Software optimisation plays an important role in determining how well a program will use the full computational power of a CPU. On recent CPUs, a carefully optimised algorithm can easily be ten times faster than a naïve implementation. A faster algorithm will not only save time but also enable the use of larger data sets or analysis of a more complicated model in order to get ever more accurate results. A quick example from the program CRYSTALS is discussed here.
The Big Bang Fair is a free educational event open to visiting school groups that happens in March every year moving round the country. It works with partner organisations across business and industry, government and academia to try and give a flavour of the real scale of engineering and science in the UK, aimed at … Read the rest
The third Red Kite Meeting was very well attended and comments from attendees indicated that it was very well received. As well as Richard Cooper chairing the first session, contributions from Chem. Cryst. included posters from Will Brennan, George Pidgeon, Olivia Shehata, Karim Sutton and Jerome Wicker and a presentation from Kirsten Christensen on modulated … Read the rest
The third meeting of the Red Kite network will be held on Thursday 10th January, 2013 in the Main Lecture Theatre in the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory, Oxford. Attendance will be courtesy of the John Fell Oxford University Research Fund. The meeting will consist of three sessions, each commencing with a half hour … Read the rest
As part of the Bragg Centenary Celebrations, Melvyn Bragg and his guests discussed the history of crystallography, the study of crystals and their structure on “In Our Time” on BBC Radio 4. His guests were Prof. Judith A. K. Howard (University of Durham), Dr. Christopher Hammond (University of Leeds) and Prof. Mike Glazer … Read the rest
Every year, Oxford Inspires organises an evening of social and cultural events in the centre of Oxford following the theme of Christmas Lights. A lot of the institutions within the city get involved, and this year that included Amber, who was invited to give a presentation at the Snowflake exhibition held at the History of … Read the rest
The second meeting of the Red Kite network will be held on Tuesday 18th September, 2012 at ISIS. Attendance will be free of charge and there will be a transport from Oxford and a drinks reception thanks to generous sponsorship from ISIS. There will also be a tour of the ISIS facility, followed by a … Read the rest
An undergraduate at Pembroke, Rafal joined us for 5 weeks to carry out a summer research project between his 2nd and 3rd years. Rafal is working on the inclusion compounds of deoxycholic acid, particularly the nature of the host-guest binding and order-disorder phase transitions. When he’s not enjoying chemistry in the lab, Rafal can … Read the rest
Summer is conference season and the members of Chem. Cryst. have been on the road to the ACA in Boston and the ECM in Bergen. In September, Kirsten will also be attending the 7th International Conference on Aperiodic Crystals, to be hosted in Cairns, Australia. Contributions include:
David J. Watkin, Richard I. Cooper & … Read the rest
Congratulations to Karim Sutton, who has been awarded a Margaret C. Etter Student Lecturer Award at the recent American Crystallographic Association annual meeting in Boston.
He presented his recent research determining oxidation states in mixed-valent materials using tunable synchrotron radiation on Diamond beamline I19.
The awards were established to honour the memory of Professor … Read the rest