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Winter Holiday Break 

As a reminder, the university is closed from December 25, 2017, through January 01, 2018. RCCI HPC and Storage systems will be available, but with limited customer support during that time period. Please email us if you need assistance (, but do expect a delay in our response. The [U]Tech Service Desk at or (216) 368-HELP will operate normally. The [U]Tech CARE Center in KSL will not be open during this time period.

January RCCI Maintenance

A downtime for our Research Data Storage, HPC, and Hadoop systems is scheduled from January 8, 2018 through January 10, 2018. The downtime will affect Rider, RedCat, HPCData, SDLE and ICB Hadoop Clusters, web portals, data transfer nodes, Globus, Research Data Storage and HPC High Performance Storage. Log-in services will not be available during this time. Research Data Archival Storage will not be affected.
In preparation for the downtime, the batch scheduler will begin holding jobs that cannot be completed before 9:00 A.M., January 8, 2018. Jobs that are not started will be held until after the downtime and then started once the system is returned to production status. 

Highlights of the downtime activities include:
  • Installation and validation of the new Panasas AS20 storage system
  • Upgrade of our Research Data Storage NAS appliances
  • Migration of user data to the new system
  • Operating system patching and updates to the cluster systems
  • Migration of compute nodes from RedCat to Rider
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Enhanced Secure Environment for REDCap at CWRU

At the request of CWRU Researchers, UTech is providing an enhanced secure environment for REDCap at CWRU.

CWRU-based REDCap users and existing CWRU REDCap projects will be relocated to the Secure Research Environment (SRE) beginning late January 2018. Existing user access/experience will not change, you will use your current URL ( There will be a brief scheduled interruption in the service during the changeover (during non-business hours). This will be communicated to REDCap users in advance of the downtime.

Future communications will address this move’s impact on your projects that may contain Protected Health Information (PHI) from HIPAA covered entities, Personally Identified Information (PII), or new users or projects migrating from partnering hospital systems (with PHI or PII present). In these cases, enhanced security options will be available and UTech/REDCap staff will be available to assist you.

At this time, there will be no change in access or service. If you have questions, please contact the [U]Tech Service Desk at or (216) 368-HELP. Refer to the REDCap change. (If you are not using the CWRU REDCap, this relocation will not apply to you, unless you seek to move your REDCap data from its current location to the CWRU instance).

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XSEDE OpenMP Workshop

The UTech Research Computing and CyberInfrastructure team is hosting a two-way video conference training event on January 9, 2018, 11:00 A.M. to 5 P.M., offering an introduction to multi-core parallel programming using OpenMP. Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center is conducting the training via lecture and example calculations, featuring hands-on experience utilizing the Bridges computing cluster. This workshop is intended to give C and Fortran programmers a hands-on introduction to OpenMP programming. Attendees will leave with a working knowledge of how to write scalable codes using OpenMP. These techniques are directly applicable for use on the CWRU High Performance Computing cluster, or on any multi-core computer.

Please register with XSEDE to ensure your participation: Register Here
Log in to XSEDE Portal, or create a new XSEDE account:

Please also let us know of your plan to join us in Crawford 618 on January 9th - Register Here

Point of contact: Emily Dragowsky,

Tentative schedule
11:00 A.M. - Welcome
11:15 A.M. - Computing Environment
11:30 A.M. - It’s a Multi-core World
12:00 P.M. - Intro to OpenMP
1:00 P.M. - Lunch break
2:00 P.M. - Introduction Continued
4:15 P.M. - OpenMP 4.0 Sneak Peek
5:00 P.M. - Adjourn

Spring 2018 Tinkering and Exploring Workshops

Please visit our website for more information about our spring 2018 Tinkering and Exploring offerings.

Tinkering with TEI
Dates: Weekly starting January 30 (11 sessions)
This Tinkering group is designed to introduce faculty, students and staff to the TEI-XML markup language.

Tinkering with Git
Dates: Bi-weekly starting February 1 (6 sessions)
In this workshop we use Git from the Unix Shell. Some previous experience with the shell is expected, but isn’t mandatory. If you are already familiar with Git, either through a terminal interface or GitHub, you probably won't learn much from this!

Exploring Text Encoding + the TEI
Dates: Weekly starting February 2 (2 sessions)
The Exploring TEI Workshop is an opportunity for participants to learn more about the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) from knowledgeable TEI Practitioners. As with all Exploring workshops, this is a tech-free offering.

Tinkering with the Unix Shell
Dates: Bi-weekly starting February 8 (4 sessions)
This Tinkering group is designed to introduce faculty, students, and staff to some basic skills for using the Command Line--in a Unix Shell. If you’re already comfortable manipulating files and directories, searching for files with grep and find, and writing simple loops and scripts, you probably won’t learn much from this!

Exploring Non-Traditional Uses of HPC
Dates: Bi-weekly starting March 7 (4 sessions)
Regardless of your field of study or the nature of your data, computational approaches to analysis can radically change your perspective of your data by providing access to and analysis of a far larger dataset than would be possible without computer assistance. 

These sessions will be tech-free introductions to 'Big Data' topics in fields that may not traditionally have used computational methodologies. There will be four lunchtime meetings during the spring semester.

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