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Feature Stories

  • Deep learning of aftershock patterns following large earthquakes Phoebe M. R. DeVries, Fernanda Viégas, Martin Wattenberg & Brendan J. Meade "Aftershocks are a response to changes in stress generated by large earthquakes and represent the most common observations of the triggering of earthquakes. The maximum magnitude of aftershocks and their temporal decay are well described by empirical laws (such as Bath’s law and Omori’s ... Read More


  • Unraveling the Stellar Content of Young Clusters "CfA astronomers Rafael Martinez-Galarz and Howard Smith and their two colleagues have developed a new statistical analysis technique to address the problem of confused SEDs in clustered environments. Using the highest spatial resolution images for each region, the team identifies the distinguishable stars (at least this many are in the cluster) and their emission at ... Read More


  • Revisiting the Six City Study   "Last June, eight new Harvard-affiliated researchers revisited the study, using new technologies and innovations in statistical analysis and examining Medicare data—the largest and most public dataset available documenting the health of U.S. citizens—thus presumably averting renewed charges of secret science (an issue raised anew by current EPA administrator Scott Pruitt). Their findings breathe new life ... Read More


  • Mapping Invisible Ocean Pollutants Prof. Elsie Sunderland's lab seeks to build a picture of pollutants which threaten our oceans. “People struggle with this idea that we could impact planetary level processes. But we do. There’s irrefutable evidence on many, many scales that we’re changing the natural functioning of these ecosystems.”     Read more in Harvard Magazine's full story Read More


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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