IU is home to the high-performance computing resources Big Red II, Quarry, and Mason. Learn how to put IU's petaFLOPS of power to work in your research with the "Intro to HPC@IU" ½ day workshop. Topics: Accessing the computer systems; file systems for data storage; software; and creating, submitting, and managing job scripts.
Researchers across the US now have faster and easier access to top computing resources, thanks to XSEDE's (Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment) Compatible Basic Cluster (XCBC) software suite, created by IU Research Technologies (RT) Campus Bridging team. The XCBC software allows a campus to create a cluster, based on open-source tools, that operates much like a cluster within XSEDE. Commands on an XSEDE cluster work the same way on local clusters. XCBC also includes software that aids moving and integrating data with XSEDE, notably software used on Globus Online, XSEDE's most widely used campus-bridging data movement tool. XCBC also means educators can use and adapt XSEDE-developed training materials for use on their campuses.
Says RT Manager of Campus Bridging and Research Infrastructure Rich Knepper, "The XCBC concept, the software build, and the distribution tools will make it easier for faculty members and IT experts across the US to adopt technology that is consistent with, and enables interoperability with XSEDE."
Increased campus bridging funding from XSEDE means IU will soon have staff to help campuses install the XCBC software. Interested researchers please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
UITS Research Technologies is a service and cyberinfrastructure center of the IU Pervasive Technology Institute.
Indiana: A model for speeding innovation in medicine
"21st Century Cures: A Call to Action," an initiative of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, asks: How can we develop digital and personalized medicine to improve patient care and transform health care to embrace today's technology? Indiana University responded that the state of Indiana, through its collaboration with Indiana University, represents a model that could be adopted across the US. Among of the factors that distinguish Indiana: Willingness to collaborate across public/private boundaries, a high-performance network, HIPAA-aligned research cyberinfrastructure where researchers can analyze protected health information; IU Health; and the IU School of Medicine. The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI), funded by the National Institutes of Health, is a pipeline from lab research to the clinical and translational research that translates biomedical innovations into treatments. IU's response, "21st Century Cures: Leveraging technology to Accelerate the #Path2Cures," was submitted by IU Assistant Vice President Douglas Wasitis with Craig Stewart, Bill Barnett, Anantha Shekar, Vince Sheehan, and Brad Wheeler.
Komadu, a new suite of software tools developed by the Data to Insight Center (D2I) within the IU Pervasive Technology Institute, helps researchers track and verify digital data, a crucial step in computational research. Explains D2I Director Beth Plale, data provenance "tells us where a piece of digital data came from, particularly digital data that has undergone transformation by software algorithms . . . who carried out a transformation on a piece of data, why . . . Data provenance . . . can expose errors that crop up when one day's run of an image processing pipeline differs from another day because of a missing file."
In 2005, D2I researchers published one of the first papers on provenance, which helped to define the field. D2I's earlier tool, Karma, studied data provenance in the computer networks of Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI) and in ice sheet data captured by an NASA polar-orbiting satellite.
PACE (Predictive Analytics Center of Excellence) is a non-profit, public educational organization dedicated to amplifying the power of predictive data analytics and developing a comprehensive, integrated, sustainable, and secure cyberinfrastructure.
Workshop on Education for High-Performance Computing
The EduHPC Workshop focuses on developing educational resources for undergraduate education in parallel and distributed computing and high performance computing.
This international technical event, premiering in Indianapolis, is a collaboration of Internet2 and the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet), Department of Energy. Topics will include leading-edge technologies such as cloud applications, federated identity, cybersecurity, high-performance computing, and emerging network paradigms like software defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) in support of data-intensive science and academic operations. The keynote speaker is Harper Reed, chief technology officer for President Obama's 2012 online campaign and "Get Out the Vote" program.
Register now for Indiana University's annual IT get-together. Statewide 2014 is all about the ways 1IUIT is making it click—from the smallest projects to the biggest initiatives. Save the dates and get ready for a gathering that explores how we put it all together and inspires us for the future.