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 what the best strategy are for your problems
  • Network with others who are doing similar work
  • Learn something new
  • Give feedback


Note: all garages are open to all people.

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
Thursdays 2.jan - 18.jun 13-14 A106
12.mar 13-14 in-person cancelled, see “online” below.
19.mar-?? 13-14 probably cancelled, see “online” below.

NBE garage, F-building

We are piloting also a data & science garage at NBE every first wednesday of the month, room F336 13:00. NBE garage will also cover issues related to working with personal data, research ethics, best practices in biomedical research.

Date (default Th) Time (default 13:00-14:00) Loc
First wednesdays 13-14 F336


To prevent unnecessary in-person contacts, we are going to try an online garage.

Date (default Th) Time (default 13:00-14:00) Loc
12.mar-16.apr 13-14
23.apr - ??? 13-14 - continuing until further notice


If joining by web browser, use Chrome. Audio doesn’t work with Firefox or Safari.


  • Join the conference at the link above (you can join via Chrome without registering). You can join even if you have general questions, no specific question, or want to discuss with others even if you won’t get one-on-one help. You can chat with us and other users, ask general questions, see what’s new, and so on. We’ll give guidance from there for advanced cases.
  • (Optional) If you want us to prepare or share links/code with us, go to the Triton issue tracker, make an issue, and point out that you want to discuss in the garage. We will also follow up there afterwards.

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.