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Research Computing Days


February 16 & 17, 2017  — Student Union Building

With two days of presentations and workshops, Research Computing Days features:

  • Software Carpentry courses in Unix Shell, Git, Python, MATLAB, and R (Note: These courses are FULL)
  • Special guest speaker talks presented by Dr. Henry Neeman, founding director of the Oklahoma University Supercomputer Center for Education and Research, including “What the Heck is Supercomputing?” and “Distributed Multiprocessing”
  • HPC Labs for learning how to get access to and run jobs on Boise State’s R2 Cluster (Please use our online registration form to register for these labs so we know how many to expect.)
  • Pizza & Poster Session to share and explore computational and data-intensive research being done by students at Boise State (Please submit abstract by February 6 using our online submission form.)
  • Lightning talks presented by Boise State researchers about computing and big data tools used in research
  • Resources Fair to exchange ideas with faculty experts, meet and talk with students and faculty about shared interests, and learn more about Boise State’s user groups and computing resources
  • User Group Kickoff for Python, MATLAB, and R
  • FREE Appetizer Lunch sponsored by OIT

Take a look at the 2017 RC Days Agenda for more information.

When & Where

February 16 & 17, 2017
8:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. (Thursday, February 16)*
8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. (Friday, February 17)*

*Please attend all of the Software Carpentry courses you’ve committed to via registration. Otherwise, feel free to come to as much of the program as your schedule allows. Research Computing Days activities will be held in various rooms in the Student Union Building (SUB). Please reference the agenda for specific locations.

Software Carpentry Courses – These courses are FULL. 

Software CarpentryBoise State University is hosting a Software Carpentry workshop for graduate students, faculty, and other community researchers. Software Carpentry teaches basic lab skills for research computing. They provide researchers high-quality, friendly training that teaches researchers how to build, use, validate, and share software well. Lessons at Research Computing Days will include the following. Use the links to learn what will be covered in each of the courses.

The target audience is learners who have little to no prior computational experience, and the instructors put a priority on creating a friendly environment to empower researchers to spend less time wrestling with software and more time doing useful research. Even those with some experience will benefit, as each workshop is unique, and people with different skill levels will bring home different lessons, but everyone will learn something useful.

Space is limited and it will likely fill quickly. The courses are being offered free of charge. Here is a registration link and the workshop webpage for more information.

Questions? Send email to  We hope to see you at the workshop!

Guest Speaker Dr. Henry Neeman


Dr. Henry Neeman is the founding Director of the OU Supercomputing Center for Education & Research (OSCER), Assistant Vice President for Information Technology – Research Strategy Advisor, Associate Professor of Engineering, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Oklahoma (OU). Dr. Neeman and his counterpart at Oklahoma State University, Dr. Dana Brunson, have been appointed joint co-leads of the Campus Engagement program of the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE).

He also collaborates with the Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Research and Education Facilitators (ACI-REF) project led by Clemson University, and serves on the steering committee of the Linux Clusters Institute, as well as on the National Science Foundation’s (NSF’s) Advisory Committee for Cyberinfrastructure, where he leads the Working Group for Learning and Workforce Development.

Dr. Neeman will be presenting two talks and a workshop from his Supercomputing in Plain English (SiPE) series.

Supercomputing in Plain English (SiPE) Talks & Labs

SiPE Overview: What the Heck is Supercomputing?

What the heck is supercomputing? Who uses supercomputing, how, and why? How does supercomputing work? What does the explosive growth of computing power mean for students, faculty and professionals? How can you use your graphics card to turn your laptop into a supercomputer? In this talk, you’ll learn everything important about supercomputing, with nothing left out.

Prereqisite: You’ve used a desktop, laptop or handheld computer, ever.

SiPE: Distributed Multiprocessing

In this talk, we’ll learn about what distributed multiprocessing is, and we’ll take a look at the most popular distributed multiprocessing software technology for scientific computing, the Message Passing Interface (MPI).

Prerequisite: 1 semester of programming in C, C++, Java or Fortran, not too many years ago

On the same day after each of the talks, Boise State’s HPC engineers will run hands-on labs showing attendees how to get access to and run jobs on R2 using serial and MPI batch jobs.

Buzz Session: Poster & Pizza – February 17, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Any student who would like to present a poster about how computing or data has helped in research can submit an abstract. 20 abstracts will be accepted and must use the online submission form and include a title and short abstract. Please submit abstract by February 6, 2017.

Poster presenters are responsible for setting up their posters. Portable walls will be set up and tacks will be provided for  attaching poster. Posters should not exceed 4 feet wide and 3 feet high. You must set up your poster  on the day of the event between 2:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. in the Berquist Lounge in the SUB. Presenters are expected to stand by their posters for presentation between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. and should be removed by 4:30 p.m.