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      2015/04/15
    2015 Annual Meeting Sponsors, part 2
    Last Changed by Kate Adams, Apr 15, 2015 10:06

    We have two more sponsors:

    Onmibond at Silver and DDN at Platinum.  Thank you very much!

    Our List of Sponsors So Far:
    Platinum 

    DDN
    TeliaSonera International Carrier
    Jive Communications, Inc.

    Silver 

    Onmibond
    Lenovo

    Bronze 

    Level 3 Communications
    Infinera
    Ciena

    Posted at Apr 15, 2015 by Kate Adams 0 Comments
      2015/04/09
    2015 Annual Meeting Sponsors, part 1
    Last Changed by Kate Adams, Apr 09, 2015 15:56

    Thanks to all of our sponsors so far!  You enable us to put on the annual meeting.

    Platinum Sponsors

    TeliaSonera International Carrier
    Jive Communications, Inc.

    Silver Sponsors

    Lenovo

    Bronze Sponsors

    Level 3 Communications
    Infinera
    Ciena

    Posted at Apr 09, 2015 by Kate Adams 0 Comments
      2015/04/03
    FREE WORKSHOP at OU, VSCSE Performance Tuning
    Last Changed by Kate Adams, Apr 03, 2015 11:52

    http://www.vscse.org/
    info@vscse.org

    DETAILS:

    The Virtual School of Computational Science and Engineering is looking forward to another successful summer school program providing undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, staff, faculty and professionals the skills they need to use advanced computational resources to further their research.

    Exciting courses include:

    * Performance Tuning Summer School Aug 17-21 2015 (@ OU and others)
    * Science Visualization, August 24-25 2015

    These are being offered through one of a kind high-definition videoconferencing delivered simultaneously nationwide to specific sites.

    (Offsite participation ISN'T offered -- you MUST attend at one of the official sites.)

    * Supercomputing for Everyone Series:
    Performance Tuning Summer School
    (August 17 - 21, 2015)

    From a user perspective, supercomputers are more complicated to program and handle than an ordinary desktop workstation. 
    Unfortunately, this leads to parallel programs that do not necessarily satisfy the performance expectations of the users. Such unexpected performance results can have many reasons.

    Basic knowledge on performance modeling, prediction and verification, as taught in this summer school, is needed by users to formulate and verify their performance expectations.

    Sites for Performance Tuning:

    U Oklahoma
    Georgia State U
    Louisiana State U
    Michigan State U
    Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Cali
    Princeton U
    Purdue U
    U California Los Angeles
    U Colorado Boulder
    U Delaware
    U Houston, Center for Advanced Computing and Data Systems
    U Houston Clear Lake
    U Michigan
    U Tennessee/ORNL, JICS
    U Texas Austin, Texas Advanced Computing Center
    U Texas Brownsville
    U Utah
    Virginia Tech

    * Science Visualization
    (August 24 - 25, 2015)

    This two-day training covers all aspects of visualizing data from a broad variety of domains.

    The training kicks off with an introduction to visualization followed by best practices when dealing with diverse data (abstract and spatial), demonstrating a variety of methods and techniques on those data sets and demonstrating a range of freely available software.

    Real world problems for which visualization is needed will be demonstrated and attendees will be taken through the process of visualizing this data and gaining insight.

    Virtual Summer School courses are delivered simultaneously at multiple locations across the country using high-definition videoconferencing technology.

    Please check below for available site locations.

    NOTE: Attendees are required to provide their own laptops.

    Sites for Science Visualization:

    Georgia State U
    Louisiana State U
    Marquette U
    Michigan State U
    Princeton U
    Purdue U
    U Arizona
    U California Los Angeles
    U Connecticut
    U Delaware
    U Houston, Center for Advanced Computing and Data Systems
    U Houston Clear Lake
    U Iowa
    U Michigan
    U Tennessee/ORNL, JICS
    U Texas Austin, Texas Advanced Computing Center
    U Texas Brownsville
    U Utah
    Virginia Tech

    For each workshop, you MUST attend at one of these sites to participate. There WON'T be support for participating from elsewhere.

    Posted at Apr 03, 2015 by Kate Adams 0 Comments
    2 days of Intel Phi Programming Training at KU
    Last Changed by Kate Adams, Apr 03, 2015 09:48

    From Dan Voss of KU:

    Parallel Programming and Optimization with Intel Xeon Phi Coprocessors Training coming back to Kansas
    On April 13 and 14, learn about parallel programming!Registration is NOW OPEN for two days of FREE, in-depth parallel programming training.  If you plan on attending both sessions, you must register separately for each session. 

    First Day of training is open to ANYONE and is a full day of introductory presentations.  The 2nd day is OPTIONAL and is a HANDS-ON training directed at SOFTWARE DEVELOPERS or users who want to write or optimize code to run on Intel Phi's.  To attend the 2nd day, the first day is required.

    Flyer with additional information, link to registration, and courses in other locations:http://goo.gl/uKrl4D

    CDT 101 direct registration link:  http://goo.gl/9INdN4

    CDT 102 direct registration link:  http://goo.gl/Kvd7wD

    Maps, parking, directions, and course abstracts can be found on the registration pages.

    Posted at Apr 03, 2015 by Kate Adams 0 Comments
      2015/03/25
    Linux Cluster Institute Workshop at OU
    Last Changed by Kate Adams, Mar 25, 2015 14:43

    Registration is now open for this year's Linux Cluster Institute!  The LCI Workshop will be May 18-22, 2015, in Norman, Oklahoma, on the campus of The University of Oklahoma. Cost is only $495 if you register by April 24 ($600 after that date).

    This is a great opportunity for HPC sysadmins in the GPN region for professional development!

    If you are a Linux system administrator new to HPC, this is the workshop for you!
    In just five days you will: learn HPC system administration concepts and 
    technologies and how to apply them, get hands-on skills building a small test 
    cluster in lab sessions, hear real-life stories and get to ask experts questions in 
    panel discussions. Plus you’ll create a personal network of other professionals in 
    the HPC field.
    If you are a Linux system administrator new to HPC, this is the workshop for you! In just five days you will:

    • Learn HPC system administration concepts and technologies and how to apply them. 
    • Get hands-on skills building a small test cluster in lab sessions. 
    • Hear real-life stories and get to ask experts questions in panel discussions. 
    • Plus you’ll create a personal network of other professionals in the HPC field.

    Accommodations: http://symposium2014.oscer.ou.edu/hotels.html. Workshop participants can reserve a room by visiting:  http://www.visitnorman.com/lodging/

    Area Attractions: http://www.visitnorman.com/attractions/

    Directions: http://symposium2014.oscer.ou.edu/travel.html     

    Workshop will be held here:

    Thurman J. White Forum Building
    1704 Asp Avenue, Norman, OK 73072
    Phone: [405-325-3603] ~ Fax [405-325-7589]
    conferenceservices@ou.edu

    Parking

    Forum Layout

    OU Campus map for Forum location

    BREAKFAST, LUNCH, SNACKS AND BEVERAGES PROVIDED DAILY

    TENTATIVE AGENDA -- SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE

    Monday

    8:00am: Breakfast
    8:30am: Welcome and Open
    9:00am: Lecture: Intro to HPC
    10:00am: Lab: Intro to HPC exercise
    10:30am: Break
    11:00am: Lecture: Intro to MPI
    12:00noon: Working Lunch/Lab: Intro to MPI exercise
    1:00pm: Lecture: Cluster Stack Basics
    3:00pm: Break
    3:30pm: Lab: Build-a-Cluster: Quick Introduction to EC2
    3:45pm: Lab: Build-a-Cluster: Head Node Setup
    7:30pm: TOUR: OU Data Center

    Tuesday

    8:00am: Breakfast
    8:30am: Lecture: Intro to Networking
    9:00am: Lecture: HPC Storage Part I
    10:30am: Break
    11:00am: Lab: Build-a-Cluster: Storage Server
    12:00noon: Lunch
    1:00pm: Lecture: HPC Storage Part II
    2:00pm: Lecture: Introduction to Configuration Management
    3:00pm: Break
    3:30pm: Lab: Build-a-Cluster: Compute Nodes
    4:30pm: Lecture: Node Health Check

    Wednesday

    8:00am: Breakfast
    8:30am: Lecture: Scheduling & Resource Management Part I
    10:30am: Break
    11:00am: Lab: Build-a-Cluster: Install Scheduler on Head Node
    12:00noon: Lunch
    1:00pm: Lecture: Scheduling & Resource Management Part II
    2:00pm: Lab: Build-a-Cluster: Run application via scheduler Part I
    3:00pm: Break
    3:30pm: Lecture: HPC User Support
    4:30pm: Lab: Build-a-Cluster: Run application via scheduler Part II

    Thursday

    8:00am: Breakfast
    8:30am: Lecture: Networking
    10:00am: Panel/Roundtable: Hardware
    10:30am: Break
    11:00am: Lecture: Third-Party Software Management
    12:00noon: Lunch
    1:00pm: Lecture: Account Management
    2:30pm: Panel/Roundtable: Software
    3:00pm: Break
    3:30pm: Lecture: Monitoring
    4:30pm: Hadoop

    Friday

    8:00am: Breakfast
    8:30am: Lecture: ADVANCED TOPIC to be announced
    10:00am: Panel/Roundtable: People
    10:30am: Break
    11:00am: Wrap-up Discussion and Q&A
    12:00noon: Box Lunch and Adjourn

    Posted at Mar 25, 2015 by Kate Adams 0 Comments
      2015/03/20
    Grants of Interest part 5
    Last Changed by Kate Adams, Mar 20, 2015 10:01

    Dear Colleague Letter: Future Directions for NSF Advanced Computing Infrastructure (ACI)  This funds  conferences to discuss future needs of cyberinfrastructure. Example conference topics include: scientific frontiers that are limited by capabilities of today's computational ecosystem and use of cloud computing systems for advancing science and education.  See link for more information.

    Posted at Mar 20, 2015 by Kate Adams 0 Comments
      2015/03/05
    Jive Communications First Sponsor for 2015 Annual Meeting
    Last Changed by Kate Adams, Mar 05, 2015 13:18

    Earlier this week, Jive Communications, Inc became the first confirmed 2015 Annual Meeting sponsor at the Platinum level.  Thank you very much, Jive!

    Posted at Mar 05, 2015 by Kate Adams 0 Comments
      2015/03/03
    Grants of Interest part 4
    Last Changed by Kate Adams, Mar 03, 2015 11:40

    NSF 15-549, Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure. $500,000 - $5,000,000 awards.

    NSF 15-544, Critical Techniques and Technologies for Advancing Foundations and Applications of Big Data . Big awards! ($600,000-$2,000,000).  This is for testing and developing theories and developing working solutions. Requires collaboration between disciplines.

    Posted at Mar 03, 2015 by Kate Adams 0 Comments
    OU Hosts From Computational Biophysics to Systems Biology (CBSB2015)
    Last Changed by Kate Adams, Mar 03, 2015 09:24

    From Lilian Chooback, Ron L Halterman, Ulrich H.E. Hansmann, and Franklin A. Hays of University of Oklahoma

    Dear colleague,

    This is the second announcement of the upcoming workshop "From Computational Biophysics to Systems Biology (CBSB2015)" which will take place at the SAMIS Education Center of the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center in Oklahoma City, OK (USA) on May 17-19, 2015.

    Details on the workshop can be found below, or at http://www.hansmann-lab.com/cbsb15

    As in previous years, the workshop aims to bring together experts from physics, biology, and computer science to discuss current trends in computational biophysics and systems biology. Topics of CBSB2015 will include folding and aggregation, protein-protein complexes, supramolecular assemblies, cellular environments and interaction networks.

    Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

    * Philip Bourne (National Institutes of Health)
    * Ken Dill (Stony Brook University)
    * Jose Onuchic (Rice University)

    Confirmed Invited Speakers:

    * Pradipta Bandyopadhyay (Jawaharlal Nehru University)
    * Robert Best (National Institutes of Health)
    * Carlos Camacho (University of Pittsburgh)
    * Alemayehu Gorfe (University of Texas Health Sciences Houston)
    * Daisuke Kihara (Purdue University)
    * Maria Kurnikova (Carnegie Mellon University
    * Ruth Nussinov (National Institutes of Health)
    * Wei Wang (Nanjing University)
    * Guanhong Wei (Fudan University)
    * Sichun Yang (Case Western University)

    We especially encourage participation by students and postdocs, and we expect to offer financial support for selected students and postdocs on a competitive basis. For details, see the website.

    The registration deadline is April 15 to be considered for an oral or poster presentation. Acceptance letters and notifications of fellowship awards will be send out by April 22, 2015.

    The registration fee is $100 and has to be paid on site.

    Please circulate this announcement among your colleagues, students, and postdocs; and contact us with any questions you might have by sending email to cbsb15@ou.edu.

    With best regards,

    Lilian Chooback
    Ron L Halterman
    Ulrich H.E. Hansmann
    Franklin A. Hays

    Posted at Mar 03, 2015 by Kate Adams 0 Comments
      2015/02/26
    2015 LCI Workshop at OU
    Last Changed by Kate Adams, Feb 26, 2015 13:28

    SAVE THE DATE!

    Linux Cluster Institute (LCI) Workshop
    Mon May 18 - Fri May 22, 2015
    University of Oklahoma, CCE Forum, Norman OK

    If you are a linux system administrator new to HPC, this is the workshop for you!

    In just five days you will:

    • learn HPC system administration concepts and technologies and how to apply them;
    • get hands-on skills building a small test cluster in lab sessions;
    • hear real-life stories and get to ask experts questions in panel discussions.

    For more information, see the LCI website:

    http://www.linuxclustersinstitute.org/workshops/

    Posted at Feb 26, 2015 by Kate Adams 0 Comments
    MST Hosting Teaching and Learning Technology Conference
    Last Changed by Kate Adams, Feb 26, 2015 13:24

    From Greg Smith, CIO of Missouri University of Science and Technology:

    We are hosting the Teaching and Learning Technology Conference, TLT,  March 12-13 here at the Missouri University of Science and Technology campus in Rolla, MO. This conference brings together many innovative professors in higher education along with their Instructional Designers, Developers and Technologists, plus many from K-12 who want to make sure their students are properly prepared for college. TLT does carry some Missouri S&T STEM influence but it only strengthens how EdTech is applied to the liberal arts community: An exciting area of development in the last year has been with the preparation of virtual labs for chemistry and biology.

    Plus TLT will be hosting a CanvasCon Event as part of the Conference.
    OH yes, did I mention that our TLT is FREE….

    The Keynote Speakers:

    Robbie K. Melton, Ph.D. --- Associate Vice Chancellor of Mobilization Emerging Technology; Tennessee Board of Regents,  “The Emergence of Mobile and Smart Devices: Is Your Device Smarter than You?”

    Jeff Schramm, Ph.D. --- Associate Professor of History & Political Science; Missouri S&T, “MOOC’s, LMS, ELI, PRR, CB&Q and EMD: What the history of technology can teach us about the future of higher education.”

    Posted at Feb 26, 2015 by Kate Adams 0 Comments
      2015/02/10
    UMKC Hosting DRCN Conference
    Last Changed by Kate Adams, Feb 10, 2015 11:49

    Deep Medhi, Chair is pleased to announce that UMKC is hosting DRCN (International Conference on the Design of Reliable Communication Networks) March 24-27, 2015* *in Kansas City at the UMKC campus. The web-site is www.drcn2015.org. March 1 is the deadline for early registration.

    The conference will have three keynote speakers:

    • Biswanath Mukherjee, University of California-Davis
    • Hiroshi Saito, NTT Labs, Japan
    • Robert Doverspike, AT&T Labs-Research, NJ

    Other highlights

    • Four tutorials March 24 (two in morning, two in afternoon)
    • 40 papers  presented in single-track sessions
    • Poster session and a panel. 
      The conference will be held at UMKC's Student Union, 5100 Cherry St, KCMO. Watch [the website] for a detailed program.

    GPN is a sponsor for this meeting.

    Posted at Feb 10, 2015 by Kate Adams 0 Comments
      2015/01/29
    University of Arkansas CIO Search
    Last Changed by Greg Monaco, Jan 29, 2015 12:06

    The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville is looking for a new CIO.  UARK is a great place to work and has a terrific team of folks who have been involved in GPN since its inception.  To learn more about the position and to apply or recommend a candidate, visit http://its.uark.edu/CIO/index.php.

    Posted at Jan 29, 2015 by Greg Monaco 0 Comments
      2015/01/28
    Disaster Recovery Survey, Please Respond
    Last Changed by Kate Adams, Jan 28, 2015 10:46
    Disaster Recovery Scheduled Testing Survey

    From Amy Metzger - IT Manager, Information Technology Services @ University of Nebraska, Lincoln:

    Information Technology Services at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is investigating a proposal to our campus of two scheduled testing days per year for the practice of the recovery of our IT services.

    We are curious if any other campus has adopted and implemented this idea. If you could please have a representative from your campus fill out this short survey and submit it back to me by February 10. 2015, I would really appreciate it.

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BNDZJKM

     Thank you for your participation!

    Posted at Jan 28, 2015 by Kate Adams 0 Comments
      2015/01/26
    Student Awards to Attend Annual Meeting
    Last Changed by Kate Adams, Jan 26, 2015 12:29

    Student Awards to Attend Annual Meeting

    GPN and GWLA promote graduate student scholarly research and graduate and undergraduate attendance at the Annual Meeting. See https://ksuconferences.com/gpn-gwla/.

    This year there are two categories of awards that cover the cost of student registration and two nights hotel stay (shared accommodations) for the Annual Meeting 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri.

    • Research Awards:  Research awards  acknowledge outstanding graduate student research projects in a cyberinfrastructure or data science related field. (Some example are: physics, chemistry, computer science, biology, genetics, engineering, library science, or geology.) Recipients are first author and will make either a 15 minute oral presentation or a poster presentation at the annual meeting.
    • Volunteer Awards:  Volunteer awards are for graduate or undergraduate students who are majoring in a cyberinfrastructure or data science related field.  (Some example are: physics, chemistry, computer science, biology, genetics, engineering, library science, or geology.)   Recipients will attend and assist with running of a portion of the conference.
    • To apply, submit either a Research Statement or a Volunteer statement and a reference letter.
    • Award winners have their registration fee waived and two nights paid for at the InterContinental Hotel in Kansas City, MO.
    • Eligibility: Graduate and undergraduate students from GPN and GWLA member institutions who are enrolled in the Spring 2015 semester. Two Research Awards for Outstanding Merit will be announced at the Annual Meeting.   These award recipients will receive an additional stipend.

    Detailed Instructions

    Research Award:  Research Statement

    Research currently under review for publication or ‘in press’ may be submitted.  Work with multiple authors may be submitted, as long as the applicant primarily designed and conducted the research. The reference letter (see below) must address this issue.

    Applicants must submit a 500 word summary of their research with the following sections:

    • Title
    • Project Significance/Theoretical Context
    • Methods
    • Results
    • Discussion/Interpretation.
    • May include three figures and/or tables with concise captions

    This 500 word cap doesn’t include literature cited, figures, or tables. The statement doesn’t have to use all 500 words.

    The Annual Meeting Program Committee has members from different cyberinfrastructure backgrounds, so applicants should write for a broad, scientifically literate audience and avoid excessive jargon or technical terms.  

    Volunteer Award:  Volunteer Statement

    To apply for the volunteer award, applicants submit a 500 word statement of interest in attending the Annual Meeting.  This statement should also include a summary of accomplishments and career goals.  

    Reference Letter

    A major professor or advisor must submit a reference letter to kate@greatplains.net. This letter should be submitted separately from the rest of the application. Beyond comments concerning the student’s general strengths, the letter must address the following:

    1. Research Award:  If the student can present the research project at the Annual Meeting; and the student's role in designing and conducting the research, especially in the case of collaborative research.
    2. Volunteer Award:  If the student can assist at the Annual Meeting and how attending will benefit the student.

    Evaluation criteria

    Members of the Program Committee will review and rank applications based on originality, quality, and presentation of the research and the advisor’s letter of support.  The proposals with the highest overall ranking will be awarded.  Two research proposals will be selected for special recognition with an additional financial award, announced at the Annual Meeting.

    Submissions

    Submit your research/volunteer statement in PDF format, electronically to kate@greatplains.net  by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on March 15th.  Applications that do not meet the above requirements or are received after the deadline will not be considered.  Applicants will be notified of the committee's decision around April 15th. Questions should be directed to kate@greatplains.net.

    Posted at Jan 26, 2015 by Kate Adams 0 Comments
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