Interactions for Sustaining a UK Research Computing Ecosystem

There appears to be every prospect in the immediate future for real development to enhance the computing infrastructure that underpins research in the UK. This comes after several years of sound and detailed analysis showing why this is crucial, in documents like the RCUK’s ‘Review of e-Science’.

On 8 July, the Town Meeting – referred to in the previous “Industrial Relations in Plans for Research Computing” post – looked to put the final touches to a Strategic Plan for the UK Research Computing Ecosystem. It was very well attended, only underlining the urgency felt by researchers for this issue to move forward.

Before the Town Meeting, there were still inevitable questions. From Searchlighter’s point of view, one concerned the balance of the stakeholders declaring an interest in this issue being able to cover all the bases on what is required in any infrastructure of this kind. Is the engagement of a kind that the issue demands? (more…)