The topics and notes from weekly meetings.


Date Topic(s)
May 08, 2017

Red Cloud and the MATLAB Distributed Computing Server (MDCS)

  • Introduction to Red Cloud and its features
  • Quick demo of MATLAB work farmed out to Red Cloud using MDCS
  • Overview of the MATLAB Parallel Computing Toolbox (PCT)
  • Insights on various ways to run MATLAB computations in a cloud using PCT
May 01, 2017

Mixing Languages in Scientific Codes

  • Why you would want to mix languages.
  • Common patterns, problems, and interfaces available.
  • Using code to generate code.
Apr 24, 2017

Debugging and Testing Strategies in Scientific Codes

  • Rapid prototyping.
  • Exploratory simulations.
  • Large scale simulations.
Apr 17, 2017

Docker and Deep Learning

  • Getting started with docker.
  • Overview of deep learning and how it works.
  • Introduction to various useful toolsets for deep learning.
Mar 27, 2017

Mathematica == Fun(ctions)

  • An overview of the numerous features of Mathematica (Wolfram Language).
  • Complex procedures are easy with functional programming.
  • Demonstrations with included code for everything you need to get started!
Mar 20, 2017

Workflow and Build Automation

  • Motivation for automation.
  • Introduction to make.
  • Available successors to make, depending on your goals.
Mar 13, 2017

Writing Advanced Matlab Code

  • Overview of Matlab in the context of high performance computing.
  • Explanation of how using Matlab's intrinsics can increase performance.
  • Demonstrations of profiling code to understand where to focus tuning.
Mar 06, 2017

Databases and Large-scale Data Analytics

  • Managing high volumes of data through databasing.
  • Accessible, open-source systems for analytics.
  • Thorough discussion of, given the numerous factors and options, what to choose.
Feb 27, 2017

Using Vagrant to Distribute Research Code to Colleagues

  • Getting started with vagrant
  • Get started with configuring vagrant
  • Launch some iPython kernels!
Feb 13, 2017

Numerical Software Engineering

  • A summarization of best scientific software practices.
  • Examples ranging from writing cleaner code to project management software.
Feb 06, 2017

Data Visualization Using JavaScript

  • A Primer on D3.js (and some Three.js)
  • How to interactively visualize your data in your browser!
  • How to embed these visualizations on presentations.
Dec 05, 2016

Introduction to Knights Landing (KNL)

  • High performance using the excellent KNL Accelerator Boards.
Nov 28, 2016

Documenting your Codes

  • Automatic documentation generation, triggered after each commit.
  • Modern look and feel, with LaTeX equations and mobile support by default.
  • Pointers to where you can host your documentation for free.
Nov 21, 2016

Coding your Documents

  • Building documentation of all shapes and sizes.
  • Tools for simplifying / automating the process.
Nov 14, 2016

Cloud Computing with AWS

  • Introduction to the Amazon Web Service platform.
  • Discussion large-scale storage options and file-systems.
  • MapReduce in 80 lines or less!
Nov 07, 2016

Statistical modeling, data visualization, and fun(ctional) programming in R

  • Introduction to the R programming language.
  • Working with various kinds of datasets.
  • The convenience and power of functional programming in R.
Oct 31, 2016

Computing on Google’s Cloud

  • Hands-on workshop using Google's cloud platform.
Oct 24, 2016

An Introduction to Julia

Oct 17, 2016

Where to Run Your Code: Real and Virtual Platforms

  • Overview of the various resources available for distributed computing.
  • Understanding the differences between them.
  • How to decide which kind to use when.
Oct 03, 2016

A Pythonic Whirlwind

  • High performance python.
  • IPython/Jupyter Notebooks.
  • Interacting with Jupyter on a cluster.
Sep 26, 2016

Using the Totient Cluster

  • Queueing jobs on Totient (qsub).
  • Brief example repository for C programs using make.
  • Shared terminal sessions (tmux and tmate).
Sep 19, 2016

Working with Remote Hosts

  • Overview of what a cluster is.
  • Introduction to using ssh effectively.
  • Introduction to using git effectively.
  • Example repository for more convenient terminal and tools.
Sep 12, 2016

Welcome to SSW

  • Discussion of the goals of the club.
  • Introduction to Unix and Windows shell.