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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 [...]

[SDSx] [ECCO] X13-Arima-SEATS Version 1.1, Build 19 available

The X-13ARIMA-SEATS Seasonal Adjustment Program, seasonal adjustment software produced, distributed, and maintained by the Census Bureau, is available on ECCO and SDSx on all compute nodes. [...]

[ECCO] New High-Performance R versions available

We've installed high-performance versions of R 3.0.2 (compiled against the Intel Math Kernel Library (MKL) and the AMD Core Math Library (ACML)) on all compute [...]

[ECCO] New command 'module' to manage software on ECCO

We have installed a new tool to manage varying software environments: module. Upcoming R and Matlab upgrades will require the use of that command in your qsub jobs (point-and-click interactive sessions will be automatically updated). [...]

JAGS 3.3.0 binaries released

Martyn Plummer recently released version 3.3.0 of JAGS. We have been providing binaries, and a variety of RHEL and SUSE binaries can be downloaded from