Pervasive Technology Institute Newsletter
November 2015
Current and archive issues:
Grand Challenges research program
Brad Wheeler named interim dean for School of Informatics and Computing

On November 1, Brad Wheeler, Indiana University Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, took on the role of interim dean of the IU School of Informatics and Computing. Wheeler will serve as the chief academic and administrative officer for the school and lead an organization of about 150 faculty, 100 staff, and 3,500 undergraduate and graduate students across the school’s two campuses in Bloomington and Indianapolis. He retains his other appointments.

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IU at SC15: High performance computing is transforming the world

IU researchers and scientists are contributing in a big way to the premier international supercomputing conference in Austin, TX, November 15-20. Presentations and exhibits will represent the work of the Pervasive Technology Institute (PTI), the Global Research Network Operations Center (GRNOC), and the School of Informatics and Computing (SoIC).

Find out more on IU's SC website

Science Node
Fox to chair Intelligent Systems Engineering department

Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Informatics Geoffrey Fox will chair the new Intelligent Systems Engineering department in the School of Informatics and Computing in the new Luddy Hall.

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Craig Stewart
Sharing in the era of big data: Research Data Alliance

In its Sixth Plenary Meeting in Paris, the worldwide Research Data Alliance (RDA) addressed the importance of involving private companies in discussions about sharing, and long-term preservation of data in such challenges as climate change. The RDA focuses on “building the social and technical bridges that enable open sharing of data.

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Attend a seminar at IU about RDA

Von Welch
TransPAC-Pacific Wave: First 100G circuit for research and education

The TransPAC-Pacific Wave connects research hubs in Seattle and Tokyo. It is a joint effort of two NSF-funded projects: TransPAC4, supporting backbone circuits between the US and Asia, and Pacific Wave, a distributed open exchange created by the Pacific Northwest Gigapop and CENIC (the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California). IU’s Jennifer Schopf is TransPAC4 principal investigator.

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Next-generation electronics
IU, Crane sign milestone research partnership

This pact increases IU access to the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center for use as a science, information technology, engineering, math, and sustainability laboratory. Crane gains more internship, project, partnership, and technology collaborations with IU Bloomington and the IU system. IU President Michael McRobbie calls the institutions "economic drivers" and says the agreement “benefits both institutions and greatly strengthen Indiana's economic competitiveness.”

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Next-generation electronics
Call for proposals: Allocations on the Blue Waters high performance computing system

Allocations are opportunities for principal investigators at member institutions to advance their programs in computation, data, and visualization intensive research and education. Due November 16, 2015.

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Conferences and Events
Monthly PTI / UITS RT Seminar: Introducing graphical interface to IU's supercomputers

November 4, 2015, 2-3pm
CIB, Multipurpose Room A (IU Bloomington)
Streaming to ICTC, Room 419 (IUPUI)

UITS Research Technologies introduces a new graphical interface for the Karst supercomputer. Participants will be able to test the service after the presentation on their own laptop.

Seminar Information

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IC2E Doctoral Symposium 2016

Chaired by IU Professor Judy Qiu, this symposium provides opportunities for students to explore academic issues, network with colleagues, and practice presenting their research. Paper proposals are due November 30, 2015.

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Open to all: IT Leadership Community fall book club

Join the IT Leadership Community fall book club to discuss Work with Me: The 8 Blind Spots Between Men and Women in Business.  Meetings are Wednesdays, 4-5pm, through December 2.

Register here

Learning Opportunities
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Digital Library Brown Bag Series: November - December

IU Bloomington, Herman B Wells Library, Hazelbaker Hall (Wells Library E159) Noon

  • November 4: Digital Accessibility: Most common accessibility concerns and how to address them.
  • November 18: We fight for the users! IU's library catalog and user-centered design approach.
  • December 2: Using R for text analysis with Tassie Gniady (RT/PTI).

Live via Adobe Connect at

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NEW! Supercomputing for Everyone Series: Gateways to Scientific Apps

November 4, 2015 – Herman B Wells Library (IU Bloomington) | 1-5pm

Brand new workshop! Get hands-on training in using science gateways for scientific applications.

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Supercomputing for Everyone Series: Introductory Parallel Programming

November 5, 2015, 9am-5pm – Herman B Wells Library (IU Bloomington)

New session added! Learn about threads and message passing for harnessing multiple processors to accomplish a single task.

Register here

Events Calendar

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Systems Administration
Maintenance windows:

  • Big Red ll: First Tuesday each month, 7am-7pm EDT
  • DC2/DCWAN: First Tuesday each month, 7am-7pm EDT
  • Mason: First Tuesday each month, 7am-7pm EDT
  • Karst: First Tuesday each month, 7am-7pm EDT
  • RDC: First Tuesday each month, 8am-5pm EDT
  • Scholarly Data Archive: Sundays, 7-10am EDT
  • Research File System: Sundays, 7-10am EDT
  • Emergency downtimes: See IT Notices:

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