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Indiana University Pervasive Technology Institute News March 2015
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Big Red II Word PicBig Red II supercomputer close to reaching a milestone at IU

In 1997, when then Vice-President Michael McRobbie first arrived at IU, there were 304 people who used IU supercomputers. Most were associates of some 20 faculty in Physics, Chemistry, Astronomy, Biology, and Computer Science. Today, more than 3,793 faculty, students, and staff are using IU's advanced cyberinfrastructure, Big Red II – representing more than 144 disciplines and sub disciplines of science, humanities, engineering, and artistic creation. BRII usage is expected to surpass the 150-discipline mark by early summer of 2015. This will achieve a milestone established when the supercomputer went into production in July 2013.

Visit the IU Knowledge Base to learn more about using Big Red II

AAAS LogoIU brings broad contingent to AAAS, nation's largest general science meeting

The annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, considered the largest interdisciplinary science meeting in the U.S., was held February 12-16 with broad representation from Indiana University.

Read more about IU's participation at the AAAS meeting

Beth PlaleIU to lead Sloan Foundation-funded effort to identify scholars for Research Data Alliance

A team of researchers led by IU Bloomington School of Informatics and Computing professor Beth Plale has received a $748,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to develop and run RDA Data Share, an early career engagement program for the Research Data Alliance.

See more about this grant and its impact

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Software Carpentry Workshop

Includes three days of training on topics such as Unix/Git, Python, and how to connect to and use the national distributed computing resources of the Open Science Grid.

IUPUI: March 3–6, 8:30am–5:30pm

You may register for one or more days.

Get more information about this workshop here

Fred CateCybersecurity growing focus of legal culture

A new Hanover Research Corp. report published by the Indiana University Maurer School of Law finds cybersecurity law is ripe for future growth, given increasing numbers of cyberattacks and insufficient numbers of practitioners qualified to handle cyber-related issues.

Read more about this study

CUG Logo17 reasons to take part in the Cray User Group

You could say that UITS's David Hancock, manager of Big Red II and president of the Cray User Group, is something of an expert on the topic.

Click here for more

RT HPC LogoReminder: Quarry retired / Karst in production

Quarry retired on January 30, 2015. User data will be archived and removed on May 11. All Quarry software is available on Karst.

Read more about the Quarry Retirement

Conferences and Events


XSEDE15 Call For Participation

XSEDE15, the 4th annual conference, will showcase the discoveries, innovations, challenges and achievements of those who utilize and support XSEDE resources and services, as well as other digital resources and services throughout the world.

Click here for more information about participating

Chris PeeblesPeebles Memorial Lectures in Information Technology and Supercomputing for Everyone Series: Research Services Expo



  • Who: Dr. Felix Bachmann, Software Engineering Institute (SEI), Carnegie Mellon University
  • What: "Is Software Engineering Obsolete?"
  • When: April 16, 9-10:30 am
  • Where: Herman B Wells Library, Hazelbaker Lecture Hall (Room E159), IU Bloomington

Click here for more about Dr. Christopher S. Peebles and the annual Memorial Lecture Series

Research Services Expo:

10:30am-2pm, Herman B Wells Library Lobby

Visit a variety of units from IU to learn about tools that can help advance your scientific or academic research.

The expo is hosted by UITS Research Technologies, IU Pervasive Technology Institute, and the IU Libraries

EOT iconPervasive Technology Seminar series

First Wednesday of each month, 2:00-3:00pm
Cyberinfrastructure Building (CIB), Multipurpose Room A
IU Bloomington

  • April 1: Franco Pestilli, Assistant Prof., Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

IU LogoDigital Library Brown Bag Series

Wells Library (E159) (IU Bloomington)

  • March 4: Designing the Digital Scholarly Companion to "In Mrs. Goldberg's Kitchen: Jewish Life in Interwar Lodz"
  • April 8: "Sailing the High Seas of Open Access Publishing with the OJS XML Galley Plugin"
  • April 15: "Bibliography's Place in Modern Humanities

Learning Opportunities

Consulting iconThursdays at the Scholars' Commons with UITS Research Technologies

Herman B Wells Library, 10am-6pm

One-on-one consults. Topics:

  • 3/05: Campus bridging and data storage
  • 3/12: Visualization services, grant support, science gateways
  • 3/19: Biomedical, biological, & health-related research, Education outreach and training
  • 3/26: Computation, Analysis software delivery and support

Get more information.

XSEDE Logo2015 International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences

June 21-26, 2015 Toronto, Canada

Application deadline: March 11, 2015

The summer school is sponsored by Compute/Calcul Canada and the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE).

International computational scientists and HPC technologists will instruct on such topics as:

  • HPC challenges by discipline
  • HPC programming proficiencies
  • Data-intensive computing
  • Scientific visualization

Click here for more information

IU LogoAn Introduction to the Scholars' Commons IQ-Wall

Thursday, March 5, 2015 | 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Wells Library Room E157H

The Scholars' Commons IQ-Wall is a large, high-resolution display which is open to all IU students, faculty, and staff. In this workshop, UITS Advanced Visualization Lab staff will demonstrate how this facility's unique characteristics can enhance your educational, research, and creative activities.

Click here to register


PTI 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
  • Quarry: First Tuesday each month, 7am (EDT) for 24 hours
  • RDC: First Tuesday each month, 8am-5pm EDT
  • Scholarly Data Archive/Research File System: Sundays, 7-10am EDT
  • Emergency downtimes: See IT Notices:

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