The week before Thanksgiving was SC13 in Denver. It was my first one, both as an attendee and an exhibitor. There was a lot of work to do to get the booth ready to go!
There was a lot of help, too! One of the MU students is separating the booth corners out.
We'd put the booth together before, but not the furniture. Ikea furniture took a while and a bunch of hands to put together. The triumphant celebration is justified, these bar stools took more time and effort that they looked like they would. Here's some more furniture, the tables:
While the rest of the crew was putting together the stools, Greg and I had to go to Ikea because four of the chairs didn't get delivered to the show floor. Driving to Ikea we saw traffic backed up in the other lane headed towards the Broncos game. Ikea was an interesting place. The store is laid out for one way flow, nothing circles around. Even if you are maybe 10 feet from the door you came in, you have to backtrack all the way to leave again. We bought our four chairs and by the time we were on the road again, the Broncos traffic had cleared out. All part of the SC experience!
Our booth was in the back of the exhibit hall, so we had fairly light traffic. There were a lot of SC13 attendees, so even fairly light traffic was pretty heavy. Dan Andresen from KSU estimated that they had about 400 contacts over the week.
Many people came by: wanderers, alumni, those looking for a certain person to talk to. There were several impromptu meetings. There was a cycle to the traffic. Late afternoons were busier than early mornings. The opening gala was full of excited attendees and exhibitors relieved that their booths were set up. (We started setting up Saturday, and the gala was Monday night.)
Throughout the week, I talked to a people about GPN and if part of the booth was otherwise unmanned, about a particular school. It was tiring, but a very fulfilling week.
This week's SC13 Tweet Roundup.
--Apply for a free cluster! Details at http://www.researchclustergrant.com . Sponsored by Silicon Mechanics.
--Spent today working on booth. GPNers are here! Went to Ikea, as the comfy chairs were lost. Comfort restored! #SC13
The SC keynote speakers that I have heard have been interesting, informative and thought provoking. This year’s keynote speaker was no exception.
Dr. Genevieve Bell, cultural anthropologist with Intel, began her keynote address discussing the development of the Domesday Book by William the Conqueror to compile information on the population, ownership, number of sheep and chickens within England, in 1085-1087. This book was used in court proceedings in England, regularly, for over 500 years. It was last used in a trial in England in the 1960’s. (Check it out at http://www.domesdaybook.co.uk)
- Bell’s point: Humans invented big data, not computers.
- Bell’s question: How much of our data will still be used 1000 years from now?
- Bell’s corollary: The Domesday Book was printed on sheepskin and has lasted over 1000 years---what electronic media that we are using will be accessible in 1000 years?
Big Data = Data + Visualization/Analytics + Algorithms
Problem with facts: Men exaggerate their height by about 6 inches. Astonishing the number of people over 100 years old registered on websites (children registering for websites that have a minimum age typically choose 1900 as their birth year because it’s the first in the list).
Analytics shape how we see the facts: During the cholera epidemic in London, deaths were mapped to time they took place – the thinking was that the disease was spread via the air. Someone suggested mapping deaths to place rather than time, and it became clear that there were clusters of deaths in certain locations. Re-organizing the data in this way led to the discovery that cholera was spread by contaminated water, rather than air.
One of the interesting challenges that we have is that we move further up the stack from raw data to visualization to algorithms to interpretation, we are encoding values, personal and cultural.
Algorithms are only as good as the facts we feed them. Is the most influential person in media really Justin Bieber? Or is it Warren Buffett? It depends on how you build the algorithm.
What was the most popular TV show in the US during the summer of 2013 where you could see Internet traffic tick up? It was Game of Thrones where the producers saw a niche timeslot and filled it with a drama.
Big data starts and ends with people. BIG DATA = HUMAN
We are limited by our intellect and our imagination. The potential is extraordinary.
Closing message: The challenge is to take the best of ourselves to make a better world – medicine, education, socialization, and more.
Collaboration will be the theme of the Great Plains Network’s member exhibit at SC13, the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Storage, and Analysis to be held in Denver, Colorado, from November 18 to 21, 2013. The exhibit, itself, represents a collaboration among six GPN member universities
- Kansas State University,
- Missouri University of Science & Technology,
- University of Arkansas/Arkansas High Performance Computing Center,
- University of Kansas,
- University of Missouri-Columbia, and
- University of Nebraska-Lincoln/Holland Computing Center.
Faculty, staff and students from each university and from GPN will be on hand during exhibition hours to demonstrate examples of the exciting research that high performance computing enables on their campus, to discuss opportunities for research and education collaboration, to meet with prospective graduate students, and to showcase the talents of their students.
Alumni, prospective students, and business partners are especially invited to visit the SC13 exhibit. All are invited to see what some of the finest Midwestern schools have to offer!
Joint planning for the exhibit began in November of 2012 when Mark Bookout of the Missouri University of Science & Technology proposed the idea. Planning continued via teleconference and two face to face meetings in Rolla, MO. Jon Humiston (UNL) designed the graphics for the exhibit and Kate Adams (GPN) was responsible for overall project coordination. Other contributors include Dan Andresen, Kyle Hutson, and Adam Tygart (KSU), Rick McMullen and Jeff Pummill (Arkansas High Performance Computing Center), Gordon Springer and Larry Sanders (MU), Jennifer Nixon and Lori Duncan (Missouri S&T), David Swanson and Derek Weitzel (UNL), Dan Voss (KU) and Greg Monaco (GPN).
The Great Plains Network is a consortium of research universities in the Midwest. GPN members partner to connect to the National Research & Education infrastructure, including Internet2, and to facilitate the use of advanced cyberinfrastructure across the network.
For more information about SC13 visit http://sc13.supercomputing.org.
For more information about the Great Plains Network visit www.greatplains.net.
We are going to compile a list of #perfsonar boxes in the region. Contact Kate with info. Let's track down bottlenecks!
Recently I installed BTSync to see how it would perform for data sharing or as a Dropbox type of thing. BTSync is a free to download executable. I tested the Windows, Android and Linux versions. All three of them installed easily and ran. I was able to share files between my phone and desktop (Windows 7) easily. The Android version seemed to tax battery life, even when it wasn't actively running.
The Linux version was port blocked, so I couldn't backup files. The web interface was very easy to use. If you have any comments about using BTSync that you'd like to share, let me know.
One project GPN is working on is getting a list of perfSonar boxes in the region. This will help researchers find and eliminate bottlenecks. We will be sending out a survey to get information. However, if you'd like to send in information early please send it to Kate or Greg. We will be publishing the information on this wiki and using a Mad Dash interface to display current test results between hosts.
This is to announce that the dates have been set for the GPN/GWLA 2014 Annual Meeting.
Dates: May 28, 29, 30, 2014
New Location: InterContinental Hotel at the Plaza, Kansas City, MO (http://www.ihg.com/intercontinental/hotels/gb/en/kansas-city/mkcha/hoteldetail/)
- Big Data Summit II
- Poolside Welcome Reception
- General Sessions
- Sponsorship Opportunities
- Poster Session* Birds of a Feather Sessions
- Special Topic Sessions
- Workshop Opportunities
Greg Monaco, GPN, & Joni Blake, GWLA
Target audience: HPC administrators, campus and systems administrators
Date: Thursday, November 7, 11 a.m. CST
Length: one hour
Register here: http://goo.gl/GXKqvB
We invite HPC administrators working at laboratories, colleges and universities to join us for a webinar tackling the problems and solutions to managing big data in academic settings.
This is the second in a series of webinars presented by ESnet and Globus Online.
David Lifka, Director of the Cornell University Center for Advanced Computing and Chair of the Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation (CASC)
Brock Palen, HPC system administrator and user consultant at CAEN-HPC at the University of Michigan
Steve Tuecke, Deputy Director of the Computation Institute at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory; Globus Project Co-Lead
Jason Zurawski, Science Engagement Engineer at ESnet
The webinar participants will describe how research computing administrators can deliver a campus data service that provides researchers with flexible and easy-to-use data management capabilities. Globus makes it easy to move, sync, and share big data using just a web browser, underpinned by research and education networks like ESnet which provide reliable, high-speed connections, as well tools for vastly improving network performance for research.
Join us to learn how peers at Cornell and the University of Michigan use these advanced services to enhance their users abilities' to move and share data on campus with collaborators around the world. Q&A and online discussion is encouraged during the webinar.
Register here: http://goo.gl/GXKqvB
Details on how to join the webinar will be sent to registered attendees prior to the event.
There is a new email list at ESnet which announcements like this will be sent to: https://gab.es.net/mailman/listinfo/fasterdata-events
On Monday, October 7, the Educause Review published an article, entitled Substantive Collaboration: Are We Ready to Lead? by Mark Askren, CIO of University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
In the article, Mark addresses the impression that the higher ed business model is "broken" and he asks what IT leaders can do to correct the impression.
The answer is clear. We have to collaborate. Substantially. And in ways that are far-reaching and very challenging. We have to change our core processes and our default approach, and we have to take some calculated risks. Our institutions, and perhaps our IT community, have largely resisted these changes to this point.
Later in the article, Mark points out several areas of strategic collaboration in which many GPNers have played an important role.
In spite of our overall state of higher education resource allocation, clear and impressive evidence points to our collective capabilities to drive transformative change within our IT areas of responsibility. The following examples demonstrate the effectiveness of collaboration:
- High-Performance Networks. Both Internet2 and our regional networks have shown tremendous leadership over the past decade. Working in collaboration in this space hasn't been easy historically, but this is clearly a shining example of what we can do with technology to benefit our institutions when we work together.
- Community-Source and Open-Source Software Development. Colleges and universities working together to create cost-effective enterprise software solutions really does work. The Kuali Financial System is one of a handful of major success stories in both the community-source and the open-source communities in recent years. Choice is good for all of us. And complex software development does scale.
- Procurement and Support Consortiums. We have collectively worked to leverage our purchasing power, and regional groups such as theMidwestern Higher Education Compact provide extensive value in aggregating purchasing demand. National and international support groups such as the Higher Education User Group show the power of higher education users working with a major solutions provider (in this case, Oracle). These areas of collective procurement and these support organizations are adding significant value, and they have the potential to do even more.
- Net+ Services. Shel Waggener's leadership of this area for Internet2 has changed our world in terms of what's possible. Aggregating demand to work out effective terms and conditions for our community with willing and engaged cloud partners is even more important than the significant price discounts that have also been negotiated. Net+ Services has produced great accomplishments within a very short time, with an even brighter future within our reach.
I am glad that I was able to attend this year's Oklahoma Supercomputing Symposium. Since 2003, I estimate that I have missed this event only once, when there was a conflict with an Internet2 meeting. In fact, this is an annual event where we have the opportunity to come together and brush up on advances in technology, renew acquaintances and catch up on developments and changes in personnel in the region. For example, I ran into Gerry Creager who is now with OU, and was formerly with Texas A&M. I first met Gerry over 12 years ago, at my second Internet2 meeting. Gerry has worked on several climate-related projects, including SCOOP with SURA. We had a brief discussion about his use of PerfSonar for trouble shooting on the A&M campus. Glad to know he's in the region!
The website for the symposium is at http://symposium2013.oscer.ou.edu/agenda.html. Slides from presentations will be posted, there.
I particularly recommend the presentation by John Shalf (Berkeley). Shalf's talk focused on how programming will need to change to optimize for emerging hardware constraints. Stephen Wheat's (Intel) talk had some interesting videos.
I attended a presentation by Carl Grant (OU) on the Oklahoma library/technology initiative known as ShareOK. This is an attempt to meet new demands for public research data archives. I had to miss a presentation by Dan Andresen (KSU) and Jeff Pummill (Arkansas HPC Center), but will check out the slides when they are posted. I also plan to check out updates on the Tandy Supercomputing Center in Tulsa and an update on Globus Online.
This position is a regular, full-time appointment. This position will assist research groups with effectively utilizing high performance computing and scientific applications support/development. Responsibilities will be split approximately 60/40 between these two areas.
Internet2 is looking for Demonstration Applications to feature in a slide deck at SuperComputing13. If you have one or more applications that involve the Internet2 network, please let Greg Monaco (email@example.com) know as much of the following as you can:
- Name of the project,
- Contact person,
- Partner institutions, and
- Brief description.
This is an excellent way to get your project(s) featured with Internet2!
GPN is pleased to offer more discounts to our members on upcoming online Merit classes. These classes are listed at our online event calendar.
IS20 Security Controls (IS20)
October 30-November 1, 2013; 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. CT each day
Instructor: Michigan Cyber Range instructor
Description: The IS20 Security Controls course covers proven tools and methodologies needed to execute and analyze the Top Twenty Most Critical Security Controls. These controls were selected and defined by the U.S. military and other government and private organizations (including NSA, DHS, GAO, and many others) that are the most respected experts on how attacks actually work and what can be done to stop them.
Special GPN Member Rate: $1800
Certified Penetration Testing Engineer (CPTE)
November 18-22, 2013; 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. CT each day
Instructor: Michigan Cyber Range instructor
Description: In this course, you will obtain real-world security knowledge that will enable you to recognize vulnerabilities, exploit system weaknesses and help safeguard against threats. You will learn the art of ethical hacking with a professional edge. The course presents information based on the five Key Elements of Pen Testing: Information Gathering, Scanning, Enumeration, Exploitation and Reporting. The latest vulnerabilities will be discovered using these tried and true techniques.
Special GPN Member Rate: $3000
Certified Disaster Recovery Engineer (CDRE)
December 9-13, 2013; 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. CT each day
Instructor: Michigan Cyber Range instructor
Description: The comprehensive Certified Disaster Recovery Engineer course prepares you for industry certification in business continuity planning and presents the latest methodologies and best practices for real-world systems recovery. You will receive a solid foundation of instruction that will enable you to create meaningful business continuity plans. In addition, you will learn the latest methods for protection and recovery of technology in your organization. You will leave the course with the start of your own business continuity/disaster recovery plan, developed with the mentored oversight of the instructor.
Special GPN Member Rate: $2500
A new interest group is forming within GPN to be lead by Amy Metzger (University of NE – Lincoln) & Neal Hodges (SDSMT).
Goal: Through meetings, facilitate and coordinate dialog surrounding IT Disaster Mitigation topics for effective preparedness, strategies and recovery planning.
- Establish objectives for GPN IT Disaster Mitigation Group
- Communication will be through gp-disastermitigation listserv & Meetings
- Share: Best Disaster Recovery Practices
- How to assess risks for critical services.
- DR Plans for the recovery of service interruption, including the results of the testing of DR plans.
- Collaborate with peers for solutions
A mailing list has been set up for this group. If you would like to join or recommend someone, please contact Kate Adams (firstname.lastname@example.org).
On Saturday, October 19, from 11AM to 4PM, Kansas State University's Department of Computer & Information Sciences will host an Open House for prospective graduate students interested in applying to K-State.
In addition to an in-depth look at the department, the Open House will feature
- Tours of the CIS department and the K-State campus
- Talks by alumni employed at top CS companies
- Lunch with current grad students in research groups
- Individual advising on admission and curriculum
- Small group workshops including
- Learning cybersercurity basics &
- How to program a Raspberry Pi
Note: If you attend the Raspberry Pi workshop, you get to keep it!
To register, please contact Ami Ratzlaff at email@example.com.