Pervasive Technology Institute Newsletter
April 2016
Current and archive issues:
Supercomputing senior helps IU researchers accelerate discovery

Scott McClary uses his technical skills to help faculty make use of IU's advanced cyberinfrastructure facilities.  McClary's work aligns with several priorities in the university's Bicentennial Strategic Plan, including commitments to furthering student success, catalyzing research, and building a vibrant community of scholars.

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Jetstream allocations now available – apply by April 15th

Jetstream provides on-demand computing and data analysis resources. This IU, NSF-funded, system also facilitates easy access to new research software tools by potential users. Allocation requests are now being accepted and are due by April 15, 2016.

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Galaxy Community Conference 2016 (GCC16) at IU: Oral presentations deadline extended to April 8th

If you work in data-intensive biomedical research, there is no better place than GCC2016 to present your work and to learn from others. The conference will include keynotes, accepted oral presentations, 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.

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IU does it first: The revolution televised – in freeD™

Indiana University is the first in higher ed to install freeD™ replay technology. HPC-powered replays treat fans to 360º highlights, and open a new era in coaching. IU students are the first to master the new technology. User-directed, immersive viewing experiences are on the way.

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RFP: HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) advanced collaborative support

Awards are in the form of HTRC staff time to collaborate on the proposed project during the award period. Awardees can be individual scholars or a team of scholars. The HTRC dedicated staff will provide a general overview of HTRC components, the HT corpus, and HT computational tools to the awardees over the course of the project’s time period. Due May 2.

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Virtual Symposium on Computational Science and Engineering

PTI’s Sudhakar Pamidighantam invites you to submit an abstract by May 15, 2016 for this virtual symposium. All topics related to computational science and engineering will be considered – particularly aspects of large-scale simulation, data analysis, and high performance computing.

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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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D.C. Scholars Program: Applications due April 24

The D.C. Scholars Program is for public and charter high school students in the District of Columbia committed to public service and learning more about the White House.

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Learning Opportunities
Supercomputing for Everyone Series: Intermediate Parallel Programming for Supercomputers

ICTC, Room IT121 - IUPUI
9am – 5pm | Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Wells Library, Room W144 – IU Bloomington
9:30am – 5:30pm | Thursday, April 21, 2016

New! Learn how to decide between the three primary methods of parallelization for a particular problem, and identify 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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Practical Cybersecurity for Open Science Projects

Cyberinfrastructure Building (CIB) – IU Bloomington
10am – 11am | Wednesday, April 27, 2016

New! This session will provide guidance, tools, and resources for open science projects of all sizes. Attendees will learn about building an information security program, risk management, information assets, the intersection of privacy and security, as well as other relevant topics.

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Conferences and Events
SC16: November 13-18, Salt Lake City

The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis returns to Salt Lake City. SC16 aims to attract new and diverse groups of HPC professionals and students to the conference with the goal of sparking new conversations, new connections and new ideas.

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XSEDE16 call for participation: Technical paper abstracts due this month

The annual Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) conference, in Miami this year, is a tremendous opportunity to showcase the impact and value of XSEDE in the HPC community. XSEDE16’s theme is diversity, big data, and science at scale: Enabling the next generation of science and technology.

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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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PTI-Related Seminar Series'
Center for Applied Cybersecurity Speaker Series

CACR offers monthly seminars on issues of cybersecurity.

  • April 7: Yang Wang, Syracuse University, From accessible authentication to inclusive privacy and security
  • April 21:  Adam Slagell

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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:

  • April 8: 3D Object Creation with Photogrammetry
  • April 15:  360 Degree Panoramas and Open Source 3D Viewer
  • April 18:  Designing Your Digital Presence
  • April 20:  Trends in Digital Scholarship:  Stories from IU Bloomington
  • April 26:  What’s New with the Indiana Spatial Data Portal
  • May 2:  Supercharge Your Dissertation This Summer

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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.

  • April 8:  Milind Kulkarni, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University, Regularizing the irregular:  analysis and transformations for recursive, irregular applications
  • April 12:  Alexander Gumennik, MIT, From Macro to Nano... and Back: Functional Fiber Devices and Systems for Internet of Things
  • April 13:  Maria Bondesson, University of Houston, Zebrafish as a Model to Study Normal and Perturbed Embryonic Development
  • April 14: Hannah Carter, UC San Diego
  • April 15:  Mary Czerwinski, Microsoft Research, Technology for Healthy Habit Formation
  • April 15:  Aniket Kate, Purdue University
  • April 22:  Ann Marie Piper, Northwestern University, Creating, Sharing, and Privacy:  Online Interaction for Vulnerable Populations
  • April 22:  Peter A. Dinda, Northwestern University, Reimagining Systems Software Given Modern Parallelism
  • April 25:  Mauro Martino, IBM Watson, Point, Line & Data: New methods for understanding complex data, from storytelling to machine learning
  • April 29:  Larry Smarr, IU SoIC
  • April 29:  Filippo Menczer, IU SoIC
  • April 29:  Mahadev Satyanarayanan, Carnegie Mellon University, Edge Computing: Vision and Challenges
  • May 3:  Chris Preist, University of Bristol

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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, 7am-7pm EDT
  • Scholarly Data Archive: Sundays, 7-10am EDT
  • Research File System: Sundays, 7-10am EDT
  • Emergency downtimes: See IT Notices:

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