Research Computing

In February 2012, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and FAS Research Computing signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which allows Harvard Chan School primarily appointed faculty, researchers, staff, and students to access the FAS RC computer cluster (Odyssey) and basic storage, along with software licenses.

More than 400 accounts have been created since the signing of the MOU. Utilization of this resource lowers the overall cost of computing, increases efficiency, improves our ability to operate on a large scale, and allows us to maintain a competitive advantage in research.

Research Computing Operating Committee (RCOC)

The Research Computing Operating Committee (RCOC) brings leaders and stakeholders from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Research Computing Department together to maintain the collaboration and optimize the Harvard Chan School research community’s use of Harvard’s largest supercomputer.

Committee members include:

Francesca Dominici
Senior Associate Dean for Research
Associate Dean for IT
Professor of Biostatistics
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

James Cuff
Assistant Dean for Research Computing, FAS
Distinguished Engineer for Research Computing, HUIT
Harvard University

Peter Kraft
Professor of Epidemiology
Faculty Director of the Bioinformatics Core
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Scott Yockel
Senior Team Lead of HPC
FAS Research Computing
Harvard University

Krista Coleman
Associate Director
Office of Research Strategy and Development
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

The RCOC meets monthly to coordinate and manage the collaboration between the Harvard Chan School and FASRC. Efforts typically include:

  • Reviewing and troubleshooting of complex research data security matters
  • Resource planning (personnel, equipment, support, etc.)
  • Outreach and training for Odyssey users at the Harvard Chan School
  • Addressing requested hands-on support needs within the Harvard Chan user community

Please contact Krista Coleman (kcoleman@hsph.harvard.edu) if you have any concerns that you’d like the committee to discuss at their next scheduled meeting. All time-sensitive and technical requests regarding the Odyssey environment should be sent directly to the FASRC support team (rchelp@fas.harvard.edu).

FASRC + Harvard Chan Office Hours

ORSD and FASRC will be incorporating a Spring Training series into this semester’s Research Computing Office Hours. The trainings will begin in February and will take place during the first 30 minutes of the scheduled office hours so that users may utilize the Office Hours time to ask questions or practice newly acquired or enhanced skills with the support of experts from FASRC.

Schedule:

Intro to Odyssey
Friday, February 17th
2:00PM – 3:00PM, Kresge 202A

Intro to Unix (first 30 mins of Office Hours)
Thursday, February 23rd
12:30PM – 2:00PM, Kresge 205

Extended Unix (first 30 mins of Office Hours)
Thursday, March 9th
12:30PM – 2:00PM, Kresge 205

Modules and Software (first 30 mins of Office Hours)
Thursday, March 23rd
12:30PM – 2:00PM, Kresge 205

Intro to R
Monday, March 27th
12:30PM – 1:30PM, FXB G11

Choosing Resources Wisely (first 30 mins of Office Hours)
Thursday, April 13th
12:30PM – 2:00PM, Kresge 205

Intro to GitHub and Data Management (1 of 2)
Tuesday, April 18th
12:30PM – 1:20PM, Kresge 202A

Intro to GitHub and Data Management (2 of 2)
Friday, April 21st
12:30PM – 1:20PM, Kresge 202A

Troubleshooting Jobs (first 30 mins of Office Hours)
Thursday, April 27th
12:30PM – 2:00PM, Kresge 205

Parallel Job Workflows (first 30 mins of Office Hours)
Thursday, May 11th
12:30PM – 2:00PM, Kresge 205

Tools & Resources