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Cyberinfrastructure Day 2018

Research Computing + Cyberinfrastructure (RCCI) would like to invite the campus research community to attend and participate in the CyberInfrastructure Day 2018 event on Friday, April 13, 2018, in the Wolstein Research Building.

The fourth annual CI Day event will feature CWRU faculty and staff who make use of the campus cyberInfrastructure on a daily basis. Professors Jill Barnholtz-Sloan, Robert Kirsch, Glenn Starkman and Joao Maia will present during sessions in the morning and after lunch.

In addition to the plenary program, RCCI encourages participation in flash talks and poster sessions from graduate and undergraduate students to showcase their work that have made use of CWRU's campus cyberInfrastructure. The deadline for the abstract submission is March 23, 2018. RCCI will notify acceptance of abstract by March 31,2018.

For more information, please email us at
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RedCat Updates

A friendly reminder that RedCat will be decommissioned in June 2018. Please make sure that your programs and research has transitioned to Rider. 


Archive Your Data!

It's here when you need it, not taking up valuable active, needed space.
[U]Tech Research Data Archive provides a low cost mechanism to store inactive data in a way not previously possible. To obtain general information or if you have support questions regarding this service contact

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Amazon Web Services for Research and Education

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a broad-spectrum cloud services platform, having on-demand computing, data storage, content management and delivery services available on a subscription basis. The AWS cloud platform provides flexibility to access resources that are not available here on campus or are only needed for short periods of time. In order to help navigate the large portfolio of services that AWS provides, please join RCCI and UTech architects for an event to explore the capabilities for researchers provided through AWS.
In the session "Exploring: Amazon Web Services for Research and Education", a research-focused overview will be provided of AWS—including what it is, how it works and research services offered. RCCI will discuss how to get started using AWS, including a review of pricing structures and highlight the use of some key AWS services. There will also be demonstrations of the use of AWS. Please come and join RCCI to find out how AWS might provide benefits for your research.

Exploring: Amazon Web Services for Research and Education

Date: Tuesday, March 6
Time: 10:00 AM - Noon
Location: Toepfer Room, Adelbert Hall

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This event is open to all members of the research community, no prior experience with cloud computing for research is necessary. Come to learn how cloud computing resources may enhance your research activities.
Changes at Ohio Supercomputer Center

The Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) is a statewide resource that provides supercomputing services and computational science expertise to Ohio university researchers as well as Ohio industries. In July 2018, OSC will begin charging fees to universities for core hour utilization beyond initial startup account allocations. As RCCI learns more about the implications of this change we will notify faculty members individually who may be impacted.  

If you have any questions about these changes and how it might impact your research, please contact These changes will only impact OSC provided services and will not affect RCCI HPC services (Rider, RedCat) provided by UTech.
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Spring 2018 Workshops Offerings
Please visit RCCI's website for more information about our workshop offerings and how to sign up to attend.

Exploring:  AWS for Researchers

Date: Tuesday, March 6
Time: 10:00 AM - Noon
Location: Toepfer Room, Adelbert Hall

This session will present features and capabilities of Amazon Web Services that might be of interest to researchers.

Register Here

Working with the HPC - Linux Command Line

Date: Wednesday, March 21
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

This event will present strategies and techniques to work more productively on the HPC cluster. The topics will include bash scripts, cron setup, batch permission change and others concerned with efficiency and automation of tasks.

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Working with Caffe, Theano, and Torch - Applications of Deep Learning

Date: Tuesday, April 3
Time: 2:00 PM

This lab introduces the rapidly developing technology of deep learning accelerated by GPUs. The course is intended for anyone looking for a fundamental understanding of deep learning.

In this lab, you will learn:

  • The concept of deep learning
  • How the growth of deep learning has improved machine perception tasks including visual perception, speech recognition, and natural language
  • How to choose which software framework best suits your needs
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Working with Image Classification - NVIDIA DIGITS

Date: Tuesday, April 3
Time: 3:00 PM

This lab shows you how to leverage deep neural networks (DNN) - specifically convolutional neural networks (CNN) - within the deep learning workflow to solve a real-world image classification problem using NVIDIA DIGITS on top of the Caffe framework and the MNIST handwritten digits dataset.

In this lab, you will learn how to:

  • Architect a Deep Neural Network to run on a GPU
  • Manage the process of data preparation, model definition, model training and troubleshooting
  • Use validation data to test and try different strategies for improving model performance
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Exploring Non-Traditional Uses of HPC 

Dates: Bi-weekly starting Wednesday, 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.

Session Information
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Cyberinfrastructure Day 2018
: Friday, April 13
Location: Wolstein Research Building
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National Science Foundation Cyber Carpentry Workshop

Dates: Monday, July 16 - Friday, July 27, 2018

Data Lifecycle Training is a two-week summer workshop aimed at helping graduate students understand the many aspects of the data-intensive computing environment. Even more important, the workshop will focus on bridging the gap between domain scientists and computer and information scientists so that data-intensive research is quicker, less complicated and more productive.

The workshop will take place July 16 - 27, 2018 at RENCI, a University of North Carolina research institute. The workshop is open to doctoral students and postdocs in basic sciences and computational sciences. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on March 15 to receive full consideration.

For more information and to apply, please see the UNC Cyber Carpentry Training website.
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