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Michael Rutter

Dr Michael Rutter

Dr Michael Rutter

Computer Officer

Member of Queens' College

Office: 541a Mott Bld
Phone: +44(0)1223 3 37386
Email: mjr19 @
Personal web site

TCM Group, Cavendish Laboratory
19 JJ Thomson Avenue,
Cambridge, CB3 0HE UK.


Michael Rutter is the Computer Officer of the Theory of Condensed Matter Group, and is responsible for its research IT infrastructure and policies, and for providing IT assistance to its researchers. He has been associated with the Group for over twenty years, first joining it as a PhD student, then taking two positions elsewhere before rejoining it as its Computer Officer.

Hardware supported includes around 65 desktops, several servers, two clusters, printers from A4 to A0, and their associated network infrastructure. Software support includes basic programming staples such as multiple C, C++ and Fortran compilers, MPI and NAG, and also commercial packages such as Matlab and Mathematica. User support includes C, Fortran, MPI, OpenMP, PostScript, x86_64 assembler and much else.

He maintains a varied collection of scientific and more general software, including check2xsf, bmp2eps and various others. He also maintains some notes on Castep, Linpack, and 1D quadrature.

Besides giving seminars in TCM, he has also given courses for the MPhil in Scientific Computing run by the Centre for Scientific Computing.

In Plain English

In the 21st century, most Physicists rely on computers to keep them at the forefront of their fields, whether they need them to analyse data, simulate experiments, or solve equations.

The right sort of computational environment for such work is not the same as that required for standard office applications. Thus a specialist Computer Officer with a background in Computational Physics can be of benefit in helping researchers concentrate on their work supported by suitable advice, software and hardware.