User Group 2013

The Center for Research Computing hosted its annual User Group Meeting at Legends of Notre Dame on Tuesday, January 21st, 2014. The meeting commenced with CRC Director, Jarek Nabrzyski, welcoming users and CRC team members and providing a general overview of the past year at the CRC. Paul Brenner, HPC Associate Director, continued the meeting discussing HPC core services, providing a run down of the CRC data center equipment and facilities, reviewing CRC policies, and highlighting the most used software applications by each college. Brenner also mentioned there weren't any plans to end of life the CRC AFS cell, however, AFS support will move to a new vendor, YFS. In the future, the CRC will implement a maximum file lifetime in Panasas (/pscratch) to improve performance.

Chris Sweet, CI Associate Director, took the stage next to discuss Cyberinfrastructure at the CRC. Sweet introduced the CRC Computational Scientists and the CRC Research Programming team, along with their skills that help the CRC provide a broad range of technical abilities. Sweet also introduced new CRC team member, Milan Budhathoki, GIS Specialist. CRC projects, such as DHARMA and CyberEye, were highlighted to model different frameworks platforms at the CRC. Tim Stitt, User Support Manager, concluded the talks with the 2013 CRC User Survey results. Stitt introduced Scott Hampton, HPC Engineer and Rob Hostetler, HPC Intern as part of the User Support Team. The following new tools and hardware were introduced: Allinea DDT and MAP Tools, online trouble ticketing system (, new LMOD Module Environment, and Intel Xeon-Phi System.

The event concluded with a 3 round trivia competition. Congratulations to Ashish Sharma, Chun-Mei Chiu, Zachariah Silver, and Reneta Dimitrova for their first place finish and Yihui Ren, Abontaleb Amiri, Melinda Varga, Szabolcs Horvát and Sarah Lukens on their second place finish. Gift cards to the Notre Dame bookstore were delivered to the winning teams. A special thanks goes out to all of the users that completed the survey and joined the CRC at the annual meeting. To view the CRC Annual Survey results and the presentations, please click on the links below.

Presentations available for download