March 02, 2020

‘BigDawg’ lab sessions in March, April move to Fridays

The university’s “BigDawg” high performance computing cluster workshops continue this month and are moving to Friday afternoons beginning March 6. 

Hosted by the Office of Information Technology’s Research Computing Unit the workshops will provide SIU researchers and current BigDawg users with access to the most powerful computational computing hardware in the region. Sessions start with an introductory presentation, followed by an open forum conducted the BigDawg Research Computing staff. 

The workshops are from 2 to 4 p.m. on Fridays. The sessions are in the OIT training lab, in the Northwest Annex, Room 117A. Access is through an outside entrance on the north side of Building A. 

Pre-registration is not required. New participants are encouraged to come at 2 p.m. to watch a short presentation and have the opportunity to ask questions. These sessions are followed by discussions that revolve around user interests. 

The March workshops are: 

  • March 6 – “Installing software on BigDawg.” The workshop focuses on what is there, what users can install themselves, what has to be installed by OIT, and what installations are prohibited.
  • March 20 – “Duo, VPN, and Two-Factor Authentication.” Jeff Squibb from OIT Security will join us on how to securely sign on to BigDawg and other OIT systems.
  • March 27 – “Transferring Huge Files across the Network.” Learn about Globus, scp, MOVEit, and OneDrive methods for transferring files. 

For additional information, contact Chet Langin, acting deputy director of OIT research computing and infrastructure via email or attend any BigDawg 2020 session.