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XSEDE Workshops


RCI and XSEDE are pleased to announce a regular series of remote workshops on High Performance Computing topics. These hands-on workshops provide a convenient way for researchers to learn about the latest techniques and technologies of current interest in HPC.

2/27/2015, In-Depth Introduction to Using R for HPC (XSEDE Webcast)

You may register for the webcast here or, if you cannot get a seat, RCI will be displaying the webcast in Room 320, 1244 Blossom St. from 1pm – 5pm on 2/27. 

This half day (4 hour) tutorial will introduce the attendee to debugging, profiling and performance analysis, optimization, foreign language API’s, and parallel programming with R. There will also be a comprehensive hands-on component to reinforce topics introduced during the lecture portion. The tutorial is ideally suited for those already working with R, as well as service providers who are serving R customers. The content is appropriate for any students, researchers, or staff who are working with R and interested in performance.

This is a joint training between the University of Tennessee, NIMBioS, XSEDE, and NICS. 

 If you plan to view the webcast with us, please register below. Thanks!


September 2 - HPC Monthly Workshop:Big Data

Please register for the workshop via this link, you will need to create a free XSEDE account

This workshop will focus on topics such as Hadoop and SPARQL.

11:00AM – 1:00PM Eastern Time

--Big Data Programming with Hadoop and Spark

This session will give an overview of programming big data applications focusing on Hadoop and Spark.

I. Hadoop System Overview
This section will cover the basics of the Hadoop Environment. We will discuss the Map Reduce daemons, the scheduling and monitoring environment, and interacting with the distributed file system (HDFS).

II. Hadoop Jobs
We will write a simple Java Map/Reduce program and run through the process of compiling, packaging, submitting, monitoring, and collecting the output of a Hadoop job. We will also briefly discuss other applications that run on the Hadoop platform such as HBase and Hadoop Streaming.

III. Spark
We will discuss the Spark platform and its concept of Resilient Distributed Datasets. We will cover the relationship between Spark and Hadoop, and we will write and submit an example job. We will also discuss the Spark Machine Learning API.

2:00PM – 5:00PM Eastern Time

--Urika Training--

o Learn the Graph Analytic approach to Data analysis, including some real-world examples.

o Gain an introduction to the RDF data format and the SPARQL query lanquage, with hands-on practice.

o Learn how to interact with the Sherlock Urika system.

There is no registration fee for this workshop.


RCI will host a remote site for the XSEDE workshops beginning in August 2013 and continuing through 2014.  Attendees will participate through video conferencing capabilities available at USC.  The workshops are available for faculty, staff, and students from USC and other institutions within South Carolina. Sign up below to be included on email announcements for upcoming workshops

Please email any questions about these workshops to