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Research Computing + Cyberinfrastructure


Case Western Reserve University will be closed for Winter Recess the week between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day.  Service requests and projects may be delayed due to the unavailability of Case personnel.  The Case Help Desk will remain open and RCCI staff are on call to respond to incidents such as a production service being unavailable.


RCCI will perform our quarterly maintenance Jan. 8-10, 2020. Our activities during this period will include head nodes patching, compute node re-imaging, storage firmware updates, and other smaller maintenance items.


New GPU Compute Nodes

RCCI has added eight additional Graphics Processor Unit (GPU) compute nodes that are available immediately in the Rider cluster. Each GPU compute node provides two Nvidia RTX 2080Ti cards with 12GB of GPU memory in each card. They are available in the Rider cluster as compute nodes gpu045-052. The strength of these GPU cards is in the single precision computational work, such as in image analysis (Relion, Cryosparc), machine learning (Tensorflow), while they also perform decently for general GPU computational work. You may request these nodes with the feature “gpu2080” (-p gpu -C gpu2080) in Rider via SLURM.

Research Storage Upgrade

Our Research Storage service was recently upgraded in order to provide more capacity and higher performance to users of the service. Thanks to everyone who worked with our storage administrators to ensure that research data was successfully migrated to the new system.

Data Science Cluster

To support the computational needs of students in the new data science programs at Case Western Reserve University, RCCI has deployed a second HPC cluster called “Markov,” which provides separate login access and GPU compute nodes for curriculum use. 

This purpose-built cluster is designed to run data analytics with various tools such as Tensorflow, Keras, Python and R that require compute cores optimized for mathematical operations. This semester, we are supporting the following classes: EMSE 125, DSCI 351/451, PQHS 431, and EECS 600. Faculty members who are interested in using our campus cyberinfrastructure, including “Markov,” should contact the Research Computing group and complete the Request for Coursework Support form. 

Additional information can be found on our Cyberinfrastructure for Curriculum page.

Introducing OnDemand

Access to Rider and Markov cluster resources are available through the OnDemand web portal. OnDemand provides productivity “dashboard” apps that feature file browsing, a terminal, and job submission management and monitoring. Additionally, interactive applications provide a web-interface to Jupyter and RStudio, as well as a full desktop environment.


Eleven CWRU researchers expanded their knowledge of parallel computing methods by attending the Petascale Computing Institute program. Speakers from institutions hosting petascale computing resources provided an introduction to parallel computing and an examination of the parallel file systems that allow for high-throughput disk access and large-scale memory utilization. A recap of the sessions can be found on the Blue Waters website.


Ring in the new semester by attending the High Performance Computing Winter Warm-up workshop. Spring semester will feature the Warm-up as well as other opportunities to build skills using large-scale, parallel-capable computing resources. Here we announce the HPC Introduction and provide a list of topics for the semester.

High Performance Computing Winter Warm-up
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, 1 to 4 p.m.
Toepfer Room, 2nd Floor, Adelbert Hall
Register: ABC Signup


RCCI's Winter Warm-up workshop will take place in the Toepfer Room of Adelbert Hall. This session will provide an orientation to the cluster hardware, software, and policies, as well as present information necessary to work right away. Our goal is to provide a grounding in the concepts necessary to efficiently conduct work in the HPC environment, and to make clear the methods for connecting to the HPC from personal and lab computers.

HPC Skill-building Topics

Please be on the lookout for the following workshops throughout the spring semester: 

  • Working with the OnDemand HPC Web Portal

  • Personal software installation (gnu-compiler, R modules and Python packages)

  • Working with containers (how to bring Docker to the HPC)

  • Working with GPU resources

To learn more, please check out our Canvas RCCI Workshops site.


RCCI has created a Google Calendar dedicated to providing information about upcoming HPC events, conferences, internships, and other HPC-related events.

Please feel free to subscribe to the calendar via this link: Application Deadlines for HPC Programs


Summer Internships in Parallel Computational Sciences (SIParCS)

Due Jan. 1, 2020

Paid internships for undergraduates and graduates at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) facility in Boulder, Colorado. Projects cover topics such as augmented reality, machine learning, analysis of climate and weather model data, and more.



Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (DREU)

Due Jan. 15, 2020

DREU is a highly selective program that matches students with a faculty mentor for a summer research experience at the faculty mentor’s home institution. DREU interns have the opportunity to be directly involved in a research project in computing and interact with graduate students and professors on a daily basis. This experience is invaluable for those who are considering graduate school.



DesignSafe-CI Research 4 Social Change Research Experience for Undergraduates

Due Feb.1, 2020

Paid, 10-week summer research program at various NHERI multi-hazard engineering sites. The NHERI REU program is dedicated to helping undergraduate students experience multi-hazard engineering as well as cyber infrastructure, data management, and simulation sites. Hands-on, research based projects introduce participants to a network of engineers, scientists and students working toward mitigating the effects of natural hazards.



XSEDE EMPOWER (Expert Mentoring Producing Opportunities for Work, Education, and Research )

Due Feb. 28, 2020

Paid, eight- to 12-week program is recruiting undergraduate students and faculty mentors to engage in a variety of XSEDE activities, such as computational and/or data analytics research and education in all fields of study, networking, system maintenance and support, visualization, and more.



Cyberinfrastructure (CI) Research 4 Social Change Research Experience for Undergraduates

Due March 1, 2020

Paid, nine-week summer research experience at the Texas Advanced Computing Center at The University of Texas at Austin for undergraduates who want to gain advanced programming and problem solving skills to conduct cutting-edge research in engineering, science and computational medicine. Research projects emphasize advanced computing as a tool to power discoveries that will impact social change for future generations.

Location: Austin, Texas



Advanced Computing for Social Change (ACSC)

Due March 1, 2020

Learn data analytics and computational thinking skills to address social change during a weeklong data science challenge, co-located with the Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing (PEARC) 20 Conference, July 25-30, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. Undergraduates from all majors/disciplines are encouraged to apply. All expenses will be covered for the selected participants.

Location: Portland, Oregon



CRA-E Graduate Fellows Program

Due Jan. 27, 2020

The CRA-E Graduate Fellows program supports PhD candidates in a computing field. Fellows contribute to CRA-E projects, network with computer science education advocates, and engage in advocacy and mentoring.



Frontera Fellowship Program

Due Feb. 7, 2020

The year-long Frontera Fellowship Program provides an opportunity for talented graduate students to compute on the most powerful academic supercomputer in the world, and collaboration with experts at the Texas Advanced Computing Center.



International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences

Due Jan. 27, 2020

Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from institutions in Canada, Europe, Japan and the United States are invited to apply for the eleventh International HPC Summer School, July 12-17, 2020, at the University of Toronto, Canada.



Advanced Computational Research Experience for Students (ACRES) 

Due Feb. 11, 2020

Paid 10-week internship for undergraduate students at Michigan State University. Research areas include: computational chemistry, bioinformatics, computational biology, astrophysics, topological data analysis, machine learning, climate science, remote sensing and image processing. Funding provided for round-trip travel to MSU, accommodation and meal plan. Participants receive a stipend ($600 per week).

Program dates: May 18 to July 24, 2020



NSF IRES ASSURE (Algorithms & Software for SUpercomputers with emerging aRchitEctures)

Due Feb. 4, 2020

Paid 10-week computational research opportunity for U.S. graduate students and their research mentors to explore applications on China’s homegrown supercomputer. Application areas include: Earth and Weather Systems, Advanced Manufacturing, Big Data and Machine Learning. Students spend eight weeks in China at either the National Supercomputing Center in China, Wuxi (NSCC-Wuxi) or East China Normal University, Shanghai (ECNU-Shanghai). Funding provided for student round trip travel to China, accommodation and meals, international health insurance and a stipend ($500 per week). Faculty mentor travel support is also available for promising collaborations.

Program dates: June 1 to Aug. 7, 2020


Computational Social Science (CSS) REU
Due: Mar. 1, 2020

Within the Computational Social Science (CSS) REU program, ten students select from a wide variety of computational social science projects at the University of Notre Dame and work collaboratively with expert mentors. This REU training program develops multidisciplinary social scientists with the appropriate expertise to answer the computational social science data growth challenges and opportunities.


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