School of CS newsletterPublished: Thursday, 01 March 2018
Weekly newsletter for the School of CS
[ top ]News from Head of School
Following David Ryderheard’s piece in last week’s Newsletter, I’d like to add my congratulations to the Project Malawi Team. The Faculty’s Better World Showcase celebration was held on 12 February 2018. Congratulations to The Project Malawi Team from the School of Computer Science who were Highly Commended in the Outstanding public engagement initiative section. The Project Malawi team Dave Ames, Sarah Zaman, Jo Hodge, Carol Murray, Karen Corless, David Rydeheard, together with the student volunteers (Mihai-Dan Garbur, Razvan Lacatusu, Teo Taylor).
Steve Furber Computing & Neuroscience
In this ACM Future of Computing Academy Podcast Steve Furber talks about his career and inter-disciplinary research with the Human Brain Project and his SpiNNaker project. You can listen to the Podcast via http://www.acm-fca.org/2018/01/30/steve-furber-computing-neuroscience/
In this first of a series Steve gives an overview of his career from joining in with the Cambridge university Processor Group, through Acorn to the SpiNNaker Project; it’s well worth a listen.
[ top ]Events
Dementia Friends is a national, government-funded initiative run by Alzheimer’s Society, aiming to improve people’s understanding of dementia and its effects.
If you’re interested in getting involved, please book yourself onto this lunchtime information session taking place in Sackville Street on Wed 7 March. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dementia-friends-information-session-tickets-43310562057
The Heartstart volunteering project aims to teach vital lifesaving skills and spread first aid awareness across Greater Manchester.
Apply for our training event now and find out more at the British Heart Foundation or the Volunteer Hub.
The next meeting of the School Leadership Team (SLT) is on the afternoon of Wednesday 7 March.
You can see the proposed agenda at: https://xorg.manchester.ac.uk/sites/CS_Committees/SLT/Shared%20Documents/2018-03-07%20Agenda.pdf
Email Robert.Stevens@manchester.ac.uk with suggestions of items for the agenda.
You may see the minutes of the November SLT via https://xorg.manchester.ac.uk/sites/CS_Committees/SLT/Shared%20Documents/2017-11-22-minutes.pdf.
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[ top ]Tech Support News
At the recent Research IT Club meeting Simon Hood listed some up-coming infrastructure improvements. More details available from him, but in summary...
- Please help the UoM Research Lifecycle Project to know about your infrastructure requirements.
- The University is doing a European-level tender for a major Campus Network upgrade.
- The Jisc Data Vault is being used as an Interim Data Archive.
- Research VMs are being made more resilient by adding a fail-over service. After this upgrade, VMs should not be down for longer than a few minutes following primary hardware failure.
- A subset of the N8 universities, including, UoM, will have access to a 4000 core machine housed at Durham. Also cloud computing for researchers is under investigation, using either Azure or AWS.