School of CS newsletterPublished: Wednesday, 12 December 2018
Weekly newsletter for the School of CS
[ top ]News from Head of School
Do have a good Christmas break, whatever it is that you choose to do. This is a long term and I thank you all for the hard work that is done to make the School work - which it does well. This is the last Newsletter before the New year, so do go and be merry.
A reminder that the school party will be on Tuesday December 18 2018 in the Common Room. The bash starts at 1500 hours. drinks, nibbles, a quiz and a band will be on offer. Do come along for some jollity.
The building will be open for PgR students (with a valid Out of Hours permission), RA and staff during the Christmas break.
Appropriately authorised Staff Cards should work at the goods entrance; you can check by putting your card near the swipe device and, if it works, a green light will be lit. If there are problems contact James Fields. There will not be any porters on duty between the close of play on 21 December 2018 until 2nd January 2019. The heating will be off; bins will not be emptied; IT Services will not be on duty. Given this situation I'd advise not coming into the School. Without the Porters being on duty, any secuirty and help will be more distant. The buildings are likely to be sparsely populated and think of safety first.
Please note that on Thursday 20th December 2018, ADT Security will be carrying out testing of the new fire alarm/smoke heads in the Kilburn building. The work will be done during out of hours and it will involve sounding the alarm for a few seconds. The building will be done in sections so testing could take 2-4 hours and any building occupants may hear several alarms during the course of testing.
[ top ]Tech Support News
Research Infrastructure (a section within Research IT) are buying around 4000 new processor cores for the shared facility. Because of the funding source, these will be free to use. There will be a lightweight application process in which you must demonstrate that you are doing true HPC (rather than serial, high throughput) work and need around 128 or 256 cores minimally. Scheduled to come on stream around March next year, this facility will be available for all staff and PGR students.