Graduation Offboarding Checklist

June 5, 2018

RCS would like to congratulate class of 2018 graduates! 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 on June 30th.

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

May 30, 2018

Research Computing Services will be performing maintenance on the database server beginning Monday, June 18th. We expect to complete the work and have the server back on line by June 20th. We will contact you when the server is ready.

During the maintenance window, you will not be able to log on to the server or have access to your database(s).

In preparation for the maintenance, we will have all databases backed up by June 11th. Backup operations should not affect use of your database unless you are actively loading data. Please...

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New Git LFS feature on the Grid

April 18, 2018
Large Files Support (LFS) is now available for Git on the Compute Grid
For those who use the version control tool Git, we are happy to announce the that Git LFS plugin (Large File System) is now available for use. This plugin allows you to store large files in your repo AND push them to remote hosts that supports LFS, like On, without LFS, warnings are given when pushing files larger than 50 MB, and blocked if larger than 100 MB. Pushed files are limited to 2 GB max.
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New password protocol for grid guest account users

March 29, 2018

Every year, HBS IT requires that users change their passwords for security protocol. As a guest of HBS, you will be getting the following email below once you hit the one year mark of using HBS resources. Please note that the procedure for changing your password is different from the instructions outlined below because you do not have access to the “myHBS” portal.

Instead, please follow this link to change your password:...

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Harvard Library Hackathon: New Search Methods in the Humanities

March 6, 2018

Please see this exciting opportunity from Harvard Library below:

Harvard Library is hosting a 24-hour hackathon! It’s free and open to everyone – not just coders – so mark your calendars for March 29th and 30th, and sign up with your friends. Our goal is to develop a new search engine for research in the humanities based on a technique called concept search.

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New NoMachine Settings

February 8, 2018

Grid users should be aware of a new "disconnect or terminate" feature when logging off of NoMachine. Please see the feature description below:

As always, we urge you to terminate your sessions once you have completed running jobs in order to maximize access to the grid for all users. Please email us if you have any questions about this change and how it will affect your work.

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Compute Grid Tip of the Month - December 2017

December 5, 2017

Program crashing? What's going on?

Software will occasionally crash while working on the compute grid for apparently no reason, which can be very frustrating. The typical reaction is to launch the program again to continue one's work. But why did this happen in the first place? And will this happen again?

The most common problem is an Out of Memory error. As opposed to work on desktops or laptops, events on the compute grid are carefully logged. The...

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