Webinar: “How to choose compute resources for your team” (2017-03-08) 1


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BioExcel’s webinar series continued on 8th March with Lee Larcombe from ELIXIR-UK and the University of Edinburgh, who took us through the benefits and challenges of using local compute resources. Starting from some things to consider when resourcing your research, to what can feasibly be done on a laptop or desktop computer, a workstation, up to a local clusters. What considerations need to be taken into account, CPU, memory, storage, network speed and importantly, how to recognise when you have hit the limits of local computing.

This webinar is the first of a 2-part series. The next webinar on 15th March 2017 with Steven Newhouse will cover cloud and HPC computing resources.

BioExcel webinars include an audience Q&A session during which attendees can ask questions and make suggestions.

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Title: How to choose compute resources for your team
Date: 8th March, 2017
Time: 14:00 GMT / 15:00 CET

Please register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/706924784855865091
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About Lee Larcombe

I began my scientific career in the lab, with an undergraduate degree in Genetics from QMUL and later, a PhD studying Chlamydia trachomatis at Cranfield University. My bioinformatics interests developed during this PhD, eventually leading to the post of Lecturer in Genetics and Computational biology at Cranfield where I was the course director of the University’s BBSRC-funded MSc in Applied Bioinformatics. I subsequently made the move to industry: first as bioinformatics lead for Lonza Biologics, and then most recently as an independent consultant.

My research has focussed mainly on functional genomics, and data integration for the study of oncology and the discovery of novel biomarkers and targets. I have a long-standing collaboration with the McFarlane lab (North West Cancer Research Fund) at Bangor University where I hold an Honorary Lectureship.

I have broad experience of teaching and training; developing and delivering material to, as well as assessment of students in bioinformatics, molecular biology and clinical research fields. I have supervised 5 research students to completion and 60 MSc student research projects – often with industry collaboration.

I am currently ELIXIR-UK’s Training Coordinator for Research Science based at the MRC Human Genetics Unit, Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine, University of Edinburgh with Prof. Chris Ponting.


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