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  • 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 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 ETA for switching over is Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 (note date change). Our new ... 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


  • OpenMPI update: February 11th-13th

    February 11, 2015
    OpenMPI update: February 11th-13thStarting 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


  • 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


  • The cloud’s silver lining

    April 7, 2014
    The cloud's silver lining The cloud. Everyone is talking about it even if they aren't quite sure what it is. And almost everyone is using it. To start, let's get that pesky definition out of the way. The cloud or cloud computing refers to the storing and accessing of data and programs over the Internet instead of on the hard ... Read More


  • How big is Big Data?

    April 7, 2014
    How big is Big Data? If you have been tuned-in to tech talk over the last couple years there have been certain buzzwords that have been making their way into the common vernacular, big data being one of them. But with any buzzword, the meaning behind it can often be murky as can the understanding of that meaning. In 2012, ... Read More


  • Data center in a box

    April 7, 2014
    Data center in a boxWhen most people hear prefab or modular buildings, the first thing that comes to mind are mobile homes, cheaply built pre-assembled one-floor homes that are transported by truck and typically laid to rest in a trailer park. However, over the past decade prefab and modular homes have gone through a renaissance of sorts. A sector ... Read More


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