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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, October 17th in URMC 2-6408 (K-207) from 11:30 am–1:00pm.

This month's featured speaker is Ronald Wood from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Urology, Neurobiology, and Anatomy. He will describe quantitative imaging opportunities at the University of Rochester. Our on-going research talk will feature stacking in RNA as presented by David Condon from the Department of Chemistry. Please click on the flyer below for detailed abstracts of the talks.

Titles and abstracts from previous CIRC Symposia are also available.

CIRC Workshops

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The Center for Integrated Research Computing (CIRC) provides workshop training sessions regularly in the fall and spring semesters. Each of these workshops is broken down into individual topics, which include basic training in Linux, instruction on using computational and data analytics resources, and best practices for using BlueHive and Blue Gene.

The next workshop will take place on Friday, October 24th from 2 to 5 pm Goergen 101. The workshop will be divided into 4 parts. The outline of the sessions are below:

Getting Connected (2:00 - 2:30 p.m.)

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

Overview of BlueHive and Linux (2:30 - 3:15 p.m.)

  • 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 (3:15 - 4:00 p.m.)

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

Modules and Software (4:00 - 5:00 p.m.)

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

Please register here for any or all sessions by Thursday, October 23rd.

CIRC staff also offer private workshops and tutorials to research groups and classes. Please email for more information.

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. Each topic is covered over a three day period. 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.

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 information for the 5th Annual CIRC Poster Session, which will take place in May 2015, will be posted early in the spring semester.

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.