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Center for Integrated Research Computing


Monthly CIRC Symposia

Every third Friday of the month, the Center for Integrated Research Computing hosts a research symposium (known as the CIRC Symposium), where faculty, staff, and student researchers convene to learn about research projects utilizing the center's resources, meet potential collaborators, and learn about new technologies and trends in research computing. This event is user-driven and features presentations by researchers using CIRC systems. CIRC Symposia are open to all members of the university community and a complimentary lunch is provided.

2014–2015 Symposia Series

Mark your calendars! Below are the dates for the 2014–2015 CIRC Symposium Series.

  • September 19
  • October 17
  • November 21
  • December 19
  • January 16
  • February 20
  • March 20
  • April 17

The next CIRC Symposium will take place on Friday, April 17, 2015 in URMC 2-6407 (K-207 Auditorium) at the Medical Center from 11:30am–1:00pm.

This month's featured speaker is Matthew McCall from the Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology. He will present a review of his work on incorporating uncertainty in the estimating of gene regulatory networks. Our on-going research talk will feature self-training for syntactic parsing as presented by Adam Purtee from the Department of Computer Science. Please click on the flyer below for detailed abstracts of the talks.

Titles and abstracts from previous CIRC Symposia are also available.

Annual CIRC Poster Session

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The Center for Intergrated Research Computing holds the Annual CIRC Poster Session at the end of each Spring semester. At this event, attendees discover the wide range of research that is enabled by computation and displayed to the University community. This event provides an informal venue to share computational and data analytics techniques and methodologies with colleagues from a wide variety of disciplines.

Registration for the 5th Annual CIRC Poster Session, which will take place on May 8, 2015, is now available.

The Center for Integrated Research Computing held the 4th Annual CIRC Poster Session on Friday, May 9th in the Flaum Atrium at URMC.

Poster session abstracts from the last poster session (May 2014) are available.

CIRC Summer School

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Every July, CIRC hosts a six-week training session on various operating systems, programming languages, computational programs and libraries, and data analytics tools for the research community. Known as the "CIRC Summer School,” these workshops are broken down into individual topics and feature small, interactive, classroom-based instruction sessions. Topics range from basic training in Linux to optimizing codes for parallel computing. The courses are designed for beginner and advanced users alike. Extra emphasis is placed on using the various languages, libraries, etc. specifically on BlueHive and Blue Gene. Please check back soon for an announcement of the next CIRC Summer School and a detailed description of classes offered.

CIRC Winter Boot Camp

Have you ever wanted to learn how to program or add a new programming language to your existing knowledge? Have you been looking for the right time to pick up a few essential technical computing skills to help with your research projects or course work? Well, now you have the opportunity during the CIRC Winter Boot Camp!

The Center for Integrated Research Computing (CIRC) hosts a multi-week winter program to help students, postdocs, research staff, and faculty learn new programming languages and sharpen their computing and data analytics skills. The classes are designed for beginners and cover basic topics to give enough direction to move on to self-learning tutorials or other more advanced coursework. Please check back soon for an announcement of the next CIRC Winter Boot Camp and a detailed description of classes offered.

CIRC Workshops

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The Center for Integrated Research Computing periodically hosts workshops on using the research computing environment. The workshops consist of the following topics:

Getting Connected

  • Connecting to BlueHive (Terminal/PuTTY and X2Go)
  • On-campus vs. off-campus connectivity

Overview of BlueHive and Linux

  • Overview of the BlueHive computing environment
  • Beginner's introduction to Linux and the command line environment
  • Basic Linux commands
  • How to navigate files and directories
  • Techniques for viewing and editing files

Slurm Resource Management and Running Jobs on BlueHive

  • How to submit and run jobs on BlueHive
  • Slurm commands
  • Setup of Slurm scripts
  • Running jobs in parallel
  • Best practices for using BlueHive

Modules and Software

  • Available software on BlueHive
  • Modules environment for configuring and using software
  • Compilers and programming tools

The next workshop sessions will be held on Friday, April 24th from 1 to 4 pm in K-207 Auditorium (URMC 2-6408) in the Medical Center. Please click on the following link to register: Workshop Registration