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  • Cannon makes super-computing Top 500 List

    November 20, 2019
    Cannon makes super-computing Top 500 List The November 2019 Top 500 List has just added Cannon, and we're very pleased to say we've ranked #144 overall and # 7 on the US academic list. We and the Harvard FAS are very proud to have Cannon in such a prominent position in the list. It demonstrates Harvard's commitment to pushing the envelope ... Read More
  • On Artificial Intelligence

    November 20, 2019
    On Artificial Intelligence by Paul Edmon, November 20, 2019 Currently in the realm of computer science there is no hotter topic than Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML).  However as this slide deck from Professor Arvind Narayanan at Princeton notes there is also a lot of snake oil going around too.  Thus an understanding of AI is important ... Read More
  • Harvard/Yale meetup at MGHPCC

    November 13, 2019
    Harvard/Yale meetup at MGHPCCby Maggie McFee - Nov. 13, 2019   While attending the PEARC conference, Maggie and Austin ran into some of our Yale Research Computing counterparts: Kaylea, Robert, and Ben. While there's an intense sports rivalry between the two schools, this wasn't the case with our RC departments. We really hit it off well and we talked about ... Read More
  • What’s Old is New Again

    November 4, 2019
    What's Old is New Againby Paul Edmon, November 4, 2019 As Solomon said "there is nothing new under the sun", and so it is with archival technology.  Hollywood it seems has stumbled on the trick of etching glass to store data for long term (i.e. centuries).  Fun thing is this is a return to previous methods of storage. A general rule ... Read More
  • A Cautionary Tale

    October 16, 2019
    A Cautionary Taleby Paul Edmon, October 16, 2019 First, in order to not bury the lede, if you are a chemist using or have used the "Willoughby-Hoye" python scripts please be advised that there is a bug which may impact your results.  It is advised that you re-verify your results with the updated patched version.  See these articles ... Read More
  • FASRC Cluster Refresh 2019

    March 19, 2019
    FASRC Cluster Refresh 2019 As of the November 2019 rankings, Cannon has ranked #144 on the Top500 list!  For current cluster details, please see: https://www.rc.fas.harvard.edu/about/cluster-architecture/ For current partition configurations and changes, please see the Running Jobs page The lease on the Odyssey compute cluster comes to an end this year, and a hardware refresh of the cluster will occur in September. Current ... Read More
  • Odyssey 3 Upgrade Complete

    June 15, 2018
    Odyssey 3 Upgrade CompleteAs of May 22nd 2018, the new Odyssey 3 cluster is fully operational. All login nodes and compute nodes* on the Odyssey cluster are running CentOS 7, have CentOS 7 modules, and the ability to use Singularity containers enabling you to build specialized software for yourself. Please see our updated/additional documentation, including: CentOS 7 Transition FAQ Running Jobs Singularity on ... Read More
  • Odyssey 3, The Next Generation

    November 17, 2017
    Odyssey 3, The Next Generation Summary UPDATE: The upgrade to CentOS 7 is complete as of the May annual power downtime and Odyssey 3 is fully operational. All login nodes and compute nodes on the Odyssey cluster are running CentOS 7, have CentOS 7 modules, and the ability to use Singularity containers enabling you to build specialized software for yourself. Please see ... Read More
  • New compute and partition reconfiguration

    November 13, 2017
    New compute and partition reconfigurationFall greetings from RC! We are very pleased to unveil the new compute purchased by FAS as part of the Odyssey 3 project (https://www.rc.fas.harvard.edu/odyssey-3-the-next-generation/). This new compute hardware has been benchmarked at 0.5 petaflops, making it the fastest block of compute to date at Harvard. This hardware is now available on the cluster for people to ... Read More
  • Odyssey Updates

    August 31, 2017
    Odyssey UpdatesResearch Computing Odyssey Users, For those of you returning, welcome back. For those new to Harvard, we hope to provide you with solid services, resources and support. Below is information on some important updates as well as our new training schedule. Next Maintenance: Due to the Labor Day holiday, the next monthly maintenance will be Monday, Sept. ... Read More
  • Odyssey 3 Announcement

    July 26, 2017
    Odyssey 3 AnnouncementGreetings Odyssey cluster users. We'd like to let you know that we are planning several major updates to the Odyssey cluster that will be rolling out over the next few months. This third generation of high performance computing will include increases in raw compute power, a new CentOS 7-based application stack, and the introduction of the ... Read More
  • ACI-REF program kicks off at Harvard

    July 1, 2014
    ACI-REF program kicks off at HarvardBack in March, Research Computing announced its collaboration with five universities to launch a new national program that would broaden the impact of advanced computing resources at university campuses across the country. The NSF funded program was called Advanced Cyberinfrastructure - Research and Educational Facilitation: Campus-based Computational Research Support or ACI-REF for short. The program received $5.3M ... Read More
  • 38 Oxford’s time warp

    June 2, 2014
    38 Oxford's time warpOne of the great things about working at a university with more than 375 years of history are the stories you stumble upon. Markers of the past live on in tradition and in form. Here at Research Computing we are reminded of what came before every day we make our way through the doors of 38 Oxford Street. For ... Read More
  • Journey to the server room

    May 6, 2014
    Journey to the server roomEver wonder what goes on behind the scenes at Research Computing (RC)? While most of the job involves long stretches at the computer terminal, every now and then we get to step out from behind the desk and journey to the server room. These chilled rooms hold all the data, storage, networking, and compute that ... Read More
  • Clouds in the forecast: RC embarks on cloud computing project

    April 28, 2014
    Clouds in the forecast: RC embarks on cloud computing projectResearch Computing (RC) is excited to announce its partnership with the Massachusetts Open Cloud (MOC). On Friday, April 25th, Governor Deval Patrick announced the initiative as part of the Commonwealth's commitment to growing the state's big data industry. “Massachusetts is already home to several unique big data assets, including the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing ... Read More
  • Fast times at RC High…Performance Computing

    April 7, 2014
    Fast times at RC High...Performance Computing Apr 7, 2014 The past year has been an exciting one at Research Computing (RC). We increased our computing power by 28,000 CPUs, rolled out a new queue management system SLURM, consolidated our data centers to reduce energy costs and improve storage capacity, partnered with WiseTek to sustainably dispose of old equipment, spun up some GPU ... Read More
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