Research Computing News

Teaching Cluster Upgrade/Outage

May 16 — For RCSS teaching cluster users, we will be upgrading the tc.rnet.missouri.edu 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: rcss-support@missouri.edu.

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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: http://docs.rnet.missouri.edu/training.

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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Holiday Hours

Dec. 19 — Please note that RCSS will offer limited support between December 23 and January 02. We will be back in the office on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. Thank you for your understanding.

We wish you and your family a happy and relaxing holiday season and a wonderful new year.

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Lewis Training Update

Dec. 5 — Our ongoing training series for the Lewis cluster will be held on Wednesdays at the following locations, from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.:

This series 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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