The Office of Information Technology sponsored Research Computing Days (RC Days) on Boise State’s campus March 15-16. This annual two-day event brought together 103 people from across the university, uniting students and faculty around scientific computing. The event was co-sponsored by Boise State’s Division of Research and Economic Development.
During the event, students and researchers presented research based on their own scientific computing during the poster sessions and lightning talks on topics ranging from application performance and representational modeling to overviews of high performance computing (HPC) systems utilized at Idaho National Laboratory.
Faculty and student volunteers presented hands-on Software Carpentry coding workshops in command interpreters, Git, R, Intro to Python, Python for Machine Learning, Python for Biology and MatLab. In addition, the Graduate College provided special funding to certify 10 volunteer faculty, students and staff in the Software Carpentry curriculum, enabling RC Days to add 40 seats and present twice as many workshops as last year.
RC Days concluded with a hands-on lab for researchers on how to use and take advantage of the Boise State R2 High Performance Computing Cluster. This same workshop was presented last year and increased usage of the R2 cluster by almost 15 percent.