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Feature Stories

  • Accelerating Viscoelastic Calculations Read more about how Brendan Meade's group used machine learning and the Odyssey cluster to accelerate large-scale viscoelastic calculations using neural net concepts at Harvard Magazine. Earthquakes Around the World - Harvard Magazine For a deeper dive, you'll find their paper describing the work at https://arxiv.org/abs/1701.08884 ABSTRACT: "One of the most significant challenges involved in efforts to understand ... Read More


  • Air Pollution and Mortality in the Medicare Population ABSTRACT - We constructed an open cohort of all Medicare beneficiaries (60,925,443 persons) in the continental United States from the years 2000 through 2012, with 460,310,521 person-years of follow-up. Annual averages of fine particulate matter (particles with a mass median aerodynamic diameter of less than 2.5 μm ) and ozone were estimated according to the ... Read More


  • A Language Out of Nothing Searching for the nature of speech, sign, and universal grammar "Davidson’s work on sign languages spans the divide between applied and theoretical linguistics, contributing to both abstract debates about language in the mind and questions with immediate impacts on people’s lives. Harvard’s small but formidable linguistics department thrives on its interest in the union of theory ... Read More


  • Green Computing Today, Not Tomorrow Harvard and FASRC believe in innovation and a sustainable energy footprint. From our green data center in Holyoke, MA to clean energy initiatives on campus, we are committed to improving the world around us. MGHPCC is our green data center in Holyoke, MA which was purpose-built to achieve sustainable, clean energy and cooling. The new solar ... Read More


  • NESE: Large-Scale Extendable Storage "As big data becomes a common analytical tool in fields from the sciences to the humanities, Harvard’s computer infrastructure experts are turning their attention to an increasingly pressing question: How do you manage it all? In recent years, Harvard invested in the Odyssey computing cluster, whose 60,000 CPUs provide the sheer computing horsepower needed to crunch ... Read More


  • Teaching Computers to Identify Odors "Using a machine-learning algorithm, Murthy and colleagues were able to “train” a computer to recognize the neural patterns associated with various scents, and to identify whether specific odors were present in a mix of smells. The study is described in a Sept. 1 paper in the journal Neuron." - Harvard Gazette Read more at ... Read More


  • A Redox-flow Battery with an Alloxazine-based Organic Electrolyte Odyssey helps researchers create the next generation of energy storage systems. Using organic electrolytes, a redox-flow battery offers many benefits and improvements over current energy storage schemes using more environmentally-friendly compounds. Excerpt: Redox-flow batteries (RFBs) can store large amounts of electrical energy from variable sources, such as solar and wind. Recently, redox-active organic molecules in aqueous ... Read More


  • IARPA ADVANCED MACHINE LEARNING CHALLENGE IARPA has awarded more than $28 million to Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), Center for Brain Science (CBS), and Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology for research into advanced neuroscience and machine learning. Professors David Cox, Jeff Lichtman, Hanspeter Pfister, Haim Sompolinsky and Ryan Adams look to push the ... Read More


  • New Methods for Flu Tracking and Prediction Statistics Professor Samuel Kou and colleagues have created new tracking methods for influenza using data from across the Internet and the power of Odyssey. "The approach, called ARGO, for AutoRegression with Google search data, combines Google data with historical records from the CDC and information on seasonality of the flu. It also accounts for changes in ... Read More


  • New Module Search Tools The RC/Informatics portal now has a new application for searching modules in the new module system. https://portal.rc.fas.harvard.edu/apps/modules This search tool includes all of the modules in the new module system, and provides key information, including application descriptions, how to load the module, and in many cases, build notes that help describe the difference between various builds. A command ... Read More


  • Brain Genomics Superstruct Project ABSTRACT The goal of the Brain Genomics Superstruct Project (GSP) is to enable large-scale exploration of the links between brain function, behavior, and ultimately genetic variation. To provide the broader scientific community data to probe these associations, a repository of structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans linked to genetic information was constructed from a ... Read More


  • 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 ... Read More


  • 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 that manipulate variant calls in ... Read More


  • Odyssey helps simulate conditions on Mars & beyond Simulations using the Odyssey cluster played a key role in two new papers, one authored by Harvard Assistant Professor Robin Wordsworth and one by Prof. Wordsworth along with colleagues across the country, which concern planetary conditions on Mars and on tidally locked rocky planets. The first, Atmospheric Heat Redistribution and Collapse on Tidally Locked Rocky Planets ... Read More


  • FAS Research Computing Implements Novel Big Data Storage System FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CAMBRIDGE, M.A. - 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 ... Read More


  • Harvard’s Odyssey unlocks big data Increasingly, big data is changing life’s game board. As technology evolves and becomes further integrated into society, massive amounts of data are being collected and stored. From the app on your cellphone to the swipe of your credit card to the systems that monitor everyday activities, data is endlessly transmitted and interpreted. With supercomputers within easy ... Read More


  • 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 ... Read More


  • 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. To do this, the lab has designed experiments that allow them to quickly detect ... Read More


  • 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. Karplus was one of three winners of the 2013 ... Read More


  • Simulations run on Odyssey lead to first realistic virtual universe Astronomers have created the first realistic virtual universe by running large-scale cosmological simulations on supercomputers. The project, known as Illustris, was led by Mark Vogelsberger of MIT and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Illustris produced detailed galaxy simulations by using complex computer models that captured the physical components and processes of the universe from 12 ... Read More


  • Research Computing partner in Massachusetts Open Cloud project HOLYOKE – Friday, April 25, 2014 – Governor Deval Patrick today announced a $3 million capital investment to launch the Massachusetts Open Cloud project, a university-industry collaboration designed to create a new public cloud computing infrastructure to spur big data innovation. Governor Patrick also announced the release of the 2014 Mass Big Data Report, which ... Read More


  • Research Computing Announces Internet2 HPC Advisory Group Membership DENVER—April 7, 2014—Internet2 today announced at the 2014 Internet2 Global Summit the creation of the Internet2 Program Advisory Group for High Performance and Research Computing and the inaugural co-chairs and members. "I'm excited to lead this important venture along with my colleague and friend Dave Lifka," said Jim Bottum, the Group’s Co-Chair and Clemson University’s Chief Information ... Read More


  • MGHPCC project team wins Harvard 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 ... Read More


  • 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. Of those ... Read More


  • 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 ... Read More


  • Research Computing part of $5.3M NSF award for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure CAMBRIDGE, M.A. – The National Science Foundation has awarded a consortium of six universities a $5.3 million grant to support a national network of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Research and Education Facilitators (ACI-REFs). Harvard University’s FAS Research Computing group is one of the collaborating institutions. The project, called Advanced Cyberinfrastructure - Research and Educational Facilitation: Campus-based Computational ... Read More


  • FAS Research Computing to join Gluster Community Board CAMBRIDGE, M.A. – FAS Research Computing (FASRC) has signed a letter of intent to join the Gluster Community Board, the leading community for open software-defined storage. James Cuff, Assistant Dean for Research Computing at Harvard University, will represent FASRC. The board is comprised of individuals and organization representatives committed to the success of the GlusterFS ... Read More


  • 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 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 ... Read More


  • 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. Read More


  • 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 ... Read More


  • 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 ... Read More


  • Temperature extremes unprecedented in the past 600 years Harvard scientists use Odyssey to run climate models measuring the scale and frequency of recent warm temperature extremes. The results led to conclusive evidence that the summers of 2005, 2007, 2010 and 2011 in the high northern latitudes were warmer than those of all prior years back to 1400. For the full paper see here. Read More


  • 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 ... Read More


  • 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 ... Read More


  • MGHPCC Open for Business State of the Art Data Center Will Keep Massachusetts at Forefront of Innovation Economy HOLYOKE – Friday, November 16, 2012 – Governor Deval Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray joined university leaders and technology executives today to cut the ribbon on the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC). The new Center will keep Massachusetts at the ... Read More


  • Research Computing to play vital role in $9 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health From the Harvard Gazette By Peter Reuell, Harvard Staff Writer Have you ever wondered why infants can learn foreign languages easily, while older children and parents struggle? Or why your third-grader can fix your computer, but you can barely check your email? The answer, scientists have long known, lies in the way brains develop. All children experience what ... Read More