Software Updates!

June 9, 2017

Later this month you should be receiving emails regarding software renewal update instructions if you are a HBS/Harvard licensed user of ArcGIS, Mathematica, Matlab, and SAS. Please be aware that these software packages will be expiring in July. Your cooperation in the renewal process is greatly appreciated. 

Additionally, we will add the open source software RStudio v1.0, R v3.3, and Python 3.x to the compute grid in the coming months. If there are other software packages that you'd like to use on the Grid, please Read more about Software Updates!

HBS Departure Checklist

June 7, 2017

In preparation to leave HBS, we'd like to bring to your attention the following RCS-related departure checklist that may require action on your part before losing network access.

  • HBS licenses – Have you removed HBS-issued research software?

Due to Read more about HBS Departure Checklist

Research Grid - Summer Reminder

June 2, 2017

Summer has arrived and many now have the opportunity to relax. But at the same time, for many this is a time to focus on research projects that have been on hold. For that reason, we ask you to be mindful of appropriate use of the compute grid resources:

  • Use an appropriate amount of RAM for your work. A good rule of thumb is to ask for memory that is about 10X as large as your file size + wiggle room. So if your dataset is 500 MB, then use a 5 GB memory partition first before asking for Read more about Research Grid - Summer Reminder

Compute Grid Tip of the Month - May 2017

April 26, 2017

Parallel/Multicore Processing

Using multiple cores (CPUs) to analyze data is an efficient way to get more work done in less time. But this is true only under certain circumstances. By default, R, Python, and MATLAB can only use one core even on a multicore (multiCPU) machine, unless you specifically program them to use more. Stata, on the other hand, has been parallelized, so many of its functions can use more than one core, but only to a maximum of 75% efficiency overall. To get the most efficiency, its best to run your 'do' files in batch; if using the interactive GUI, Stata spends Read more about Compute Grid Tip of the Month - May 2017

Grid Maintenance - May 2017

April 26, 2017

This is a reminder that the monthly Grid maintenance is scheduled for Monday, May 1st, from 8am until 12pm.

How will this affect you?

  • All sessions to the login nodes will be terminated (including terminal and NoMachine sessions)
  • All interactive sessions will be terminated
  • You will not be able to login to the grid
  • You will not be able to use NoMachine
  • Modules installed under Python v2.6 that include compiled code may need to be reinstalled under the new Python v2.7
  • Read more about Grid Maintenance - May 2017

New Python Modules Installed

April 3, 2017

The following base python modules were installed during the recent grid maintenance:

  • beautifulsoup4
  • click
  • flask
  • jinja2
  • requests
  • xlrd

Additional modules will be installed during the next grid maintenance on May 1st.

Spring Trainings and Workshops

March 30, 2017

We wish to make you aware of two upcoming opportunities that can help you in your research:

Brown Bag Series, A Gentle Introduction to Databases
Wednesday, April 12th, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm at Cumnock 101B
Info and RSVP at

Two Part Evening Series, Intro to R
Wednesday, April 19th & April 26th, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Hawes Hall 203
Info and RSVP Read more about Spring Trainings and Workshops