Register for Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing (PEARC17)

Go to http://pearc17.pearc.org/ to register for the conference and check the latest program schedule. To book rooms, go to http://pearc17.pearc.org/hotel or call 888-421-1442 and reference the conference name.

PEARC17 attendees staying at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans will experience the best of the Big Easy. The hotel is located in the heart of downtown, next to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Smoothie King Center and Champions Square. Nearby attractions include taking a ride on the Loyola Avenue Streetcar, which passes directly in front of the hotel, or a walk to the historic French Quarter, Arts District, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, the National World War II Museum, and the scenic Mississippi Riverfront—all located within a mile of the hotel. Attendees will also savor some of the city’s best cuisine at the hotel’s restaurants and dining options: 8 Block Kitchen & Bar, Vitascope Hall, Q Smokery & Cafe, Pizza Consegna and Borgne by celebrity chef John Besh.

To help plan your visit to the Big Easy, the PEARC17 web site has information about things to do and see in and around New Orleans, as well as additional informative links. See http://pearc17.pearc.org/new-orleans.

Let your social media friends know

 FACEBOOK: #PEARC17—New Orleans, July 9–13—For all engaged in the challenges of operating and using advanced research computing. The registration and hotel deadline is May 31. Register NOW and don’t miss any of the great presentations or the opportunity to network with peers and industry thought leaders. https://www.pearc.org/ #HPC

TWITTER: #PEARC17 registration and hotel deadline is May 31. Join your peers and #HPC thought leaders in NOLA July 9-13. pearc.org

Research IT Team Members Lead Sessions at IT Pro Forum

Research IT team members Tony Rimovsky (IT Architect) and Tracy Smith (Director of Research IT) will lead multiple presentations and workshops at the Spring 2017 IT Professionals Forum on June 7-8.

Rimovsky will present and lead a series workshops about Illinois’ Amazon Web Services on June 7th and 8th including:

June 7

June 8

Smith will present at a session on June 8:

The IT Professionals Forum is a learning and networking event at the University of Illinois and may be attended by IT Pros at no cost if registered by the deadline. For more information or to register visit itproforum.illinois.edu

Simplifying HIPAA-Related Processes

A cross-campus working group collaboratively drafted questions to be used in faculty interviews to assess their sensitive data needs.  The working group also identified opportunities to improve the Institutional Review Board (IRB) process, as it pertains to HIPAA, by populating the form with choices and reducing, if not eliminating, free-form text boxes.  Faculty welcomed the suggestion for simplifying the IRB form.

In an effort to finalize HIPAA-related workflows and processes, Applied Health Sciences identified a project that could be used as a sentinel effort.  AHS staff are currently working with NCSA staff to pilot the local HIPAA-compliant environment.  

Efforts are underway to build HIPAA-compliant environments in Amazon Web Services (AWS).  As necessary processes are defined for working with sensitive data in AWS, early adopters will be identified to pilot the new processes and environment.

Illinois Campus Cluster To Retire Old Hardware

As the Illinois Campus Cluster Program (ICCP) enters its 6th year of production operations, it has come time to bid adieu to the oldest parts of the system: the initial cluster, dubbed Taub, will be retired on June 1, 2017. The program will forge ahead with operations and growth as new investors come on board and others reinvest as their equipment ages out. Additionally, users can now buy only the compute time they need with Research Computing as a Service (RCaaS), or rent storage on a month-by-month basis with the Active Data Storage (ADS) service. Keep an eye out for more new options for computing and storage later this year. Watch for more information on High Throughput Computing (HTC) soon!

What is CU Hack Night?

CU Hack Night is a group of civic-minded individuals who seek to find solutions to community challenges. Hack Nights began as a community group in January 2017. The weekly Tuesday night meetings include dinner, technical presentations and breakout sessions focusing on projects ranging from bee pollination to mass transit and public health. Hack nights locate publicly available data with the goal of addressing challenges in local communities. The group focuses on having fun with new and old friends to create new solutions.

For more information visit the CU Hack Night Twitter or Facebook pages.

What is UC2B?

UC2B, Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband, is a community broadband project that was funded through a federal grant. A non-profit group, UC2B-NFP, oversees the operations of the network service provider and seeks ways to enhance community involvement with an objective of expanding digital literacy. Research IT, in partnership with UC2B-NFP, is building a gig-minded ecosystem that presents opportunities for individuals and organizations to give back to the community with a goal of elevating digital literacy.

To learn more about UC2B visit http://www.uc2b.net/

What is USIgnite?

USIgnite, a nonprofit organization that fosters the development and deployment of next-generation gigabit applications, created a national network of Smart Gigabit Communities, which includes Urbana-Champaign. The USIgnite team is interested in working with students, faculty and researchers to showcase innovative applications. Current efforts include:

      1. Virtual Digital Inclusion Leadership Program (DILP), a low-latency Minecraft camp among regional fablabs and libraries
      2. SafetyInPublics, an NSF grant proposal to create a multi-disciplinary approach to public safety
      3. 4CeeD ( capture, curation, coordination, collaboration and distribution of scientific data) is an NSF-funded project to build a real-time data acquisition and analysis framework for material-related cyber-physical environments.
      4. Real-Time Data Acquisition and Analysis Framework for Material-related Cyber-Physical Environments
      5. These projects will be highlighted at the annual US-Ignite Application Summit in June.

To learn more about USignite visit https://www.us-ignite.org

The Social Media Macroscope

The Social Media Analytics team is moving forward with plans for a cross-campus partnership with Indiana University on the Social Media Macroscope. The Social Media Macroscope will provide researchers with one-stop access to tools to collect, analyze and store social data for research and reproducibility.

The team is working to collect tool requirements from researchers on both campuses in preparation for grant applications in the fall of 2017. A  Macroscope proof-of-concept is being planned and is expected to be operational by the end summer of 2017. If you would like to hear more about this project or provide input please contact at SocialMediaLab@illinois.edu

High Performance Computing topics by XSEDE

XSEDE is pleased to announce a regular series of remote workshops on High-Performance Computing topics.  These hands-on workshops provide a convenient way for researchers to learn about the latest techniques and technologies of current interest in HPC.  We are currently accepting satellite sites for:

June 6-9 – Summer Boot Camp (FINAL CALL – a Few spots remain)

August 15: OpenMP

September 12-13: Big Data

October 3-4: MPI

November 7: GPU Programming Using OpenACC

December 5-6: Big Data

You, or another representative of your institution, should contact us if you are interested in hosting a remote site.  The number of sites will be limited for any given event.  Please note that this is not individual student enrollment; we will post registration pages for student enrollment once the remote sites have been determined.

Unless otherwise stated, this series will run from 11AM-5PM Eastern Time each day so as to encourage participation in all time zones.

Interest in this series has grown dramatically.  We routinely have more sites apply than we can handle.  We will announce the list of accepted sites about 1 month prior to each event.  Please do not assume your site has been accepted until you are notified as such.

These workshops are very hands-on and use the foremost available platforms for their subject matter.  They are a continuation of the previously oversubscribed XSEDE remote workshops and an effort to reduce the backlog of demand while maintaining the quality.

Satellite sites must be able to provide a facility capable of two-way video for the duration of the workshop.  There should also be a full-time TA available to assist with local technical issues.  An AV system test will be scheduled sometime before each workshop.

Address any questions regarding course content to John Urbanic (urbanic@psc.edu) and questions regarding registration to Tom Maiden (tmaiden@psc.edu).