Kraken will be officially retired and no longer accessible on August 27, 2014. For more information see Kraken Decommission FAQs.
Kraken will be officially retired and no longer accessible on August 27, 2014. For more information see Kraken Decommission FAQs.
The National Institute for Computational Sciences

NICS Spring Training, March 25-27, 2013

The National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will offer three distinct one-day workshops to enhance the skills of students and researchers in various areas in the wide field of high-performance computing (HPC). Join us in East Tennessee to broaden your practical knowledge and experience using some of the latest in HPC hardware and software!


Registration for all three of the one-day workshops will be through XSEDE’s training system, which will require a quick-and-easy XSEDE portal registration if you are not already in the system. Once you have logged in to your XSEDE portal account, you can register for this course here or simply look for the Course Calendar under the Training menu.

A Crash Course in Supercomputing (March 25)

New to HPC? This one-day, hands-on workshop is for you!
This workshop will introduce you to these basic skills and more:

  • Working from a Unix command line
  • Editing and transferring files
  • Compiling a program
  • Creating and submitting job scripts

Students will use their own laptops and one of the high-performance computers at NICS for their labs.
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RDAV Presents ParaView and R for Making Sense of Your Data (March 26)

ParaView expert and contributor Burlen Loring will headline a day of instruction from the Remote Data Analysis and Visualization (RDAV) project. Other instructors from the project will present valuable instruction on using the R statistical package with large amounts of data on HPC systems.

ParaView is an open source, multiple-platform application for interactive, scientific visualization. ParaView users can quickly build visualizations to analyze their data using qualitative and quantitative techniques. The data exploration can be done interactively in 3D or programmatically using ParaView’s batch processing capabilities.

The statistical software R is growing in popularity for analyzing data from a wide range of domains. The RDAV team has taken a lead role in developing the Programming with Big Data in R project (pbdR). These tools make it easy for researchers using R to harness the power of HPC for their data analysis needs. These packages deliver high-level access to parallel computing without asking the user to manage the details of data distribution or inter-process communication.
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Programming the New Intel Xeon Phi (March 27)

Join us as computational scientists from NICS introduce you to the next generation of accelerator—the Intel® Xeon Phi™—and work interactively with you to effectively program for Beacon, the newest open system for scientific computing at NICS and number one on the Green 500 list.

Experienced programmers will learn how to write or adapt their current MPI and/or OpenMP codes to the new architecture and see real examples of codes that have benefited from the introduction of the Xeon Phi coprocessor alongside Intel Xeon processors that they already knew how to use.
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