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Indiana University Cyberinfrastructure News - November 2014
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GIS Day: November 19

Herman B Wells Library, IUB, 10am-3:30pm

Celebrate GIS Day at IU and see exciting work that the Indiana community is doing with Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

On the menu:

  • Places & Spaces: Mapping Science 9th iteration of maps focused
    around the theme "Science maps for Science Forecasts."
  • WorldProcessor Project and see two globes by journalist and artist, Ingo Günther.
  • 3D visualizations, earthquake models and interactive maps.
  • Sara Pryor's keynote presentation “The Climate Science Puzzle...?”

For more visit the GIS Day at Indiana University site

Internals of a steller body With Big Red ll researchers see inside exotic dead stars

“Neutron stars for breakfast? If you could slice open a dense stellar corpse and zoom in, its internal structure might look like a pile of waffles.” So begins the story of IU Professor of Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics Chuck Horowitz and his simulation of neutron star material. Don Berry of IU Research Technologies worked on the code.

Read more about this research

Karst Supercomputer

Karst supercomputer will attract more federal grants, sparking discovery and jobs

IU’s new Karst supercomputer is open to IU faculty, undergrad and grad students, and departments, and an “important addition to IU’s scholarly cyberinfrastructure because it provides an effective solution for researchers who need their own cluster," says Associate Dean of Research Technologies Craig Stewart.

Click here to read more about Karst

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Supercomputing for all: Is there really a debate?

In Wired magazine, IU Research Technology Manager of High Performance Systems Dave Hancock says supercomputing is no longer a niche technology, but key to the research university and to economic competitiveness.

Read the entire article here

NCGAS Mark Are you a biologist? NCGAS is for you

Biologists and geneticists: NCGAS is here to support you with computers, consulting, software, grant submission, and collaboration. Let us help you get things done. See the NCGAS home page for a list of services, staff, and scientific contributions.

Change Me Humanexus and the digital conversation

Where are we going with digital technology? This article begins with the ideas of collaborators Katy Börner, Norbert Herber, and Ying-Fang Shen presented in their award-winning film Humanexus.

Learn more about the movie and research here.

IQ Wall at UMissouri IU teams up for hi-res imagery

IU advanced visualization specialists teamed up with colleagues from the Texas Advanced Computing Center to co-host the Large Scale Visualization track at the Missouri University of Science and Technology's 2014 Research and Technology Development conference in September in Rolla, MO.

Read more about the event.

Pragma27 Logo PTI hosts the 27th annual PRAGMA

IT researchers from 9 countries attended the 27th annual Pacific Rim Application and Grid Middleware Assembly (PRAGMA) conference, hosted at IU Bloomington by the Pervasive Technology Institute (PTI), to study the world’s most pressing problems – including infectious disease, climate change, and water quality.

See more at the Pragma27 site

Statewide IT Logo Catch up on the 2014 Statewide IT Conference

If you missed the conference or had to make tough choices among sessions, you can catch up via the conference archives at the Statewide website. (CAS login required to watch videos.)

Learning Opportunities

RT EducationIntroductory parallel programming for supercomputers

This one-day workshop introduces the concepts of threads and message passing to harness multiple processors to accomplish a single task. It includes a lecture and hands-on lab.

Note: The November 3 session is full.
Another session is scheduled at IU Bloomington on November 7.
Herman B Wells Library, W114, 9:00am-5:30pm

For more information and to register visit the Introductory parallel programming for supercomputers page at ITTraining.

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Open source special event: OpenHatch

November 15, 2014
IUB Informatics East, Room 150

Learn the many ways you can contribute to open source software in this day-long immersion event, sponsored by the IUB School of Informatics and Computing. It’s not just about writing code!

See for more information.

RT High Performance Computing IconUndergrads: Use IU’s high-end technology!

You don't have to be a grad student to use Big Red II, Data Capacitor II high-performance storage, Science on a Sphere, virtual reality theaters, or IQ-wall ultra-high resolution displays. These make up some of the most sophisticated cyberinfrastructure in higher education.

Apply for accounts by November 30. Click here for details

RT EOT LogoSupercharge your academic or research project

Come to the Scholars’ Commons in the Herman B Wells Library each Thursday, 10am-6pm for one-on-one consults with UITS Research Technologies (RT) experts. Whatever your project —arts, sciences, and everything in between – UITS RT can help.

Nov 6: Campus bridging and data storage
Nov 13: Visualization services, grant support, science gateways
Nov 20: Biomedical/biological/health-related research and education, outreach, and training

Click here for more information

RT Grant Support LogoFor IUB researchers: Awards for Research Methods Collaboration

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) is funding awards of up to $5,000 each for Bloomington researchers to collaborate with the Center for Survey Research (CSR). The CSR partners with researchers from disciplines across the Bloomington campus, providing state-of-the-art qualitative and quantitative research services.

See the Center for Survey Research announcement for more. 

XSEDE Logo Call for Partner Institutions

XSEDE and UC Berkeley seek partner institutions interested in offering this collaborative, for-credit, online course "Applications of Parallel Computing." The course runs from January 20, 2015 to May 8, 2015.

View course materials at:

Contact XSEDE education program lead Steve Gordon at or 614-292-4132

Conferences and Events

HTRC LogoSave the date! HathiTrust UnCamp, March, 2015 

Tool developers, librarians, and researchers, register for this UnCamp and enjoy visionary speakers, boot-camp activities and hands-on sessions with HTRC infrastructure and tools. Register early and have input in planning sessions.

Visit the HathiTrust UnCamp site often for the latest information

IEEE LogoCall for posters: Career Workshop for Women and Minorities in Computer Architecture 

December 14,2014
Cambridge, UK

In conjunction with the 47th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Microarchitecture (MICRO-47)

Click here for more information

Job Postings

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Post-doc and intern positions at AMD

AMD (Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.) seeks students or faculty for post-doc and co-op positions in the exascale programmability project starting in January 2015 or summer 2015.

For more information:


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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