The Research Computing staff members are available to assist you in your research by offering individual consulting, in person tutorials, and self-paced online tutorials. We want to help you maximize your productivity on the Scientific Computing Facility and other facilities you may use for your research computing activities. Many documents, tutorials, and presentations were developed by Research Computing staff and are specific to Boston University installations. There are also materials developed by vendors and researchers.


We offer consulting services free of charge on scientific programming, using our systems, and graphics & visualization projects. We provide individualized assistance for your particular project and offer expertise in parallelizing code, program optimization for our environment, scientific libraries, and visualization techniques.

Additionally, our consultants can help you to learn and use our many available software packages.

Classroom Training

Research Computing Services (RCS) offers a Tutorial Series three times each year covering Research Computing Basics, Computer Programming, High Performance Computing, Mathematics and Data Analysis, and Visualization. Announcements are sent out at the beginning of each semester and Summer I with the specific offerings and schedule. On request, Research Computing staff will offer extra sessions and/or customize tutorials for courses, seminars, or groups. Slides from past tutorials are always available.

Self-Paced Online Tutorials

Self paced tutorials developed by Research Computing staff, NCSA, vendors, and others are available.

Presentations Archive

Over the years, Research Computing staff have created presentations for workshops, seminars, or other special events. The Powerpoint slides, web pages and other materials may be useful references.


Get assistance from the Research Computing staff with your work.

Upcoming Tutorials

Upcoming RCS Tutorials. There is generally a session in early Fall, Spring, and Summer.


Tutorial Documents

Slides from tutorials Research Computing has offered.

Self-Paced Tutorials

Self-Paced, online only tutorials developed by Research Computing staff.