Roles of Collaborative Computational Projects

What are CCPs

“The Collaborative Computational Projects (CCPs) are networks that bring together leading UK expertise in key fields of computational research to tackle large-scale scientific software development, maintenance and distribution. They typically include academic, industrial and government representatives. Mature projects represent many years of intellectual and financial investment. The aim is to capitalise on this investment by encouraging widespread and long term use of the software, and by fostering new initiatives such as High End Computing consortia. In new project areas, there will normally still have been a significant amount of prior effort dedicated to producing software and a demonstrated community of users.” (from RCUK description)

What do CCPs do?

“The CCPs enrich UK computational science and engineering research in various ways. They provide a software infrastructure on which important individual research projects can be built. They support both the R&D and exploitation phases of computational research projects. They ensure the development of software which makes optimum use of the whole range of hardware available to the scientific community, from the desktop to the most powerful national and international supercomputing facilities. The training activities of CCPs have been outstandingly successful, benefiting several hundred students and post-doctorates each year.”

Need for Visualisation

Open question on how many of these need to promote themselves and what tools do they use to describe their data. Been asked to survey and look at passively and in case actively the use of visualisation tools within these and related communities.