Automating your backups in Linux and MacOS
This workshop is part of the Westgrid advanced computing workshop series.
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The 3-2-1 backup rule is an easy-to-remember acronym for a common approach to keeping your data safe. In this presentation I will cover two fantastic multi-platform, open-source backup tools — dar and borg -- that I've been using for many years. I will combine them both into a single bash function that will keep multiple copies of your data, switch between two methods for redundancy, with a simple option for an off-site backup on a remote Linux server, and provide a simple mechanism for restoring your data. Both tools support incremental backup, compression, encryption, and -- equally important -- write to a sensible number of archive files that you can easily move around, e.g., to switch to a new backup drive, or to use a low-capacity USB drive for an incremental backup of a much larger filesystem.
About the presenters:
Alex Razoumov is a training and visualization coordinator in WestGrid / Compute Canada. He has a keen interest in difficult computational problems, with a PhD in computational astrophysics from the University of British Columbia and postdoctoral experience in Urbana–Champaign, San Diego, Oak Ridge, and Halifax. He has worked on numerical models ranging from galaxy formation to core-collapse supernovae and stellar hydrodynamics, and has developed a number of computational fluid dynamics and radiative transfer codes and techniques. Alex has been with Compute Canada in one role or another since 2009. He is based in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Marie-Helene Burle Prior to entering the realm of computing, Marie-Helene Burle spent 15 years roaming the globe from the High Arctic to uninhabited Sub-Antarctic islands or desert tropical atolls, conducting bird and mammal research (she calls those her "years running after penguins"). As a PhD candidate in behavioural and evolutionary biology at Simon Fraser University, she "fell" into Emacs, R, and Linux. This turned Marie into an advocate for open source tools and improved computing literacy for all, as well as better coding practices and more reproducible workflows in science. She started to contribute to the open source community, became a Software and Data Carpentry Instructor, and worked at the SFU Research Commons providing programming support to researchers. She is thrilled to be continuing in this direction with HPC and new languages at WestGrid. When not behind a computer, Marie loves reading history books and looking for powder in the British Columbia backcountry on skis.
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- Thursday, February 11, 2021
- 2:00pm - 4:00pm
- Alex Razoumov