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Scientific Linux 7 coming to BRC clusters

Scientific Linux logo and wordmark

Berkeley Research Computing staff are preparing for a major upgrade to the high performance computing clusters (Savio, Vector, and Cortex) that will replace the aging Scientific Linux 6 operating system with version 7, which offers many new and frequently-requested software packages. While the clusters have been running Scientific Linux 6 since the beginning of the Berkeley Research Computing program, it is quickly reaching its end-of-life, making an upgrade essential.

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Seismologist processes earthquake waveforms recorded by smartphones on multiple platforms

MyShake users across the globe

Growing up in Anyang, in a central region of China greatly impacted by earthquakes, Qingkai Kong was inspired to do research in seismology precisely because earthquakes are serious natural hazards that affect communities worldwide. Berkeley’s proximity to the Hayward Fault influenced his decision to complete his graduate studies under Richard Allen at the UC Berkeley Seismology Lab.

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Research IT Staff Present at UC Berkeley CaVraCon

3D model of Egyptian sarcophagus constructed using photogrammetry software

Emerging image technologies took digital humanities to new heights in this year’s statewide CaVraCon [1], the biennial California Visual Resources Association Conference, which is affiliated with the Visual Resources Association. Librarians, archivists, and scholars gathered at UC Berkeley to discuss developments and issues in the field of image and media management.

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Singularity on Savio: containerized applications and mobility of computation

Singularity workflow, image credit:

Singularity is an emerging software tool that facilitates the movement of software applications and workflows between computational environments -- from a researcher’s laptop, to Berkeley’s high-performance computing cluster, Savio, to XSEDE’s national-scale clusters (e.g., Jetstream, Comet) or

ESPM postdoc crosses 150 years of observational biology with satellite data to mitigate biodiversity loss

Paul Elsen, postdoctoral scholar, UC Berkeley Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

Graduating from UC Berkeley as a cognitive science major in 2006, conservation biologist Paul Elsen would have never guessed that he would return to Berkeley a decade later to become a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management. Following completion of his M.A. and Ph.D in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University, Elsen returned to the West Coast and is now a David H.

Digital Humanist aims to run OCR over a terabyte of rare book scans

Adam Anderson, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Digital Humanities

Since his college days at Brigham Young University (BYU), Adam Anderson has been measuring evenings and weekends in pages, rather than hours. “You can scan about 400 pages an hour, once you get in the groove,” he explains. Anderson, a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities at UC Berkeley, has spent his career scanning texts in order to draw upon secondary literature in archaeology and computational linguistics.

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Berkeley Research Computing celebrates 1,000 HPC users

Ted Xiao, BRC's 1000th user

On April 6th at 2:30 PM, Berkeley Research Computing (BRC) reached a new milestone: the 1000th user account created in the high performance computing (HPC) environment. The lucky recipient of the 1000th account was Ted Xiao, an M.S. student working with Prof. Claire Tomlin in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department.

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Go from Analog to Digital Texts with OCR

An early modern text (English)

A collection of digitized texts marks the start of a research project —  or does it?

For many social sciences and humanities researchers, creating searchable, editable, and machine-readable digital texts out of heaps of paper in archival boxes or from books painstakingly sourced from overlooked corners of the library can be a tedious, time-consuming process.