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      2014/07/08
    DOE Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) Small Business Innovation Research
    Last Changed by Kate Adams, Jul 08, 2014 11:10

    What: DOE Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) Small Business Innovation Research Workshop

    When: August 6-7, 2014

    Where: Chicago, IL

    More Details: https://sites.google.com/a/lbl.gov/sbir/

    From Linda Winkler, Argonne National Laboratory:  DOE participates in the congressionally mandated SBIR program.  The Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) program office spends over $12M annually on this program and we have a topic specifically targeting the development and commercialization of a wide range of optical components that could be used either inside a computer (silicon photonics) or in a network  (optical transceivers).  

    We are in the process of organizing a workshop in the Chicago area for Aug 6-7, 2014. The objective of the workshop is bringing together interested parties, raising awareness and stimulating interest in applying to DOE's SBIR program. On August 6, we will discuss the HPC component. On August 7, we will discuss network/optical components.  

    Here is a flyer for the workshop.

    ASCR_SBIR_Workshop_Flyer (1).pdf

    Posted at Jul 08, 2014 by Kate Adams 0 Comments
      2014/07/02
    SANS Security Training Discount Opportunity
    Last Changed by Kate Adams, Jul 03, 2014 09:36

    From Doug Pearson, Technical Director of REN-ISAC:

    SANS and REN-ISAC (Research and Education Networking Information Sharing and Analysis Center) are partnering to bring exceptional security and technical training to the education community at a huge discount.

    The special pricing is available to staff, faculty, and undergraduate students at higher education institutions, and K-12 teachers and students. Details about the program can be found at the REN-ISAC web pages: http://www.ren-isac.net/programs/sans.html And for those ready to request a quote or place an order: http://www.sans.org/partnership/education Questions can be directed to secretary@ren-isac.net

    The special pricing is available during a purchase commitment window, June 1 through July 31 for: 

    • SANS OnDemand Technical training & GIAC Certification  
    • SANS Securing The Human End User Awareness training  
    • SANS Securing The Human Developer training 
    • SANS Securing The Human Phishing  
    • SANS NetWars interactive technical skills challenges 
    OnDemand Technical Training & GIAC

    This provides a choice from more than 40 SANS courses that can be accessed from a PC or iPad, such as:

    • SEC401: Security Essentials Bootcamp Style 
    • SEC504: Hacker Techniques, Exploits & Incident Handling 
    • SEC560: Network Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking 
    • FOR508: Advanced Computer Forensic Analysis and Incident Response 
    • MGT414: SANS +S Training Program for the CISSP Certification Exam 

    Each course is taught by one of the top SANS instructors using a mix of slides, video demonstrations, interactive labs and assessment tests. The student will have four months of access to the OnDemand course. During this window, the price for a SANS OnDemand course is $2,150 and the GIAC exam price is $599 when bundled with a course (minimum order $6,450).

    Securing the Human End User Awareness

    This provides extensive employee security awareness training that targets today's weakest link in enterprise security – the human. Online training modules cover topics such as social engineering, using e-mail safely, smartphone security and FERPA. The special pricing is a limited-time opportunity. During this window, the price is $1.75 per user for a 1-year license (minimum order $2,100) or $3.00 per user for a 2-year license (minimum order $3,600).

    Securing The Human Developer

    This provides training for those involved in the software development process and addresses numerous issues including injection flaws, cross-site scripting, cross-site request forgery, transport layer protection and more - there are currently 13 modules in all. During this window, the aggregate-purchase price is $250 per person for a 1-year license (minimum order $2,500).

    NetWars

    This is a hands-on, interactive learning environment that enables information security professionals to develop and master the skills they need to excel in their field through a series of challenge exercises. During this window, the price for NetWars is $1,350 per person when bundled with an OnDemand order.

    Posted at Jul 02, 2014 by Kate Adams 0 Comments
      2014/06/24
    Merit's Project Management Class and Cloud Class
    Last Changed by Kate Adams, Jun 26, 2014 11:23

    Project Management Fundamentals

    GPN members can take Merit's Project Management Fundamentals at a discount.  

    Where: Online, attend from anywhere.

    When: July 15-17

    Cost: $1795 (Regular price is $2195)

    In this comprehensive course, you will learn the fundamentals of project management: how to initiate, plan, and execute a project that meets objectives and satisfies stakeholders. Project Management Fundamentals will be held online July 15-17, 2014. 

    Aligned with the Project Management Institute (PMI®) Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), this course provides a step-by-step guide to planning and executing a project. Working through case studies with real-world scenarios, you will interact with fellow students to learn and apply the methodologies and good practices of formal project management. 

    Cloud Essentials

    GPN members can take Merit's Cloud Essentials for a $200 discount.

    Where: Online, attend from anywhere

    When: August 5-6

    Cost: $1195 for GPN members

    In this course, you will gain perspective on the business and technical aspects of cloud computing, learning how to adopt, operate and govern the cloud. 

    Through scenario-driven learning, you will learn to apply the principles in a realistic setting. Role-play activities present a real-world connection using situations that can occur in your day-to-day life. The course materials are accredited by the Cloud Credential Council, marked as CompTIA approved quality content and registered with the Project Management Institute. 

    In this course you will learn:

    • Common terms and definitions of cloud computing
    • Business benefits and considerations of cloud computing
    • Cloud computing from a technical perspective and the various techniques, methods, challenges, and types of clouds
    • Impact and changes of cloud computing on IT service management
    • Steps that lead to the successful adoption of cloud computing and the implications for organizations
    • Compliance, risk, and regulatory consequences of cloud computing and its financial and strategic impact

    This course will help you successfully complete the associated CompTIA Cloud Essentials exam to become CompTIA Cloud Essentials certified. The web-based certification exam will be offered on the last day of class.

    Posted at Jun 24, 2014 by Kate Adams 0 Comments
    Grants of Interest part 1
    Last Changed by Kate Adams, Jun 24, 2014 16:37

    This is a new feature to this blog.  Every day or so I get emails listing grants.  I'll put a link to those that might be of interest to our membership. These will generally be HPC, networking, stressing collaboration between different institutions, or of special interest to one of our member universities.

    Posted at Jun 24, 2014 by Kate Adams 0 Comments
    LCI 2014 Registration Open
    Last Changed by Kate Adams, Jun 24, 2014 10:35

    Registration is open for the 2014 LCI (Linux Cluster Institute) workshop! http://www.linuxclustersinstitute.org/workshops/register.html

    When: August 4-8

    Where: University of Illinois, National Center for Supercomputing Applications in Urbana, Illinois

    Early bird cost: $325

    What is the LCI Workshop?  From the press release:

    The LCI workshop is a hands-on workshop that will cover the fundamentals of setting up and administering a high-performance computing (HPC) cluster. Offered by the Linux Clusters Institute, this workshop will be led by some of the world's leading HPC experts and will be held Aug. 4-8at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications in Urbana, Illinois.

    LCI is the premier international forum to share information on management, administration, and scientific computing techniques for high-performance computing. Topics at the August workshop will include Intro to HPC, Build-A-Cluster, Condo Model, and Remote Visualization.

    Expert instructors will include: Neil Bright, Georgia Tech; Ryan Cox, Brigham Young University; Stephen Harrell, Purdue University; Brian Haymore, University of Utah; Wayne Hoyenga, NCSA; Henry Neeman, University of Oklahoma; Preston Smith, Purdue University; Jenett Tillotson, Indiana University; and George Turner, Indiana University.

    Discounted registration of $325 is available through July 20; starting July 21, registration will be $375. Attendees should have experience as an administrator of a Linux system. 

    Questions? Contact Kandace Turner-Jones ktrnrjns@ncsa.illinois.edu. For more information, visit linuxclustersinstitute.org.

    Posted at Jun 24, 2014 by Kate Adams 0 Comments
      2014/06/18
    Merit's Certified Penetration Testing Engineer
    Last Changed by Kate Adams, Jun 20, 2014 16:28

    GPN Members get two more chances for a discount on one of Merit's classes, the Certified Testing Engineer Class.

    Where: Online!  Attend from anywhere.

    When: June 23-27 or September 22-26

    Cost for GPN members: $2700 (the regular price is $3000)

    Description of class from Merit: 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. 

    CPTE's foundation is built firmly upon proven penetration testing methodologies. 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.

    More information and registration is at Merit's site.

    Posted at Jun 18, 2014 by Kate Adams 0 Comments
      2014/06/05
    Merit's Project Management Class Online
    Last Changed by Kate Adams, Jun 05, 2014 11:18

    Do you need to learn some project management skills?  GPN members get a discount for Merit's Project Management Fundamentals

    When: July 15-17, 2014

    Where: Online!

    Cost: $1795 for GPN members.  ($2195 is the regular price.)

    More Details from Merit:

    In this comprehensive course, you will learn the fundamentals of project management: how to initiate, plan, and execute a project that meets objectives and satisfies stakeholders. 

    Aligned with the Project Management Institute (PMI®) Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), this course provides a step-by-step guide to planning and executing a project. Working through case studies with real-world scenarios, you will interact with fellow students to learn and apply the methodologies and good practices of formal project management. 

    Posted at Jun 05, 2014 by Kate Adams 0 Comments
    2014 Annual Meeting Presentations Online
    Last Changed by Kate Adams, Jun 06, 2014 11:54

    The GPN/GWLA Annual Meeting was held last week in Kansas City, MO.  The presentations from the meeting and the Big Data Summit are now up online in PDF format.  Others will be added as they are sent in.  If you don't see your presentation, let me know and I'll add it.  Pictures are on the Facebook Community page.

    Big Data Summit Presentations

    Annual Meeting Presentations

    Posted at Jun 05, 2014 by Kate Adams 0 Comments
      2014/05/19
    Beocat extends reign as largest academic supercomputer in Kansas
    Last Changed by Kate Adams, May 19, 2014 10:14

    Beocat extends reign as largest academic supercomputer in Kansas

    By Daniel Andresen
    Reprinted from the May 19, 2014, edition of K-State Today.

    The K-State research computing cluster Beocat is currently the largest academic research cluster in Kansas. Through recent contributions totaling more than $200,000 from faculty in agronomy, biology, chemical engineering and plant pathology, Beocat has grown to approximately 600TB of storage and ~2500 processor cores on machines ranging from dual-processor Opterons with 8GB RAM to six 80-core Xeons with 1TB RAM connected by 40Gbps QDR Infiniband.

    Use of Beocat is free for professors and students in the state of Kansas. In addition to many users across the K-State campus, Beocat also is a resource for users from Washburn University, Bethany College, Pittsburg State University, the University of Kansas and other [Kansas] institutions. Beocat is supported by National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Department of Energy and  university grants.

    For more information contact Daniel Andresen, director of the institute for computational research in engineering and science, dan@k-state.edu.

    Posted at May 19, 2014 by Kate Adams 0 Comments
      2014/05/09
    NSF CNS Program Director from KSU Appointed
    Last Changed by Greg Monaco, May 09, 2014 10:54

    Gurdip Singh, the head of Kansas State University's Department of Computing and Information Sciences has been appointed to serve as a program director with NSF's Computer and Network Systems Division that is part of the CISE Directorate.  Singh's responsibilities will be for Cyber-Physical Systems.

    You can read more at http://www.k-state.edu/media/newsreleases/may14/singhnsf5814.html.

    Posted at May 09, 2014 by Greg Monaco 0 Comments
    Karen Burg from Clemson Appointed VP for Research at KSU
    Last Changed by Greg Monaco, May 09, 2014 10:47

    Kansas State University took a major step today in advancing toward a 2025 goal for being a top tier public research university by appointing Karen Burg of Clemson University as the new Vice Provost for Research, replacing Ron Trewyn who will serve as liaison between KSU and the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF).  I watched the presentations of all candidates for the position, and I found Karen Burg's to be the most forward-looking and to reflect a well-thought out plan for advancing KSU.  All of the individuals that I contacted at Clemson spoke highly of her contributions, there, and indicated that they would prefer to see her remain at Clemson.

    You can read more at http://www.k-state.edu/media/newsreleases/may14/burg5814.html.

     

    Posted at May 09, 2014 by Greg Monaco 0 Comments
      2014/05/07
    NAS Elects New Members for 2014
    Last Changed by Greg Monaco, May 07, 2014 16:52

    In recognition of their achievements in original research, the National Academy of Sciences announced the election of 84 new members and 21 foreign associates.  This brings the total number of active members to 2,214 and the total number of foreign associates to 444.

    Among the newly elected members is Joseph Lutkenhaus, University Distinguished Professor, Department of Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, and Immunology, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas.

    Learn more at http://www.nasonline.org/news-and-multimedia/news/april-29-2014-NAS-Election.html

    Posted at May 07, 2014 by Greg Monaco 0 Comments
      2014/05/06
    MST will Host Research & Technology Development 2014
    Last Changed by Kate Adams, May 06, 2014 14:46

    Missouri University of Science and Technology will host its fourth annual Research & Technology Development conference in beautiful Rolla, MO.  The past two (I didn't attend the first) were full of great information and well worth the trip. Here is the press release:

    RTD2014: Bigger than ever, designed from the ground up to help you go Further, Faster.

    Missouri S&T will be hosting the fourth annual Research & Technology Development conference (RTD2014) on September 15-16, 2014 in Rolla, Missouri.

    Due to our partnership with corporate sponsors, the conference is free to attendees, but registration is required.

    In addition to extensive networking opportunities, this year's conference will feature two days of useful workshops and presentations in each of three distinct research pillars: Computational Science, Large Data Visualization, and Additive Manufacturing.

    All three pillars are being presented by experts in the field across the Midwest.

    Six universities are joining to lead the coordination of workshops, talks, presentations, and hands-on demonstrations:

    * University of Oklahoma and University of Nebraska-Lincoln -- Computational Science

    Engage in discussion with numerous experts and learn how working collaboration efforts can guide you to increased research funding.

    * Indiana University and University of Texas – Visualization

    See and use a wide variety of visualization equipment, and learn how you can use established visualization systems and tools in
    your research.

    * University of Louisville and Missouri S&T – Additive Manufacturing

    Learn the basics of additive manufacturing and gain insight into how these systems can be used to advance your ideas, even if your campus does not provide local printing services.

    Each pillar will contain two days of workshops, hands-on demonstrations and expert talks.

    RTD's famous social – the street party with BBQ, fireworks, music, and beer and wine tasting - gives you unlimited opportunity for networking and good times.

    Our attendees will also include experts from industry to answer your technology questions.

    This free event will be held on the S&T campus in Rolla, Missouri at the Havener Center on September 15 & 16.

    Space is limited and attendance has been capped at 350 for RTD2014.

    While admission is free to attendees, registration is required and early registration is encouraged to receive hotel discounts.

    Learn more at:

    https://rtd2014.mst.edu/

    See the two day schedule here:

    https://rtd2014.mst.edu/attend

    Posted at May 06, 2014 by Kate Adams 0 Comments
      2014/04/24
    Save the date for LCI Workshop
    Last Changed by Kate Adams, Apr 24, 2014 11:46

    This August, a Linux Cluster Institute (LCI) workshop will be held after a few years hiatus.  Here is the Save the Date announcement from the LCI committee:

    Linux Cluster Institute (LCI) Workshop
    August 4-7 2014
    National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), Urbana IL
     
    If you're a user of HPC or are responsible for maintaining a
    High Performance Computing (HPC) resource, this is the workshop
    for you!
     
    In just four days you will learn:

    * How to be an HPC cluster system administrator
    * How to be an effective HPC cluster user
    * The key issues of HPC
    * Current and emerging HPC hardware and software technologies
     
    All sessions taught by some of the world's best experts in HPC.
     
    Program details and registration information coming soon!

    http://www.linuxclustersinstitute.org/

    Posted at Apr 24, 2014 by Kate Adams 0 Comments
      2014/03/26
    Register Now for 2nd NSF-Sponsored Broadening the Reach Workshop
    Last Changed by Greg Monaco, Mar 26, 2014 10:17

    The first Broadening the Reach Workshop, funded by the National Science Foundation, was held in Kansas City, MO, in February to assist campuses in preparing proposals for NSF's CC-IIE solicitation.  The next workshop will be held at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on May 6 and 7, 2014. 

    Broadening the Reach: A Cyberinfrastructure Program for Non-Research-Intensive and EPSCoR Institutions is an NSF-funded Internet2 project aimed at supporting the enhancement of campus network infrastructure and external connectivity of small colleges and universities, including but not limited to those in EPSCoR states, having notable research projects, even though the institution may not be primarily research-focused. The program will offer two forms of support: workshops focused on campus infrastructures and external connectivity to support research and teaching, and campus visits by consulting specialists to assist with technical implementation.

    The workshop will consist of 1-1/2 days of presentations divided into two parts. The first part will focus on information covering technical, organizational, and administrative aspects of upgrading and integrating cyberinfrastructure into the campus environment in support of campus based research and teaching activities. The second part of the workshop will include topics that address the form and content of infrastructure proposals to the NSF and the identification of research drivers within the campus environment, with the goal of enabling institutions to respond competitively to NSF infrastructure opportunities, such as the current CC*IIE solicitation.

    You can learn more about this project, here:  http://www.internet2.edu/news-events/events/workshops-webinars/broadening-reach-nsf-workshop.

    You can register for this free workshop, here:  https://services.internet2.edu/registration/emailSearch.jsp?appName=btr.

    Posted at Mar 26, 2014 by Greg Monaco 0 Comments
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