Computational tools for big data research focus of Purdue, NSF workshop

May 1, 2018  11:00am – May 2, 2018  5:00pm
Envision Center, STEW B001

Purdue will host a free two-day big data workshop focusing on computational tools such as Hadoop and Spark on Tuesday, May 1, and Wednesday, May 2, for faculty, staff and students looking to learn more about working with large sets of data.

The workshop will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days in the Envision Center, Stewart Center, Room B001-D, which is located off the tunnel between the Stewart Center and the Purdue Memorial Union. Space is limited to 25 participants so those wishing to attend should register soon. There is no cost to register. The event is sponsored by ITaP and the National Science Foundation Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE).

Participants register with XSEDE, in which Purdue is a partner. A free XSEDE account can be created on the XSEDE user portal at Once you have an account, you can register through the XSEDE portal.

Slides and more information are available here. The second day’s subject matter will build on the first day, so participants should attend both sessions.

The mini course covers the basics of using Hadoop, Spark and other tools in a Linux environment. Participants should bring a laptop and be able to write C or Fortran and to use a UNIX text editor such as vi or Emacs.

In addition to the general-purpose research supercomputers ITaP Research Computing makes available to Purdue researchers through the Community Cluster Program, ITaP also offers a Hadoop cluster for use by faculty, their students and research staff.

The big data workshop is part of a series of high-performance computing training sessions ITaP sponsors at Purdue through XSEDE, says Eric Adams, who coordinates training for ITaP Research Computing.

The big data workshop is delivered nationwide using high-definition video conferencing to allow students to interact in real time with course instructors from the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and to work in person with local colleagues and experts. At Purdue, staff from ITaP Research Computing will be on hand.

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Originally posted: April 11, 2018  11:34am

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