About the NGCM
The Southampton Centre for Doctoral Training in Next Generation Computational Modelling provides an innovative training programme for post-graduate students to:
The programme consists of a year of taught material, before students go on to spend three years dedicated on a research topic. The NGCM benefits from dedicated physical space in the Boldrewood campus complex, and an extended network of diverse industrial and academic partners, providing strategic input, hands-on collaboration, sponsorship and internship opportunities. In this way we will enable and encourage the cross-fertilization between modelling paradigms, modelling communities, and application domains that has been identified by industry as critical to the future impact simulation modelling.
Studentship levels are following the UK's research council minimum stipend (£14,773 per year for students starting Sept 2018), and also provide UK/EU fees (about 4,200 per year).
Students are supported by a supervisory team of supervisors, and have an additional academic tutor who is not part of the supervisory team. Students are also embedded in the CDT network, including the fellow students in the current cohort and older cohorts, the manager, and the directors, who are also intensely engaged in the day-to-day delivery of the programme.
Conference and workshop attendance, in the UK, Europe and beyond is encouraged as part of the doctoral training, and funds to support this are available.
This EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Next Generation Computational Modelling provides a wide range of additional training activities including the annual NGCM Summer Academcy. Short reports from some of the training activities are available in our blog.
Students are provided with their own laptop for the duration of the four-year programme (Sept 2015: MacBook Air 11", 256SDD, 8GB RAM). In addition, they are also provided each with a powerful workstation at the beginning of the research component in year 2 (in Oct 2016: Intel i7, 3.6GHz, 32GB RAM, 250GB SDD, 4TB HDD, 2 monitors).
The CDT students have access to a dedicated NGCM machine made up of four compute nodes each with 48 cores and 1TB RAM. These machines are available to support our training and research, and can be used to run research simulations or to run small-scale performance studies before scaling to larger machines.
PhD students in Southampton have access to the Iridis 4 which was been upgraded in a £3.2million investment in 2013. It is currently the most powerful academic supercomputer in England. They will also benefit from the launch of the new Iridis 5 machine which launches in 2018.
Students will be able to access the UK's national supercomputer ARCHER through parallel computing courses taught by EPCC <https://www.epcc.ed.ac.uk/>, which hosts the ARCHER machines.