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March 2017

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Linux Containers for Research

Linux containers are self-contained execution environments that look and feel like a Linux virtual machine but are ephemeral. RCCI would like to gauge the community's interest in this technology and to see if anyone is using containers for research reproducibility, code development or for other novel uses. Please let RCCI know by sending your comments to

Scholarly Activity by the Numbers
In the five year period from 2012-2016, CWRU faculty have reported 272 publications that leveraged RCCI HPC or other research computing services. In 2016 alone, there were 80. Thanks to everyone who has submitted their publications and scholarly activities to the RCCI list. If you use HPC or other research computing services in your research work, please email references of your published research papers or poster presentations to and RCCI will include it here.
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‌Collaborating with Box

Have you ever needed a place to store and share your data with collaborators locally or at partner institutions? Are you always emailing revisions of your draft proposals or manuscripts that lose meaning once someone introduces an out-of-order track change? Do you have restricted data that you need to protect? If you answered yes to any of these questions, Box is for you. Unlimited* storage space in Box is available to current faculty, students and staff members of Case Western Reserve University.

Box is an enterprise cloud storage solution that solves simple and complex challenges, from sharing and accessing files on mobile devices to sophisticated uses like secure file transfer, data storage and retention, and basic project management. The Box platform can be easily integrated into your research project through integrations with applications such as Microsoft Word and Excel to ensure your collaborators will always have the latest file version on hand and can revert to earlier versions if needed. Box can also be integrated with Linux servers to provide additional functionality such as data validation using WebDAV connectors.

With Box, you can keep the conversation with the content, and make sure your research project stays on track. Assign tasks, share files and folders, create notes, give feedback and more, all in Box. If you would like to learn more please check out the UTech Box Training Site. UTech staff can provide additional assistance in determining whether Box is right for you. Contact for more information as it relates to research. Contact the [U]Tech Service Desk for more general information about Box. 

*Note: While your overall storage space is unlimited, the size of no single file may exceed five gigabytes in Box.


Title: Mastering: Parallel Programming - OpenMP

Hosted By: Dani Balagué Guardia

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Location: Adelbert Hall Toepfer Room

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Topics: Compiling with OpenMP, Making loops parallel, Reductions, Multiple tasks and OpenMP on the HPCC

Learning outcomes: Identify shared and private variables for a parallel for-loop, understand how to parallelize a loop effectively, simplify or refactor code using reductions, identify independent operations that could run in parallel and run parallel code on the HPCC

Who should attend: Programmers who need to speed up their C/C++ codes. Fortran programmers are also welcome since OpenMP theory also applies. C/C++ or Fortran experience is required.

Title: Cyberinfrastructure Day 2017

Hosted By: Research Computing Team

Time: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Location: Tinkham Veale University Center Ballroom

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The third annual Cyberinfrastructure Day event will feature Irene Qualters, Division Director of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure in the National Science Foundation. Other distinguished speakers are Mark Griswold (Professor of Radiology), Phoebe Stewart (Professor of Pharmacology), Walter Lambrecht (Professor of Physics) and Mike Lewicki (Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science).

Flash talks and posters are now being accepted.

Title: Research ShowCASE 2017

Hosted By: Office of Research and Technology Management

Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Date: Friday, April 21, 2017

Location: Veale Convocation Center

On Friday, April 21, 2017, hundreds of researchers, scientists and scholars will come together for RCCI's annual day of discovery, collaboration and community. Held in conjunction with the Spring Undergraduate Symposium, also known as Intersections, Research ShowCASE provides evidence of how research brings value to CWRU, the community and the world.

Exhibits of real-world applications, critical insights and creative and intellectual activities will be on view for students, faculty, staff, alumni, business and industry leaders and the community, highlighting the full range of research at CWRU.

Research ShowCASE is free, open to the public and held in Case Western Reserve University's Veale Convocation Center.