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Research IT walk-in workshop – Friday 4th September 11.00am-12.00pm

The IT Services Research IT group will hold an open drop-in session from 11am to 12pm in Room 2.12 Lloyd Building on Friday, 4th September.

Research IT provides Trinity researchers from all disciplines with the following services:

  • Advanced Computing
  • Data Management
  • Visualisation
  • Training
  • Software Development Facilities and Expertise

This workshop may be useful to staff and postgrads from all Faculties.

See here for more details on the workshop

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.

Research Data 
Migration successfully 

In December 2014, the HPRC team undertook an upgrade of the GPFS filesystem that is shared across several compute clusters.  The old hardware had been commissioned in 2008 and had recently suffered some failures, leaving the service highly at risk of losing research data.

Leveraging the College’s investment in Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), an additional 60 terabytes of storage was purchased and installed in the new VNX system. This storage was connected by fibre channel to the existing HPRC I/O servers to allow the migration of the data to occur.

One of the key features of GPFS is the ability to add and remove disks from the filesystem without interruption to service. Therefore the migration of the data could run in the background with no impact on users.

The upgrade was carried out as a three step process:
– Extend the filesystem by adding the new disks
– Migrate the data from the old to the new disks
– Remove the now empty old disks from the filesystem

It was agreed to undertake this large operation in the days before the Christmas holidays. Overnight between 22nd and 23rd December, approximately 11 terabytes  of data was migrated with no issues. Therefore, just before leaving for the holidays the migration of the remaining 25 terabytes of data was initiated. With a little remote babysitting over the holiday period the migration was completed without data loss or downtime.

Now all critical research data on the HPRC clusters is housed on new equipment with warranties and support contracts in place.  Overall the project saved College approximately €120k by saving on the purchase of a replacement standalone storage platform for the HPRC systems.

E-Governement awards for the Digital Repository of Ireland

IS Services wish to congratulate the Digital Repository of Ireland on their three E-Government awards for:

  • Open Source
  • Representing Ireland Overseas
  • Overall Winner

Winnters were annouched by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, at an event in Dublin Castle on Thursday, 29th January 2015.

The technical delivery of Digital Repository of Ireland is managed by the High Performance Research Computing team in IS Services.

HPRC walk-in workshop, Friday 3rd October

The IS Services High Performance and Research Computing Group (HPRC) are holding a drop-in session from 11am to 12pm on Friday, 3rd October in room 2.12 in the Lloyd building.

HPRC provides Trinity researchers from all disciplines with the following services:

  • Advanced Computing
  • Data Management
  • Visualisation
  • Training
  • Software Development Facilities and Expertise

The workshop may be useful to staff and postgrads who need assistance with the above.  See here for more details on the workshop.

HPRC walk-in workshop, 5th September, 11am-12pm

The IS Services High Performance & Research Computing group (HPRC – provides advanced computing (Linux and HPC), data management, visualisation and software development facilities and expertise for Irish researchers from all disciplines.

The HPRC group will be holding a Walk-In Workshop session on Friday 5th September between 11am and 12pm in the HPRC computer lab on the second floor of the Lloyd Building (room 2.12)

Light refreshments of tea/coffee/biscuits will be provided.


Focus of workshop

This month’s workshop is focused on:

* All disciplines:

* Do you run large calculations on your desktop?

– We can help by getting them to run on our High Performance Compute clusters

* Do you need help writing parallel code?

– You can get free access to support scientists who can help you. This scientist can be allocated to work with you or your research group on projects for up to three months in duration.

* Do you need help visualising results?

– We can provide advice on software (including bespoke visualisation software developed at HPRC) and facilities (3-D Visualisation Facility).



Researchers from all disciplines are welcome to come along.

Please let your colleagues know about the Workshop, as they may have some issue which turns out to be relevant for you.



Additional information

This will be an open session for people to come in and ask questions and get help in an informal setting.

Please note that this is _not_ a formal training session – you can drop in at any time during the workshop with a question for 5 minutes and then leave (hopefully happy!).

HPRC staff members will be on hand to discuss any problems with you. Light refreshments of tea/coffee/biscuits will be provided.


See for more details.

Venue: The HPRC computer lab on the second floor of the Lloyd Building (room 2.12)


Time: 11am – 12pm on Friday 5th September

Contact information:

What’s at the UK Geospatial User Group Meeting for You?

The UK Geospatial User Group, run by Sterling Geo, is a training event that allows you to develop your knowledge of ERDAS IMAGINE, ERDAS APOLLO, Intergraph Geomedia and the rest of the Hexagon portfolio.  It is the perfect event for lecturers, researchers and IT specialists as the entire Sterling Geo team will be on hand to answer your questions such as:

  • Can I use CHEST licences at home?
  • Could distance learning students benefit from the agreement?
  • How do I get support on a regular basis?
  • What are the options for visiting lectures from experts within the field?
  • How can I license the software to maximise flexibility and minimise effort?
  • Are there plans to evolve the agreement and increase the potential value to individual universities?

Running on 23-24 September 2014 at Eynsham Hall in Oxfordshire the event has a packed agenda including:

  • Presentations on future developments from our product management team and our experts in the field
  • Workshops and briefings from Sterling Geo’s and Intergraph’s software specialists
  • Demonstrations on the latest technical developments in the popular Innovation Centre

In addition, find out about our plans for CHEST next year including the 2015 product portfolio, a new range of teaching materials we’re producing for you and sources of information on best practice.

The cost of the two-day event including accommodation and meals is only £130 + VAT.  Places are limited and so early booking is advised.  You can book here:

HPRC walk-in workshop for students and research staff

High Performance Research Computing (HPRC) is hosting a walk-in workshop this Friday, 4th April 12pm to 1pm, in Room 2.12 Lloyd Building.

Staff will be on-hand to discuss any research or IT-related topics with students and research staff who may need to avail of HPRC services. This workshop is designed to provide help and takes places in an informal setting; we have tea and light refreshments (read: tea/coffee/biscuits).

For more details see the HPRC website.

Wolfram summer programs

Learn Something New This Summer

Summer is just around the corner, and Wolfram has plenty of programs to keep you busy. Whether you are a high school student, graduate student, or researcher, we have a program for you! Check out our programs below so you can continue to grow your Mathematica knowledge through the summer.

Wolfram Programs

It’s time to apply for the Mathematica Summer Camp 2014. The camp is being held at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts, July 6-18. Students will have the opportunity to learn Mathematica’s computing language, work with Wolfram mentors, and interact with other students with similar interests. By the end of camp, each student will have created his or her very own Mathematica program! For more information and to apply, please go

The 2014 Wolfram Science Summer School (June 29-July 18) is a chance for highly motivated individuals to get involved with research at the frontiers of science. Participants include undergraduate and graduate students, professors, industry professionals, and artists with a common interest in exploring cutting-edge ideas based on Stephen Wolfram’s book, “A New Kind of Science.” If accepted to the summer school, you will work directly with individuals in the Wolfram Science community, including Stephen Wolfram and instructors who have made contributions to NKS, Mathematica, and Wolfram|Alpha. For more information and to apply, please go here:

Mathematica-Sponsored Programs

Timberlake (Portugal) and IST (UTL) are jointly organizing a summer school with the theme: Information Security (InfoSec) Summer School using Mathematica. The course is designed for managers, data-security-conscious professionals, and PhD and final-year MSc students. The course will be taught in English.
The program will be held July 7-10 at Instituto Superior Técnico-Lisbon, Portugal. Please visit:

Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics is an intensive six-week encounter with college-level mathematics for talented and highly motivated high school students. This program will be held June 29-August 9, 2014. For more information about their program, please visit:

For students age 11-14 who show high promise and love mathematics, there is Math Path Advanced Summer Camp, held this year at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA from June 29 to July 27:

We look forward to seeing you at one or more of our programs this summer. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at

Wolfram Education Team

Exclusive pricing for European Wolfram Technology Conference, 27-28 May

The European Wolfram Technology Conference will be taking place in Frankfurt, Germany on 27-28

Though Early Bird registration has closed on the Wolfram website, they are offering employees and students of Trinity College Dublin a special discounted price.

Receiving the discount is easy.  Type “Mathematica EBR” in the comments field of the registration form to receive the following pricing: two-day conference including conference dinner, 27-28 May: €195+VAT instead of €250+VAT.

As well, they are still seeking user talk submissions. If you have a presentation idea, please submit it here: