Computers and software
To support the computer-modelling activities of the group, we have access to a wide range of computing facilities and software.
Each member of staff and postgraduate student have their own PC. The group also owns a small dedicated cluster comprising 6 dual core Linux machines which are dedicated to run computer-intensive simulations via a scheduling tool called Condor. Many of the computers within the School of Geographical Sciences are also available via Condor when they are not in use, for instance the majority of the undergraduate machines can be used out of term time. Furthermore, we also have access to the state-of-the-art University High Performance Computing Facility for very complex simulations.
The software available in the group covers a wide spectrum:
- Development tools (C, C++ and Fortran compilers, debuggers and profilers)
- Mapping (ArcGIS suite, AutoCAD)
- Visualisation (IDL, Tecplot)
- Statistics (MiniTab, SPSS, R)
- Numerical tools (Matlab, NAG libraries)