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Short IT training courses for staff and postgrads

The IS Services Schedule of IT Training Courses for April – June 2014 are available for bookings now at http://isservices.tcd.ie/training/

Courses are available in a wide range of areas including:

•             Planning Thesis Production Using MS Word

•             Data Processing Using Excel

•             Data Management Using Access

•             Maintaining College Websites

•             Photoshop

•             Effective Presentations Using PowerPoint

•             Online Surveys using Survey Monkey.

The number of places on these courses is limited so early booking via our website is advised.

TCHPC: February 2014 training courses

The Trinity Centre for High Performance Computing (TCHPC – http://www.tchpc.tcd.ie/) provides advanced computing (Linux and HPC), data management, visualisation and software development facilities and expertise for Irish researchers from all disciplines.

Please see the following link for information regarding the February training courses. http://www.tchpc.tcd.ie/node/1106.

Short IT courses for staff and postgrads

IS Services January-March 2014  Schedule of IT Training Courses The IS Services Schedule of IT Training Courses are available for bookings now at http://isservices.tcd.ie/training/

Courses are available in a wide range of areas including:

             Planning Thesis Production Using MS Word

             Data Processing Using Excel

             Data Management Using Access

             Maintaining College Websites

             Photoshop

             Effective Presentations Using PowerPoint

             Online Surveys using Survey Monkey.

The number of places on these courses is limited so early booking via our website is advised.

Welcome from the Director of IS Services …

A warm welcome to the new academic year from IS Services. As staff and students are settling into the new term, we would like to take a few moments to share current news about IT topics that might help make an easy transition from Summer into the new term.

The College community has seen a large volume of fraudulent emails in recent weeks and, in particular, over the Summer. In this newsletter, we will inform you about phishing, and provide a few tips and some practical
advice on how to spot a phishing message and how to avoid it.

The most basic and important note is that IS Services will never ask you for your username and password through an email message.

With these recent phishing attacks in mind, it is worth noting the development of a password recovery service for students. With this secure service, students will be able to change their password through a web browser, have details sent to their mobile phone and confirmation emails sent to an email address of their choice. Staff can manage their network login passwords through TCD Password Manager. Students and staff can visit mypassword.tcd.ie for full options on managing passwords.

Students can get fast, secure Internet access for their computer and mobile devices with TCDconnect. Instructions on registering for TCDconnect here. In this newsletter, you will read about the latest developments to the TCDconnect service.

New students may find more information about College IT services on our new student web pages.

Also in this newsletter, we will release news of a major Mobility initiative, as well as highlight improvements to Audio Visual and Media Services equpiment across campus. As always, we encourage you to stay on top of service news and improvements by visiting our website. Thank you and best best wishes for the coming year!

Short IT courses schedule (Michelmas 2013)

Brush up your IT skills this Autumn.  The Michelmas Term schedule of short IT courses run by IS Services for staff and postgraduates is now available.  See all of the details at the IT Training Resources section of our website.

Dates are also available for St James Hospital at http://isservices.tcd.ie/training/stjames.php

 

Wolfram Image Processing Virtual Workshop

The following is an announcement from Wolfram Training:

Join us online at the free Wolfram Image Processing Virtual Workshop 2013 for talks on practically every aspect of Mathematica’s image processing capabilities. Take a deeper look into 3D data, create fun and robust image processing applications, and learn how to process and analyze images quickly. Experts will be on hand for extended Q&A.

Wolfram Image Processing Virtual Workshop 2013 Tuesday, June 25 5-7pm GMT

See event details and register today:

http://www.wolfram.com/training/special-event/wolfram-image-processing-virtual-workshop-2013

Regards,

Wolfram Training

HPRC Training Courses in July 2013

The HPRC unit (High Performance and Research Computing) will be running the following training courses in July 2013:

  • An Introduction to Scientific Visualisation
  • An Introduction to Linux Command-Line

For further information please see the HPRC website.

Summer IT training courses

The Summer schedule of short IT courses run by IS Services for staff and postgraduate students of Trinity College is now available on the IS Services website. Places must be booked online and there is no charge for attendance. For full details please see our IT Training Resources section of the IS Services website.

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Defining high performance research computing at TCD

Computing plays an active role in our daily lives. Spreadsheets and search engines, email, mobile phones and tablets shape our lives and support the work we do. While we can clearly see the social impact of personal computing, there is a whole other world of technical and research computing that enables advances in science, engineering, medicine and the humanities.

High performance computing (HPC) harnesses the power of hundreds of computers at the same time to tackle a problem that is too complicated to be solved with a single computer and is used in many industries to avoid carrying out expensive or dangerous experiments. Research computing falls in the space between personal computing and HPC.  It facilitates the advancement of complex research and utilises computing services in ways that extend beyond simple spreadsheets and word documents.

 

HPRC in Trinity College

The High Performance and Research Computing unit (HPRC) in IS Services has been providing compute, data management and visualisation services for over 15 years.  Users of this service cover all three faculties, 16 schools and many of the College’s strategic research themes.

We are available to discuss any research and IT topics with students and research staff who may need to avail of HPRC services.  Drop into one of our workshops on the first Friday of every month from 11am to 12pm in the Lloyd Institute to see if we can help your work.


Service and Support for College

HPRC currently manage a range of compute clusters and storage systems for College generally and specific research groups. The Lonsdale and Kelvin computer systems are available for all members of the College community and their external collaborators. In recent times HPRC has become active in supporting the Digital Humanities and several major initiatives are now hosted by the unit including the Irish Chancery Letters, the Mary Martin Diary and the Library’s Digital Collections.

Also in 2012, the team became involved in two new data management projects for the Memory Research Unit in TCIN and the Motor Neurone Research group in the School of Medicine. Along with existing projects with the Prostate Cancer Research Consortium, TCIN’s MRI archive and the IMM, data management and long term storage have become key areas for HPRC over the last few years.


Teaching and Training

Teaching and training courses within HPRC supply research staff and students with a thorough understanding of computational techniques for science, engineering and the humanities.  To this end they provide for-credit teaching at postgraduate level in the School of Mathematics’ MSc in High Performance Computing as well as supervising student research projects.

The unit also provides an intensive week-long course in Risk Quantification as part of the School of Business’ MSc in Finance.

In addition, we hold half-day to week-long training courses on various topics throughout the year. You can find more information on these not-for-credit courses on our training resources page.


Research and Outreach

During the last year the team has been active in its own research in HPC tools and systems. The group were invited to present at the annual SLURM user meeting in Barcelona to users of open source software used in supercomputers. They have also been in discussions with European partners and some commercial organisations on a research programme around digital preservation and long-term storage using the Ceph platform.  Some staff in the unit are funded from external research funding.

The unit regularly hosts interns from other 3rd level institutions in Europe as part of their final year studies. These students have contributed to projects in Physics, Engineering, Finance, the Library and the Digital Repository of Ireland project.

Postgraduate Week 2013 – IT course notes & podcasts

Postgraduate Week is all about building the postgraduate community at TCD.  IS Services is here to help you and provide the tools you’ll need to be successful in that community.

Apart from the courses we’re hosting in support of Postgraduate Week, we hold courses throughout the year.  Can’t make one of our courses? We have podcasts available!

See our training resources page for topics covered in the podcasts, for course notes, and for a complete course schedule.

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