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Social Sciences Computing Cluster to Retire in March

Posted Date: 12 Oct 2017

Effective Date: 30 Mar 2018

On March 30, 2018, Northwestern IT will be retiring the Social Science Computing Cluster (SSCC).  All SSCC services, including the login nodes (seldon, hardin, and dornick), RStudio and SAS Studio, and file storage will be discontinued.

Services found on SSCC are now provided through alternative services as follows:

RStudio and SAS Studio services - The Quest Analytics Nodes allow users to run RStudio and SAS Studio in their web browser, backed by Quest file systems and nodes with more computational resources than available on a personal computer. They are available to all Quest users.  Learn more about Quest Analytics Nodes.

Access to statistical software - NUworkspace offers users a Windows virtual desktop with a suite of software applications. Its purpose is to provide eligible faculty, students, and staff with access to programs that may not be readily available on their current desktop/laptop computers, backed by sufficient computational resources for moderate workloads. NUworkspace is intended for interactive work traditionally accomplished on seldon, hardin, and dornick.  Learn more or request an account.

Classroom use - Classes using the SSCC for coursework will move to Quest beginning with Winter quarter 2018.  Course instructors are asked to apply for a Classroom Allocation on behalf of the class.

Batch and interactive computing - The Quest computing cluster provides similar computing services as the SSCC, with significantly greater computational resources and file storage capacity than the SSCC. This type of work should be transitioned to Quest.

SSCC users who have questions or concerns about this change or about transitioning their work, may contact, Christina Maimone, Senior Computational Social Sciences Specialist, Research Computing Services, Northwestern Information Technology.

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