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Some thoughts on improved performance of an analysis job on a cluster like ECCO or SDSx

Here are some tips (some specific to ECCO/SDSx, some general) about improving performance of a typical social science analysis job:

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[ECCO+SDS] Customizing Python environment on ECCO and SDS

We updated our Anaconda Python environment yesterday. This note is how to customize that environment for your own research, on ECCO and SDS.

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Public repositories migrated

Our public Subversion repositories (formerly on http://repository.vrdc.cornell.edu) have been migrated to GitHub. Access henceforth is at https://github.com/labordynamicsinstitute. You will find the following repositories there as of this migration (more repositories may be added in the future):

CG2 Fixed Effects Estimation Software Sundry benchmarks used for a variety of purposes A variety of RPM spec files [...]

Upgrading Synthetic Data Server [DOWNTIME June 27-June 30, 2014]

All SDS users:

We are ready to migrate users to the new SDSx cluster, which greatly improves the computational ability offered to your analyses. There will be a downtime from Friday, June 27 to Monday, June 30, 2014.

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Alternate "First-login" (SSH) instructions

We have recently tested a browser-based SSH client. Previous clients required a server-side Java or similar app. For users of Google Chrome, the "Secure Shell" app from the Chrome Webstore works without anything on our servers. We have updated the "first-login" instructions, but you can of course use this anytime instead of the graphical NX [...]