SDSC Thread Graphic Issue 4, February 2006

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User Services Director:
Anke Kamrath

Subhashini Sivagnanam

Graphics Designer:
Diana Diehl

Application Designer:
Fariba Fana

Word from User Support

We're pleased to provide this latest version of SDSC Thread for your enjoyment. The past few weeks have been an intense time for the user services staff in supporting SDSC in developing a strong response to NSF's HPC Hardware competition. We spoke with many of you during this proposal process to ensure our proposed plans most effectively address user needs and that we deliver a high-quality proposal. Thank you for all your support and the many strong "User Testimonials" we received! We expect to hear about this proposal in the July/August 2006 timeframe.

In addition to the SDSC Thread as a means of sharing information on user needs and new computing capabilities, I would also like to let you know about the SDSC Nuggets. This is a monthly email that shares news about SDSC more broadly and frequently includes science results from many of you. If you would like to subscribe, please email

Best Regards,
Anke Kamrath
Division Director, SDSC User Services and Development

Anke Kamrath is reachable via e-mail at

Did you know ..?

that Home directories should not be used for Batch jobs
Home directories are good places for login scripts and source files.Because it is NFS-mounted (slower than GPFS), this area is not suitable for storing large amounts of output from batch jobs. Increased home directory quotas for non-I/O intensive work and CVSROOT area for storing CVS directory trees are provided upon request. Users can request the CVSROOT area by emailing Larry Diegel