Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Printing from Mobile Devices

Occassionally we get asked whether it's possible to print from iPads, iPhone or Android devices. Well, thanks to our provision of services based on Google Apps it is now possible, but it's a bit messy!

You can print from your smartphone or tablet using Google Cloud Print, which is great apart from two limitations:

  1. Unless you are prepared to pay for a printing app, you can only print from Google Apps. This is not so much as a problem as many files on your phone can be uploaded into a Google App.
  2. To set up printing you need access to a computer running the Chrome web browser. Then in order to print from your phonew or tablet this computer need to be switched on.
So it's not ideal, but if you really need to print from your iPad etc it's better than nothing.

For full instructions on how to set up and print from your mobile device see

http://www.shef.ac.uk/cics/printing/mobiles

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Any Students Willing to Appear in a University Video?

CiCS is looking for 5 student volunteers to be interviewed on video on the topic of 'Student Expectations of IT'.

The interview will last no longer than 15 minutes and will take place in the Information Commons. You will be asked questions about IT services by a member of CiCS staff whilst being filmed on video. 

As well as providing CiCS with feedback about our services, the films will be used to form part of a presentation at the UCISA Management Conference which is being held in Wales in March 2012. UCISA is the University and Colleges Information Systems Association and represents higher education in the provision and development of academic information systems, providing a powerful lobbying voice.

If you are interested in taking part please contact i.knowles@sheffield.ac.uk with your contact details. If you are one of the lucky 5 chosen you will receive £5 printer credit for your efforts.

Monday, 13 February 2012

HPC@Sheffield: Bookings Now Open!

Bookings are now open for the High Performance Computing at Sheffield: Opportunities and Futures event. Taking place on Wednesday 4th April from 10:00-17:00 the event will provide an opportunity for researchers, post graduates and final year undergraduates to hear about projects using research computing facilities used nationally and hosted locally at The University of Sheffield.

HPC@sheffield will comprise a series of presentations and a poster session. The objective of the event is to publicise what is available and to provide examples of what may be achieved using e-Infrastructure available to the research community. We will also introduce the new N8 centre for computational science and engineering.

The event will be held in the Abbeydale room, University house. Places are limited so book now to avoid disappointment.

HPC@Sheffield Booking Form

The full programme for High Performance Computing at Sheffield: Opportunities and Futures can be seen in a previous post in this blog.

High Performance Computing at Sheffield: Opportunities and Futures

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

High Performance Computing at Sheffield: Opportunities and Futures


Date 4th April 2012

Outline

During the year 2011 over 500 years of processor time was consumed by users running tasks on the Iceberg compute facility. In 2012 this is expected to approach 1000 years. HPC@sheffield will provide an opportunity for researchers, post graduates and final year undergraduates to hear about projects using research computing facilities used nationally and hosted locally at The University of Sheffield.

HPC@sheffield is an exciting University of Sheffield research computing event that will provide an opportunity for researchers, post graduates and final year undergraduates to hear about projects using research computing facilities used nationally and hosted locally at The University of Sheffield. HPC@sheffield will comprise a series of presentations and a poster session. The objective of the event is to publicise what is available and to provide examples of what may be achieved using e-Infrastructure available to the research community. We will also introduce the new N8 centre for computational science and engineering.

Programme
  • 10:00 Introduction to e-Infrastructure for Research Computing - chair Prof. R., von Fay-Siebenburgen
  • 10:05 Opening and Welcome (PVC Faculty of Engineering Prof. M. Hounslow)
  • 10:15 Development of Materials Using Tier 1 Compute facilities (Hector), Prof. J.Harding
  • 10:45 Overview of the Upgraded Iceberg System and the new N8 Tier 2 facility( Mr Wil Mayers, Alces Software)
  • 11:15 Agent based simulation using CUDA.(Dr. P. Richmond)
  • 11:40 Understanding our Nearest Star (Dr. V. Fedun)
  • 12:05 The White Rose Grid e-Science Centre and the You Share Project (Mr. A. Turner)
  • 12:30 Poster Session - lunch
  • 13:30 Introduction to Research Computing Showcase (chair. Prof Merlyne De Souza)
  • 13:35 Particle Physics using grid computing and the Analysis of data from the Large Hadron Collider (Dr. D Costanzo)
  • 13:55 Integrative numerical models of the heart -- how close can we get to Star Trek medicine (Dr. R Clayton)
  • 14:15 Bayesian inference using BUGS on Iceberg (Tim Pearson)
  • 14:35 Coffee and posters
  • 15:05 Medical Physics - a newcomer engages with GPUs (N.Higson)
  • 15:25 On the effect of defects on the formation of small molecules on interstellar dustgrain analogues (Dr. A.J.H.M. Meijer)
  • 15:45 Gold Doped Epitaxial Graphene studied via STM and Density Functional Theory (Mr. Premlal Pillai)
  • 16:05 Direct numerical simulation of unsteady turbulent flow (Prof. Shuisheng He)
  • 16:25 Detached Eddy Simulation of Turbulence on Flow Control Devices (Prof. Ning Qin)
  • 16:45 conclusion
  • 16:55 close

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Need Help with Google Apps?

The University provides many services based on Google now,  such as Google Mail, Calendar, Docs, Sites,  and the recent addition Google+, but do you know how to get the best out of these services? Are there features you aren't sure about? Did you know that Google Sites can be used to quickly create a public or closed membership website for publishing or sharing information?  Or that Google+ is an opt-in service that can be used for video conferencing and communicating with your circles of contacts?

CiCS is running a weekly drop-in session throughout February to help staff get the most from Google services or to just find out what it all means. A number of staff from CiCS will be available and happy to answer any queries you may have, so if you have any questions about any University services provided by Google just pop along and ask. Coffee and tea will be on offer during the sessions.

Alternatively, if you would like to just see how things work you can ask for a demo of Google Sites, Google Docs or Google Web Forms for example.

Drop-In sessions take place every Monday throughout February in Hicks Building room K17. It is very flexible: you can turn up any time between 2:00 and 3:30pm; ask your question; leave when you are ready.