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January 2017

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Research Computing Newsletter - January 2017

RCCI is aware of concerns among faculty at CWRU and elsewhere regarding potential deletion or destruction of data at sites maintained by the U.S. government that is essential for carrying out research in climate science.  This has been in the news ( and is the subject of discussion among scientists. 

We are prepared to assist any CWRU faculty member with preserving data held at a U.S. government site that is important for their research and that they believe is at risk for removal. Smaller data sets can be downloaded and stored in Google Drive or Box, both of which services offer unlimited storage to CWRU faculty using CWRU credentials.  For larger data sets, please contact the RCCI team to advise and/or assist in the preservation effort. 

There are national efforts occurring. For example, This was pioneered by scientists at the University of Toronto and the University of Pennsylvania. Such efforts should be leveraged before carrying out local efforts. 

Please direct questions to or to

Quarterly Maintenance
RCCI performed quarterly maintenance on RedCat earlier this month in order to patch and upgrade several key services used to manage the cluster. High performance storage was also upgraded during the scheduled downtime to the latest revision. In addition to the upgrades, RCCI also installed Matlab R2016b and Schrodinger-2016-4. 

RedCat by the Numbers
During the first half of FY 2017, 5.2 million hours of CPU time were consumed by 1,295,000 user jobs. 
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New Workshop and Training Structure

RCCI is excited to introduce a new structure and design for our workshop and training offerings. With this new design, RCCI tries to satisfy the needs of our research computing users, as well as current users. Since not all users have the same level of knowledge, we have categorized our seminars by levels - from the "I want to know about..." to more specialized seminars for most advanced users. Our workshop design also includes Bootcamps, in which new users can be trained and become familiar with the campus cyberinfrastructure.

The following levels and themes are used to describe the content presented:
Level 0: Exploring with [U]Tech
These set of workshops are given by guest speakers that will provide insight and examples of a topic. For instance, exploring alternative uses of the HPC.

Level 1: Tinkering with [U]Tech
A pre-introductory type of course that could be more basic than an introduction to a topic. Since RCCI members are not experts on all topics, this course would be a hands-on, lab-like set of sessions where [U]Tech and attendees work together to learn a topic.

Level 2: Working with [U]Tech
These workshops should serve as an introduction to a topic. These introductions could be as simple as a four minute YouTube video, to a one hour workshop introducing a topic.

Level 3: Advancing with [U]Tech - Technical workshops
In these workshops, local experts (either [U]Tech instructors or guests) will teach a more advanced use of a tool, or some specific aspects of a topic. These workshops could complement Level 2 workshops as well.

Level 4: Mastering with [U]Tech - Advanced topics
Local experts (either [U]Tech instructors or guests) will teach even deeper concepts or uses of a tool so that. These workshops are intended for advanced users with a lot of experience. These workshops could complement Level 3 workshops as well.

The aim of bootcamps is to train new users and make them familiar with our campus cyberinfrastructure. Current users of the RCCI services could attend to the bootcamps to educate themselves about new updates and features.

With these changes, RCCI has been updating training material and creating new materials based on this concept. Please be on the lookout for announcements regarding workshop topics at Google Site, [U]Tech social media and emails.


Title: HPC Bootcamp
Hosted By: Research Computing Team
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm 
Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Location: Adelbert Hall Toepfer Room

Our bootcamp features the following topics:

  • Introduction to HPC: access, environment, and slurm scheduler
  • Storage options available to users
  • Introduction to the Secure Research Environment 

Lunch will be provided

Title: Cyberinfrastructure Day 2017
Hosted By: Research Computing Team
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm 
Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Location: Tinkham Veale University Center Ballroom

Save the date of the event:
Theme: Innovative Technology

  • The keynote speaker is Irene Qualters, NSF Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Division Director
  • Short presentation talks from the community (flash talks)
  • Poster competition for students
  • Further information about the flash talks, posters and the event will be posted at a later date

Lunch will be provided.