Research Computing Weekly Help Sessions
We offer open help sessions every Tuesday morning from 10:30-11:30 and Thursday afternoon from 2:00 - 3:00 pm in 346 Lewis Science Library. The Thursday session also offers help with data visualization and programming.
For help at other times, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Technical support is provided to Princeton researchers for using our systems, for using other systems on campus, and for using regional and national resources. Areas of support include:
- Getting started and running jobs on our systems
- Choosing which systems best fit your requirements
- Laying out jobs to get the best performance
- Troubleshooting run problems
- Transferring data
We provide programming and configuration support for High Performance Computing and Visualization software. Our services include:
- Troubleshooting malfunctioning programs
- Parallelizing existing serial codes
- Developing new parallel codes
- Training developers in parallel-style coding techniques
- Tuning software for maximum performance
Visualization & Geospatial Analysis
Visualization services we provide include:
- Consulting with students, faculty and staff to select appropriate software tools
- Training/short-course development and delivery
- Assistance with geospatial and visualization codes and data formats
- Technical support for the visualization lab (346 Lewis Science Library)
Globus Data Transfer
Globus is an infrastructure for transferring large amounts of data between Princeton and any remote system that is also participating in the Globus system. Research Computing supports Globus data transfer to and from the GPFS-based /tigress and scratch disk space connected to the research computing cluster systems. For information about using Globus at Princeton, see the Globus Data Transfer at Princeton web page.
The TIGRESS High Performance Computing Center and Visualization laboratory provide a suite of HPC and research computing systems and resources to meet the broad needs of the Princeton research community. This suite is used by contributors and is also available to the entire Princeton research community through an application process.
Version Control and Project Management Software
Subversion is an open-source version control system designed for collaborative software development projects. It manages files and directories, and the changes made to them, over time. This allows you to recover older versions of your data or examine the history of how your data changed. Click here for more information about Subversion, or click on the Subversion Registration link in the left menu to request a repository.
Git is an open source distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency. It is easy to learn, and has features such as light-weight local branching, convenient staging areas, and multiple workflows. Princeton University's Git service is hosted by GitHub. Click here for more information about Git. Click here for more information about GitHub, or click on the GitHub Registration link in the left menu to request a GitHub team that can support private repositories at no charge to you.
Trac is an open-source web-based project management and ticketing tool. Features include: project management, ticket system, Wiki, timeline of all recent activity, customized reporting, version control system web interface, and RSS feeds. Click here for more information.
System & Software Administration
Our experienced system administration staff install and operate the TIGRESS systems including:
- System and cluster hardware
- Internal networks
- Operating systems
- Compilers, libraries, and middleware
- Broadly used applications
We also work with academic departments to advise and assist them with administering research computing systems.
Server Hosting Facilities
The university's state of the art High Performance Computing Research Center (HPCRC) houses both centrally managed research computing systems and systems owned by departments. In addition to rack space, power, cooling and network connections, the HPCRC provides on-site technical staff to assist with hardware installation, troubleshooting and repair, all at no charge for any Princeton department or faculty member.
Grant Writing and Administration
Grant writing and administration services are provided through PICSciE to assist members of the research computing community at Princeton in the identification of potential funding sources and development of proposals for sponsored projects in areas such as equipment acquisition, research, allocations on high-performance computing (HPC) systems, education, training, and institutional activities, e.g., workshops and conferences.
The Office of Research and Program Administration (ORPA) is responsible for the final review of all grant proposals to make certain they conform to the current regulations of the University, State and Federal guidelines, and the potential sponsor before they are signed by a signatory officer of the University. Additionally, ORPA also collaborates with PICSciE in the post-award administration phase of the sponsored research project. All contracts and agreements for sponsored projects are also negotiated and signed by ORPA.
Contact Ma. Florevel Fusin-Wischusen if you have any questions or if you need assistance.