Get Ready for Research Computing Winter Bootcamp!

Does your research rely on computing, or are you curious about research data management and other library-assisted research topics? Then join IST and the Libraries from January 28 to February 1 for Research Computing Winter Bootcamp!

This week-long event is designed for faculty members, students, postdoctoral fellows, and other researchers across campus. Registrants can partake in workshops on a variety of research computing topics, such as cloud computing, HPC clusters, writing regular expressions, and more!

Registration is free and open to all. Anyone who wishes to learn more about research computing is welcome to attend.

Browse workshops below:

Research Solutions Centre
Date: Monday, January 28
Time: 10:30am - 12pm
Location: GSB 2-10 (Green Space on Second Floor of IST)
Facilitator: John Simpson
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Research computing on campus is supported by a number of different people and organizations, making it the case that deploying new or suitably complicated projects can be difficult to coordinate. This session uses a drop-in “speed networking” format designed to facilitate several quick conversations to discover common challenges and share the things that can help you get your research done. You’ll also meet library staff involved in supporting research data management and learn about what they offer and be able to quickly scaffold together a plan for deploying your research.

HPC: Shell
Date: Monday, January 28
Time: 1-4pm
Location: Triffo Hall 1-16
Facilitator: John Simpson
This event is at capacity. Add your name to the waitlist and we'll contact you if a spot opens up!

This is the first workshop in a three-part series designed to move researchers from no previous experience using high performance computing (HPC) clusters towards a position of confidence and competence. The HPC clusters available for research use to U of A researchers all use various flavours of Linux, so some experience in a command line environment is needed to begin to use them. This workshop provides that background in a friendly, jargon-minimized, hands-on environment.

HPC: Essentials
Date: Tuesday, January 29
Time: 9am - 12pm
Location: Triffo Hall 1-16
Facilitator: Kamil Marchinkowski
This event is at capacity. Add your name to the waitlist and we'll contact you if a spot opens up!

This is the second workshop in a three-part series designed to move researchers from no previous experience using high performance computing (HPC) clusters towards a position of confidence and competence. This workshop focuses on the mechanics of submitting programs (aka “jobs”) to the clusters so that they can be scheduled and run. Led by Kamil Marcinkowski, Scheduling Team Lead for Compute Canada, this workshop will contain extra emphasis on interacting with the scheduler to ensure that your work is getting done rather than sitting in the queue. This workshop provides that background in a friendly, jargon-minimized, hands-on environment.

HPC: Beyond
Date: Tuesday, January 29
Time: 1-4pm
Location: Triffo Hall 1-16
Facilitator: Chris Want
This event is at capacity. Add your name to the waitlist and we'll contact you if a spot opens up!

This is the third workshop in a three-part series designed to move researchers from no previous experience using high performance computing (HPC) clusters towards a position of confidence and competence. This final workshop builds on the previous two by covering content that will influence how programs are written and compiled in the first place to make sure that you are getting the most work done for the time you have on the system. This workshop provides that background in a friendly, jargon-minimized, hands-on environment.

Introduction to REDCap
Date: Tuesday, January 29
Time: 12-12:50pm
Location: Triffo Hall 1-16
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REDCap is a secure, web-based application for building and managing online research projects. It uses an intuitive, streamlined process for rapidly developing data entry forms in support of many types of research project, such as surveys, chart reviews, clinical trials, longitudinal cohort studies and more. This introductory session will introduce REDCap and enable participants to request project space and get started for themselves.

Introduction to Chapel
Date: Wednesday, January 30
Time: 9am-4pm
Location: ECHA 2-1-40
Facilitator: Chris Want
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This workshop provides a thorough introduction to advanced programming concepts that are relevant to high-performance computing systems. The progamming language introduced in this workshop is Chapel, a modern programming language that was built to run on high-performance computing systems thereby allowing the workshop to focus on core concepts such as parallelization rather than the workarounds required to get other languages to do the same thing. Participants can expect to learn the basic syntax of Chapel, how to run single-locale programs, how to write task-parallel code for a shared-memory compute node, how to run multi-locale code, and how to write domain-parallel code for a distributed-memory cluster.

Introduction to 3D Scientific Visualization
Date: Thursday, January 31
Time: 9am-4pm
Location: ECHA 2-1-40
Facilitator: Chris Want
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This workshop presents principles and methods for visualizing data resulting from scientific measurements and computations. The workshop will focus on ParaView, but the concepts apply to other visualization tools. Users of ParaView are able to explore data and create visualizations using a visual programming interface. ParaView is open-source and multi-platform, providing great flexibility in collaborative sharing of results. Workshop participants will work through examples using visualization techniques such as colour mapping, surface extraction, glyphs, visualization of scalar and vector fields, isolines and isosurfaces, and colouring. Some programming experience is recommended for this course.

Project Management Foundations for Digital Research
Date: Friday, February 1
Time: 9-9:50am
Location: Cameron Library 3-10
Facilitator: Lydia Zvyagintseva
This event is at capacity. Add your name to the waitlist and we'll contact you if a spot opens up!

Project management is a broad and flexible skill set that is increasingly necessary in research contexts, especially those involving multiple technologies and large teams. This session will introduce foundational concepts as well as provide a hands-on opportunity for researchers to practice organizing their workflows to simplify the research process. In this workshop, we will articulate the difference between a project plan and a business case, work through roles and responsibilities, create a Project One-Pager document, and prepare a communications plan.

Data Management Plans & Using the Portage DMP Assistant
Date: Friday, February 1
Time: 10-10:50am
Location: Cameron Library 3-10
Facilitator: James Doiron
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James Doiron, UofA Libraries Research Data Management Services Coordinator, will offer an applied session focused upon data management planning. Topics covered will include the importance and benefits of DMPs, how they can support your research, as well as an in-depth look at their content. Additionally, a hands-on demonstration of the freely available Portage Data Management Planning (DMP) Assistant platform will be offered.

Participants are welcome to bring their own laptops should they wish to create a DMP Assistant account and learn to navigate and use this gold standard data management planning tool.

Photoshop Basics for Researchers
Date: Friday, February 1
Time: 11-11:50am
Location: Cameron Library 3-10
Facilitator: Greg Whistance-Smith
This event is at capacity. Add your name to the waitlist and we'll contact you if a spot opens up!

Research increasingly includes images in the forms of maps, diagrams, photographs, and other graphic materials. Photoshop is the dominant software application for image manipulation, and even a cursory understanding of it can help researchers better prepare images for publication. This workshop will guide participants through the basics of Photoshop, looking at how to use its core tools for drawing and editing images.

An Introduction to Dataverse: Supporting Research Data Deposit, Access, and Preservation
Date: Friday, February 1
Time: 12-12:50pm
Location: Cameron Library 3-10
Facilitator: James Doiron
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James Doiron, the UofA Libraries Research Data Management Services Coordinator, will offer an applied session focused upon Dataverse. Topics covered will include the importance and benefits of depositing your research data, impending related policies, as well as a hands-on demonstration of the UofA Libraries' freely available Dataverse platform. Participants are welcome to bring their own laptops should they wish to create an account and learn to navigate and use Dataverse.

Jupyter Notebooks for Research
Date: Friday, February 1
Time: 1-1:50pm
Location: Cameron Library 3-10
Facilitator: John Simpson
This event is at capacity. Add your name to the waitlist and we'll contact you if a spot opens up!

Notebook environments allow the merging of code, notes, and output in a single space for simplified analysis and sharing. Jupyter Notebooks is a notebook environment that runs in a browser. This session will provide a hands-on introduction to three things: the University of Alberta's Jupyter Notebook environment, an introduction to using Jupyter Notebooks, and best practices for using notebook environments as part of research projects.

Data Carpentry OpenRefine for Beginners
Date: Friday, February 1
Time: 2-2:50pm
Location: Cameron Library 3-10
Facilitator: Celine Gareau-Brennan, Abigail Sparling
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This session will introduce participants to OpenRefine, a powerful free and open source tool to work with large datasets. We will quickly work through how to use OpenRefine to effectively clean and format data and automatically track any changes. This session is suitable for beginners with no prior knowledge of OpenRefine.

Data Visualization Intro
Date: Friday, February 1
Time: 3-3:50pm
Location: Cameron Library 3-10
Facilitator: Raheel Malkan
This event is at capacity. Add your name to the waitlist and we'll contact you if a spot opens up!

Data and information is easily accessible to us today. A modern reader, however, would appreciate information presented in an easily comprehensible and designed format. This introductory workshop encourages the participants to govern their design of information graphics. By using visual principles of typography, colour, line and layout, researchers can create graphics that are designed to be legible.

 

Research Computing Winter Bootcamp is held in collaboration with University of Alberta Libraries and Information Services & Technology (IST).

Posted by Sheena Moore