Imperial College Research Software Community Newsletter - January 2021

Happy New Year! Despite the difficult times, I hope you all had some time to spend with family and friends - with the appropriate precautions - and to clear your minds of troubles. 2020 was pretty dark in many ways, but we all like to see 2021 as the light at the end of the tunnel and a new begining.

Research software never takes a rest and proof of it is how loaded this newsletter is of events, news, blog posts and podcasts. If you made any new year resolutions related to research software, chances are you will find something useful for you here.

Without any further delay, let the show begin!

Dates for your diary

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Blog posts, tools & more

Research Software of the Month

Solving differential equations is the bread and butter in many research areas. If that is your case, chances are you have heard of Firedrake!

Firedrake is an automated system for the solution of partial differential equations using the finite element method (FEM). Firedrake uses the Unified Form Language from the FEniCS Project but with a much stronger reliance on automatic code generation, centred on the on the composition of several existing and new abstractions for particular aspects of scientific computing. The result is a more complete separation of concerns which eases the incorporation of separate contributions from computer scientists, numerical analysts and application specialists. These contributions may add functionality, or improve performance.

The documentation and examples are extensive and likely to have something similar to what you are trying to do, so give it a try and adapt it to your own needs!

Some reminders…

RS Community coffee continues weekly - normally on Friday afternoons at 3pm but check our Slack workspace for exact times and connection details.

The Slack workspace also features an #OpenFOAM channel where regular code review sessions are announced (amongst other CFD-related discussions…)

See the Research Computing Service’s Research Computing Tips series for a variety of helpful tips for using RCS resources and related tools and services.

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