Imperial College Research Software Community Newsletter - March 2020

We are all experiencing a new way of living and we are for the most part working from home, in these COVID-19 times. Social distancing is the new mantra (and it is of paramount importance to follow it!). This is exactly when, as a community, we should get (virtually) together to share, support, encourage, ask, answer.

And the newsletter is here to remind us that there is an RS community in the College (but also others outside) and that there is much to do in terms of learning, supporting, helping each other. So here it is, with links, ideas, different means of communication (our Slack channel is available and growing) and things to do together, virtually and hopefully again in person soon.

For the most part, dates for events are provisional, so keep an eye on them in case they are postponed/rescheduled.

Stay safe!

Dates for your diaries

RSE Bytes


Blog posts, tools & more

Research Software of the Month

OSCILOS is an open source code for simulating combustion instability. It is written in Matlab / Simulink and is very straightforward to run and edit. It can simulate both longitudinal and annular combustor geometries. It represents a combustor as a network of connected modules. It comes with an intuitive and easy-to-use graphical user interface.

OSCILOS is being developed by the research group of Professor Aimee Morgans, in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London, UK.

The latest version of OSCILOS is available from GitHub. Contributions are welcome and can be submitted with a GitHub pull request.

Some reminders…

The Research Software Community is run by a committee of 8 volunteers. We’re always looking for new committee members to help bring new ideas, organise events, edit our newsletters and generally help in making the community work for its members. If you’d like to get involved, or you have any questions, contact Jeremy Cohen.

The community Slack workspace is available for members of the RS Community and RSEs based at nearby institutions. It was set up following discussions at December’s Winter Seminars event and you can join via this link.

The weekly clinics run by the Research Computing Service for all matters related to research computing are temporarily cancelled. Stay tuned for updates.

If you’re developing open source research software at Imperial then please consider submitting it to the Research Software Directory by either opening a pull request or dropping a line to Mark Woodbridge.

Get in Touch, Get Involved!

That’s all for this month. Thanks to everyone who suggested links for this edition.

Drop us a line with anything you’d like included in the newsletter, ideas about how it could be improved… or even offer to guest-edit a future edition!

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This issue of the Research Software Community Newsletter was edited by Stefano Galvan. All previous newsletters are available in our online archive.