SDSC Thread Graphic Issue 6, June 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 are pleased to announce a major building expansion for SDSC. The groundbreaking ceremony was held June 8, 2006 and was led by Chancellor Marye Anne Fox and SDSC Director Fran Berman. With the existing building and new extension, SDSC will have 160,000 total square feet of space and nearly five megawatts of power - enough wattage to light five thousand homes - to operate the Center and its high-performance computing and data systems. This issue features a section on the groundbreaking ceremony.

Analysis tools play a very important role in utilizing the computation resources to the fullest. SDSC's Nicholas Wright and NERSC's David Skinner have worked together to create one such tool, Integrated Performance Monitoring (IPM), that helps provide a summary of computation and communication in parallel programs. Read more about this tool in our featured section.

"Da SDSC Code" in our trivia section - our take on the Da Vinci Code, will be interesting and intriguing to many.

Flip through the newsletter and let us know what catches your eye, what articles you find particularly interesting (or boring), what you love in the newsletter, and what you wish we had more of. We enjoy your feedback.

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