Pervasive Technology Institute Newsletter
February 2016
Current and archive issues:
IU hosts Galaxy Community Conference 2016 (GCC16)

Early registration and abstract submission are now open for GCC16. The conference will include keynotes, accepted talks, poster sessions, birds-of-a-feather meetups, exhibitors, and plenty of networking opportunities. There will also be three days of pre-conference activities, including hackathons and training. If you work in data-intensive biomedical research, there is no better place than GCC2016 to present your work and to learn from others.

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IU ranked by Reuters among world's 50 most innovative universities

Indiana University ranks among the world's 50 most innovative universities, according to an analysis of patent and publishing data from hundreds of research institutions around the globe between 2008 and 2013.

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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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2016-2017 XSEDE Scholars Program (XSP): Call for applicants

The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) Scholars Program is a selective year-long program for US students from underrepresented groups in the computing sciences. Scholars receive opportunities to learn more about high performance computing and XSEDE resources. Applications are due March 15, 2016 (extended).

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Community Research Education and Engagement for Data Science (CREEDS): Summer school of computational genomics

Learn how to apply computation tools to genomics sequencing data.  Gain practical knowledge of genome browser and data analysis tools for RNA and DNA sequencing using real-life data sets.

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Grand Data Challenge call for participation

This year’s SBP-BRiMS (Social computing, Behavioral-cultural modeling, & Prediction – Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation) challenge invites you to take part in addressing one or more fundamental research problems: how to fuse data, how to identify the relevant portions of the data, how to assess changes in the data, how to sample the data, and how to visualize the data. Meeting these challenges will advance social theorizing and improve policy analysis.  Abstracts due May 1, 2016.

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Learning Opportunities
Free XSEDE webinar: No-cost resources for cluster administration

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

The presented tools provide for system administrators who need to build a new cluster or rebuild an existing one from scratch; as well as those who merely wish to extend the capabilities of an existing cluster.

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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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School of Informatics and Computing (SoIC) Colloquium and Events

SoIC offers a variety of colloquiums ranging from big data and security to intelligent & interactive systems and much more.

  • February 2: Ce Zhang, Stanford University; A Data Management System for Machine Learning Workloads
  • February 3: Florian Schaub, Carnegie Mellon University; Making Privacy Usable: Effective Privacy Management in the Internet of Things
  • February 5: Steven J. Jackson, Cornell University; Speed, Time, Infrastructure: Temporalities of Breakdown, Maintenance and Repair
  • February 5: Alexander Schwing, University of Toronto; Inference and Learning with Deep Structured Distributions
  • February 8: Jeremy Weiss, University of Wisconsin; Health as a Timeline:  machine learning and electronic health records to characterize, predict and intervene
  • February 9: Admed Eldawy, University of Minnesota
  • February 12: Xin Jin, Princeton University; Dynamic Control of Software-Defined Networks
  • February 15: Donald S. Williamson, Ohio State University
  • February 19: Tor Lattimore, University of Alberta
  • February 29: Hung-Wei Tseng, University of California, San Diego

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Scholars' Commons Workshops & Digital Brown Bag Series

IU Libraries offer a wealth of workshops and seminars to aid researchers, including over 20 opportunities this month. Here is a sampling:

  • February 3 & 8: Zotero
  • February 5: R2: The Revenge of R
  • February 10 & 24: Measure Twice, Scan Once: Digitizing Photographic Film and Slides
  • February 22: Scalar: Scholarly Publishing Made Easy
  • February 15: Take group projects to the next level with Github IU
  • February 16: Managing your Digital Images; Tools and Tips to Get Organized
  • February 19: 3D Photogrammetry (Object Creation)
  • February 23: Mapping for Digital Humanities
  • February 23: Scopus and Web of Science
  • February 26: 3D Panoramas and Viewer
  • March 1: Web Mapping 101 with CartoDB
  • March 2: EndNote for Scientists

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Center for Applied Cybersecurity Speaker Series

CACR offers monthly seminars regarding issues of cybersecurity.

  • February 4: Serge Egelman, senior researcher at ICSI
  • February 18: Matt Bishop

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Conferences and Events
Scholars' Commons 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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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  
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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