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Bayesian Software updated

We have several researchers that use the HPC for long-running Bayesian calculations, and HPC is well suited for that.  Many of them use the JAGS software application, and the R package to interact with it.  We've had a few issues with this software: 1. Some users would see "MKL" errors depending on...

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Scratch file system is for temporary files only

This is a friendly reminder that our scratch file system ( /mnt/scratch/<username> is for temporary files only.  No backups are made of files on scratch.  In order to keep the file system clean, every day the system looks for and deletes any files that are 45 days old (days since the file was...

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Experiencing HPC for Undergraduate Students

The Experiencing HPC for Undergraduate Students program fully funds about 25 students (US-based and from the rest of the world) to attend the SC17 conference. (This year the conference is in Denver, CO from Nov. 12 to Nov. 17. More details about the conference are available at http://sc17....

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Summer Advanced Computational Research Experience for Students (ACRES) Begins

FRIDAY, May 26th – Eleven undergraduates from around the US arrived at Michigan State University’s campus this week to participate in the 10-week Advanced Computational Research Experiences (ACRES) program. One of only two CISE Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) programs in the state of...

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4 Updates for System Maintenance in May

On May 16, 2017, system maintenance performed on the High Performance Computing Center (HPCC) at Michigan State University addressed the following issues related to security, stability and performance:  TORQUE, the HPCC resource manager, was updated to version 6.1.1.1.  This is the latest version...

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New System Admin join the HPCC Team

Cameron Crisovan is the newest Information Technologist on the HPCC team. Before joining iCER, he was a Linux System Administrator at Liquid Web for 5 years, working mostly on the System Restore team. Cameron will be assisting with general system administration work and Help Desk support for the...

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iCER Student Highlights: Taylor Dunivin

The Effects of Underground Fire on Bacterial Resistance Taylor Dunivin is currently a Ph.D. Student studying Microbiology and Molecular Genetics as well as Environmental and Integrative Toxicology at Michigan State University. She works with Ashley Shade, an assistant professor in the Department...

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HPCC Increases Storage Capacity

Data demands continue to increase. To meet these needs iCER has purchased more persistent and temporary storage. In the coming months, the following file systems are scheduled to come online:  ufs-13, which adds approximately 1PB of usable, persistent space. Together with ufs-11 and ufs-12, these...

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iCER @ MSU’s 2017 Science Festival

Many pre-college students use computers in their daily lives but very few actually understand how computers work. Fewer still have the opportunity to see a supercomputer. The “Adventures in Parallel Land” tours introduce students to the role of supercomputers in making scientific discoveries and...

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iCER Student Highlights: Emily Dolson

Exploring Ecosystems Emily Dolson is currently a fourth year Ph.D. Student earning a dual degree in Computer Science and Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior at Michigan State University. She works with Dr. Charles Ofria, professor of Computer Science and Engineering and Deputy Director for...

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Scratch file system Notice

On February 2nd (4pm to 10pm) and February 13th (8pm to 11pm) two failures occurred on the HPCC SCRATCH file system. According to our log file, these failures are most likely caused by many small files being generated in a short time period. The scratch file system is not good at handling high...

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Important Scratch Purge Update

We are changing how we handle old files on our Lustre file system.  Any files that haven’t been modified for 45 days will be deleted permanently. We've paused the implementation of that policy when we installed a new scratch disk in November 2015 and began test runs of file purging in Fall 2016.  ...

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