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CIMS Systems General Announcements

Announcements of a non critical nature, such as changes in resources and services, upgrades to software and the availability of new software are posted here.

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On-site Intel Cluster Tools Seminar

Update: Moved to WWH 201

An Intel engineer with the Intel Cluster Tools Suite will be giving an on-site seminar in regards to their clustering software suite.  CIMS as well as the NYU community (HPC, etc) are invited.  CIMS users have access to these tools by running 'module load intel64', and the tools are located in '/opt/intel'.

  • Location: WWH 201
  • Date: Tuesday, April 30th from 1:15pm - 3:15pm
  • Topics:
  • - MPI Performance Options
  • - Analysis tools
  • - MKL (may be rescheduled for separate seminar if sufficient interest)

Space is limited, so please RSVP to guarantee yourself a seat (login with your NYU NetID).

More documentation in regards to the Intel Cluster Suite are available from the Intel Website.

Window Virtual Lab Expansion

Due to increasing usage of the Windows Virtual Lab (Windows on Linux) service, several users have run into the situation where a VM wasn't available for use.  We've added new nodes to the virtual pool of available machines to address the issue.  Thank you for being patient with our continued expansion of this service.

If you continue to run into any problems, please let us know at

New Software: COMSOL

COMSOL is now available from all the CIMS Linux machines (compute nodes and desktops).

The COMSOL Multiphysics simulation environment facilitates all the steps in the modeling process – defining your geometry, meshing, specifying your physics, solving, and then visualizing your results.

Simply run 'comsol' from a command line interface.

Visit Update

The VisIt visualization software has been updated.  If you experience problems with it, please let us know.  You can also run the last version by running 'visit-last'.

Free On Campus Matlab Seminars

Free on campus Matlab seminars on Thursday, March 7th @ NYU’s Kimmel Center, Room 802 (Shorin Studio). 

Session 1 (10am-12pm): Mathematical Modeling with MATLAB

Mathematical models are critical to understanding and accurately simulating the behavior of complex systems. They enable important tasks such as forecasting system behavior for various “what if” scenarios, characterizing system response, and designing control systems.  This session will show how you can use MATLAB products for mathematical modeling tasks, including:
•             Developing models using data fitting and first-principle modeling techniques
•             Optimizing the accuracy of mathematical models
•             Simulating models and post-processing the results
•             Documenting and sharing models
You will also learn about different approaches you can use to develop models, including developing models programmatically using the MATLAB language, deriving closed-form analytical equations using symbolic computation, and leveraging prebuilt graphical tools for specific modeling tasks such as curve and surface fitting. 

Session 2 (2pm-4pm):  Parallel Computing with MATLAB

In this session, you will learn how to solve computationally and data-intensive problems using multicore processors, GPUs, and computer clusters. We will introduce you to high-level programming constructs that allow you to parallelize MATLAB applications without CUDA or MPI programming and run them on multiple processors. We will also show you how to overcome the memory limits of your desktop computer and solve problems that require manipulating very large matrices by distributing your data.
Highlights include:
•        Toolboxes with built-in support for parallel computing
•        Creating parallel applications to speed up independent tasks
•        Programming with distributed arrays to work with large data sets
•        Scaling up to computer clusters, grid environments, or clouds
•        Tips on developing parallel algorithms

** These technical seminars are FREE for all NYU faculty, staff, researcher and students. **
Please contact rheather.wellman at mathworks dot com with any questions.

Default Python Downgrade

The default version of Python installed on the Courant systems was recently switched to Python-2.7.  This was causing many system problems.  As a result, the system default version of python has been reverted to Python-2.6.  Never fear however, you can still use Python-2.7 as your default.  Before using python simply run the following from a command line:

module load python-2.7

For a list of other available modules and software versions available, run:

module avail

If you have any problems, please notify

New Courant Community Wiki

A new Courant community driven wiki is now up and running on NYU's WikiSpaces

This wiki exists to allow members of the CIMS community to provide any content that they think could be useful to fellow community members.  Consider posting any of the following (or whatever else you think people may want to know about):

  • Have a tip about using the computer systems at Courant?  Post it!
  • Have a favorite place to eat nearby? Post it!
  • Know when/where CIMS people go to socialize? Post it!
  • Have an unofficial group that gets together regularly or want to start one?  Post it!
  • Know about some great entertainment in the neighborhood? Post it!


Maple Upgrade

The Maple software has been upgraded to the latest version.  No changes should be necessary on the user end.  Just run 'xmaple' from the command line to run it.

If you have any problems, please notify

Last Login Information

CIMS users can now get a list of their most recent terminal logins from the CIMS Portal.

Note: This information is updated nightly and does not include service logins like the web server authentications, mail access, source code management authentications, etc.  It is simply with regards to terminal logins such as SSH or desktop logins.

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