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ACCRE CentOS 7 Environment and Changelog

May. 25, 2018—In Summer 2018, ACCRE will be transitioning the cluster operating system from CentOS 6 to CentOS 7. During this process, two parallel environments will be available: one running CentOS 6 and the other running CentOS 7. Compute resources will gradually (over the course of several months) be transitioned from the old environment to the new...

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4/25/2018: Julia Programming Language with Nick Eubank (Updated Video)

May. 4, 2018—Update, May 4: A previous version of this page contained video of Nick’s talk where the presentation slides did not appear correctly on the screen. The video has been fixed. Nick Eubank, a post doc from Political Science, presented a seminar on the Julia programming language on Wednesday, April 25 between 12:15 – 1:15PM in Featheringill Hall,...

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MATLAB Now Free to Use on Cluster

May. 2, 2018—We are happy to announce that MATLAB is now free to use on the cluster! There is now no need to purchase a license through the Software Store. As long as you have an ACCRE account, you are free to use MATLAB. For details on using MATLAB on the cluster, please refer here. ACCRE Staff

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Research Spotlight: Tier 2 CMS Research with Prof. Vicki Greene

Apr. 19, 2018—Vanderbilt is a Tier 2 center of the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, a particle accelerator operated by CERN on the border between France and Switzerland. Being a Tier 2 center means that we receive data for analysis, production and storage from Fermilab, a Tier 1 center in Chicago, which in turn gets...

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[Resolved] Full ACCRE cluster downtime on Friday, April 20 at 6pm, continuing through weekend

Apr. 6, 2018—Update, 4/22/2018: We’re happy to report that the cluster is now back online and available for general use. The filesystem check and repair went very smoothly. Only one additional, noncritical file (making a total of three) was identified by the scan as being corrupt, and the subsequent repair corrected all three of these files. We still...

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[Resolved] SLURM Socket Timeout Errors

Mar. 26, 2018—Updated 4/3, 2:44pm: We will continue to monitor SLURM responsiveness closely, but for now it is very good. Please submit a ticket if you encounter any further problems. Thanks!   Updated 3/28, 1:35pm: We are continuing to work on SLURM responsiveness, though it has improved since Sunday. We are in communication with the makers of...

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Staff Spotlight: Will French

Mar. 19, 2018—Will’s background is in molecular modeling and computational chemistry. He obtained his PhD in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering right here at Vanderbilt working with Peter Cummings. Will teaches a semester-long course (SC 3260/5260) each semester in high-performance computing and enjoys working with research groups to help them accelerate their research pipelines through the ACCRE environment.

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Staff Spotlight: Mat Binkley

Mar. 19, 2018—Mat has a BS in Physics from Austin Peay State University and four years studying black holes in grad school at Wake Forest. He also has a MBA, but hopes you’ll overlook it and like him anyway. He enjoys science, gardening, hiking, running, and dabbling in politics against his better judgement.

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Staff Spotlight: Kevin Buterbaugh

Mar. 19, 2018—Kevin has been a System Administrator at ACCRE since 2004 – almost the very beginning of ACCRE.  He enjoys taking care of the cluster so that researchers can focus on their science.  He has worked as a UNIX / Linux System Administrator his entire career … long enough to have earned his nickname of “Old...

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Staff Spotlight: Eric Appelt

Mar. 19, 2018—Eric Appelt is a senior system administrator at ACCRE. Prior to joining the ACCRE staff, Eric studied experimental heavy ion physics as part of the CMS collaboration, and was a heavy user of the ACCRE cluster. Eric has industry experience in cloud infrastructure and web service software development, and is an active member of the...

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