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Odyssey 3, The Next Generation

Summary Over the next several months, Research Computing will be making a number of improvements to the Odyssey compute environment. 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 Singularity container system. We are targeting December 2017 for the final roll out of these…

New compute and partition reconfiguration

Fall 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 use in these new…

Odyssey Updates

Research 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. 11th 7-11am. A…

Odyssey 3 Announcement

Greetings 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 Singularity container system. We…

Profiles in Delight: Scott Yockel

Name: Scott Yockel How long have you been at RC? Just in time for 110 inches of snow, I arrived in mid-January 2015. Having a young daughter in that much snow was tough. The stroller wheels were wider than a shovel. What led you here? To be a part of not just HPC, but to be a part of a…

Profiles in Delight: Mike Ethier

Name: Mike Ethier Job Title: Research Computing Associate How long have you worked for RC? Since its inception, which would be 2006. I started in 2001 working at Harvard on a smaller 200-300 core compute cluster. What led you to a career in HPC? I worked for a Northeast software reseller supporting the LSF queuing package for all types of…

Profiles in Delight: John Noss

Name: John Noss Job Title: Research Computing Associate How long have you worked for RC? A little over two years, I started at RC in August 2012. What led you to a career in HPC? I studied physics as an undergrad, and worked in an experimental physics lab, so I was excited to find something that combined being a systems admin with working with researchers on…

OpenMPI update: February 11th-13th

Starting Thursday, February 11th, we'll be updating the OpenMPI libraries in the new module system along with the MPI application set. The update should be done in about 2 days. If you load modules using the full name, (e.g. module load fftw/3.3.4-fasrc06), this should not affect you. If you load the "latest" module (e.g. module load fftw) you may be…

Profiles in Delight: Paul Edmon

Name: Paul Edmon Job Title: ITC Research Computing Associate How long have you worked for RC? I've been working at Research Computing (RC) and the Institute for Theory and Computation (ITC) at the Center for Astrophysics (CfA) since November of 2011. So I've been here just over 3 years. What led you to a career in HPC? Generational curse :-). In…

Profiles in Delight: Maggie McFee

Name: Maggie McFee Job Title: Manager of Computing Services/Systems Administration (Physics & Research Computing) How long have you worked for RC? That question is harder to answer than it seems. I've been a sort of liaison between Physics and RC for some time and tried to help out where I could, but I only officially began working in RC (50%…