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High Performance Research Computing (HPRC) Walk-in Workshop, Fri 3rd July 11am-12pm

The High Performance Research Computing group provides advanced computing (Linux and HPC), data management, visualisation and software development facilities and expertise for Trinity researchers from all disciplines.

HPRC will be holding a Walk-In Workshop session on Friday 3rd July between 11am and 12pm in room 2.12 in the Lloyd Building and light refreshments of tea/coffee/biscuits will be provided.

This month’s workshop will be focused on:

  • Do you run large calculations on your desktop? We can help by getting them to run on our High Performance Compute clusters instead.
  • Do you need help writing parallel code? You can get free access to support scientists who can help you. This scientist can be allocated to work with you or your research group on projects for up to three months in duration.
  • Do you need help visualising results? We can provide advice on software (including bespoke visualisation software developed at HPRC) and facilities (3-D Visualisation Facility).

For further details please see http://www.tchpc.tcd.ie/node/1131

 

HPRC training courses, June 2015

The High Performance Research Computing Group (HPRC) will be providing the following training courses in June:

  • An Introduction to Linux Command-Line (9.30am-1pm, June 22nd-25th)
  • An Introduction to Python for Scientific Computing (June 26th 9.30am-1pm)

For full details of the course dates, times and how to book a place please see the HPRC web pages.

Research Data 
Migration successfully 
completed

In December 2014, the HPRC team undertook an upgrade of the GPFS filesystem that is shared across several compute clusters.  The old hardware had been commissioned in 2008 and had recently suffered some failures, leaving the service highly at risk of losing research data.

Leveraging the College’s investment in Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), an additional 60 terabytes of storage was purchased and installed in the new VNX system. This storage was connected by fibre channel to the existing HPRC I/O servers to allow the migration of the data to occur.

One of the key features of GPFS is the ability to add and remove disks from the filesystem without interruption to service. Therefore the migration of the data could run in the background with no impact on users.

The upgrade was carried out as a three step process:
– Extend the filesystem by adding the new disks
– Migrate the data from the old to the new disks
– Remove the now empty old disks from the filesystem

It was agreed to undertake this large operation in the days before the Christmas holidays. Overnight between 22nd and 23rd December, approximately 11 terabytes  of data was migrated with no issues. Therefore, just before leaving for the holidays the migration of the remaining 25 terabytes of data was initiated. With a little remote babysitting over the holiday period the migration was completed without data loss or downtime.

Now all critical research data on the HPRC clusters is housed on new equipment with warranties and support contracts in place.  Overall the project saved College approximately €120k by saving on the purchase of a replacement standalone storage platform for the HPRC systems.

HPRC walk-in workshop, Friday 3rd October

The IS Services High Performance and Research Computing Group (HPRC) are holding a drop-in session from 11am to 12pm on Friday, 3rd October in room 2.12 in the Lloyd building.

HPRC provides Trinity researchers from all disciplines with the following services:

  • Advanced Computing
  • Data Management
  • Visualisation
  • Training
  • Software Development Facilities and Expertise

The workshop may be useful to staff and postgrads who need assistance with the above.  See here for more details on the workshop.

HPRC walk-in workshop, 5th September, 11am-12pm

The IS Services High Performance & Research Computing group (HPRC – http://www.tchpc.tcd.ie/) provides advanced computing (Linux and HPC), data management, visualisation and software development facilities and expertise for Irish researchers from all disciplines.

The HPRC group will be holding a Walk-In Workshop session on Friday 5th September between 11am and 12pm in the HPRC computer lab on the second floor of the Lloyd Building (room 2.12)

Light refreshments of tea/coffee/biscuits will be provided.

 

Focus of workshop
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This month’s workshop is focused on:

* All disciplines:

* Do you run large calculations on your desktop?

– We can help by getting them to run on our High Performance Compute clusters

* Do you need help writing parallel code?

– You can get free access to support scientists who can help you. This scientist can be allocated to work with you or your research group on projects for up to three months in duration.

* Do you need help visualising results?

– We can provide advice on software (including bespoke visualisation software developed at HPRC) and facilities (3-D Visualisation Facility).

 

Audience
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Researchers from all disciplines are welcome to come along.

Please let your colleagues know about the Workshop, as they may have some issue which turns out to be relevant for you.

 

 

Additional information
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This will be an open session for people to come in and ask questions and get help in an informal setting.

Please note that this is _not_ a formal training session – you can drop in at any time during the workshop with a question for 5 minutes and then leave (hopefully happy!).

HPRC staff members will be on hand to discuss any problems with you. Light refreshments of tea/coffee/biscuits will be provided.

 

See http://www.tchpc.tcd.ie/support/workshops/ for more details.

Venue: The HPRC computer lab on the second floor of the Lloyd Building (room 2.12)

 

Time: 11am – 12pm on Friday 5th September

Contact information: http://www.tchpc.tcd.ie/overview/contact/

HPRC walk-in workshop for students and research staff

High Performance Research Computing (HPRC) is hosting a walk-in workshop this Friday, 6th June 12pm to 1pm, in Room 2.12 Lloyd Building.

Staff will be on-hand to discuss any research or IT-related topics with students and research staff who may need to avail of HPRC services. This workshop is designed to provide help and takes places in an informal setting; we have tea and light refreshments (read: tea/coffee/biscuits).

For more details see the HPRC website.

HPRC walk-in workshop for students and research staff

High Performance Research Computing (HPRC) is hosting a walk-in workshop this Friday, 2nd May 12pm to 1pm, in Room 2.12 Lloyd Building.

Staff will be on-hand to discuss any research or IT-related topics with students and research staff who may need to avail of HPRC services. This workshop is designed to provide help and takes places in an informal setting; we have tea and light refreshments (read: tea/coffee/biscuits).

For more details see the HPRC website.

HPRC walk-in workshop for students and research staff

High Performance Research Computing (HPRC) is hosting a walk-in workshop this Friday, 4th April 12pm to 1pm, in Room 2.12 Lloyd Building.

Staff will be on-hand to discuss any research or IT-related topics with students and research staff who may need to avail of HPRC services. This workshop is designed to provide help and takes places in an informal setting; we have tea and light refreshments (read: tea/coffee/biscuits).

For more details see the HPRC website.

HPRC walk-in workshop for students and research staff, 7th March

High Performance Research Computing (HPRC) is hosting a walk-in workshop this Friday, 7th March from 12pm to 1pm, in Room 2.12 Lloyd Building.

Staff will be on-hand to discuss any research or IT-related topics with students and research staff who may need to avail of HPRC services. This workshop is designed to provide help and takes places in an informal setting; we have tea and light refreshments (read: tea/coffee/biscuits).

For more details see the HPRC website.

TCHPC: February 2014 training courses

The Trinity Centre for High Performance Computing (TCHPC – http://www.tchpc.tcd.ie/) provides advanced computing (Linux and HPC), data management, visualisation and software development facilities and expertise for Irish researchers from all disciplines.

Please see the following link for information regarding the February training courses. http://www.tchpc.tcd.ie/node/1106.