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  • Odyssey 3, The Next Generation

    November 17, 2017
    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 ... Read More


  • New compute and partition reconfiguration

    November 13, 2017
    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 ... Read More


  • Odyssey Updates

    August 31, 2017
    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, ... Read More


  • Odyssey 3 Announcement

    July 26, 2017
    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 ... Read More


  • Profiles in Delight: Scott Yockel

    July 16, 2015
    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 ... Read More


  • Profiles in Delight: Mike Ethier

    April 2, 2015
    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 ... Read More


  • OpenMPI update: February 11th-13th

    February 11, 2015
    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 ... Read More


  • Profiles in Delight: Paul Edmon

    February 2, 2015
    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 all ... Read More


  • Profiles in Delight: Maggie McFee

    November 26, 2014
    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 ... Read More


  • 11 Things Every RC User Should Know

    November 7, 2014
    1. Odyssey (Not to be confused with the epic ancient Greek poem written by Homer in the 8th century BC) Research Computing’s monster supercomputer with more than 60,000 CPUs and 14 petabytes of storage and counting. Odyssey takes on more than 1.5 million job runs per month. While the average desktop computer would take hundreds if not ... Read More


  • ShellShock update issue temporarily affecting Slurm jobs and software modules

    September 26, 2014
    Summary The recent bash shellshock patch introduces a different function definition syntax in exported environments. This may affect batch jobs, where the environment gets defined on a submission host but run on a compute host. The issue arises when the bash versions don't match, such as during a rolling upgrade. Description This week we've been patching ... Read More


  • Profiles in Delight: Plamen Krastev

    September 16, 2014
    Name: Plamen Krastev Job Title: Research Computing Associate How long have you worked for RC? I've been working with RC since June 2011. This makes 3 years and 2 months. What led you to a career in HPC? Before coming to Harvard and RC, I worked at San Diego State University and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on a very large ... Read More


  • Profiles in Delight: Josue Rivera

    July 9, 2014
    Name: Josue Rivera Job Title: Research Computing Specialist How long have you worked for RC? A little less than 3 years (2 years, 9 months). What led you to a career in HPC? I kind of fell into it. During college I worked at a small printing company as their "IT department" and after I was done I followed a ... Read More


  • RC launches Profiles in Delight series

    July 9, 2014
    Starting this July, we will be profiling a different Research Computing employee each month in a series titled "Profiles in Delight." You may be wondering what we mean by delight. The Oxford English Dictionary defines delight as "a source of great pleasure or joy," and "anything in which one takes delight, or which affords delight." And ... Read More


  • ACI-REF program kicks off at Harvard

    July 1, 2014
    Back 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
    One 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


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