Note that some links from the past have been removed as the content no longer exists, many years later.

  • Keith Ma joins the Research Computing Services staff as a Scientific Programmer/Analyst on September 22, 2014. (9/22/14)
  • Fall 2014 RCS tutorials will take place from September 4 to October 7 and are open for registration now. (8/14//14)
  • The 2014 Buy-in Program and Cash-for-Clunkers Initiative are announced to the BU faculty. (8/4/14/)
  • David Taylor joins the Research Computing Services staff as a Systems Programmer/Administrator on July 14, 2014. (7/14/14)
  • Don Johnson leaves BU and Research Computing Services to join MathWorks after 6 years of service. (6/20/14)
  • The IS&T web site, of which Research Computing is a part, has had a major redesign. For Research Computing content, we encourage you to start at our support landing page which is intended to provide as direct as possible access to much of our web material. (5/19/14)
  • Our RCS Summer Tutorial Series is scheduled and open for registration, which is free but required. The series runs from May 27 to June 25. (5/13/14)
  • Manuel Ruiz (maruiz@bu.edu) joins the RCS staff as a Systems Programmer/Administrator. (5/12/14)
  • The Scientific Computing and Visualization (SCV) group was renamed the Research Computing Services (RCS) group as part of expanding its scope to include full support for the BU Medical Campus. As part of this transition, Systems Administrator Charlie Jahnke joined the group but remains located and focused on the Medical Campus. (3/20/14)
  • The IBM Blue Gene and Katana Clusters were officially retired on December 31, 2013. (12/31/13)
  • Plans for the completion of the migration of Katana systems to the SCC are announced. The transition will take place between July 7 and July 12. (7/2/13)
  • On July 15, we will be switching to using Kerberos passwords as the primary means of access to our computing systems and the only means of access to our web forms. (7/1/13)
  • The Shared Computing Cluster (SCC) officially went intro production on June 10, 2013 (6/10/13)
  • Boston University’s elements of the ATLAS system were moved to the MGHPCC in Holyoke, MA, becoming the very first production computing system running at the MGHPCC. (5/10/13)
  • Glenn Bresnahan announces that the new Shared Computing Cluster is available for Friendly User testing. (5/10/13)
  • Our Summer 2013 tutorials are open for registration, which is required but free. The series this summer runs form May 28 to June 27. (5/7/13)
  • Glenn Bresnahan announces that the 2013 Buy-in Program for compute and storage on the new BU Shared Computing Cluster has begun. (5/6/13/)
  • After twenty years of service, SCV Associate Director Erik Brisson leaves SCV and IS&T to take a research programming position at BU’s Computational Neuroscience and Neural Technology (CompNet). He will be greatly missed. (4/19/13)
  • The Katana Cluster now has two sets of nodes that incorporate GPUs and are available to SCF users. Details on this are available here . (4/4/13)
  • On March 29, we are hosting an Avizo Visualization Day to learn about the Avizo software. If interested, please RSVP to: Michelle.Husain@vsg3d.com and ebrisson@bu.edu. (3/14/13)
  • On Thursday, March 21, the default version of the software package R will be updated from version 2.13.2 to version 2.15.2. More details are here. (3/11/13)
  • Information Services & Technology has released a new Data Archiving service for secure, long-term storage of large quantities of infrequently accessed data. This service supports teaching, research, and administrative computing. Individual faculty and staff may request a free allocation of 10GB and research projects 1TB with more available at a subsidized charge. (2/3/13)
  • Our Spring tutorial series is now open for registration, which is required but free. The series runs from January 28 to March 1. (1/23/13)
  • Katana Cluster is again expanded with 20 BUDGE nodes, each featuring 12 processors and 8 GPUs, bringing the total number of nodes to 171 with a combined 1548 processors. (1/1/13)
  • Largely as a result of our Buy-In Program, the Katana cluster has been hugely expanded, more than doubling the number of processors to 1308, with 151 nodes. (10/15/12)
  • Don Johnson (donj@bu.edu) has joined SCV in the position of Scientific Applications Analyst/Consultant. (10/1/12)
  • A new cluster of 160 GPUs with a peak performance of 80 teraflops is currently being installed through the efforts of BU’s College of Engineering, the Center for Computational Science (CCS), Information Systems & Technology (IS&T) and the Bioinformatics Program. (9/21/12)
  • Our Fall 2012 Tutorial Series is open for registration. The series of tutorials on programming, high performance computing, and scientific visualization topics runs from September 10 through October 12 and registration is required but free. (8/27/12)
  • Tobias Drewry (tdrewry@bu.edu) has joined SCV in the position of Senior Systems Programmer/Administrator. (8/1/12)
  • We launch a “Buy-In” program allowing researchers to purchase research computing hardware at specially-negotiated prices. (7/12/12)
  • Jack Chan (jack@bu.edu) has switched positions within IS&T to join SCV in the position of Scientific Applications Administrator/Consultant. (7/9/12)
  • Yann Tambouret (yannpaul@bu.edu) has joined SCV in the position of Senior Scientific Programmer/Analyst. (7/9/12)
  • Our Introduction to MATLAB Tutorial has been completely revised and updated. (7/6/12/)
  • Our Summer 2012 Tutorial Series is open for registration. The series of tutorials on programming, high performance computing, and scientific visualization topics runs from June 11 through June 29 and registration is required but free. (5/29/12)
  • Russ Wolf, Senior Systems Programmer/Administrator, leaves BU and SCV after fifteen years of service, following earning his degree at BU and working as a student Graphics Consultant for us while he did. (5/4/12)
  • Major changes to the Scientific Computing Facilities are announced, including decommissioning of the old IBM Pentium 3 Linux Cluster, and as of June 1, 2012 the IBM pSeries machines. (4/11/12)
  • Katana Cluster expanded with 28 additional blades, each with 4 processors, bringing the total system up to 99 blades with a combined 588 processors. (3/2/12)
  • Douglas Sondak, Scientific Programmer/Analyst leaves SCV to join General Electric. (3/2/12)
  • January 27 is the deadline for abstract submissions for a HP Labs’ Innovation Research Program grant opportunity. (1/17/12)
  • In response to feedback from the BU Research Computing community, we have increased the maximum run time limit on the Katana Cluster. An individual can now have up to 4 processors running for a maximum of 72 hours. (1/12/12)
  • We have again expanded the Katana Cluster with an additional 6 blades, each with 12 processors, bringing the total system to 71 blades with a combined 476 processors. (1/12/12)
  • Our Spring 2012 Tutorial Series, which runs from January 23 through February 10, is now open for registration. Registration is required, but free. (1/12/12)
  • We have expanded the Katana Cluster with an additional 9 nodes, each with 12 processors, bringing the total system to 65 nodes with a combined 404 processors.(12/13/11)
  • We have added another piece including a video sequence to our Visualizations Gallery. It is titled “Triggering of El Niño Onset by Northern Hemisphere Sea-level Pressure Variations”. (11/15/11)
  • A help page for the statistical package R has been developed. R is installed on most of our systems. (11/14/11)
  • We will as usual be participating in the SC11 SuperComputing conference in Seattle, Washington from November 12-18. Please stop by our booth if you are at the conference. (11/2/11)
  • MathWorks is presenting two free seminars on MATLAB on October 5, 2011 in PRB 595 at 3 Cummington St. Registration is free but required. (9/22/11)
  • Due to popular demand, we have added an additional 5 sections of popular tutorials to our Fall Tutorial Series, extending it thru October 4, 2011. (9/13/11)
  • Our live Fall Tutorial Series is being offered from September 12, 2011 to October 4, 2011. Registration is free but required. (9/7/11)
  • Information on taking advantage of the XSEDE (eXtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment) program for the Boston University community is available. This may be useful for those who need either very large amounts of CPU resources or who wish to run on an architecture that is not available here at BU. (8/15/11)
  • Katia Oleinik joins the Scientific Computing & Visualization group of IS&T as a Senior Graphics Programmer/Analyst. (6/14/11)
  • Our Summer Tutorial Series from June 6 to June 23 is now open for registration, with courses on programming, high performance computing, and scientific visualization. These tutorials are free and open to all members of the Boston University community. Registration is required. (5/23/11)
  • MathWorks is presenting two free seminars on MATLAB on April 27, 2011 in PRB 595 at 3 Cummington St. Registration is free but required. (4/19/11)
  • A new tutorial on the MATLAB Parallel Computing Toolbox is now available. (1/21/11)
  • We are again presenting a series of Tutorials on computer programming, high performance computing, and visualization topics from January 18, 2011 – February 28, 2011. Registration is required, albeit free. (1/18/11)
  • A Senior Graphics Programmer/Analyst, IS&T, Scientific Computing & Visualization position is now open. Please follow the link to read the job description and apply. (11/16/10)
  • Most of our Fall Tutorial Series have had their PowerPoint slide sets posted, including those for the new tutorials Introduction to C Programming and Introduction to Fortran Programming. (10/28/10)
  • A new piece entitled Kinetic Farley-Buneman Turbulence has been added to our Visualizations Gallery. (10/25/10)
  • Groundbreaking takes place for the site of the Green High Performance Computing Center. (10/5/10)
  • September 13, 2010 – October 25, 2010 – We are presenting a free Fall Tutorial Series on high performance computing and scientific visualization topics. Registration is required. There are twelve courses (most offered twice) and you can register for as many or as few as you would like. (8/30/10)
  • The Katana Cluster has again been expanded with two 8-core large memory (96 GB per node) nodes. (8/26/10)
  • Our Katana Cluster has been expanded with eight new 8-core and more powerful nodes. (5/27/10)
  • Free Scientific Computing and Visualization Summer Tutorial Series June 7-17. Registration is required. Please also, if you have a few minutes, take our Tutorial Survey on scheduling future tutorials. (5/21/10)
  • The SCV web site is being integrated into the new IS&T TechWeb web site. (3/4/10)
  • We will be offering three free tutorials on Scientific Visualization, VTK, and ParaView on February 25, March 2, and March 4 respectively. Registration is required so please follow the links and register if you would like to attend. (2/12/10)
  • MATLAB upgraded to version 2009b. Follow link for important details. (1/12/09)
  • Four new pieces added to our Visualization Gallery. (11/13/09)
  • Introduction to Scientific Visualization tutorial added. This is actually a completely new version of a tutorial we used to provide. (11/05/09)
  • Two additional quad-core nodes were added to the Katana Cluster. These nodes are configured exactly the same as those added in March, 2009. (10/14/09)
  • High Performance Computing Workshop offered October 13-14, 2009. Free but advance registration is required as there is limited space. (10/07/09)
  • We have an upcoming workshop entitled Introduction to the MATLAB Parallel Computing Toolbox on September 29, 2009 3-6 PM. Registration is actually already full but you can still express interest in a second session. (9/21/09)
  • Two additional new tutorials entitled Using MATLAB to Visualize Scientific Data and Introduction to Plotting Packages are now available. (8/31/09)
  • Two new tutorials on Using VTK to Visualize Scientific Data and Using ParaView to Visualize Scientific Data have been added to our Tutorials section. The tutorials on Using IDL to Manipulate and Visualize Scientific Data and Introduction to Image Files have also been heavily updated. (7/21/09)
  • We have developed a new documentation type for some major software programs, called Examples, with example materials to help users get started with the programs. We currently have MATLAB Examples, IDL Examples, VTK Examples, ParaView Examples, OpenGL Examples, and Open Scene Graph Examples. (6/24/09)
  • We are offering a free MATLAB Parallel Computing Toolbox Workshop on June 16, 2009 – registration is required. (6/10/09)
  • Our IBM p690 machines, which have been in production since September 2002, are taken out of service. (6/01/09)
  • Fourteen nodes added to the Katana Cluster, each with two dual-core 2.4 GHz AMD Opteron 2216HE processors. These nodes do not support Infiniband and will be used primarily for single processor jobs. (4/07/09)
  • Four new blade servers, each with two quad-core 3.0 GHz Intel Xeon E5450 processors added to the Katana Cluster. These are designed primary for 8 processor parallel jobs. Technical details here. (3/31/09)
  • The MATLAB Parallel Computing Toolbox (PCT) is now available on the Katana Cluster to all SCF users. (2/23/08)
  • SCV will have a booth again this year at the Supercomputing 2008 show in Austin, Texas November 15-21, 2008. One of the demos we will be showing, Tomographic Reconstruction of Forest Structure from a Ground-Based Lidar Instrument, has been added to the SCV Visualizations Gallery. (11/7/08)
  • On October 15-16, SCV will be offering a free High Performance Computing Workshop. Please register if interested in attending (link removed). (10/2/08)
  • On October 7, SCV will be giving a free Workshop on Scientific Visualization from 11AM-4PM (please register if interested) followed by an Open House from 4PM-8PM open to anyone interested (links removed). Please drop in anytime for the Open House. (9/16/08)
  • New 75 Terabyte disk storage system announced. (8/28/08)
  • An addtional eight nodes (32 Opteron processors) were added to the Katana Cluster. (7/2/08)
  • Added a suggestion box so our users can send us suggestions on ways we can improve our services. (6/5/08)
  • New site for work SCV has been doing in Broadening Participation in Computing on the project New Voices and New Visions for Engaging Native Americans in Computer Science. (2/5/08)
  • We, in cooperation with TotalView Technologies, will be hosting a free, all-day TotalView Debugging Workshop on Wednesday, February 6. Please register if you are going to attend (links removed). (1/9/08)
  • Report on our experience representing Boston University at SC 07. (12/12/07)
  • Glenn Bresnahan announces the availability of our newest Linux computing facility, the IBM BladeCenter Katana Cluster. (12/5/07)
  • Fan Acoustics, another of the pieces we will be showing next week at Supercomputing 2007 has been added to the SCV Visualizations Gallery, including two video sequences. (11/9/07)
  • SCV will as usual be presenting our work at the Supercomputing 2007 show in Reno, Nevada November 10-16, 2007. Two of the demos we will be showing have also been added to the SCV Visualizations Gallery. Those pieces are Experimental Validation of the Influence of White Matter Anisotropy on EEG Forward Solution and Structural Hole Theory: The Relationship between Corporate Ties and Corporate Innovation. (11/2/07)
  • SCV’s website undergoes a major redesign. We hope this will greatly improve the look and usability of our site for all of our users. If you had bookmarks to specific pages, they may no longer work but most likely the page still exists and hopefully you will have an easy time finding it with the new navigation system. Send any comments to web@scv.bu.edu. (9/19/07)
  • SCV will be holding a two-day high performance computing workshop on October 23-24, 2007. There is no fee for the workshop, and it is open to anyone interested in high-performance computing. There will be sessions on parallel processing with MPI, parallel processing with OpenMP, and code performance. Advance registration is required and is on a first-come, first-served basis. (9/19/07)
  • BUToday wrote a piece on Surge, Deborah and Richard Cornell’s virtual reality piece on global warming that shows on our Deep Vision Display Wall. (8/14/07)
  • Five additional visualizations shown at the Supercomputing 2006 conference have been added to the SCV Visualizations Gallery. (1/29/07)
  • SCV will as usual be presenting our work at the Supercomputing 2006 show in Tampa, Florida November 11-17, 2006. Two of the demos we will be showing have also been added to the SCV Visualizations Gallery with video. (11/9/06)
  • The IBM Blue Gene will go into full production on October 1, 2006. (9/15/06)
  • A summit on Katrina, After the Storm, Civic Engagement through Arts, Humanities and Technology is taking place Sept 28-30, 2006 and we are participating over the Access Grid. Please contact us if you are planning to attend any part of the summit here (links removed). (8/29/06)
  • Siggraph 2006 comes here to Boston next week (July 30-Aug 6) and SCV is hosting a small get together for BU and SCV/CGL alumni who are attending. Contact Ariella Rebbi ((617) 353-7800) if you are interested in coming. (7/25/06)
  • BU Today writes about a new project SCV staff are working on titled New Voices and New Visions for Engaging Native American Students in Computer Science. (3/30/06)
  • Two movies originally shown at our SC 2005 booth have also been added to the Vortex Shedding page on the SCV Visualizations Gallery. (3/16/06)
  • Twelve movies originally shown at our SC 2005 booth have been added to the CISM page on the SCV Visualizations Gallery. (3/1/06)
  • The SCV Visualizations Gallery has been updated, with a revised piece on “EarLab: A Virtual Laboratory for Auditory Experimentation” and a new piece entitled “Vortex Shedding Simulation”. (2/22/06)
  • We updated our search engine to one using Google technology which we hope will give you significantly improved results. (2/1/06)
  • SCV is hosting an Open House on Monday, January 30 from 4-8pm. We will be showing select demonstrations from our SuperComputing 2005 booth. (1/23/06)
  • SCV and IBM are together giving a Blue Gene Workshop on Jan. 30 – Feb. 1. The workshop is free but participants must register in advance. The presentations given are now available online. (1/23/06)
  • This coming week we will be attending the SuperComputing 2005 conference November 12-18 in Seattle, WA. (10/6/05)
  • The Daily Free Press has the latest article on our Blue Gene/L supercomputer. (9/13/05)
  • Boston University issues a press release on the new Blue Gene/L supercomputer and the history of supercomputing at BU. (9/7/05)
  • Mass High Tech magazine also has an article by Ethan Forman on our new Blue Gene/L supercomputer (link removed). (7/11/05)
  • As part of SIGGRAPH 2005, we invite people to come here to be a remote participant in the events available over the Access Grid from August 1-4, 2005. (7/11/05)
  • Wired News also has an article on the Blue Gene/L and also our Deep Vision Display Wall, written by Mark Baard. (7/1/05)
  • IBM Research IBM dominates global supercomputing, commanding leadership for the US says IBM, discussing the dominance of the IBM BlueGene/L systems on the latest Top 500 Supercomputer Sites list. BU’s own BlueGene/L, which we are working on bringing into full production as soon as we can, is at #59 on the list. (6/30/05)
  • SCV staff have been involved in the production of three installations, Virtual Views at the Computer Graphics Lab, Virtual Views at the Sherman Gallery, and On the Map, for the Boston Cyberarts Festival from April 22 – May 8, 2005. We encourage everyone to come out and see these and other Festival events (links removed). (3/15/05)
  • Several new and updated pieces have been added to the SCV Visualizations Gallery. These pieces are also being shown/demonstrated at SCV’s booth at SuperComputing 2004. The conference is in Pittsburgh, PA from November 6-12 and we invite everyone to stop by our booth. (11/4/04)
  • Doug Sondak and Kadin Tseng are presenting a free High Performance Computing Workshop workshop here at BU on October 13th and 14th. Registration is limited. (10/1/04)
  • Upgraded our Deep Vision Display Wall to its final configuration of 24 projectors giving a massive aggregate stereo resolution of 19 Megapixels. (9/6/04)
  • Kadin Tseng is offering a free Introduction to MPI and OpenMP Tutorial on March 16, 2004. Email him for more information. (3/3/04)
  • A new tool is now available to allow all of our SCF users to look up a report on their CPU and /project Disk usage and to access and update additional personal information. To access this information, go here (will require your SCF login [i.e. Twister] and password).(12/9/03)
  • The Intel Pentium III Linux Cluster went into production on December 1, 2003. (12/1/03)
  • Three brand new pieces and two updated pieces have been added to the SCV Visualizations Gallery. These pieces are also being shown/demonstrated at SCV’s booth at SuperComputing 2003. The conference is in Phoenix, AZ from November 15-21 and we invite everyone to stop by our booth. (11/13/O3)
  • On October 1, 2003, the IBM SP system will be retired and SU numbers will be adjusted. See details here. (9/26/03)
  • Our new p655 system will soon be in production and there will be some other changes in our systems. (8/13/03)
  • Glenn Bresnahan announces the acquisition of a new 48 processor IBM p655 system. (7/24/03)
  • The SGI Origin 2000 systems were retired over the weekend, after long and productive service. For those transitioning to the newer IBM systems, we have put together a Migration FAQ (link removed). (6/1/03)
  • We announced information about the continuing migration from the SGI Origin 2000 systems to our newer IBM systems today. Also, Principal Investigators may now apply as ‘friendly users’ on our new Linux Cluster. All of the Origin 2000 systems will go out of service on May 30, 2003. (4/22/03)
  • SCV’s HiPArt program was written about in an article in today’s B.U. Bridge newspaper on the upcoming Boston CyberArts Festival. (4/18/03)
  • Plans are announced for the beginning of retirement from service of our SGI Origin 2000 systems. (2/7/03)
  • Mike Dugan returns to SCV as Manager of Systems Programming/Administration. (12/2/02)
  • Four new pieces have been added to the SCV Visualizations Gallery. These pieces are also being shown/demonstrated at SCV’s booth at SuperComputing 2002. (11/15/O2)
  • SCV is participating in the SuperComputing 2002 conference in Baltimore, MD November 16-22, 2002. We encourage everyone at the conference to visit our booth. (11/1/02)
  • Our new IBM p690 will be going into full production for all users on September 9, 2002. (9/5/02)
  • A Workshop on Scientific Computing and Visualization: Linux Clusters and Tiled Display Walls will be held from July 30 – Aug 1. Registration is available and free of charge. (7/2/02)
  • The slides from Doug Sondak’s talk “Introduction to Scientific Computing on the IBM SP and Regatta” are now available. (6/25/02)
  • We have installed a new IBM p690 (Regatta) supercomputer and made it available to “friendly users”. The machine will go into full production in early September. (5/28/02)
  • John G. Spooner of c|net writes “From database to 3D, a new vision thing” on the Deep Vision Display Wall. (5/24/02)
  • The stereo tiled display wall (the Deep Vision Display Wall) being developed in the newly reconstructed Computer Graphics Lab was featured on the MSNBC website: Research takes on a new dimension on May 10, 2002 (link removed). (5/10/02)
  • Information on Boston University’s new stereo tiled display wall (the Deep Vision Display Wall) is now available. (5/1/02)
  • SCV and CCS are sponsoring a Special IBM Workshop on the IBM Regatta and IBM SP from April 9-12, 2002. Attendance is free but registration is required (link removed). (4/1/02)
  • Erik Brisson officially rejoins SCV as our Associate Director and Jennifer Teig von Hoffman moves into the position of Project Manager. (3/14/02)
  • The Computer Graphics Lab is undergoing construction and when it reopens, will have a somewhat different mission. (1/2/01)
  • SCV is participating in the SuperComputing 2001 conference in Denver November 10-16, 2001. As part of SC Global on the Access Grid, we will be showing various art and technical pieces from Boston University and around the country. We welcome people to attend these events from November 13-15 . (11/9/01)
  • SCV will be hosting a High Performance Computing Workshop on October 25-26. Attendance is free but advance registration is required (links removed). (10/12/01)
  • Michael Walterman joins the SCV staff as our new Manager of Graphics Programming. (8/27/01)
  • Boston University’s new IBM SP supercomputer goes into full production on July 23, 2001. (7/19/01)
  • Augustinas Abaravichyus joins the SCV staff as a new systems administrator. (7/9/01)
  • As part of the Boston Cyberarts Festival, HiPArt will be presenting Gallery on the Grid from April 21 through May 4 with a reception on the 4th. See the web page for details. (4/19/01)
  • Ray Gasser joins the SCV staff as a new graphics programmer. (3/1/01)
  • Doug Sondak gives a talk on Migrating from the Origin 2000 system to the IBM SP and Eric Jones gives an overview of BU’s IBM SP Supercomputer (links removed). (2/9/01)
  • An IBM SP Repository has been developed to provide easy access to all materials and documentation on our new SP. (1/31/01)
  • On January 28, an excellent article on Spirited Ruins appeared in the New York Times. As a result, we are hosting public showings for several weeks and all are welcome. (1/28/01)
  • A significant update to the operating system and some major applications on the O2K Cluster will occur on January 10, 2001. (1/3/01)
  • SCV staff will be offering the next High Performance Computing Workshop on December 7-8 in Room 593 of the Physics Research Building on the Boston University campus. As of this moment, there are still some spaces open so sign up quickly.(11/20/00)
  • SCV as usual had a booth at SuperComputing 2000 in Dallas, TX from November 4-10 and showed off DAFFIE, the Access Grid and other projects. (11/4/00)
  • Our Recent visualizations from SCV page was updated with several new scientific pieces. (10/29/00)
  • SCV staff will be offering a High Performance Computing Workshop on October 19-20 in Room 593 of the Physics Research Building on the Boston University campus. (10/12/00)
  • From Sep. 20 to Oct. 8, 2000, HiPArt will be presenting Spirited Ruins in the gallery at the George Sherman Union on the BU campus. The opening reception will be on September 28 from 5-7pm. (8/15/00)
  • On August 1-3, 2000, Boston University will be hosting remote participants in the Alliance Chautauqua 2000 at the University of Kansas. (7/10/00)
  • SCV’s Scientific Programmers, Doug Sondak and Kadin Tseng, are having office hours 9:30-12 Tuesdays and 1:30-4:30 Wednesday respectively in the Physics Research Building at 3 Cummington St in Room 586A. They are available for drop-in visits to help people with optimizing or fixing parallel and serial codes. You can also send them email – this service is totally free of charge. (6/30/00)
  • SCV and CCS announce the upcoming upgrade of our high-end computing facilities. (6/23/00)
  • On June 13-15, 2000, Boston University will be hosting remote participants in the Alliance Chautauqua 2000 at the Ohio Supercomputing Center. (6/6/00)
  • A new Calendar of Events page has been created to make it easier for people to figure out what is happening. (5/1/00)
  • Our Access Grid Conference Facility has now been completed and will be hosting events. One of the early events is a FFTW Workshop April 18 from 3-6PM. (4/12/00)
  • A major update was done to the operating system and some major applications on the O2K Cluster and PCA Cluster. (4/4/00)
  • The SCV Software Packages list and links have been significantly updated and added to. (1/14/00)
  • The DAFFIE software for building immersive virtual environments is now available to be downloaded. (11/15/99)
  • SCV and the Center for Computational Science are offering a High Performance Computing Workshop December 2-3, 1999. The workshop filled up immediately but will likely be offered again at a later date. (11/10/99)
  • Doug Sondak of SCV gives a talk on Why is Supercomputing Like Golf? How to Lower Your Score (CPU Time) to those attending the CCS workshop on MAKING THE MOST OF THE O2K (link removed). (11/05/99)
  • Ariella Rebbi joins SCV as our SCV/MARINER Program Manager. (10/25/99)
  • The /project filesystem has been upgraded to a total capacity of 275 Gigabytes of space. (6/21/99)
  • Our online “Introduction to OpenMP” tutorial is now available and includes RealAudio instructions on learning OpenMP (link removed). (5/21/99)
  • Boston University will be hosting a “Chautauqua” technology road show September 14-15, 1999 (links removed). (5/18/99)
  • We will be conducting a SCV Summer VR Workshop June 17-18, 1999. Unfortunately, the workshop is already full but you can still register for the waiting list. (5/14/99)
  • The Boston Cyberarts Festival will be from May 1-16, 1999. One of the featured events will be open tours of Spirited Ruins here at BU. (4/26/99)
  • Globus is now installed on the Origin2000 machines. (4/23/99)
  • I-DEAS is being upgraded to I-DEAS v6. This version is not backwardly compatible with the earlier version I-DEAS v3, which will remain concurrently available until June 1, 1999. (4/2/99)
  • Quanta and CHARMm have been upgraded to version Quanta98 and CHARMm 25, respectively. (3/11/99)
  • Installed the Gaussian 98 and GaussView 2.0 computational chemistry packages. (2/16/99)
  • CGL has a major hardware and software upgrade to an Origin 200 running IRIX-6.5.2. (1/26/99)
  • Matlab has now been upgraded to version 5.2. This upgrade involves several bug fixes and the addition of the Matlab Compiler Toolbox. (1/25/99)
  • We have made the online version of the new Introduction to MATLAB tutorial available. (12/3/98)
  • We will be offering a High Performance Computing and Visualization Workshop on December 3rd and 4th, 1998. To register for the workshop, fill out this form (links removed).
  • Jennifer Teig von Hoffman joins the SCV staff as an Analyst/Consultant to work primarily on PACI related issues.
  • SCV goes to SC98. (11/5/98)
  • The IBM Distributed Storage Manager (Tape Robot) is now available for users to allow long term archiving of large files. (10/27/98)
  • The SCV ArtWorld programming team hosted the Boston Virtual Reality Group to show off and talk about the project. (10/16/98)
  • Added descriptions of the various ArtWorld Events which have occurred this summer. (10/15/98)
  • SCV announces the planned schedule for major upgrades of our large machines to IRIX 6.5 and associated other software upgrades. (10/14/98)
  • A PC running Windows 95 is installed in the Computer Graphics Lab to make our hardcopy and production services more accessible to PC users. (10/1/98)
  • The machine this web server resides on,scv.bu.edu, is upgraded to an SGI 2 processor O200. This should greatly increase the speed and capacity of the web server. (9/1/98)
  • MASS High Tech reviewed the ArtWorld opening in their July 20-26, 1998 edition (link removed). (7/27/98)
  • Eric Jones joins the SCV staff as a Systems and Applications Programmer/Analyst. (7/27/98)
  • Jack Perry of SGI presented talks on Open MP Parallel Processing Directives (Showcase / PostScript) and Distributed Shared Memory Placement strategies (Showcase / PostScript). (7/24/98)
  • The July 9, 1998 HiPArt opening is featured in the BU Bridge newspaper (link removed). (7/16/98)
  • Louis Calisi joins the SCV staffs as the CAS Lab Manager. (7/6/98)
  • Maya, the newest animation package from Alias|Wavefront, is installed on all the SGI machines maintained by SCV. (7/6/98)
  • HiPArt sponsors an ArtWorld Opening on July 9, 1998. (6/26/98)
  • SGI gives a presentation at BU on the new features and changes with the forthcoming Irix 6.5 operating system. (6/18/98)
  • Significant changes are made to the filesystems of the PCA and Origin2000 machines. (6/8/98)
  • With the help of 3D animators in the northeast region, SCV successfully demonstrates ArtWorld, a collaborative virtual environment showcasing artists’ 3D animated works, at the Alliance ’98 conference. (4/27/98)
  • Wayne Gilmore joins the SCV staff as a Systems Programmer/Administrator. (4/6/98)
  • PVM is now working again thanks to the efforts of SCV’s Doug Sondak. (3/31/98)
  • As part of HipArt, SCV is working on the project ArtWorld, a collaborative virtual environment showcasing artists’ 3D animated works. (3/4/98)
  • SCV undertakes the project HipArt promoting High Performance Computing in the Arts. (3/4/98)
  • SCV submits two proposals, a demo and a poster session, for the Alliance’98 conference. Both are accepted. (2/20/98)
  • Scientific Computing Facilities Frequently Asked Questions document added. (2/12/98)
  • Created a document with Information for New SCF Principal Investigators. (2/3/98)
  • An additional 128 Origin2000 processors are made available for use. Information on the new batch queue structure is here. (1/7/98)
  • Guide for New SCF Users created replacing the old guides for the PCA and Origin2000. (12/19/97)
  • Kadin Tseng establishes the Origin2000 Supercomputer Repository at BU (link removed). (12/11/97)
  • Version 97 of Quanta and Charmm are now available. (11/17/97)
  • The Recent visualizations from SCV section was significantly updated for the SC ’97 Conference and MPEG videos are being added for all video sequences. (11/14/97)
  • The SCV Brochure has been updated both online and in its print version. (11/17/97)
  • National Computational Science Alliance Steps Out at SC97 (link removed). (11/12/97)
  • Large quantities of project disk space are made available by application. (11/7/97)
  • The name www.bu.edu was moved to be an alias for a different machine. All SCV web pages are now available on scv.bu.edu. At the same time, the look of the SCV home page was significantly changed. (11/4/97)
  • Glenn Bresnahan announces the acquisition of an additional 128 processor SGI/Cray Origin2000 system and Boston University’s partnership in the National Computational Science Alliance. (10/1/97)
  • Spyplot has been upgraded to version 1.3 and will now run on all SCV systems. (7/17/97)
  • MATLAB has been upgraded to version 5.0 on all SCV supported machines. (7/7/96)
  • The LSF Load Sharing Facility has been upgraded from version 2.2 to version 3.0. (7/1/97)
  • Strict CPU accounting on the PCA cluster and Origin2000 system have gone into effect as of July 1, 1997. (7/1/97)
  • Russ Wolf joins the SCV staff as a Systems Programmer/Administrator. (5/28/97)
  • The Origin2000 system will be going into general use and full production on July 7, 1997. (6/26/97)
  • IDL (Interactive Data Language) is being upgraded to version 5.0. (6/16/97)
  • CPU hour allocations will begin to be enforced starting on July 1, 1997 and projects exceeding their requested allocations will be disabled if they do not request additional time. (5/30/97)
  • SIGGRAPH/Boston’s May Meeting will be held at BU on May 14, 1997 and will focus on “Graphics and Virtual Environments at Boston University”. (5/8/97)
  • Mariner, SCV and CCS are hosting a second Open House on May 14, 1997 for the community and the public to visit and learn more about our facilities. (5/8/97)
  • An MIT Parallel chess program (Cilkchess) will be competing in the 12th AEGON Computer Chess Tournament running on BU’s Origin 2000 supercomputer. (4/13/97)
  • Mathematica has been upgraded to version 3.0 on all SCV machines. (3/24/97)
  • Mariner, SCV and CCS are hosting an Open House on March 31, 1997 for the community and the public to visit and learn more about our facilities. (3/19/97)
  • Announcement of the Origin 2000 Request for Friendly Users trial period. (2/13/97)
  • SCV and Mariner sponsor a seminar on vBNS and the New England GigaPoP and High Bandwidth Network Project. (2/10/97)
  • SCV Visualization Gallery significantly updated and expanded. (1/30/97)
  • SCV’s Online Help Desk added. (1/23/97)
  • Boston University receives a grant to expand its high-bandwidth connectivity via the vBNS program of the National Science Foundation. (1/17/97)
  • CGL cluster upgraded to Irix 6.2 operating system. (1/7/97-1/9/97)
  • Online Tutorial listings updated for Spring 1997. (1/7/97)
  • IRIS InSight Online Documentation now available over the WWW which could previously only be accessed via the iiv viewer (link removed). (11/10/96)
  • Online Tutorial added for: Course 5020: Introduction to UNIX Programming for the World Wide Web (WWW) (link removed). (10/23/96)
  • Added links to SGI’s Technical Publications Library (link removed). (10/6/96)
  • SCV acquires one of the first ever Silicon Graphics Origin2000 supercomputers. See BU’s press release on the new machine (links removed). (10/3/96)
  • Online Tutorial added for: Course 3020: Introduction to the Power Challenge Array (link removed). (9/23/96)
  • Help page added for AVS (Application Visualization System) scientific visualization package (link removed). (9/19/96)
  • Announcement of one-time tutorial on Performance Optimization for the SGI Power Challenge offered by Jack Perry on October 4, 1996. Online notes for this tutorial are available here (links removed). (9/19/96)
  • Online Tutorial added for: Course 3070: Multiprocessing with Fortran 90 (and HPF) (link removed). (9/17/96)
  • Online Tutorial added for: Course 3085: Multiprocessing by Message Passing. (9/17/96)
  • Mike Dugan joins SCV as our new Systems Programmer/Administrator. (9/16/96)
  • MATLAB installed and made available on the PCA and CGL Clusters. (9/4/96)
  • Quanta molecular modeling package upgraded to Quanta 96 version. (8/28/96)
  • I-DEAS mechanical engineering package upgraded to Master Series version 3.0. (8/28/96)
  • Power Challenge Array upgraded to IRIX 6.2 operating system. (8/28/96)
  • Netscape has been upgraded to version 3.0 on all of our machines. (8/20/96)
  • Adobe Photoshop 3.0 has been installed on CGL and all the SGI workstations in the CGL cluster. (8/19/96)
  • Alias|Wavefront’s The Advanced Visualizer has been upgraded to version 4.2 on all machines. (8/16/96)
  • Douglas Sondak joins SCV as Scientific Programmer/Analyst. (8/6/96)
  • WWW Search Engine added to allow searching of this web server (scv.bu.edu). This should help users find information they are looking for (link removed). (7/15/96)
  • The Wavefront Data Visualizer will not be available after the upgrade to IRIX 6.2 as Wavefront is not updating the package to work under 6.2. (6/24/96)
  • Mark Ryan, System Programmer/Administrator, leaves SCV to work for SGI in their Hudson, MA office. (6/14/96)
    Roger Frye, Scientific Programmer/Analyst, leaves SCV to move with his wife to New Mexico. (6/19/96)
    Both will be very much missed.
  • Power Challenge Array FAQ made available (link removed). (5/24/96)
  • Wendy Goldstein joins SCV and MARINER as the Program Manager. (5/20/96)
  • Over the summer, all of the SGI machines maintained by SCV will be being upgraded to IRIX 6.2. Many software packages will also be being updated to be compatible with IRIX 6.2. Be aware of this process and expect a significant number of update messages.(5/15/96)
  • Online Tutorial added for: Course 3005: Introduction to Image Files and Color Output.(4/16/96)
  • Online Tutorial added for: Course 3010: Introduction to Plotting Packages.(4/16/96)
  • Glenn Bresnahan explains the current PCA batch policies in response to comments by users.(4/11/96)
  • Kadin Tseng joins SCV and MARINER as Scientific Programmer/Trainer.(4/5/96)
  • Java User’s Group mailing list created for those interested in Java at BU.(4/4/96)
  • Help page on Terminal/Workstation access control using xhost and xauth page created (link removed).(3/20/96)
  • Java at BU page created, highlighting applets written at BU (link removed).(3/12/96)
  • SCV Software Packages list significantly altered and updated.(2/12/96)
  • A new page with links to various useful, fun and interesting sites in the local Boston area.(1/31/96)
  • Online Tutorial added for: Course 3075: Introduction to 3-D Modeling and Animation using the Advanced Visualizer.(1/24/96)
  • Online Tutorial added for: Course 3000: Introduction to Scientific Visualization Tools.(1/19/96)
  • Recent visualizations from SCV made available.(1/16/96)
  • Online Tutorial added for: Course 3015: Using IDL to Manipulate and Visualize Scientific Data.(1/2/96)
  • Last call for CM5 users to clean up accounts and migrate to the PCA.(12/12/95)
  • Procedures for getting accounts on the new Scientific Computing Facilities are announced.(10/30/95)
  • Advance notice of the procedures for getting accounts on the new Scientific Computing Facilities are announced.(10/19/95)
  • The Inaugural Symposium for the MARINER Project and Boston University’s third generation computer facility will be taking place on October 7, 1995 from 9:30AM-5:50PM in the Stone Building, B-50 at 675 Commonwealth Avenue.(9/25/95)
  • The Silicon Graphics “Magic Bus” will be at BU on 9/22/95 (see “Magic Bus” announcement for more details).(9/18/95)
  • The Scientific Computing Friendly User’s Group (SCFUG) period has begun with these projects.(9/8/95)
  • SCV announced significant changes in color printing services. The new Phaser 540 Color Laser printer is now available for public use and other printing services were updated and made available as well, including resources for Mac users to more readily take advantage of our color printing services. (9/1/95)
  • A “friendly users” group is created to being using and testing the new SGI PowerCHALLGENGarray. More details on this program can be found here (link removed).(8/25/95)
  • John Porter announces the multi-phase purchase of the SGI Power CHALLENGEarray to replace the CM5 Connection Machine.(8/25/95)
  • Manoj Chacko joins the SCV staff as a Systems Programmer/Administrator.(8/23/95)
  • Ursa-Major was upgraded to IRIX 6.0.1 and all eight of its processors were upgraded from R4000 to R8000 processors.(8/21/95)
  • Five new SGI Indy machines installed in the Computer Graphics Lab, replacing older Personal Iris machines.(8/15/95)
  • CGL is now an Indigo2 machine running the IRIX 5.3 operating system. (8/15/95)
  • Hardcopy and Production Services pages heavily updated. (7/31/95)
  • Page listing all SCV Computers and Workstations added. (7/14/95)
  • This What’s New with SCV page added. (7/10/95)
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