Maple 18 is now available on campus.
I’ve previously mentioned Globus, the service that allows you to transfer files to/from/between WestGrid sites from a handy web application. That article can be found here.
Compute Canada recently started rolling out a new service from Globus, called Globus Connect Server, that further enhances this application. The main benefit from the new Globus Connect Server is file sharing. With this, you will be able to share files from any WestGrid site and make them available to anyone, anywhere, as long as they have a free Globus account. It is currently only configured to share from Silo, however.
Here is developing news on MATLAB (updates & conference), ArcGIS (updates) and Maple (conference). Continue reading
In November, I attended the Supercomputing conference in Denver, CO. The theme of this year’s conference was ‘HPC Everywhere’. Hundreds of presentations were given on all aspects of high-performance computing, from traditional HPC to big data and fast networking. All the major players in the HPC space, and many of the smaller ones had exhibits making for a lot to see in just a few days.
The ArcGIS (ESRI) contract has been renewed for another three year period. SIAST and the University are partners in this agreement, as both institutions use the software. Continue reading
It is the Yuletide season once again, and the hallways ring somewhat empty just before the week long break. (Though I recognise most of the people still here.) The winds blow -40 degree chills outside. It must be time for another blog entry.
Data volume is growing by leaps and bound; more and more data is being generated every day that needs to be computed, analyzed, and stored. While traditional data transfer tools like FTP, scp, sftp and rsync work well for local or small transfers, transferring big data long distances is still slow and prone to interruption.
Fortunately, it’s now easier than ever to get your data onto WestGrid by using Globus. This service is provided by the University of Chicago, and allows quick and easy file transfers to and from any Globus-enabled system. By using the free Globus Connect program, this includes your desktop.
MathWorks, the makers of MATLAB, will be dropping support for 32bit Windows operating systems in the near future (“the next couple of years” in their words). Continue reading
Today, in the second post in a series on big data and data mining, I’ll be discussing MapReduce, a strategy for handling large amounts of data quickly by exploiting the power of many computers working in parallel.
The original implementation of MapReduce, along with the name, came out of Google. MapReduce originally referred to the proprietary technology Google used to handle the huge quantities of data generated by crawling the World Wide Web. As the ideas behind the technique became better known, other implementations, such as Hadoop, have been created and are available to the world at large.