Research Computing News

Storage Upgrade Complete

Jan. 16 — After many months of work and planning, the HPC storage upgrade is complete.  There has been a massive increase in performance for individual jobs and for overall cluster. Initial testing indicates that individual file read/write speeds are going from 10’s of MB/s to 1000’s of MB/s (a 10x-100x speedup for most workloads). We have also…

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Storage Upgrade January 9 – FILES IN /SCRATCH WILL BE DESTROYED ON January 9, 2018

Jan. 3 — RCSS Users, **ALL FILES IN /SCRATCH WILL BE DESTROYED ON January 9, 2018** We will be performing the storage cut-over on Tuesday, January 9 (starting at 12:01 a.m.), ahead of schedule.  We were able to complete a complete first copy of the storage to the new filesystem.  Since we are ready well ahead of schedule,…

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RCSS Winter break hours / support update.

Dec. 21 — RCSS Users, Given that the campus is closed over the break we will have reduced support during this time.  We will monitor support and the cluster over break but may not respond to your emails until we return on January 2nd. As you may have noticed we have successfully moved to a ticketing system.  This…

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Research Linux Systems Administrator Position at the University of Missouri

Dec. 6 — The University of Missouri is searching for a Research Linux Systems Administrator to fill a new position that will work closely with researchers to build, customize, secure, and support Linux systems to advance research activities on campus. As a member of the team you will work on a broad range of projects internally and across campus with opportunities to specialize in a number of areas, which includes science gateways (web servers for the dissemination of research), scientific Linux workstations, interactive computing (Jupyter notebooks and Kubernetes), scientific workflows, and scientific software support.

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HPC storage equipment

Nov. 20 — The last of the HPC storage equipment arrived last week while some of our team was at SuperComputing (https://sc17.supercomputing.org/). As indicated earlier, there will be a complete outage on Tuesday December 5th to install the new HPC storage system (zLustre) and to upgrade and patch the cluster.  We will be upgrading the job scheduler (SLURM) so there is a…

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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 meloros@missouri.edu.

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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