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University of Alberta hosting a Research Computing Winter Bootcamp Jan 28 - Feb 1

University of Alberta Research Computing Winter Bootcamp 2019

Does your research rely on computing, or are you curious about research data management and other library-assisted research topics? Then join the University of Alberta Information Services & Technology (IST) and Libraries teams from January 28 to February 1 for their Research Computing Winter 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 cloud computing, HPC clusters, writing regular expressions, and more!

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

Visit the Bootcamp website for full session descriptions, other event information, and to register.
A summary list of the workshops is below. 

Workshop Schedule:

Monday, Jan 28

  • Research Solutions Centre
    This session uses a drop-in “speed networking” format designed to facilitate several quick conversations to discover common challenges and share the things that can help you get your research done.
  • HPC: Shell
    This is the first workshop in a three-part series designed to move researchers from no previous experience using high performance computing (HPC) clusters towards a position of confidence and competence.

Tuesday, Jan 29

  • HPC: Essentials 
    This workshop focuses on the mechanics of submitting programs (aka “jobs”) to the clusters so that they can be scheduled and run.
  • HPC: Beyond 
    This final workshop builds on the previous two by covering content that will influence how programs are written and compiled in the first place to make sure that you are getting the most work done for the time you have on the system. 

Wednesday, Jan 30

  • Introduction to Chapel
    This workshop provides a thorough introduction to advanced programming concepts that are relevant to high-performance computing systems.

Thursday, Jan 31

  • Introduction to 3D Scientific Visualization 
    This workshop presents principles and methods for visualizing data resulting from scientific measurements and computations. 

Friday, Feb 01

  • Project Management Foundations for Digital Research 
    This session will introduce foundational project management concepts as well as provide a hands-on opportunity for researchers to practice organizing their workflows to simplify the research process. 
  • Data Management Plans & Using the Portage DMP Assistant
    James Doiron, UofA Libraries Research Data Management Services Coordinator, will offer an applied session focused upon data management planning. 
  • Photoshop Basics for Researchers 
    This workshop will guide participants through the basics of Photoshop, looking at how to use its core tools for drawing and editing images.
  • An Introduction to Dataverse: Supporting Research Data Deposit, Access, and Preservation
    James Doiron, the UofA Libraries Research Data Management Services Coordinator, will offer an applied session focused upon Dataverse. 
  • Jupyter Notebooks for Research 
    This session will provide a hands-on introduction to three things: the University of Alberta's Jupyter Notebook environment, an introduction to using Jupyter Notebooks, and best practices for using notebook environments as part of research projects.
  • Data Carpentry OpenRefine for Beginners 
    This session will introduce participants to OpenRefine, a powerful free and open source tool to work with large datasets.
  • Data Visualization Intro
    This introductory workshop encourages the participants to govern their design of information graphics.