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By Susanne Wallace, Anna Brown, Lewis Irvine, William Saunders and Paul Secular. As part of the Bath debugging workshop we attempted to find the cause of a segfault in a lattice disorder Monte Carlo code written in C. We were working without a known solution as recent unrelated additions to the code had fixed the bug without revealing why. We were able to find the cause of the segfault using memory checking and debugging tools to narrow down the location of the bug, with print statements to finish.

By Tim Powell, Research Software Engineer at the STFC Hartree Centre. This post was first published at the STFC Hartree Centre blog. On 3rd September the peaceful campus of Birmingham University came alive with bubbling groups of research software engineers, talking in excited tones about their latest optimisation tool and favourite python library, as the third annual conference of Research Software Engineers was started!
By Nikoleta Glynatsi, Software Sustainability Institute Fellow. Project Jupyter is a non profit organisation created to provide services for interactive computing across dozens of programming languages. Project Jupyter is most known for their Jupyter Notebooks but develops and supports several computing products, such as JupyterHub and JupyterLab.

News

The inaugural Research Software Engineers (RSE) meeting will take place on Wednesday 26th September 2018, from 13:00–15:00, in room G.03, Bayes Centre, at the University of Edinburgh.
The Carpentries are excited to announce the first release of the long-awaited Data Carpentry curriculum for working with Geospatial data which is now ready to be used in teaching. As all newly developed curricula are ‘beta’, The Carpentries are actively promoting and organising pilot workshops and collecting feedback to improve these lessons.

Events

Collaborations Workshop 2019 (CW19) will take place from Monday 1st to Wednesday 3rd April 2019 at Loughborough University in the West Park Teaching Hub. The Software Sustainability Institute’s Collaborations Workshop series brings together researchers, developers, innovators, managers, funders, publishers, leaders and educators to explore best practices and the future of research software.

The Gateways Conference will take place from Tuesday through Thursday, 25th – 27th September 2018 at the University of Texas, Austin. Science gateways connect components of advanced cyber-infrastructure behind streamlined, user-friendly interfaces. Join gateway creators and enthusiasts to learn, share, connect, and shape the future of gateways.
HPC Carpentry will take place on 25th and 26th July 2018 at the University of Leeds. This course is aimed at researchers who have little or no experience of using high performance or high throughput computing but are interested to learn how it could help their research, how they could use it and how it provides additional performance. You need to have previous experience working with the Unix Shell. For a brief introduction to bash, you can refer to the Software Carpentry material available online. You don't need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.

"We are in a position to fundamentally reorganise the heart of the software. By doing so, this will enable us to maintain the software into the future and facilitate the process of adding new functionality to the software ... SSI can assist in having software usable by others not just for a few months or a year, but rather for a much longer software lifetime"

- Eric Rexstad, Distance