Research Computing News

Lewis Storage Performance Update

Oct. 18 — Great news, we have ordered a new storage system and parts are arriving as we speak! If all goes well we should have an outage at the end of November to switch over to the new system. The move will be transparent and we will move everyone's /home, /data, and /group files to the new system.

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Research Computing Summer 2017 Update

Sep. 27 — Research Computing Support Services continues to expand grow.  In August researchers did 2,932,217 core-hours of computation on the Lewis cluster up from 592,358 core-hours a year before. In April we added five new nodes and integrated the remainder of the existing NSF MRI Research Cluster  grant (NSF Award 1429294) into the Lewis cluster.  This grant is ending after 3…

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Software Carpentry Workshop

Sep. 21 — We are excited to announce that we are holding a Software Carpentry Workshop on campus November 7th & 8th from 8am – 4:30pm both days. The focus of the workshop is Automating tasks with the Unix Shell, Programming with R, and Version control with Git. To learn more about the lessons, adding the workshop to your calendar, location, the schedule, and how to signup please see the workshop webpage. Space is limited and we ask that if you signup and need to cancel to please let us know as far ahead of time as possible so we can notify those on the waiting list.

“Software Carpentry is an organization that aims to help researchers get their work done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic research computing skills.” To learn more about Software Carpentry please visit their website.

If you have any questions or would like to signup please email me at

Cyberinfrastructure Engineer Position at the University of Missouri

Sep. 6 — The University of Missouri is searching for a Cyberinfrastructure Engineer to fill a new position that will work closely with researchers to help them evaluate their research computation needs and to recommend solutions that allow them to take full advantage of the resources available. Mizzou’s cyberinfrastructure (CI) engineers develop scientific workflows to advance research in all areas, including bioinformatics, machine learning, material science, and computational chemistry. As a cyberinfrastructure engineer, you will work on a broad range of projects across campus with opportunities to specialize in a number of domain areas.

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Research Computing Support Services Training

Aug. 28 — For the fall semester, we will be holding training sessions at Ellis Library room 4D11. The New User training will be at this location from 10:0am – 11:00 am followed by Lewis training from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. New User training covers the basics of getting an account to running simple jobs on Lewis.…

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Urgent Lewis Cluster Maintenance

June 22 — The Lewis cluster will undergo urgent maintenance Wednesday 6/28. There is a set of urgent security patches that need to be applied to the cluster that will require a reboot. These relate to a series of vulnerabilities that have been receiving a lot of attention, you can find more information at We will start…

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RCSS Team to Attend Annual Meeting

May 30 — From May 31 - June 2, the Research Computing Support Services team will travel to Kansas City, Missouri to attend the Annual Meeting of the Great Plains Network and the Greater Western Library Alliance. This event brings together knowledge and information technology professionals including advanced network and cyberinfrastructure users, faculty members, researchers, librarians, information technology staff, graduate students from leading universities and high education networks. Please note that support will be limited during this time.

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Teaching Cluster Upgrade/Outage

May 16 — For RCSS teaching cluster users, we will be upgrading the teaching cluster starting this Monday (5/22) to our current Lewis infrastructure and to add more capacity. The cluster will be down for about a week and will be operational for the beginning of the summer sessions. If you have specific software requirements for the summer please let us know ASAP at:

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Lewis Maintenance

April 24 — The Lewis3 cluster will undergo maintenance on Wednesday, April 26, at 8:00 a.m. We expect it to last until 5:00 p.m. There will be no Lewis3 training that day.

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Susie Meloro Earns Certification

March 29 — Research Computing Support Services is pleased to announce that Susie Meloro has completed the requirements to become fully certified as a Data and Software Carpentry instructor.

Software Carpentry is a volunteer organization whose goal is to make scientists more productive, and their work more reliable, by teaching them basic computing skills. Founded in 1998, it runs short, intensive workshops that cover program design, version control, testing, and task automation. Data Carpentry is a sibling organization that focuses on data analysis skills rather than programming skills. Their aim is to is to teach people who are wrangling data manually how to automate their work and make it more reproducible.

Research Computing Support Services plans to hold a series of workshops in the near future. Please watch this space for details.

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