Research Computing News

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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RCSS Spring Update 2017

March 20

Lewis Cluster

The Lewis upgrade is now complete. The new hardware was in place last fall and by late January we completed the configuration and software installs (including more than 80 new scientific packages.) We are now focusing on users and how we can better serve their needs.

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HTC Storage Now Available!

March 6 — The High-Throughput Computing Storage (HTC) system is now available on the Lewis cluster. It is designed for researchers who need large amounts of long-term storage for high-throughput computation at a low cost. Storage is allocated in blocks and each storage block has its own quota mount point. Storage blocks are prepaid in full in 10TB increments for 5 years. The FY17 rate is $1,200/10TB/60 Months.

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Join Dr. Middelkoop at UMKC

Feb. 2Dr. Timothy Middelkoop invites faculty at UMKC to attend his traveling office hours on Monday, February 6, 2017, from 12-1 p.m. at Administrative Center 113. This is an opportunity to discuss anything that is on your mind. No appointment is necessary.

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Training Update

Jan. 17 — Please refer to this new location for information regarding the ongoing training that RCSS provides for our computing resources:

This training covers the basics of the new hardware, how to use the new scheduler, how to use secure shell key-based authentication, and any other questions you may have. Please bring your own laptop.

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Lewis Training Update

Dec. 21 — There will be no training on Wednesday, December 28.

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