This year the Software Sustainability Institute will be running a study to better understand the software and skills required for large-scale research computing. The results will inform recommendations for the policies and support required.
The work is funded by EPSRC and the Digital Research Infrastructure Phase 1 Fund and will be delivered over seven months in 2022. In the first stage of the project we will gather data about the software and skill needs in High Performance Computing, High-Throughput Computing, Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning and Data Science. This will build on the UK Government Office for Science’s Large-scale computing: the case for greater UK coordination report. This will be done through interviews, focus groups, workshops and surveys, as well as a literature review. We are aiming, in particular, to understand the requirements from those traditionally underrepresented in research computing. Details of how to get involved with this stage of the project will be released shortly.
In the second stage, we will analyse this information and produce a report with recommendations for the support required for software and skills in large-scale research computing. The results of this study will contribute to the evidence base that can be used to develop a National Research Software Strategy providing recommendations for keeping the UK in its world-leading position with regards to research software.
This project is being carried out as a partnership between the University of Edinburgh, University of Southampton and Dr Michelle Barker, Director of the Research Software Alliance.