Scicomp garage

Summer News!

During the summer we have reduced support, but you are not alone.

  • Please note that there will be no garage on 3, 7, 8, 9 June. (Teaching)

  • From 21/June until 8/August the garage is best-effort: we might be there, but probably not every day in the high summer.

  • During summer, try to ask in advance, either the issue tracker or chat and we’ll tell you when we can meet you.

  • For quick things (e.g. “is it just me or is everything down?”) join our chat

Check back here for updates about our actual availability.

If you need more help than the issue trackers, this is the place to be. It’s not just Triton, but all aspects of scientific computing.

Come if you want to:

  • Solve problems

  • Discuss and figure out what your problem really is

  • Brainstorm the best strategy are for your problems

  • Work with someone on your issues in real time

  • Network with others who are doing similar work and learn something new


  • All garages are open to all people (but see the specialities).

  • You don’t have to have a specific question, you can come by just to chat, listen, or figure out if you should have a question.


Triton, SciComp, RSE, and CS

You can meet us online, every weekday, at 13:00, online via zoom. Imagine this like walking into our office to ask for help. If you are not sure whether we can help you, come and chat with us anyway and we can figure out a solution together.

  • This doesn’t replace email or the Triton issue tracker for clearly-defined tasks. Garage is good for discussion, brainstorming, and deciding the best path. If in doubt, come to garage and we will help you decide. Many people make an issue, then come to garage to discuss.

  • Arrive between 13:00 - 13:15. We leave at 13:15 if there is no one around (and the person you need to talk to may leave). Please don’t arrive early since we another meeting then. Program always ends at 14:00.

  • We have some focus days (see list below) to ask about specific topics and make sure you find the right person to help you, but you can always visit on any day and ask anything not related to the “focus”.

  • Join on Zoom via . If joining by web browser, use Chrome. Audio doesn’t work with Firefox or Safari.

Focus days

We have added some focus days (see list below), but you can always visit on any day and ask anything not related to the “focus”.

  • Mondays no special focus, come ask anything.

  • Tuesdays are Research Software Engineering focus days: Come ask about issues with your code or software tools you use. We can also help with basic methodological or statistical issues.

  • Wednesdays are Data focus days, this is in joint collaboration with the Aalto Data Agents network from all Aalto schools. Come ask about research data management, data sharing/reusing/opening, data versioning, sensitive data, data management plans, legal and ethical issues with research data, workflows for working with big datasets.

  • Thursdays are Triton focus days: Come ask about code parallelization, slurm job submissions, and usage of Triton cluster.

  • Fridays are CS focus days.


This garage combines NBE, PHYS, and ITS (Aalto IT Services) staff, both from the computational and non-computational sides.

This garage happens on Zoom every Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 11:00 to 12:00. The link is sent to department personnel lists.

In person

General garage (CS Building)

In-person garages suspended for the time being for the obvious reason. The online garage above is more frequent and even better.

NBE garage, F-building

NBE garage used to happen in person every first wednesday of the month, room F336 13:00. NBE garage covers also issues related to working with personal data, research ethics, best practices in biomedical research.

Due to the current situation NBE garage happens online at the same time of the Aalto Sci Comp garage (see above).

Past events

Scicomp Garage has existed since Spring 2017.