Spring Data Science Workshops Are Open to All

OIT's Data Science iconThe Spring 2024 O’Donnell Data Science and Research Computing Institute (ODSRCI) and OIT Research and Data Science Services (RDSS) workshop series provides a hands-on experience that will guide those of the SMU campus community in the basics of using SMU’s supercomputing resources to take advantage of AI workflows, learn the fundamentals of deep learning, start programming in Python, and more. The topics cover information useful for users to quickly begin to use the advanced compute capabilities provided by SMU’s High-Performance Computing (HPC) clusters, the NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD and M3.

Those interested need to register for the workshops in advance via Continue reading Spring Data Science Workshops Are Open to All

2023: A Year of Internet of Things Innovation and Collaboration

Photography and additional reporting by Guillermo Vasquez.

Two people using a flying drone outdoors.2023 has proven to be a pivotal year in the evolution of our Research Development and Internet of Things (IoT) services. With new equipment and new relationships forged across campus, Guillermo Vasquez and his IoT Lab have been hard at work to bring data points once thought ephemeral into the realm of data-driven research.

From the ballroom to the physics lab, ideas and resources have come together in the IoT Lab to implement the quickly growing Internet of Things ecosystem in all disciplines. A key aspect of this level of service is the deep collaboration Guillermo undertakes with researchers to truly understand their needs and develop solutions that can effectively and efficiently deliver results for world-changing research projects. Continue reading 2023: A Year of Internet of Things Innovation and Collaboration

SMU DataArts: Streamlining Data into a Unified Solution

SMU DataArts logoAt the core of SMU DataArts’ operations lies a wealth of information from various sources, notably the “Cultural Data Profile,” a historical repository that is available on the SMU DataArts website. This invaluable dataset is meticulously curated to support grantmakers and cultural leaders, encompassing a comprehensive spectrum of data from organizations. Ranging from ticket sales, financial records, performance analytics, leadership insights, to venue specifics, this amalgamation of diverse data serves as a valuable resource for decision-makers. Continue reading SMU DataArts: Streamlining Data into a Unified Solution

Campus Irrigation System Doubles as Research Data Source

With special reporting from Brad Floyd and Tabitha Motley.

Example of the weather station

The Rainbird Irrigation System on campus – operated by longtime SMU employee and current Southern Botanical employee Brian Martin – has a weather station that provides weather data to control irrigation schedules across The Hilltop. The weather station was originally installed at Ford Stadium, but due to the construction of the new Weber End Zone, OIT Infrastructure Engineer Scott Rice had the station temporarily moved to an area just outside of the northwest corner of the Tennis Complex. Its final (and current) location is in an open area just to the South of the Fondren Science Building. This is where it caught the attention of Chris Hayward and Cathy Chickering from the SMU Earth Sciences Department. Continue reading Campus Irrigation System Doubles as Research Data Source

Advancing Academic Excellence: SMU’s M3 Empowers Researchers with Enhanced Capabilities

High-Performance Computing (HPC) logoAs recently announced, SMU is taking its High-Performance Computing (HPC) to new heights with the introduction of M3 last month. As part of this exciting development, we seamlessly transitioned all users from M2 to M3. Now that migrations have been completed, all jobs will now be hosted on M3. Continue reading Advancing Academic Excellence: SMU’s M3 Empowers Researchers with Enhanced Capabilities