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Research Software Engineering: a new profession for computer scientists

29 Maggio  2017, ore 15:30

Sala Seminari, 1° piano - Dipartimento di Informatica, Sistemistica e Comunicazione, Edificio U14 
Relatore/i: Filippo Spiga, University of Cambridge


The seminar is divided in two parts:


  • Research Computing in Cambridge: past, present and future

This presentation aims to introduce the Research Computing Services (RCS) division, part of the University Information Services (UIS) department of the University of Cambridge. The mission of the division is the delivery and support High Performance Computing, Big Data and OpenStack-based virtual resources for use by the broad University of Cambridge's research communities. RCS has grown from 4 to 20+ staff in 4 years, almost quatruplicated the amount of computational resources available to scientists while keeping a full cost recovery model and customer-service attitude. A brief history of the division will be presented, what is the current and future service portfolio, the current major research and industrial projects active.


  • Research Software Engineering: a new profession for computer scientists

Most research would be impossible without software. With the emergence of software as the pre-eminent research tool used across all disciplines, comes the realisation that a significant majority of results are based, ultimately, on the skill of the experts who design and build that software. A growing number of people in academia combine expertise in programming with an intricate understanding of research. "Research Software Engineer" (RSE) is a name born to raise awareness of the role and bring the community together. Some Research Software Engineers start off as domain-specific researchers who spend time developing software to progress their research. Another possible path is represented by computer scientists developing interest and specialism in a particular branch of science, leveraging both their technical and theoretical background to build robust and maintainable software products. This section will present the status of RSE movement in UK, the activity of the RSE Network and the outreach activities done nationally and internationally to promote the RSE movement.


Short Biography:

Filippo Spiga is Head of Research Software Engineering at the University of Cambridge's Research Computing Services. He leads a team of 5 people working on research software in various fields, from finite elements methods to quantum chemistry, pursuing the objective "Better Software for Better Research". He is also long-term developer of Quantum ESPRESSO, a popular material science package for atomistic simulations. Since in Cambridge, he became a strong advocate of directive-based parallel programming techniques as the best tool to help scientists to accelerate discovery without losing focus on the science problems. He is interested in GPU accelerated computing and fascinated by the increasing heterogeneity of future compute platforms that will distrupt and reshape the future of scientific computing.


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Per informazioni:  Dott. Matteo Dominoni

In archivio dal: 30/05/2017



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