Scicomp garage

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

What kind of issues can we help with:

  • Code and Software:

    • Issues with your code or software tools you use (e.g. debugging, setting up software, linking libraries)

    • Code parallelization

    • Code versioning, git, testing

  • Data Management:

    • Data management plans, data sharing

    • Handling of sensitive data and general legal and ethical (to some extent) questions about research data

    • Workflows for big datasets

    • Data versioning

  • Triton cluster:

    • Slurm job submissions

    • Cluster usage

    • Script setup

    • Module management / Library loading

  • General:

    • Basic methodological or statistical issues


  • All garages are open to all people.

  • 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 have 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.


PHYS, NBE, and ITS (Aalto IT Services) staff are part of the Garage sessions every Monday and Wednesday. Regular reminders are sent to the department personnel lists.

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”. But even if today is not the focus day for your question: Better come along and ask your question now. Chances are good someone will know an answer.

  • Mondays are NBE/PHYS focus days.

  • 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 NBE/PHYS and Data focus days. Data days 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.


Aalto IT services runs something similar for some other schools and departments.

In person

In-person garages suspended for the time being for the obvious reason. The online garage above is more frequent and even better, because you can reach more people and we can share screen directly.

Past events

Scicomp Garage has existed since Spring 2017. It has been online since March 2020, and daily since summer 2020.