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Interacting with dbGaP data on Stratus

MSI has deployed a cloud service for research computing called Stratus. In its initial iteration, Stratus is designed expressly to satisfy the requirements set forth by the NIH Genomic Data Sharing (GDS) Policy for data from the Database of Genotypes and Phenotypes (i.e., dbGaP data). This tutorial introduces Stratus to users who wish to process dbGaP data at MSI, and gives them an interactive lesson on how to access the service, deploy their first virtual machines, and move data through multiple tiers of storage.

Analyze ChIP-Seq Data at the Command Line

This tutorial is paired with Analyzing ChIP-Seq Data using Galaxy and will take the user though the same steps but, using the command line versions of the tools used in the Galaxy environment. This tutorial will:

1. Provide a brief introduction to MSI systems.

2. Provide a very brief introduction to UNIX.

3. Take users step-by-step though the process needed to analyze ChIP-Seq data

4. Provide users with a basic PBS script to automate the mapping and peak calling.

5. Teach users how to edit and run the script to be used in the future.

Data Storage Systems and Data Analysis Workflows for Research

In this tutorial you will learn about the data storage systems available for academic research at the University of Minnesota. An overview of the kinds of storage systems that are available, policies for getting access to them, a comparison of their characteristics, and examples of how they can be accessed will be presented. You will also be given an overview of how the characteristics of UMN storage will impact the stability and throughput of various applications and workflows.

Interactive Computing

This two part tutorial will first introduce you to the concept of interactive high performance computing, as distinct from batch computing. We will cover the Citrix (Windows) and NICE EnginFrame (Linux) interactive computing environments hosted by MSI. Attendees will learn how to launch virtual desktops at MSI, connect to a variety of resources, load software modules, and build complex research workflows.

Intel Xeon Phi Coprocessor Developer Training

Intel will be providing training, to help software developers optimize their codes for the Xeon Phi coprocessor. This training is being held at the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute at the University of Minnesota. Current University students, staff, and faculty are invited.

See the program description. While the training is free, you must pre-register.


The training will cover:

Introduction to Linux

This tutorial will provide an introduction to the Linux operating system, with particular attention paid to working from the command line. The tutorial will cover basics such as fundamental commands, editing files, understanding directories and permissions, and remote access. No previous Linux experience is required.

Job Submission and Scheduling

This tutorial will introduce users to MSI supercomputers, and provide an overview of how to submit calculations to the job schedulers. Topics covered include creating job scripts, types of jobs, job queues, differences in available hardware, checking job status, and choosing an appropriate place to submit a calculation.