The Research Computing Center Seminars

Jun 26, 10:00 AM: Scaling to Petascale Institute

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 21:53
Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), the Blue Waters project at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), Stony Brook University, and the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) are organizing a free, week-long "SCALING TO PETASCALE" Institute. The goal is to prepare participants to scale simulations and data analytics programs to petascale-class computing systems in support of computational and data-enabled discovery for all fields of study.

Starts: June 26, 2017
Ends: June 30, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

See: https://bluewaters.ncsa.illinois.edu/petascale-summer-institute

Jul 11, 9:00 AM: Software Carpentry Workshop

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 21:53
Software Carpentry aims to help researchers get their work done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic research computing skills. This hands-on two-day workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems. Please visit the workshop web page for syllabus, schedule, and the course material.

Starts: July 11, 2017
Ends: July 12, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

See: https://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.php?course_id=1761

Jul 18, 2:00 PM: Introduction to the Digital Humanities

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 21:53
Digital Humanities is a growing, interdisciplinary endeavor aimed at uniting technology and humanistic inquiry. This workshop is a basic theoretical and methodological introduction to using and developing digital toolkits, digital texts, and digital media; we will cover corpus-building, basic text-analysis strategies, digital cartography, web-based development, high-performance computing, and creating custom algorithms and data visualizations.

Date: July 18, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

See: https://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.php?course_id=1646

Jul 25, 2:00 PM: Tips and Tricks for using Midway

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 21:53
Want to make the most of Midway? Join us for a Midway master class where you will learn tips for job submission (advanced ways to interact with slurm), tricks for restoring and transferring files (file system snapshots and utilization of globus transfer utilities), pointers for remote visualization, suggestions for user environment customization (bash profile, python packages), and other inside information for best practices on the midway1 and midway2 HPC clusters. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own questions! This is an introductory level workshop.

Date: July 25, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

See: https://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.php?course_id=1766

Aug 1, 2:00 PM: Introduction to R

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 21:53
The R computing environment has become one of the most important tools in quantitative research, from computational biology to financial modeling. This short workshop will expose participants to the basic elements of R through an analysis of Divvy Bikes tour data. The aim is to provide participants with the basic tools to explore the features of R and RStudio on their own, either on the RCC cluster, or on their own computer. This is an INTRODUCTORY level workshop, for users with little or no experience in the topic.

Date: August 1, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

See: https://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.php?course_id=1547

Aug 8, 2:00 PM: Deep Learning using Tensor-flow

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 21:53
Recent advances in machine learning, high performance computing, and GPU computing, make it practical to train large multilayer neural networks (Deep Learning) on big datasets, reducing the training time from a few weeks to a few hours or minutes. Today, Deep Learning is applied to such diverse fields as image, audio, video recognition, self-driving cars, data analysis, health care, etc. This workshop will introduce the concepts of Deep Learning, using one of the most popular computational frameworks - TensorFlow from Google. To illustrate learning concepts, a handwriting recognition example will be used. This is an intermediate level class and participants are expected to have knowledge of Python.

Date: August 8, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

See: https://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.php?course_id=1763

Aug 15, 1:00 PM: Introduction to Virtual Reality

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 21:53
This workshop will introduce participants into the world of virtual reality. Participants will learn about VR components: displays, tracking, and optics. The workshop will cover major categories of VR devices and their features; it will also provide an opportunity for a hands-on experience with VR devices. Participants will develop an application using the Unity game engine. Additional topics will include native development tools for VR (OpenGL, Microsoft DirectX) and webVR (building VR applications in a web browser).

Date: August 15, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

See: https://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.php?course_id=1764

Aug 22, 2:00 PM: Building software with Makefile

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 21:53
This workshop will guide participants through the basic usage of the make utility and rules of a makefile. The make utility automates the compilation and installation processes of software packages on Linux and other systems. Purpose of make utility is to manage and maintain a coding project consisting of multiple source files. The make utility reads in a makefile script, which describes the structures, compilation rules, and external dependencies. The make utility also issues a set of commands for software development and distributions. This hands-on workshop will give you an opportunity to learn and apply skills for building and maintaining software, troubleshooting software installation on a linux platform and writing makefiles. This is an intermediate level workshop. All participants are expected to bring a laptop to interactively participate. Having an RCC account is helpful but not required.

Date: August 22, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

See: https://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.php?course_id=1765