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PDC Cafes

Thor Wikfeldt, PDC

Everyone working with technical user support knows that some issues are just so much easier to talk about in person rather than over email. Moreover, high performance computing (HPC) users may also be hesitant to ask certain general questions over impersonal email. With this in mind, and to further improve PDC’s user support, we came up with a new type of recurring event this autumn: the PDC Cafe. The idea of the PDC Cafe is to create an informal meeting point between current and prospective HPC users and PDC support staff, where any issues related to HPC in general, and PDC services in particular, can be discussed. Topics can range from improving batch scripts or parallel performance to general questions on software management or how PDC’s services can be improved to meet user needs. We are holding cafes roughly once a month: the first PDC Cafe was held on the 10th of September, and the second on the 16th of October. So look out for announcements for upcoming PDC Cafes in the new year: you are welcome to join us for a friendly chat about improving your research over a cup of coffee or tea and biscuits!