Summer 2021 Resources for Research Computing

Jump start your research this summer!

ARC has assembled some resources and links here that we hope will be helpful and timely for those engaged in research computing with ARC this summer.

Continue reading below for details about:

  • Getting Started On TinkerCliffs and Infer
  • Creating Software Modules
  • ARC Office Hours
  • Training and Carpentries Workshops

GETTING STARTED ON TINKERCLIFFS AND INFER

Get started on these new clusters brought online in 2020-2021!

CREATING SOFTWARE MODULES

Want a software package that ARC doesn\'t offer? We just posted two new videos about how you can add custom software packages to the module system on ARC clusters:

More video tutorials are here: https://arc.vt.edu/video-tutorials/
Let us know if there are other videos that you\'d like to see: https://arc.vt.edu/help

ARC OFFICE HOURS

https://www.arc.vt.edu/office-hours
ARC is hosting virtual office hours each weekday via Zoom. Come join us to have a one-on-one dialog to get a broad overview of ARC, troubleshoot a tricky problem, or design your jobs. No registration is required and a calendar is posted above with the schedule and Zoom links.

TRAINING and CARPENTRIES WORKSHOPS

Training opportunities: https://profdev.tlos.vt.edu/?query=arc

We have expanded our Intro to ARC courses into a sequence of six 75 minutes courses to allow more time to dive into the some of the major aspects of using ARC systems at Virginia Tech:

Course Topics Date and Time
ARC1 Systems and Services Overview Wednesday, May 26 1:00-2:15
ARC2 Getting Connected Monday, June 1, 11:00-12:15
ARC3 Linux/BASH for HPC Monday, June 15, 1:00-2:15
ARC4 Running Jobs with SLURM Thursday, July 1, 9:00-10:15
ARC5 Scaling Up Monday, July 13, 10:00-11:15
ARC6 Software Monday, July 27, 11:00-12:15

The content for these courses will be tailored specifically to ARC\'s systems and follow in the spirit of these in-development HPC Carpentries lessons which you may find helpful as a self-guided introduction to understand and interact with current standard high-performance computing systems: https://carpentries-incubator.github.io/hpc-intro/

\"The Carpentries\" are an open content set of lessons that teach \"foundational coding and data science skills to researchers worldwide.\" Virginia Tech has an actively growing community of certified instructors who conducts many workshops based on the carpentries lessons each year.

Some Software/Data Carpentries hosted by Virginia Tech:

  • Data Carpentry: Geospatial Data in R
  • Pre-fall Semester Carpentry courses in Unix, Git, Python, and R: August 2-13 (registration should open soon)

We\'re looking forward to working with you this summer!