lead European open data project
Our Head of Data Division, Dr Juan Bicarregui, has been elected to the executive board of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), a project aiming to make all data produced by publically-funded research available to everyone.
Most detailed picture yet of UK's future climate
The UK's most comprehensive picture yet of how the climate could change over the next century has been launched today.
Scientific Computing Department team to manage new national research facility
Researchers in the UK will soon be able to make better use of data through a new national research facility
Computational science being used to improve Oxfordshire's infrastructure management
A team of STFC scientists will soon be using cutting-edge computer simulations to see if Oxfordshire’s transport and healthcare infrastructures could run more efficiently.
Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2018
Congratulations to this year's winners of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Ada Lovelace Day 2018
Today is Ada Lovelace Day, an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering, maths – and computing!
News in Brief - July & August 2018
This summer has been very busy for the Scientific Computing Department (SCD) with international conferences, summer schools and student training high on the agenda for many of us. Here is a snapshot of what we’ve been up to.
UK scientists celebrate the first observation of the long-sought decay of the Higgs boson
UK particle physicists are celebrating that the ATLAS Collaboration experiment at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has – at long last – observed the Higgs boson decaying into a pair of bottom (b) quarks.
News in brief - May & June 2018
Computational science has featured strongly in conferences at home and internationally during this period. Here are just a few that we have been involved in:
'Good, bad and beautiful' challenges feature at technology conference
Chris Oliver and James Hannah from the Scientific Computing Department recently attended the Continuous Lifecycle conference at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in London. Here Chris gives a brief account of the proceedings:
Large data challenges and latest developments - ISC 2018
ISC High Performance 2018, Europe’s largest supercomputing conference and exhibition, returned to Frankfurt this year and was buzzing with the energy and enthusiasm of people excited about the science, the products and the ideas being presented.
Third Annual JASMIN User Conference
Scientists using the UK’s largest environmental super computer and data store gathered this week (27-28 June) to share their experiences of big data environmental science.
Asian influences: exchanging knowledge in computational science
Tom Byrne, Rob Appleyard and Catalin Condurache, all from the Systems Division, have been extending SCD's international reach by giving talks, exchanging knowledge and making new contacts in Taipei and Beijing.
News in brief - March & April 2018
The European Open Science Cloud, e-Infrastucture, workshops and awards feature in this latest news round-up.
Meet our Apprentices
Each year the Scientific Computing Department employs a number of apprentices who will receive 'on-the-job' training to develop their careers.
Upgrade to UK environmental science super computer will make it twice as capable
A major upgrade is being made to double the storage available in the UK's leading environmental science supercomputer.
News in brief - February 2018
Professor Todorov; Machine Learning; Workshops, Debates and Events
First International Research Software Engineers Workshop inspires US research leaders to visit Oxfordshire research facilities.
Following the first international conference and workshop for leaders of Research Software Engineering groups, held in London at the end of January, representatives from the USA decided to extend their visit to view some of the UK's national facilities.
STFC e-infrastructure strategy - enabling the UK knowledge economy
Over 100,000 UK scientists, from both academia and industry, rely upon digital or ‘e’ infrastructure to extract value and knowledge from experimental data. This knowledge underpins the UK economy, facilitating growth, job creation and innovation.
News in brief - January 2018
Funding for UK Tier Zero, Computing Insight UK, milestones and achievements
DAFNI Development Roadmap and Engagement Event
The DAFNI (Data and Analytics Facility for National Infrastructure) programme moved on a stage this week with a stakeholder engagement event at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxfordshire.
Introducing the Freya Project
The world contains vast amounts of digital information which is growing faster and being accessed more frequently than ever before.
R&D 100 Award for pioneering work with environmental science data
Congratulations to the Centre for Environmental Data Analysis (CEDA), based within RAL Space at STFC's Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, for their role in winning a prestigious R&D 100 award.
STFC at the first European Open Science Cloud Forum
Over 300 people gathered in Brussels this week for the first European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) Stakeholder Forum.
Follow the Blue Bear to SC17...
STFC at the world's largest Supercomputing Conference
Eight new PhD training centres to boost UK's data science expertise
Data intensive science in the UK has received a major boost thanks to an investment of almost £10million to train the next generation of experts in this important research area.
Government officials visit Scientific Computing's data centre
A group of science and policy advisers from The Treasury and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have spent some time in our data centre.
British scientist scoops Nobel Prize for revolutionary microscope
4 October 2017 - British biochemist Professor Richard Henderson has today been awarded a Nobel Prize in Chemistry, alongside Professors Jacques Dubochet and Joachim Frank, for their pioneering work with cool microscope technology.
New UK centre of excellence is formed to strengthen and develop partnerships in software for scientific research
7 September 2017 - A long‐standing partnership between UK research councils took a significant leap forward today with the formation of a new centre of excellence for computational science.
Visitors flock to Open Day
STFC's Scientific Computing Department opened its doors at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) today, to give members of the public a chance to see some of our remarkable computing power and a peek at the visualisation work we do.
Groundbreaking computer software to improve UK resilience to extreme events
A powerful computer system capable of revolutionising the UK’s ability to plan for extreme events, such as flooding and power outages, is being designed as part of a government scheme to make the nation’s infrastructure more resilient.
ISC Conference 2017
STFC's Scientific Computing Department (SCD) and the Hartree Centre were at the ISC High Performance Computing Conference in Frankfurt this month.
Managing Data from the Astra Gemini and Vulcan Lasers
Each time the Central Laser Facility (CLF) fires one of its lasers it generates data which needs to be stored ready for analysis of laser shot trends and behaviour, energy delivered, any variations in the laser beam and a variety of other information.
STFC Hartree Centre receives Royal seal of approval
HRH Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, has officially opened the new Hartree Centre building at Sci-Tech Daresbury.
Hundreds of thousands of images turned into 3D reconstructions in ULTRA fast time
UK researchers have developed a new way of processing hundreds of thousands of images of a rotating object such that they can then turn them into a complete 3D visual reconstruction of the subject with unprecedented detail.
Daresbury Campus the most innovative in the UK
Sci-Tech Daresbury has been named as the science campus making the most significant contribution to innovation in the UK.
SCD News Roundup
Monthly highlights from the Scientific Computing Department
Scientific Computing Department Strategy 2017-2021
Robert Courts MP visits STFC Scientific Computing Department
Oxfordshire MP Robert Courts visited our scientific computing facilities at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) this month, to find out about the educational activities, training opportunities and skilled jobs that we provide.
JET graduates tour SCD Data-Centre
STFC scientific computing graduates hosted a visit earlier this month from graduates based at the Joint European Torus (JET) in the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy.
Happy 5th Birthday JASMIN!
Environmental Data - JASMIN
JASMIN is half super-computer and half data-centre and provides a globally unique platform at STFC, hosted for computing and storing UK and European environmental science data.
EOSC Pilot Launch
Supercomputing Conference 2016
Scientific Computing Department at the world’s largest super-computing conference