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Data & Software Carpentry workshop registrations now open!

Registration is now open for both Software Carpentry - R (July 22 - 23) and Data Carpentry - Genomics (August 19 - 20). Please see the following pages for more information on the workshops and registration: Software Carpentry - R: https://rc.fas.harvard.edu/software-carpentry-workshop-july-22-23/ Data Carpentry - Genomics: https://rc.fas.harvard.edu/data-carpentry-genomics-august-19-20/ We have received a few emails asking us about the difference between the workshops:…

Odyssey Software Updates, June-2015

Software updates and installs since May 1st: NOTE: All software is installed under the Lmod module system on Odyssey. And please read our guidelines for software install requests. armadillo 5.100.2 Fast C++ matrix library with easy to use functions and syntax, deliberately similar to Matlab ART 031915 Simulation tools to generate synthetic next-generation sequencing reads bcftools 1.2 Set of utilities…

Explosion of Research Data Drives “Tipping Point” for IT Facilities

James Cuff, Assistant Dean for Research Computing, sits down with Data Center Knowledge to discuss his upcoming keynote address at the 2015 Data Center World Global Conference. Cuff will talk about the current and future state of the data center in his address. “Data centers are the back bone of civilization,” Cuff said. “Basic science is being done through computing." For…

Altered diet can quickly change gut microbiome in humans

Animal and plant-based foods have contrasting effects on the human gut microbiome. Credit: John Kaufmann, http://www.jek2004.com[/caption] Led by the Turnbaugh lab in the Center for Systems Biology at Harvard University, researchers have discovered that the microbes found in the human gut respond rapidly to a new diet. The researchers placed ten people on two defined diets, composed of animal- or…

The Clean Energy Project

The Clean Energy projects searches for next generation plastic solar cell materials using RC computational resources. The project, led by Professor Alán Aspuru-Guzik, has generated data about 2.3 million candidate compounds for organic electronic materials. To find out more about the project see here.

Migratory behavior of planetary systems

Using Odyssey to run numerical integrations, research on how planetary systems evolve and migrate has provided new insights. The centuries old theory of orderly planetary system architectures is being challenged by new evidence that suggests many planetary systems underwent a period of upheaval during which giant planets “migrated” from where they formed. For a full analysis see here.

The Equality of Opportunity Project

Harvard economists measure the upward mobility of children in the bottom fifth of U.S. households using big data and Odyssey. The economists found that there is substantial variation in the U.S. in the prospects for escaping poverty and some of the strongest predictors of upward mobility are social capital and family structure. For more details see here.

MGHPCC Awarded LEED® Platinum Certification

The Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) has become the first university research data center to receive a LEED® Platinum certification, the highest green building ranking. The MGHPCC is also one of only 13 data centers in the country to receive a Platinum certification. Computing centers are typically large users of energy. “As our name indicates, environmental sustainability and…

Research Computing Adds 28,000 Processors to Cluster

With the opening of the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) in November 2012, Research Computing began the build out of its new server infrastructure located in Holyoke, MA. The end result was a cluster 28,000 processors stronger bringing total compute to over 54,000 CPUs. While computing power went up, total energy consumption went down. The MGHPCC facility was designed to minimize cooling…