Proposal Prep: 5 IT Considerations for Beating the Competition

Often, grant preparers bundle IT expenses into their overhead budgets. As technology plays an increasing role in the speed and reach of the work, it’s important to take a closer look at potential IT needs.

Are you asking the following questions as you prepare your grant proposal?

The FAIR Guiding Principles

Why is good data management important?  According to a recent article in Nature by Wilkinson et al., it is “…the key conduit leading to knowledge discovery and innovation, and to subsequent data and knowledge integration and reuse by the community after the data publication process.”    Wilkinson and his co-authors proceed in their article to describe “...four foundational principles ~ Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, and Reusability ~ that serve to guide data producers and publishers as they navigate arou

Cyberinfrastructure Engineer Coming to UNH

The National Science Foundation has funded the CC*DNI grant, allowing UNH to bring a Cyberinfrastructure (CI) Engineer to campus.  

The CI Engineer will be a permanent resource responsible for coordinating cyberinfrastructure efforts for the benefit of the entire campus and exists as part of a larger plan to expand on current resources.  This person will collaborate with the full spectrum of the UNH community, from researchers to administrators to academics and will represent UNH on statewide, regional and national platforms.

Research Computing Day March 24th

Attention researchers!  The UNH Research Computing Center is hosting its first Research Computing Day in Morse Hall on Thursday, March 24th beginning at 2pm.  RCC Day is an event for researchers from all disciplines to see what RCC can do for them and to learn how other researchers work with RCC.

There will be 20 minute presentations by RCC staff and collaborators, a concurrent expo-style poster session in the Morse Hall atrium, and tours of the Lenharth Data Center.  Information will be available on such topics as:

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. 


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