Scicomp garage

The Aalto Scientific Computing Garage is a hands-on help session for scientific computing and data-intensive research at Aalto organized by the Science-IT team (Triton/HPC support). Other teams, such as CSC, are sometimes present. It’s the best time to get advice and hands-on help from the people behind scientific computing at Aalto. This is a place to get stuff done, so bring your laptop and coffee/food, and come hang out.

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.


You can meet us online, every weekday, at 13:00, online via zoom. This garage is focused on Triton/HPC, scientific computing, data with best representation by (CS, NBE, and PHYS).

July 2020

During July, CS and Triton are well represented, and we will try to help others as best we can.

  • 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.

  • This is best-effort: if you don’t see anyone there by 13:15, we couldn’t make it so try again the next day.

  • We have these special topics on these days of the week:

    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
          Triton, HPC, CSC  
  • Join on Zoom via . If joining by web browser, use Chrome. Audio doesn’t work with Firefox or Safari.

  • We will try to greet everyone personally, if we don’t get around to you then send your topic by chat.

  • (Optional) If you want us to prepare, use the the Triton issue tracker, make an initial issue, and point out that you want to discuss in the garage. Then, we can easily follow up.

In person

General garage (CS Building)

  • Days: Every Thursday, 13-14
  • Time: 13-14, we may leave after 30 minutes if there is no one (this rarely happens).
  • Location: Usually A106 in the CS building, but see below.
  • A CSC representative is usually present.

Spring 2020:

Date (default Th) Time (default 13:00-14:00) Loc
2.jan - 5.mar 13-14 A106
12.mar – ???   (replaced with online, see above)

Suspended for the time being (replaced with online, above) for the obvious reason.

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).

Date (default Th) Time (default 13:00-14:00) Loc
First wednesdays (until February 2020) 13-14 F336
Every Thursday (part of AaltoSciComp/Triton garage 13-14 Online (see zoom link above)

Possible special topics

  • Profiling and performance monitoring
  • debugging
  • open source: making software and running a project, licenses
  • shell scripting and automation
  • unix intro
  • software testing
  • building good programs
  • porting python2 to python3
  • R
  • matlab
  • GPU / deep learning computing
  • molecular dynamics software

Past events

Scicomp Garage has existed since Spring 2017.