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).

Social Media Analytics Summit Success

The Social Media Analytics Summit (led by the Illinois Data Science Initiative and co-sponsored by Research IT, Technology Services) was a gathering of over 200 registrants that spanned academic research, industry research, social media practitioners, students, and other interested parties. The goal of the summit was to showcase what is happening in the realm of social media analytics both on the Illinois campus and beyond. A researcher from Spredfast (one of the largest social media analytics companies) and the network science group from Indiana University presented on things happening with social media analytics beyond Illinois. The State of Illinois marketing officer was also present to understand what is happening in this realm. It was an incredibly successful summit and hope that this was a springboard for many activities to come within the realm of social media analytics.

Scaling to Petascale Institute Will Be Held In June

Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), the Blue Waters project at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), and the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) are organizing a free, week-long “SCALING TO PETASCALE” Institute. The goal is to prepare participants to scale simulations and data analytics programs to petascale-class computing systems in support of computational and data-enabled discovery for all fields of study.

Read about the institute