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2019-05-01

WestGrid webinar May 2019 disk archiver
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Alex Razoumov
Training & Visualization Coordinator
WestGrid
Description

Large parallel filesystems found on HPC clusters -- such as /home, /scratch and /project — have one weak spot: they were not designed for storing large numbers of small files.

Due to this limitation, we always advise our users to reduce the number of files stored in their directories, either by instrumenting their code to write fewer larger files, or by using an archive tool such as the classic Unix utility `tar` to pack their files into archives.

There is a little-known, but incredibly useful open-source tool called `dar` that was developed as a faster, modern replacement to `tar`. DAR stands for `disk archive` and supports file indexing, differential and incremental backups, Linux file Access Control Lists (ACL), compression, symmetric and public key encryption, remote archives, and has many other nice features.

In this webinar we will go through several use cases for `dar` both on Compute Canada clusters and on your own laptop with a bash shell. We will show you how to manage directories with many files, how to backup and restore your data, and other workflows.

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Date:
Monday, April 29, 2019 to Friday, May 3, 2019
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University of Alberta

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Does your research rely on computing, or are you curious about research data management and other library-assisted research topics? Then join IST and the Libraries from April 29 to May 3 for their Research Computing Spring Bootcamp!

This week-long event is designed for faculty members, students, postdoctoral fellows, and other researchers across campus. Registrants can partake in workshops on a variety of research computing topics, such as Python, HPC clusters, data management planning, and more!

Registration is free and open to all. Anyone who wishes to learn more about research computing is welcome to attend.

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For complete event details and to register for the sessions, please visit the event website:
https://ist.ualberta.ca/blog/news/get-ready-research-computing-spring-bootcamp

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