Odyssey is changing how scientists see the signatures of future earthquakes
Using the power of Odyssey, researchers in the department of Earth & Planetary Sciences provide a radical new perspective on understanding the signatures of earthquake activity in the vicinity of the Longmen Shan and in particular the signature of elastic strain accumulation prior to the devastating Wenchuan earthquake where 60,000 lives were lost.
FAS Research Computing Implements Novel Big Data Storage System
After years of careful research, scientists in the FAS Research Computing organization have noticed that a large proportion of the “big data” we generate as part of our research isn’t actually of all that much value. Today we are announcing our new storage system called DevNull™. DevNull™ has been designed to more effectively manage the data deluge from multiple Big Data projects.
Harvard’s Odyssey unlocks big data
As technology evolves and becomes further integrated into society, massive amounts of data are being collected and stored. With supercomputers within easy reach and storage infinitely scalable, researchers now have the power and resources not just to collect data, but to analyze it and make important discoveries. Nowhere has this trend been more apparent than at Harvard.
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 where he will talk about the current and future state of the data center.
Evolution in Action: Observing Yeast Over 500 Generations
What does evolution look like? How much does genetic background influence evolution? Is evolutionary adaptability random or predictable? These are questions the Desai Lab has set out to answer. With a research focus on evolutionary dynamics, the Desai Lab observes evolution in action and uses Odyssey to analyze the data.
Research Computing Among Sponsors for Martin Karplus Celebration Symposium
Harvard FAS Research Computing (FASRC) has partnered with Dell to sponsor part of the Martin Karplus Celebration Symposium on October 1, 2014. The Symposium is a one-day event celebrating the life and work of Martin Karplus, the Theodore William Richards Professor of Chemistry Emeritus at Harvard University.
Simulations run on Odyssey lead to first realistic virtual universe
Research Computing partner in Massachusetts Open Cloud project
Research Computing Announces Internet2 HPC Advisory Group Membership
Harvard MGHPCC project team wins Green Carpet Award
The Harvard Office for Sustainability has awarded the Harvard project team for the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) a Green Carpet Award. The award recognizes Sustainability Leaders at Harvard who exemplify innovation and creativity through the development and execution of campus sustainability plans that focus on the reduction of energy use, green house gas emissions, waste, and water consumption.
Research Computing powers computation behind BICEP2 discovery
Research Computing has provided computational support and infrastructure for the BICEP2 project. Research Computing provided the BICEP2 project with 400TB of storage space and access to more than 30,000 cores of compute.Research Computing also provided virtual machine support for BICEP2 websites and data. The project consumed 5.1 million CPU hours on Odyssey since 2010.
NBA drafts Big Data
Harvard researchers have used Odyssey to dig deep into NBA player data, creating a new statistical framework for basketball analytics. The research, led by Kirk Goldsberry, Visiting Scholar at the Center for Geographic Analysis, Luke Bornn, Assistant Professor in the Department of Statistics, Dan Cervone, and Alex D’Amour both PhD students in the Department of Statistics, uses player data from the 2012-2013 NBA season. The dataset, known as SportVU, was collected at 14 NBA arenas and contains 800 million locations of NBA players on the court.
Research Computing part of $5.3M NSF Cyberinfrastructure Award
Research Computing to join Gluster Community Board
Altered diet can quickly change gut microbiome in humans
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 plant-based foods. Analysis of sequencing data using the Odyssey cluster, revealed significant changes to the abundance of gut microbes on the animal-based diet within a single day. Multiple changes also occurred on the plant-based diet, albeit to a lesser degree than the animal-based diet. Furthermore, researchers found evidence that the animal-based diet increased the growth of Bilophila wadsworthia, a bacterium believed to inflame intestinal tissue potentially leading to inflammatory bowel disease.
Temperature extremes unprecedented in the past 600 years
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.
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.
The Clean Energy Project
MGHPCC awarded LEED Platinum certification
Research Computing adds 28,000 processors to cluster
MGHPCC open for business
Research Computing to play vital role in $9M grant from the NIH
A group of Harvard researchers from the Harvard Center for Brain Science (CBS) and the departments of Molecular and Cellular Biology and Chemistry and Chemical Biology are working to map how that brain wiring takes place in an effort to pinpoint the causes of — and potential treatments for —schizophrenia, autism, and a host of other disorders.