New Starters in Research IT


We have recently welcomed two new members of staff to the Research IT team.  Jim McGrath and David Mawdsley have both joined as Research Software Engineers.

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Research IT Expertise Helps Human Brain Simulation


Research IT has been providing the SpiNNaker project with research software engineer (RSE) expertise to help them simulate billions of simple neurons in order to create brain inspired computing systems.

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Replacing IT kit? Be careful what you throw out


All staff and researchers are responsible for ensuring that any private data is kept secure, and IT Services can help you do that with your old computer equipment.

Throwing an old hard drive or computer in the bin or leaving it a loading bay, risks exposing confidential information to someone with malicious intentions. It’s usually possible to recover deleted files, and often possible to retrieve information from a faulty hard drive.

The consequences of this can be catastrophic; the University could be fined up to £500,000 for a serious breach of the Data Protection Act. There’s also the possibility of confidential research data being exposed, and personal or reputational damage.

Don’t risk it.

If you have any old laptops, computer hard drives, USB drives, DVDs or even dusty old floppy disks to dispose of, bring them to B29 Pariser Building or the Kilburn Building IT Support Centre, where all the data will be securely deleted and processed appropriately.

You can can even bring old keyboards, mice and other small peripherals, but please speak to a colleague in the IT Support Centre first if you need to dispose of larger items such as desktop PCs, monitors or printers, as they may need to collect these from you.

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Note for staff and researchers in labs: If your IT equipment is currently in a lab which requires decontamination before disposal, please ensure this takes place before you remove it.

UK Data Service Open Data Dive


The UK Data Service and Digital Innovation are running an intense all-day hackathon on Saturday 24 September at The Shed at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU).

The UK Data Service Open Data Dive aims to bring together coders, data enthusiasts, graphic designers, project managers and pizza lovers into the same room to hunt down, crunch and beautify open social and economic data.

The Open Data Dive is free to attend and open to everyone. Free lunch and drinks will be provided.

Newcomers are welcome and there will be data specialists and programmers from the UK Data Service on hand to provide support and help. During the day, short parallel workshops will run on finding and understanding data, using APIs and big data.

For more information and registration follow the links below.


An Elementary Introduction to the Wolfram Language


Join Wolfram Training for  free online training series based on Stephen Wolfram’s book An Elementary Introduction to the Wolfram Language. Each session covers different chapters from the book in depth and explores additional examples and exercises. Learn how to perform calculations, manipulate images, analyze real-world data, and even deploy your own cloud apps with the powerful and elegant Wolfram Language. And don’t miss out on the opportunity for interactive Q&A with the host, Wolfram Language veteran Dave Withoff.

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Application for Machine Time – 6th Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessor Access Programme


The Hartree Centre is pleased to announce a sixth programme of access to its Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessor cluster.

This is for projects from academia and industry that would like to experiment with their code on this exciting new architecture.

The sixth phase covers the period between Monday 25th July and Friday 21st October 2016.

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