The UofS was recently awarded a software grant by Schlumberger (SLB) which provides for access to the PETREL suite of geoscientific software. SLB is one of the world’s largest suppliers of technology and services into the oil and gas exploration/production industry. Included in this grant is the entire ECLIPSE suite for reservoir modeling. This software is recognized as the premier leading edge environment for fluid flow modeling in this specific discipline. To facilitate a broader license provisioning to teaching labs and researchers across/off campus, a new dedicated server (geolicense.usask.ca) has been established to deliver the multiple licenses available. This new license server will be used for other related software systems in the future. For more information contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mathematica 10 has recently been released, and will be available on campus soon.
I wanted to let Mathematica users know that this is coming, and announce that Wolfram Inc. is giving an online, 2 hour presentation on the new features on Tuesday, July 29 starting at 11:00 AM (our time). There is no charge for the presentation. (Click here for the registration page.) Continue reading
As part of our program to support good research data management, charges for Datashare (our research data storage and file sharing platform) have been dropped. This makes the spectrum of services for data storage consistently free for researchers:
- Cabinet (for personal storage) up to 20GB
- DataShare for sharing data research in your research group sharing; typically 50GB up to 2TB
- Jade for departmental file sharing
- WestGrid/Compute Canada storage for very large data storage (quotas >= 500GB)
Other parts of our research data management services in early stages include:
- Researcher personal computer backups (currently in testing phase)
- Research data security guidelines and tools (in development)
- Research data management planning
I’m pleased to announce that the advanced computing Infrastructure offered by ICT for research, teaching, and training, has been expanded. ICT has added a large memory server named Meton.usask.ca (after Meton of Athens, continuing the Greek philosopher theme for these research resources) for researcher and teaching use.
City Engine is a modeller for urban landscapes that ESRI acquired to complement their ArcGIS software. A new version has recently been released and is available under our academic license with ESRI. Continue reading
Over at Scientific Computing’s blog, Gord Sissons of IBM makes an interesting case that the availability of large amounts of inexpensive storage has started to drive the evolution of HPC, much as cheap computing has changed the HPC scene over the last few decades.
“HPC is changing again, and the catalyst this time around is Big Data. As storage becomes more cost-effective, and we acquire the means to electronically gather more data faster than ever before, data architectures are being re-considered once again. What happened to compute over two decades ago is happening today with storage.”
Read the full post here.
Often, researchers will ask questions about how to reference the computing resources that you use in your research publications. As one of our vendors just replied to a user as to how they would like their software cited, I thought that it would be good to give some examples. Continue reading
We want to let you know that ICT will launch later this summer a new service based on the REDCap software.
REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) is a mature, secure web application for building and managing research data collection and databases—specifically designed for clinical research. See http://project-redcap.org/ It has been developed over many years and has about a thousand institutions using it around the world.
ICT has arranged an institutional license for the REDCap software from Vanderbilt University.
The service we are building will mean that researchers can use the software without arranging their own license, without having to acquiring equipment and software, etc. We make the software available on virtual machines within our server room. We’ll provide access to a shared implementation of the software in which you can create your data collection forms, put them on the web, create the database, analyze or export the data. The implementation will be run by UofS ICT and your data will be stored on ICT servers at the Saskatoon campus. It should be noted that this software and our systems are probably NOT HIPA compliant (http://www.health.gov.sk.ca/hipa)
We anticipate no charges for use of this service.
We are planning to have this service built on REDCap ready by the end of August. If you’re interested, contact us at email@example.com so we can keep you informed. You can also find out more at http://project-redcap.org/
We have a few changes to announce – new versions of ArcGIS and MATLAB, and an updated ICT web site. Continue reading
ICT Research Computing is happy to announce that the university has purchased core COMSOL licenses for researchers. Continue reading