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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, February 20, 2015 in URMC 2-6408 (K-207 Auditorium) from 11:30am–1:00pm.

This month's featured speaker is Xiaopeng Zhu from the Department of Bioinformatics and Integrative Biology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He will present a review of his work to visualize cross-species gene expression profiles. Our on-going research talk will feature molecular modeling of cloud formations with AstroBear 2.0 as presented by Erica Kaminski from the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Please click on the flyer below for detailed abstracts of the talks.

Titles and abstracts from previous CIRC Symposia are also 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. 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.

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:

Introduction to Linux

  • 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

Introduction to BlueHive

  • Overview of the BlueHive computing environment
  • How to use software packages with modules
  • Setup of PBS scripts
  • Use of job submission and queuing commands
  • Best practices for using BlueHive

Introduction to MATLAB on BlueHive

  • How to access the MATLAB GUI on NX/BlueHive
  • Using non-graphical options for computing with MATLAB
  • Running MATLAB in batch mode
  • Using job arrays with MATLAB
  • Accelerating MATLAB with symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) and GPUs
  • Running MATLAB in distributed memory environments
  • Compiling MEX code

Please check back to find out when the next workshop will be available. CIRC staff also hold these workshops for various departments and centers on an as-needed basis. Contact for more information or to schedule a specialized workshop.