Put ManeFrame II to Work! Fall Workshop Series Kicks Off

ManeFrame 2.0If you have been wondering how you can utilize SMU’s new high-power computing system, you’ll have lots of chances this fall to learn more! The Center for Scientific Computation will be offering several training sessions this semester.

The Fall 2017 CSC workshop series provides a hands-on experience that guides researchers from the basics of using SMU’s supercomputing resources to specific topics in parallelization and debugging. Additionally, the topics will cover information useful for researchers to quickly begin to use the new computing capabilities provided by ManeFrame II. New users are encouraged to take advantage of the introductory “Introduction to ManeFrame II” workshop that will be given once monthly during the semester. The workshops will be held Mondays, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM, Fondren Library room E110. Please register for the workshops here.

Upcoming Sessions

  • September 25 – Migrating to ManeFrame II
  • October 2 – Introduction to ManeFrame II
  • October 9 – Debugging Python
  • October 16 – Parallel Python
  • October 23 – Introduction to Jupyter Notebooks
  • October 30 – Porting Applications to MICs and GPUs
  • November 6 – Introduction to ManeFrame II
  • November 13 – No Workshop
  • November 20 – Debugging Parallel Applications with Allinea DDT
  • November 27 – Profiling Parallel Applications with Allinea MAP
  • December 4 – Introduction to ManeFrame II

 

A Warning about Exchange Email and iOS 11

Apple has published a notice about sending an email with the new iOS 11 and an Outlook.com or Exchange email account. As SMU uses Exchange and Office 365 for email, we are asking the SMU Community to delay installing the latest OS on your mobile device until an update is available.

The original notice from Apple is below: Continue reading A Warning about Exchange Email and iOS 11

SMU ID or TollTag Required for SMU Parking Lots & Centers

SMU NTTA TollTagLast Spring, the Office of Information Technology and Parking and ID Card Services partnered to add TollTag entry for parking gates as an easier and quicker alternative to swiping your SMU ID Card to gain access. This week, SMU Buildings and Roads announced that starting on Monday, August 28, 2017, this system and a new touch-to-enter method using your SMU ID Card will be the only ways to get into the parking centers.

The original notice from SMU Buildings and Roads is below: Continue reading SMU ID or TollTag Required for SMU Parking Lots & Centers

Dr. Michael H. Hites to lead OIT into Second Century

Dr. Michael H. HitesThis summer, Dr. Michael H. Hites, an executive with 17 years of experience leading large-scale computing operations for university-based research and innovation, joined OIT as SMU’s Chief Information Officer. In addition to leading OIT, Hites will oversee the University’s high-performance computing initiatives, including the ManeFrame II supercomputer: SMU’s fourth-generation upgrade ranks among the top academic supercomputers in the nation.  Continue reading Dr. Michael H. Hites to lead OIT into Second Century

Skype for Business Upgrade Brings New Features, Improved Stability

Skype for Business LogoStarting August 31, OIT will begin migrating existing SMU accounts from our old Microsoft Lync communications server to a new server powered by Skype for Business. You may already be using the Skype for Business (SfB) client on your office PC, but the move to this new server will enable more features and increased reliability on all platforms. Keep reading for some examples of what you’ll be getting when the upgrade is complete.

Continue reading Skype for Business Upgrade Brings New Features, Improved Stability

Using Zoom to Create Quick and Easy Screen Recordings

ZoomYou may already know that Zoom is an excellent way to conduct online meetings and webinars, but did you also know that it can also be an easy tool for quickly recording your screen and audio? All you need is the Zoom Meetings Client and a microphone! This comes in handy if you need to make a quick instructional video or visually document an issue or process. Continue reading Using Zoom to Create Quick and Easy Screen Recordings

Electrical Service Shutdown to Impact Networking on August 17, 2017

Buildings impacted by shutdownSMU Buildings and Roads has circulated a notice that electrical service will be shut off to several campus buildings as a part of campus construction activities. The shutdown will begin on Thursday, August 17, 2017, starting approximately at 8 p.m. and is expected to be completed by 6 a.m. Offices in these buildings should remember to shut down computers and printers before the electrical service being shut off.

The original notice from SMU Buildings and Roads is below: Continue reading Electrical Service Shutdown to Impact Networking on August 17, 2017

Single Sign-On Page Gets Facelift

Single Sign-OnYou’ve seen the page. You log in to my.SMU or Canvas and are greeted by the Single Sign-On page requesting your SMU ID and Password. This week, that page will be updated with a new mobile friendly look and feel. No functional changes will be made so it will work just as you expect. Both the regular Single Sign-On page and the Duo Authentication pages will be updated on the morning of Thursday, August 17, 2017.

You can see samples of the new pages below. Continue reading Single Sign-On Page Gets Facelift

New Account Request Forms Launched to Improve Onboarding

Email, Box, Sharepoint, my.SMU, Network drives… these are just a sampling of the IT services provided to SMU community.

New Employee Account Request FormsAlthough many of these services are automatically provisioned for faculty, staff, and students, several are assigned by request only. These requests are generated by forms on help.smu.edu which are then processed by a number of teams within OIT as well as departments outside of OIT. The complexity of the process along with the length of time to complete these requests has been a source of frustration for many on campus. Therefore, an Operational Excellence initiative was launched to streamline and shorten the process to assign employee permissions to the various services required to do their job. Continue reading New Account Request Forms Launched to Improve Onboarding