Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics

Our Research

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  • Pulsar Astrophysics
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  • JACS: JBCA Autumn Computing Sessions

    Each week we plan to cover a topic lead by a chair in an informal manner. We have a list of topics we think are important to cover, but we're fairly certain we won't have thought of everything. So if anybody has any suggestions then please send them our way.

    Schedule

    Sessions are held every Tuesday at 4pm in the Lovell Room
    DateChairTopic
    23 September Chris Wallis
    Introduction to UNIX Part 1
    30 September Chris Wallis
    Introduction to UNIX Part 2
    7 October (3.30pm Room 3.110) George Bendo
    Web Resources
    7 October Room 3.110 Sam Cusworth
    Makefiles, LaTeX & git
    14 October Clive Dickinson
    IDL
    21 October Adam Avison
    Python
    28 October (2-3pm) Scott Kay
    Object Oriented Programming
    6 November (Thursday) Rob Lyon
    Machine Learning
    11 November Joe Zuntz
    Statistics and Bayesian Inference Part 1
    18 November Joe Zuntz
    Statistics and Bayesian Inference Part 2
    25 November Joe Zuntz
    Statistics and Bayesian Inference Part 3
    9 December Dick Long
    Debugging and Testing
    TBC Bob Watson
    MPI
    TBC TBC
    Data Formats

    Other Materials

    We are also collating useful tutorials and introductions to topics that we don't have time to cover fully in a single session this year.
    TopicLinks
    ADS The SAO/NASA Abstract Search is one of the best ways of finding journal articles.
    ds9 ds9 is a popular application for viewing .fits file. It can be downloaded from here and is you have questions about the name see here
    Fits Format Files A detailed description can be found here
    Matlab Mike Croucher from the Software Sustainability Institute maintains the Walking Randomly Site
    Sed A helpful list of sed onliners can be found here
    VPN using Linux In the past many of us have had issues using the linux version of the Cisco VPN client. This has worked for us. In order to connect to the Manchester VPN you will need to install vpnc on your machine and use the correct pcf file.