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Campus Integration Site visit at Doane University

XCRI engineer Eric Coulter is working with staff at Doane University to complete an implementation of the XSEDE Compatible Basic Cluster stack.  This cluster will bring the roster of XCRI-assisted cluster implementations to 8.  The newly-implemented cluster at Doane will support the university's students and researchers with a computational resource built with best practices derived from XSEDE administrators, making it an easily manageable resource based the nation's large cyberinfrastructure resources.

New XCRI Adopter at Slippery Rock University

XSEDE Cyberinfrastructure Resource Integration has helped Slippery Rock University implement a new OpenHPC system.  The Lava system, led by Dr. Nitin Sukhija, will be used for research as well as education, and brings 9.8TF to the campus computing infrastructure.  XCRI Engineer Eric Coulter assisted in the system installation and configuration and training, working together with Dr. Sukhija and SRU Enterprise IT manager Henry Magusiak.

OpenStack tutorial for building clusters on Jetstream

Eric Coulter, engineer for Cyberinfrastructure Resource Integration, presented a tutorial on building clusters on the Jetstream system during this month's PEARC 17 conference.  The tutorial steps are available at https://github.com/ecoulter/tutorial_practice, please note that you will need API access to use the OpenStack command-line tools on Jetstream.  These instructions also rely on the use of an OpenStack host where the commands are installed on Jetstream in order to build the cluster.

XSEDE Cyberinfrastructure Resource Integration at South Dakota State University

XSEDE Capability and Resource Integration staff assisted in building a new HPC cluster at South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota.  Kevin Brandt, manager of the Networking and Research Computing team at SDSU, reached out to campus bridging staff asking for guidance on upgrading their existing cluster, BigJack, using the tools provided by XSEDE. The new cluster, named Campanile, will eventually integrate the nodes currently used in BigJack, resulting in a final size of 71 nodes, with 3360 TB of total RAM and 840 total cores. 

XCI toolkit images available for test-drive on Jetstream system

XCI has created images that allow its cluster toolkit to be used on the Jetstream research cloud system offered by XSEDE.  These images create a persistent cluster in the Jetstream environment and provide software to test and implement clusters.  Currently CRI is supporting the SEAGrid science gateway with a persistent Jetstream cluster.  For more details email help@xsede.org and check out our git repository at https://github.com/XSEDE/CRI_Jetstream_Cluster

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