Pervasive Technology Institute Newsletter
January 2016
Current and archive issues:
IU's Jetstream allocation requests now available through XSEDE

The Extreme Science and Discovery Environment (XSEDE) is accepting allocation requests until January 15, 2016.  Requests span the period April 1, 2016 – March 31, 2017.  New resources include Jetstream, IU’s cloud system that provides on-demand computing and data analysis resources.

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Jobs at IU, PTI: Director of Operations, Data to Insight Center (D2I)

D2I is actively seeking a Director of IT Operations to serve in a lead DevOps role for the HathiTrust Research Center and in a broader leadership role as an Associate Director.  The director will provide high-level technical and practical expertise, ensure high availability of services, architect new services, and maintain and apply a significant depth of knowledge in areas such as computing, security, data, and high-performance computing.

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IU receives $480K NSF grant to develop security tool prototype

To address the vulnerability of valuable scientific and clinical instruments connected to the Internet, Indiana University will develop a working prototype for a mini-science DMZ.  A science DMZ establishes a separate infrastructure from an organization’s larger network, improving security and networking for high-performance computing utilities like file sharing and transfers, and storing and analyzing data.

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Scholars' Commons announces spring schedule for consultation services, including Supercomputing for Everyone consulting

UITS Research Technologies is available Thursdays (9am – 5pm on the IQ-Wall) at the Herman B Wells Scholars’ Commons. Consultations cover analysis and software delivery and support, research data storage, science gateways, visualization facilities and services, computation, grant support, education/outreach/training, campus bridging, cyberinfrastructure for digital humanities, and services for biological/biomedical researchers.

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Apply for 2016-2017 XSEDE Scholars Program (XSP)

XSP is a selective year-long program for U.S. students from underrepresented groups in the computing sciences who receive opportunities to learn more about high performance computing and XSEDE resources.  Applications are due February 1.

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Call for Blue Waters Student Internship Program students and faculty mentors

This year-long program provides paid student internship opportunities.  Students gain experience applying high-performance computing to problems in science, mathematics, or engineering.  Student applications are due February 1.  Faculty mentor applications are due February 15.

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Learning Opportunities
Cluster Management for non-XSEDE Systems

Webinar | Tuesday, February 9, 2016
2pm - 3:30pm Eastern

XSEDE-Compatible Basic Cluster (XCBC) and the XSEDE National Integration Toolkit (XNIT) will be presented.  Both are software packages supported by XSEDE Campus Bridging provided at no-charge with free consulting provided.

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Unix: The Basics

Wells Library, Room W144 - IU Bloomington | Wednesday, February 17, 2016
ICTC, Room IT121 - IUPUI | Thursday, February 18, 2016
9am - noon

Highly recommended for anyone doing research or academic work in high performance computing.  Offered by UITS IT Training.

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Supercomputing for Everyone Series: Faster Work, Safer Storage (an introduction)

Wells Library, Room W144 - IU Bloomington | Wednesday, February 17, 2016
ICTC, Room IT121 - IUPUI | Thursday, February 18, 2016
1pm - 5pm

Learn about job script creation / submission / management, available software, data storage file systems, and accessing computer systems at IU.  Led by UITS Research Technologies.

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Supercomputing for Everyone Series: Introductory Parallel Programming for Supercomputers

ICTC, Room IT121 - IUPUI | Tuesday, April 5, 2016 | 9am - 5pm
Wells Library, Room W144 - IU Bloomington | Thursday, April 7, 2016 | 9:30am - 5:30am

Learn about threads and message passing to harness multiple processors for accomplishing a single task.  Includes a lecture and hands-on lab.  Led by UITS Research Technologies.

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Supercomputing for Everyone Series: Intermediate Parallel Programming for Supercomputers

ICTC, Room IT121 - IUPUI | Tuesday, April 19, 2016
| 9am - 5pm
Wells Library, Room W144 - IU Bloomington | Thursday, April 21, 2016 | 9:30am - 5:30am

New! Learn techniques to decide between the three primary methods of parallelization for a particular problem and the pros and cons of both synchronous and asynchronous parallel algorithms.  S4ES:  Introduction to Parallel Programming for Supercomputers is a prerequisite.

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Scholars' Commons Workshops & Digital Brown Bag Series

IU Libraries offer a wealth of workshops and seminars to aid researchers. Over 20 opportunities in January.

  • January 19: Scopus and Web of Science
  • January 20: The Center for Biological Research Collections and the Path to Digitization for IU's Natural History Collections
  • January 22: Ten Easy Ways to Use the IQ-Wall with Tassie Gniady (UITS RT/PTI)
  • January 26: Open Lab: PubMed
  • January 27: Decoding Digital Preservation
  • January 28: EndNote: The Basics
  • January 29: R: The Basics with Tassie Gniady (UITS RT/PTI)
  • February 3: Zotero

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Conferences and Events
Call for participation: Fifth annual XSEDE conference

Diversity, Big Data, & Science at Scale:  Enabling the Next-Generation of Science and Technology is the theme for the 2016 conference in Miami, Florida.  The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) is the most advanced, powerful, and robust collection of integrated advanced digital resources and services in the world.

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Call for 2016 VisREU participants for summer research experience

Due:  March 30, 2016
Purdue University is accepting undergraduate applications for participation June 6 – July 29, 2016.  Participants receive travel stipends to/from Purdue, a $4,000 living stipend, and experience with interdisciplinary research in visualization.

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Call for International Summer School 2016 on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences participants

Due:  February 15, 2016  
The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) is accepting applications from graduate and postdoctoral scholars from Canada, Europe, Japan, and the United States for participation June 26 – July 1, 2016 in Ljublijana, Slovenia.  All participants receive instruction on a variety of topics, as well as meals and housing. Participants from outside Europe also receive travel stipends.

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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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