Archive for August 2015

MATLAB news digest & upcoming webinars

For those of you that use MATLAB, you may be interested in the August MATLAB news digest which contains news and developments for the MATLAB and Simulink community.

You may also be interested in some upcoming MATLAB Webinars taking place throughout the next month.

Windows 10 now supported on the student TCDconnect service

We have completed testing Windows 10 on the student TCDconnect service and it is now possible to register devices running Windows 10, meaning students can connect such devices to the student Wi-Fi or wired networks.

To connect your Windows 10 device to TCDconnect you will need to have the latest security updates and a supported antivirus application, such as Windows Defender which comes already installed on Windows 10. When you are registering your device you will be provided with steps to update Windows if necessary. If you need any assistance with the process you can book into a Network Clinic. Please see our TCDconnect web pages for more information.

Devices running Windows 10 cannot yet be connected to the staff Wi-Fi network or the wired data network in Trinity offices and labs.  We are currently testing this new operating system for compatibility with our business applications, systems and networks and to ensure it will meet our IT security standards.

Invite to NIDays Graphical System Design Conference, 3rd Nov, London

The information below is provided by National Instruments:

NI would like to invite you to NIDays London, the free multi-track Graphical System Design Conference. Join over 600 innovators, industry experts and NI employees in London to explore latest trends and technologies in design, test and control. Learn how NI technology can save you time and money without sacrificing flexibility and longevity.

Top 5 Reaons to Attend NIDays London
1.Inspirational keynote address from Professor Danielle George, University of Manchester, presenter of the 2014 Ri CHRISTMAS LECTURES
2.18 influential guest presenters from industry and academia
3.Over 60 hours of technical content across 7 application specific tracks
4.Meet with technology experts on our industry and academic exhibitions
5.Over 13 hours of introductory hands-on training

For more information please see

MATLAB and Simulink Webinars for Academia – Upcoming Webinars

Integrating MATLAB into your C/C++ Product Development Workflow (Free) – Details here.

PID Control Made Easy (Free) – Details here.

Signal Processing and Machine Learning Techniques for Sensor Data Analytics (Free) – Details here.

New to MATLAB? – Learn interactively, at your own pace, with MATLAB Academy. – Details here.

Can’t Attend? Recordings of these webinars will be posted within a week of the live session.
You can view these recorded webinars and many others, for free at – Details here.


2015 Wolfram Technology Conference

Early Bird pricing ends soon for the 2015 Wolfram Technology Conference! Register by August 14 for the best price: Details here

Join us October 20-22 for:

* Extensive opportunities to interact with the creators of
Wolfram’s world-leading, innovative technologies. Hear directly
from developers about recent advancements that will save you
time, money, and effort.

* Intensive pre-conference training and hands-on instruction for
implementing these new capabilities.

* The chance to talk shop with people who get it. Connect with
your colleagues and Wolfram staff in topic-based “Meet-Ups,”
networking events, and roundtable discussions.

Your expertise and insight would be a welcome addition to this year’s conference–and we’re sure you’ll find the unique, multidisciplinary program to be stimulating and immediately applicable to your work.

Featured topics include:

Data science & visualization
Connected devices
Mobile & cloud deployment
Software development
Computational finance
System modeling & simulation
Signal & image processing
Educational technology
And many other fields

Register by August 14 to save $100:
Details here

Make your arrangements now to join us at our headquarters in Champaign, Illinois, USA. See you in October!

The Wolfram Events Team


IS Services – We are Changing

Information Systems Services are re-structuring and as part of this we are changing our department name.  The restructuring, as recommended by the START (Supports in Trinity Administrative Review and Transformation) Programme, is to allow us to realise our potential to deliver more timely, effective, efficient and supportive services to the Trinity community.

From the beginning of the new 2015-16 academic year the department name will be ‘IT Services’ and our Helpdesk will also be changing and will be known as the ‘IT Service Desk’.  Over the coming weeks you will start to see our new name reflected in our communications and at our new website address

During this transition period our contact details will remain the same, as outlined at

We will keep you informed as we progress through this change.

John Murphy
IT Services

Replacement of Windows 2003 Servers

Within IT Services, particularly within our Management Services area, the primary focus over the last few months has been the migration of many services f to new environments as Windows 2003 was de-supported by Microsoft.

This project involved not only migrating and upgrading many applications, it also involved an Oracle Database upgrade and the re-write and streamlining of many complex interfaces between services. Below is some detail on the work that has been done to date:

1. Applications that service the following areas have been migrated and upgraded
Student Health Centre (Helix Health)
Counselling (Titanium)
School of Nursing (Arc system)

2. TCD Local Portal applications
The migration of functionality from the Oracle based Windows 2003 environment to a new Oracle based Windows 2012 environment was completed on Tuesday (28th July). This work is the culmination of the implementation of Oracle 12C and a new Oracle based TCD Local portal environment – Oracle Web Logic. Following the environment upgrade to ensure services could continue to operate the applications listed below were also upgraded:

Research Support System (RSS)
Telephone Billing
Telephone Directory
Asset Register
Travel Insurance form
FTSE system
Student Archive

The go-live of all of the above applications was coordinated carefully as the project could not accommodate their migration in a piecemeal manner. The legacy servers will be retired over the next few weeks.

3. Systems Interfaces
Alongside the above upgrades and migrations, a number of key systems interfaces were re-designed and consolidated in order to obtain efficiencies in their deployment and ongoing maintenance. The staging of the interfaces was designed such that the data therein can be used by as many downstream systems as possible.

4. Systems Retirements
A number of servers and systems were retired completely. These included legacy servers related to Coda which has been replaced by Oracle Financials. There was some further facilitation work conducted with the Financial Services Division in respect of migration to a new file server.

5. Ongoing work
In order to bring this project to a final conclusion, the following systems continue to be worked on:

• Library Manuscript system (CALM)
• School of Nursing Attendance Service
• Interfaces to SITS
• Extra Mural course server
• Staff and student ID card interfaces
This was complex project and required extensive coordination both within IT Services ad also in many cases, extensive liaison with systems owners across Trinity. We thank everyone who enabled this project to succeed.