Messer on the Move

RCC’s director, Patrick Messer, has spent the last few weeks on the move, networking and learning around the country.  He started with the Coalition for Academic Scientific Computing (CASC) fall conference in Arlington, Virginia. 

New at RCC

The UNH Research Computing Center has seen a few share-worthy additions to its suite of services.

1) The starting point for RCC’s high performance computing (HPC) cluster is the GPX XT24 purchased by funds from Physics Professor Bill Hersman’s grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to study Helium Methane Lasers.  It has 16 graphic processor units (GPUs) and allows jobs to run 6-7 times faster per GPU than on RCC’s previous single GPU resource.  The next researcher to be taking advantage of this new GPU system is Chemical Engineering Assistant Professor Harish Vashisth.

Upcoming Local (Free!) HPC Events

Here are several upcoming, no-cost high performance computing (HPC) workshops in New England:

September 9 & 10, 2015 - Parallel Programming and Optimization with Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessor Developer Training Event , Courtyard by Marriot Boston Cambridge, MA:

September 9 registration:


September 10 registration (attendance at 9/9 event required for 9/10 registration):

Recommended Reading, August 2015

Here’s a selection of research and computing-related articles to read by the beach or wherever you end up during these dog days of summer. 

A history lesson from Computing: From Fortran to Swift: The world’s most important Programming Languages,  http://bit.ly/1E6Qdzu

Cheat sheets!  Python, Excel, R and more!  From Data Science Central: 24 Data Science, R, Python, Excel, and Machine Learning Cheat Sheets, http://bit.ly/1MzHcjL

UNH ScienceNet in Testing Stages

UNH is preparing to go live with its much-anticipated Science DMZ.  The Science DMZ, called ScienceNet, will support high performance science applications by enabling high-speed transfers of large data sets using a “friction free” network path, a dedicated high-performance Data Transfer Node (DTN), and a performance measurement/test node. 

RCC on the Road

Philip Collins and Allan Wright are representing RCC at the 2015 Campus Safety, Health, and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA) annual conference in Washington, DC July 20-21st, 2015.  Also from UNH, Andy Glode is representing the office of Environmental Health and Safety. 

Recommended Reading, July 2015

The UNH Research Computing Center is big on sharing, so we’ve decided to present  a selection of the interesting stuff we’ve found on the web this month related to big data, computational science, and programming.  Enjoy.

The tagline on this article drew us in, “New network design exploits cheap, power-efficient flash memory without sacrificing speed.” From MIT NewsCutting Cost and Power Consumption for Big Data, http://bit.ly/1eciW9I

Feedback for the Future

On May 21st and 22nd RCC hosted two superstars in the realm of higher ed research computing; H. Birali Runesha, the Assistant Vice President for Research Computing and the Director of the Research Computing Center at the University of Chicago and Thomas R.

And the Bronze Medal Goes to…

RCC’s Robert St. Lawrence was awarded the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Ocean Service Contractor Recognition 2015 bronze medal for his outstanding work on the Environmental Response Management Application (ERMA).  Specifically, Bob was recognized for delivering technology to improve NOAA’s Arctic preparedness and leading technology standardization and best practices.

RCC Reports from South By Southwest (SXSW)

Philip Collins represented UNH at the 2015 installment of SXSW in Austin, TX.  He represented one of three universities at the event and had the opportunity to meet alumni and others with an interest in UNH.  Phil highlighted the great education available to UNH students, as well as the unique technologies developed by RCC and the excellent skills-building opportunities that are available to RCC’s student employees.


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