All Tutorials

  • Tue Jun 27, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Walter Library

    Tecplot is a software package for 2-D or 3-D visualization of technical data obtained from analysis, experiments, and simulations. The objective of this tutorial is to teach users how to use Tecplot, especially its advanced features. This tutorial consists of two parts:

    1. A lecture to describe the capabilities of Tecplot

    2. A hands-on portion focusing on the use of this tool for your practical applications.

    Users are encouraged to contact Seema to format their data to make the workshop more effective. Datasets will be available to use if you want to learn Tecplot, but do not have a dataset ready.

  • Thu Jun 22, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Walter Library

    Gaussian is a program that can be used to calculate a variety of chemical properties and is primarily used for carrying out electronic structure calculations. This tutorial will give an overview of the program capabilities, a detailed description of how to run the program at the Institute, and tips on how to run jobs efficiently.

  • Tue Jun 20, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Walter Library

    In order to meet the emerging computational needs of the research community at the University of Minnesota, the Supercomputing Institute has developed a tailored support system for Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, and Proteomics.

    This tutorial will introduce hardware, software, databases, and user support at the Institute related to these areas. The main focus will be on the eighty-plus software tools available and will provide information on accessing these resources. The data resources available at the Institute will also be introduced, including the public sequence databases and relational database system used for in-house database project development.

  • Thu Jun 15, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Walter Library

    The SAS system is a collection of programs originally designed to perform statistical analysis of data. The SAS software started out in the 1970s as a package for statistical analysis. By the early 1980s, SAS had already branched out into graphics and spreadsheets. The SAS system now has a diverse family of products. Most of its products are integrated together and can be used as building blocks to construct a seamless system.

    MSI has the SAS system installed on its large computers. In this tutorial, we will help you to get your data into the SAS system. We will cover such topics and techniques as reading different data formats into the SAS software and writing a basic SAS code to use in statistical procedures.

  • Tue Jun 13, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Cargill Building

    DNA-Chip Analyzer (dChip) is a free software package for probe-level and high-level analysis of Affymetrix gene expression microarrays. DChip uses a different algorithm for probe-level signal condensation. It can also display and normalize the CEL files. The high-level analysis in dChip includes comparing samples, hierarchical clustering, view expression and SNP data along chromosome, LOH and copy number analysis of SNP arrays, and linkage analysis.

    In this tutorial, we use sample Affymetrix expression data to demonstrate the dChip data analysis.

  • Thu Jun 8, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Walter Library

    PERL is a scripting language that can make the task of writing and maintaining scripts for various UNIX tasks considerably easier than trying to use one of the many shell languages. For example, PERL is very useful for retrieving output from files of completed jobs for use in reports, input to subsequent jobs, and so forth. PERL scripts are often very portable, since PERL is supported on virtually all computer platforms. PERL scripts can be extremely simple or complicated and powerful.

  • Wed Jun 7, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Walter Library

    The majority of the most powerful scientific research computers in the world use Linux or UNIX for their operating system. Learning the basics of UNIX/Linux is the first step to utilizing these powerful resources effectively for your research.

    This tutorial is designed to introduce you to the Linux/UNIX operating system. We will discuss some of the most commonly used commands, some helpful shortcuts, and some of the key elements of using Linux/UNIX for your research efforts.

  • Tue Jun 6, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Walter Library

    This tutorial is geared to new users and will provide an introduction to the facilities and computational resources of the Supercomputing Institute. All members of the Technical User Support staff will be introduced to facilitate assistance with all aspects of scientific computing and visualization at the Institute.

  • Thu Jun 1, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Walter Library

    Genomics has changed the face of life sciences since the first draft of the human genome sequence was released in 2000. Computational tools play an important role in this change.

    The Supercomputing Institute has some of the most powerful computational genomics software tools available. These tools allow for genomics data acquisition, quality assessment, normalization, statistical analysis, functional annotation, pathway, interaction network, structural genomics, and data management.

    This tutorial will overview around 15 of the Institute/.s microarray and pathway genomics software tools and will guide users in accessing these resources.

  • Thu May 4, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Walter Library

    In this tutorial, we will introduce some common approaches to the extraction of data in relational databases.

    The SAS/ACCESS interface provides methods to access relational database data. In this tutorial we will discuss how we can use these methods to interact with data residing on a remote server (for example, in an Oracle database).

    We will also introduce the SAS SQL procedure and learn how to complete many tasks with a single SQL statement, while a more traditional SAS approach may involve several SAS procedure and DATA steps.

    Any researchers interested in using databases and SAS to enhance data mining and analysis procedures will find this tutorial helpful.