How fast can a T. rex run?

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Dr William Sellers from the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences has been hitting the headlines with his discovery that Tyrannosaurus rex was unable move faster than a gentle jog, let alone run.  The research looks extensively into the gait and biomechanics of the world’s most famous dinosaur and, using the external HPC resources accessed through and supported by Research IT, has created a new simulation model to test its findings.

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Upgrade to the iCSF

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Research IT are pleased to announce that thanks to further investment from IT Services, the popular interactive Computational Shared Facility (iCSF) will be upgraded over the summer.  Currently the iCSF has 64GB and 256GB RAM nodes (and a 2TB node) and it will be upgraded with six new high memory 256GB nodes. The high memory nodes allow much larger datasets to be processed then can usually be done on desktops and workstations.

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A New Way to Produce Research Papers

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David Mawdsley, a Research software engineer (RSE) in Research IT, presented at the recent Docker Containers for Reproducible Research Workshop (C4RR) organised by the Software Sustainability Institute.

His presentation described a new method of producing research papers using containerisation, which makes both the analysis and manuscript easy to produce and extend.  This can be used as a starting point for a new, versioned publication model, which will allow early publication of results and their incremental extension.

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Rapid Analysis of Video Data

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Traditionally the first step in interpreting video is to code it into a form that can be analysed systematically. The coding process is currently performed manually, and it can be slow and difficult, and biased by subjectivity.  David Mawdsley (Research IT) recently presented a poster at the first “Advances in Data Science” conference explaining how we are helping Dr Caroline Jay’s group develop a way to quickly code human behaviours allowing the rapid analysis of hours of video.

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Deadline for Research Infrastructure Procurement

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The University end of financial year is rapidly approaching and, as usual, Research IT anticipates making a procurement for the Central Shared Facility (CSF) and other Research Infrastructure platforms, such as the DPSF and iCSF, at this time.  Thank you to those researchers who have already committed funds!

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Data Visualization Equipment Expertise Available

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Touchscreens are very popular for research data visualization but any system deployed must work smoothly and intuitively.  There are a wide range of systems available – from expensive purpose-built systems for exhibitions to simple tablet/phone software options available for touching and manipulating data. How do you know which one to choose?

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