Scientific computing for humans
Aalto Scientific Computing (Science-IT) is beginning a program to provide hands-on support for all the difficult, non-academic aspects of computing: Triton, scripting, automation, git, etc. This support is more like co-working and mentoring than teaching or classic support. This is what we have always aspired to, and we will formalize this service as a Research Software Engineering (RSE) service and develop our service beyond what we can currently provide.
This survey is to
* determine demand in order to secure funding and balance staff
* collect interested researchers, to contact once the program begins.
For more information, see
or contact Richard Darst.
Computing shouldn't get in the way of research. Yet, we have very different academic backgrounds these days, and most backgrounds don't prepare one for the realities of applied computing. We are developing a program to address this problem (which yes, we see every day), and you can help us by filling out the following survey if you are interested.
Our hope is that by leveraging the expertise and coding skills of RSEs at crucial points of your projects (start of a new project, start of larger computations, publishing your code/results to the wider audience) you can bypass harder steps at the start, obtain a better coding environment during the development, run your code faster and improve your research results.
We can provide:
- A quick consultation to decide if you can benefit and how
- 1-2 days of intensive co-working and development, to kickstart your work or solve particular issues
- Longer projects (subject to your group's funding)
Brief description of you scientific field, question, and tools you currently use. (few words or 1-2 sentences)
What type of service are you currently interested in? Can be upgraded / downgraded later.
a) Quick initial consultation to determine needs, 0-1 hours
b) Short term help, 1-2 days
c) Medium term service, several weeks or more
What type of help would you like, if you know? This is a long list of examples to inspire you. (optional, especially if you are just asking for an initial consultation).
Quick initial discussion to see what would help me
Using version control (git, etc)
Make an individual project collaborative
Releasing code or data, preparing for publication
Set up an automated workflow
Data management or automation
Databases or data analysis
Make code reusable and modular, make reusable scripts from fragments
Generalized code cleanup
Automating testing or continuous integration
Scaling up analysis from workstation to Triton (HPC)
Triton, CSC, or other resource usage
Handling personal or confidential data
Writing new software for my work
Help using or modifying some already-existing software
Can you tell us more about what you want us to do? (optional, short OK)
Any comments about this program or other info about your work? (optional)
We don't want to collect unneeded information, but this is important to:
- Request funding from departments
- Allocate our time to units based on how they fund it
- Justify this program's existance
Your Aalto school (ARTS / BIZ / CHEM / ELEC / ENG / SCI)
Your academic level (what you are currently studying towards)
Postdoc or similar
Faculty or long-term staff
How likely are you to use this service, if it was available?
If you give 2 or less, we may not contact you to set up a time to work.
Usage of the information you submit
By submitting this form, you agree:
- Submissions may be discussed internally for scheduling and planning (without your name, where possible)
- You may be contacted regarding your submission (unless opt-out)
- You will later receive email announcements when the program starts, and may be asked to re-submit. (unless opt-out)
- Aggregate responses may be used for planning and development.
Your email (Aalto)
If you express desire to use this service, you may be contacted to schedule a meeting or get updates later. If you want to be anonymous, use n/a (but then we won't reach you to offer this service).
Don't contact me
I don't want to be contacted at all.
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