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      2015/08/26
    OU Seeks Associate Director, Research Computing Strategy and Development
    Last Changed by Kate Adams, Aug 26, 2015 09:34

    POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: University of Oklahoma

    http://jobs.ou.edu/
    Search for requisition number 23351

    Listing Information
    Job Search Category: Non Student
    Job Type: Full-Time
    Requisition Number: 23351
    Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
    Work Schedule: This is a full-time position.

    Listing Title: Program Administrator II - Associate Director, Research Computing Strategy and Development

    Job Code 0618

    Department: Information Technology (IT)

    Position address:
    200 Felgar
    Norman, Ok 73069

    Regular days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. but flexibility can be requested.

    Occasional evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand.

    Hours per week: 40

    Salary Range: Negotiable

    Job Function: Associate Director, Research Computing Strategy and Development

    The individual in this role will provide operational management and leadership for OU IT's Research Computing Team, specifically the OU Supercomputing Center for Education & Research (OSCER).

    This individual will assist the Assistant Vice-President (AVP) for Research Strategy with establishing the future strategic direction for Research Computing and will work with the Managing Director of Research Services to define and deliver business services relevant to the needs of the OU research community.

    As an IT leader, he or she must embody the mission and vision of OU IT and the University; be a catalyst for change, modeling the way for others to follow.

    As a liaison between Research Computing team members, executive leadership, and other work groups, must communicate a shared vision and inspire team members to reach organizational, team, and individual goals.

    - Work with Executive Leadership to help identify business strategy, requirements, trends, and desired business outcomes for Research Computing.

    - Stay abreast of trends and new advances in the high performance computing (HPC) and other cyberinfrastructure (CI) industry by reading, researching, and participating in forums or communities of HPC/CI professionals.

    - Work with users of OU IT's supercomputer and other research computing resources to develop their own research computing software and/or help them deploy and use third party software (commercial and/or open source).

    - Teach research computing topics to individuals, small and/or large groups.

    - Develop and/or collaborate on research projects and/or grant proposals related to OSCER's role.

    - Represent OSCER at conferences, workshops and meetings locally, regionally, and nationally.

    - Coordinate conferences, meetings and workshops, both at OU and in the local, regional, and national community.

    - Disseminate results of OSCER endeavors to the local, regional, national and worldwide research computing community, including outreach to the full spectrum of institution types.

    - Publish conference papers, journal articles, white papers and/or other scholarly publications/works for dissemination to the research computing community.

    - Help communicate the organizational and team vision to team members and help them achieve goals that support that vision. Conversely, provide regular team updates to leadership on team projects and performance.

    - Cultivate strong relationships across the University by developing mutual trust and respect with colleagues and customers.

    - Facilitate and/or lead meetings of cross-functional teams internally and/or externally.

    - Work with the Managing Director of Research Services as well as the AVP of Research Strategy to set priorities on projects and tasks.

    - Work with the Managing Director of Research Services as well as the Talent & Organizational Programs Team to develop a workforce plan for team members that includes an assessment of immediate and future workforce needs and a succession plan for key individuals.

    - Assist with recruiting, interviewing, hiring, and evaluating employee performance.

    - Make budget recommendations for personnel, materials and equipment for the Research Computing Team.

    - Help develop, implement and maintain policies and procedures as needed for Research Computing.

    - Work with the Managing Director of Research Services to define metrics and reporting strategies that effectively communicate the successes and progress of research computing projects.

    Department Preferences

    - Advanced Degree or PHD strongly preferred

    - Previous experience working in Higher Education

    - Previous experience writing or collaborating on grant proposals

    - Previous teaching experience in a University environment.

    Special instructions to applicants

    Travel is primarily local during the business day. May need to attend meetings in Oklahoma City or Tulsa. Overnight travel may be expected for training and/ or conferences.

    Must be authorized to work in the United States without the need for employer sponsorship.

    If you are selected as a final candidate for this position, you will be subject to The University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Tuberculosis Testing policy.

    To view the policy, visit http://www.hr.ou.edu/policies/tbtesting.asp

    Benefits Provided: Yes
    Required Applicant Documents

    Resume
    Cover Letter
    Academic Transcripts
    List of References

    Campus: Norman

    Listing date: 08-24-2015

    Physical Requirements:

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

    Must be able to engage in repetitive motions and communicate.

    Required Education and Experience:

    Bachelor's degree in any STEM discipline, including but not limited to physical sciences, biosciences, geosciences, mathematics, computer science, engineering and/or social sciences OR an equivalent combination of education/job related experience.

    24-36 months or more of work experience in a research computing context, as a user of and/or a provider of research computing

    Required Certifications, Registrations, or Licenses:

    These requirements may be imposed by federal, state or recognized accrediting agency as a prerequisite of employment

    Valid drivers license required for frequent on and off campus meetings.

    Required Skills and Proficiencies: 

    -Demonstrated ability to effectively lead, manage and develop high performing teams.

    - Excellent customer service skills as demonstrated by the ability to work directly with constituents and vendors to understand and resolve function and/or technical issues to deliver an exceptional customer experience.

    - Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively with a wide range of individuals, including faculty, students, senior technical and non-technical staff.

    - The ability to plan for and execute decisions to ensure the unit is fully staffed with personnel that have the skills necessary to respond with solutions that support the University and IT goals.

    - A commitment to staff development and the skills necessary to provide mentoring, coaching, and support for continuous career development.

    - Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with non-technical and technical audiences.

    - Strong analytical and problem solving skills.

    - Good organizational skills with the ability to exercise discretion and ingenuity to determine the proper course of action while following established standards.

    - Demonstrated excellent analytical and logic skills including decision-making abilities.

    - Ability to think creatively and innovatively.

    - Must be able to lead complex discussions by seeking input, identifying obstacles, being transparent, and driving to results.

    - Must be flexible to adapt easily to changing environments, requirements and deadlines.

    - Must be highly reliable, trustworthy, honest, and commitment oriented.

    Valid Driver's License Required: Yes
    Special Indications: Hiring contingent upon background check

    Posted at Aug 26, 2015 by Kate Adams 0 Comments
      2015/08/07
    GPN and Kansas State University Receive Award to Improve Access to National Computational Infrastructure
    Last Changed by Greg Monaco, Aug 07, 2015 11:06

    GPN and Kansas State University received funding for a workshop proposal on The Role of Regional Organizations in Improving Access to the National Computational Infrastructure.  Greg Monaco of GPN is the principal investigator and Jim Bottom of ACI-REF and Clemson, Jen Leasure of the Quilt,  David Swanson of UNL and OSG, and John Towns of XSEDE are co-PIs.

    Purpose of the Project

    This award will enable representatives of campus, state, regional and other organizations with a vested interest in furthering access to and support of computational resources by campus researchers.  The goal of the workshop is to develop a coherent set of recommendations to the National Science Foundation and to the community, at large, which provide answers to a set of strategic questions.

    A Conference Organizing Committee composed of experts in campus, regional, and national infrastructure has been formed.  To accelerate the process of developing a useful set of recommendations, white papers will be solicited in advance of the conference that are relevant to the strategic questions.  Based on a review of papers submitted, invitations to participate in the conference will be extended to up to 60 organizations. The one and a half day conference will be held in Kansas City, MO, and facilitated by members of the organizing committee. A final report will be issued in late.

    The proposed meeting promises to coordinate efforts that lead to significant improvements in meeting the needs of academic researchers.  The meeting will bring the needs of the computational research community to the forefront of organizations that are uniquely positioned to assist in meeting those needs. In situations where a small or medium-sized campus does not have the resources to assist a small number of researchers with advanced computational needs, the next level up – the state or other regional organization – will be in an excellent position to reach out to those researchers. In the long-term, the output from this conference promises to re-focus the efforts of regional organizations and align them with the capacities of the national infrastructure and the needs of campus researchers.

    The Process

    We have been funded by the National Science Foundation to develop a set of community-supported recommendations for filling the gaps and to more effectively coordinate education and training from campus to state to regional to national levels.

    We intend to use the following process:

    1. Solicit white papers from interested parties and organizations.
    2. Select among the papers and send conference invitations to a selected group of authors.
    3. Hold conference in October/November timeframe in Kansas City, MO.
    4. Development of a final report and a set of recommendations to funding agencies and the community, at large.

    Who Should Submit a White Paper

    We would like to encourage the broadest audience, possible, to consider submitting these papers to the Conference Organizing Committee.

    In particular, we would like to hear from

    • State and regional networking organizations
    • Other organizations that are interested in data and/or computation
    • Minority serving institutions
    • Researchers
    • Campuses

    Questions to Be Addressed

    We would like to hear about strategies for engaging researchers to use computational infrastructure (e.g., XSEDE, OSG), about needs that are may not currently being met, about local models that are successful and that could be applied on a broader scale.

    We would also like white papers to address a subset of the following strategic questions:

    1. What is the role of regional organizations in providing broader support to computational researchers?
    2. How can these organizations expand researcher engagement to under-represented communities?
    3. How can these organizations sustain timely and relevant education and outreach efforts to computational researchers over the long term?
    4. How can efforts across these organizations be effectively coordinated?
    5. What is an effective collaboration environment and structure?
    6. How can these organizations leverage sharing of resources across campus, state, and regional boundaries?

    Due Date

    TBD

    Paper Format

    Each paper should be 1.5 to 2 pages in length and single spaced.  Please include the author name and affiliation.  These papers will be published at the conference website.

    Conference Organizing Committee

    • Stan Ahalt  RENCI

    • Joni Blake  GWLA

    • Jim Bottum  Clemson/ACI-REF

    • Gary Crane  SURA

    • Wendy Huntoon  KINBER

    • Tim Lance  NYSERNet

    • Jen Leasure  The Quilt

    • Rick McMullen  Internet2

    • Greg Monaco   GPN/Kansas State University

    • Henry Neeman  XSEDE Campus Champions/University of   Oklahoma

    • Paul Schopis  OARnet

    • David Swanson  OSG/University of Nebraska, Lincoln

    • John Towns  XSEDE

    • Taieb Znati  University of Pittsburgh

    Posted at Aug 07, 2015 by Greg Monaco 0 Comments
      2015/08/03
    2nd Call- 3rd Workshop on Sustainable Software for Science Practice and Experiences (WSSSPE3)
    Last Changed by Kate Adams, Aug 03, 2015 09:50

    Second Call for Participation:3rd Workshop on Sustainable Software for Science Practice and Experiences (WSSSPE3)

    September 28-29, 2015, Boulder, CO
    http://wssspe.researchcomputing.org.uk/wssspe3/

    Progress in scientific research is dependent on the quality and accessibility of software at all levels and it is now critical to address many new challenges related to the development, deployment, and maintenance of reusable software. In addition, it is essential that scientists, researchers, and students are able to learn and adopt a new set of software-related skills and methodologies. Established researchers are already acquiring some of these skills, and in particular a specialized class of software developers is emerging in academic environments who are an integral and embedded part of successful research teams. WSSSPE provides a forum for discussing these challenges, including presenting both positions and experiences, as well as a forum for the community to assemble and act.

    The WSSSPE1 workshop (http://wssspe.researchcomputing.org.uk/wssspe1) engaged the broad scientific community to identify challenges and best practices in areas relevant to sustainable scientific software.  WSSSPE2  (http://wssspe.researchcomputing.org.uk/wssspe2) invited the community to propose and discuss specific mechanisms to move towards an imagined future practice of software development and usage in science and engineering.

    WSSSPE3 will organize self-directed teams that will collaborate prior to and during the workshop to create vision documents, proposals, papers, and action plans that will help the scientific software community produce software that is more sustainable, including developing sustainable career paths for community members. These teams are intended to lead into working groups that will be active after the workshop, if appropriate, working collaboratively to achieve their goals, and seeking funding to do so if needed.

    Potential WSSSPE3 team activities, based on the breakout groups in WSSSPE2 and additional community suggestions, are:

    • Development and Community** Writing a white paper/review paper about best practices in developing sustainable software** Documenting successful models for funding specialist expertise in software collaborations
      • Creating and curating catalogs for software tools that aid sustainability (perhaps categorized by domain, programming languages, architectures, and/or functions, e.g., for code testing, documentation)
      • Documenting case studies for academia/industry interaction
      • Determining effective strategies for refactoring/improving legacy scientific software
      • Determining principles for engineering design for sustainable software
      • Create a set of guidance giving examples of specific metrics for the success of scientific software in use, why they were chosen, what they are useful to measure, and any challenges/pitfalls; then publish this as a white paper
    • Training** Writing a white paper on training for developing sustainable software, and coordinating multiple ongoing training-oriented projects** Developing curriculum for software sustainability, and ideas about where such curriculum would be presented, such as a summer training institute
    • Credit** Hacking the credit and citation ecosystem (making it work, or work better, for software)** Developing a taxonomy of contributorship/guidelines for including software contributions in tenure review
      • Documenting case studies of receiving credit for software contributions
      • Developing a system of awards and recognitions to encourage sustainable software
    • Publishing** Developing a categorization of journals that publish software papers (building on existing work), and case studies of alternative publishing mechanisms that have been shown to improve software discoverability/reuse e.g., popular blogs/websites** Determining what journals that publish software paper should provide to their reviewers (e.g., guidelines, mechanisms, metadata standards, etc.)
    • Reproducibility and testing** Building a toolkit that could allow conference organizers to easily add a reproducibility track** Documenting best practices for code testing and code review
    • Documentation** Develop landing pages on the WSSSPE website (or elsewhere) that enable the community to easily find up-to-date information on a WSSSPE topic (e.g., software credit, scientific software metrics, testing scientific software)

    Workshop Format: 

    • Opening keynote TBA
    • Lightning talks -- submissions welcome (via EasyChair, see below)
    • Team sessions – list of possible sessions above
    • Team progress report-back to plenary group
    • At the end of the workshop, teams will “pitch” their ideas to the audience, possibly including some funders (who would not committed to funding anything, just providing feedback), including e.g., Moore, Sloan, Digital Science, NSF, NIH.

    Call for Participation / Actions:

    1. Save the dates for WSSSPE3: 28-29 September, 2015, Boulder, CO
    2. Submit lightning talks – submit a 1-page PDF containing the talk title, author names, affiliations, and a short abstract via Easychair, http://bit.ly/wsssep3-submit, by 7 August, 2015
    3. Get started on discussing and planning for team sessions by commenting on them at https://github.com/danielskatz/WSSSPE/issues (note: they are listed as GitHub issues, so you will need to signup for a GitHub account if you don’t have one)
    4. Join the WSSSPE mailing list to be sure to get further information on WSSSPE3 – via http://bit.ly/wssspe-list

    Travel Support:

    Some limited travel support is likely to be available; please check the workshop web page.

    Important Dates:

    • Lightning talk submissions: 7 August 2015 (any time of day, no further extensions)
    • Workshop: 28-29 September 2015
    • Post-workshop report writing (participation is open to all): 30 September 2015

    Organizers:

    Posted at Aug 03, 2015 by Kate Adams 0 Comments
      2015/07/22
    Bioinformatics Workshop at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater campus
    Last Changed by Kate Adams, Jul 22, 2015 14:32

    SUMMARY:

    Bioinformatics workshop
    Mon Aug 3 - Fri Aug 7 2015
    Oklahoma State University, Stillwater campus
    $125 registration (includes lunches)
    Contact: bioinformatics@okstate.edu

    Register at:
    https://secure.touchnet.com/C20271_ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=80

    DETAILS:
    Seats still available at the bioinformatics workshop at Oklahoma State, Stillwater

    There are still seats available for the August 3 through August 7 bioinformatics workshop on the OSU-Stillwater campus.

    The cost for entire week (8:30AM to 5PM) is only $125 and includes lunches.

    Please join us with guest trainers Haibao Tang (University of Arizona - iPlant), and Vivek Krishnakumar (J. Craig Venter Institute), as we provide hands-on training in genome assembly methods and comparisons, annotation, metagenomics, comparative genomics, genetic variant mapping.

    Along with the iPlant infrastructure we will use the OSU supercomputer Cowboy providing both GUI and command-line training for researchers interested in these techniques.

    To reserve your spot, payment can be made by credit card at:
    https://secure.touchnet.com/C20271_ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=80

    Due to increased student enrollment, there are no on-campus housing options available this year, but hotels in the area are reasonably priced (because it is not football season yet).

    For more information on hotels please check out the Stillwater Visitors Bureau website:
    http://www.visitstillwater.org/visitors/lodging/

    For questions, please contact Dr. Peter Hoyt directly at [(405) 744-6206] or email bioinformatics@okstate.edu

    Posted at Jul 22, 2015 by Kate Adams 0 Comments
      2015/07/14
    2015 OU Supercomputing Symposium Registration Now Open
    Last Changed by Kate Adams, Jul 14, 2015 10:38

    FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE

    REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

    OKLAHOMA SUPERCOMPUTING SYMPOSIUM 2015
    Wed Sep 23 2015 8:00am-5:00pm (registration and breakfast 7:30am)
    FREE Reception/poster session Tue Sep 22 2015 5:30-7:00pm
    University of Oklahoma Norman campus

    KEYNOTE:
    Jim Kurose
    Assistant Director 
    Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE)
    National Science Foundation

    (NOTE: For those who may not be familiar, CISE leads supercomputing/cyberinfrastructure for the NSF.)

    Are you interested in the FREE Oklahoma Supercomputing Symposium 2015 on Wed Sep 23 on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus?

    Over the past 13 Symposia, we've had over 3000 attendees from 112 academic institutions from 27 US states and territories, 143 private companies, 37 government agencies (federal, state, municipal, foreign) and 20 non-governmental organizations.

    The 2014 Symposium had 271 attendees, from 28 academic institutions in 8 states, 29 private companies, 9 government agencies and 4 non-governmental organizations.

    Posted at Jul 14, 2015 by Kate Adams 0 Comments
      2015/07/02
    Merit Offering FREE Online Security Webinars
    Last Changed by Kate Adams, Jul 02, 2015 11:10

    Lost and Found: The New Landscape of Data Breaches. (July 14, 2-3 PM Central)

    Speaker: Jefferson Dance, Seccuris

    Does your organization have an effective cybersecurity program in place? One of the key factors in protecting yourself from data breaches is to first understand what they are. As the level of potential cyber attacks and the number of data breaches suffered by organizations around the world increase almost daily, it’s imperative that your organization have an effective cybersecurity program in place. One of the key factors in protecting yourself from data breaches is understanding what they are. 

    Identify Security Weaknesses Before They Become a Threat.  (September 14, 2-3 PM Central)

    Speaker: Ivo Wiens, Seccuris

    Hackers and criminals breach organizations by taking advantage of vulnerabilities within their networks. Reevaluate your network security posture and learn best practices. A key factor of an effective cybersecurity program is knowing your vulnerabilities before attackers do. Hackers breach organizations by taking advantage of vulnerabilities within networks. Attackers pour over every inch of your enterprise network until they find a leak. And that’s where they break in, causing irreparable damage to your bottom line and reputation. 

    Posted at Jul 02, 2015 by Kate Adams 0 Comments
      2015/06/19
    FREE NVIDIA GPU Programming at OU Jul 15-16
    Last Changed by Kate Adams, Jun 19, 2015 10:27

    NVIDIA GPU Programming Workshop
    Wed July 15 - Thu July 16 2015 9:00am-4:30pm
    University of Oklahoma, Norman OK

    Contacts:
    Bob Crovella (rcrovella@nvidia.com)
    Henry Neeman (hneeman@ou.edu)

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ounvidia-gpu-programming-workshop-tickets-17445141889

    DETAILS:

    LOCATION: "The Core" Active Learning Classroom (room 1030)
    Stephenson Research & Technology Center
    101 David L. Boren Blvd., Norman OK 73019

    Organized by: NVIDIA and the University of Oklahoma

    The University of Oklahoma's OU Supercomputing Center for Education and Research (OSCER) and NVIDIA are pleased to offer a two-day
    GPU programming workshop.

    A simple lunch will be provided each day.

    There is no charge for this workshop.

    During the 2 days, attendees will be exposed to 3 major approaches to adding GPU acceleration to their applications, along with hands-on programming examples, and basic optimization techniques.

    AGENDA

    Wed July 15 2015

    1. Intro to GPU computing
    2. Intro to CUDA C/C++
    3. CUDA basic optimizations
    4. Working with GPU Libraries (CUBLAS, CUSPARSE)
    5. Brief intro to CUDA Fortran

    Thu July 16 2015

    1. Intro to OpenACC
    2. OpenACC basic optimizations
    3. Demo of GPU Graphical tools: Profiler, Nsight EE, debugging
    4. Analysis-driven optimization

    Attendees who wish to participate in the CUDA programming exercises are expected to bring their own laptop with Wifi connectivity, and should have a suitable SSH client installed, such as PuTTY for Windows users.

    Familiarity with basic Linux command line operations and usage of a basic text editor such as vi will be beneficial.

    Exercises are conducted primarily using the C and C++ programming languages.

    At the start of the workshop, attendees will receive instructions on setting up a temporary account on an OU GPU computing resources that will be used to conduct the workshop hands-on exercises.

    Seating is limited.

    Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and a ticket is required to attend the event.

    Posted at Jun 19, 2015 by Kate Adams 0 Comments
      2015/06/10
    Position for Bioinformatics Analyst & Programmer for Alfalfa Breeder's Toolbox
    Last Changed by Kate Adams, Jun 10, 2015 11:32

    POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT from the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Inc. in Ardmore, OK

    Position: Bioinformatics Analyst & Programmer for Alfalfa Breeder's Toolbox

    Position ID: AD-591

    The Administrative Division of the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Inc. is seeking applicants for the position of Bioinformatics Analyst & Programmer for the Alfalfa Breeder's Toolbox.

    The successful applicant will be responsible for implementing the database framework and user interface needed to develop a comprehensive alfalfa breeder's toolbox that integrates genome sequences with molecular markers, linkage maps, gene expression and phenotypic data for target traits.

    This position will collaborate with researchers, breeders and other computer scientists to ensure the developed system supports the goals of the project.

    This Bioinformatics Analyst & Programmer for the Alfalfa Breeder's Toolbox position is funded through an internal granting program.

    The Noble Foundation's Forage365 research initiative aims to provide a sustainable, year-round grazing system.

    Funding is available as of January 2015 and anticipated to be renewed annually based upon performance and funding availability and is scheduled to end on or before December 31, 2017.

    However, there may be a possibility for future funding past this date if the project produces positive outcomes and with approval of additional funds.

    Qualifications:

    Master of computer science, computer engineering, bioinformatics or a closely related area, or a bachelor's degree with comparable experience required.

    2 years full-time experience in scientific software and large scale database system design and implementation, or 4 years full-time experience with a bachelor's degree required.

    Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:

    * Broad knowledge of industry software development standards and practices

    * Experience with development in a Linux environment

    * Ability to solve problems independently yet function well as part of a multi-disciplinary team

    * Experience with relational databases, preferably MySQL

    * Excellent communication and organizational skills

    Preferred knowledge, skills, and abilities:

    * Experience with developing scientific systems in a web environment

    * Experience with at least one of the following programming languages: Java, Perl, PHP or Python

    * Basic knowledge of molecular biology, genomics, genetics and transcriptomics concepts and techniques is a plus.

    Application Instructions:

    To apply for the Bioinformatics Analyst & Programmer for the Alfalfa Breeder's Toolbox, applicants are requested to apply online by completing the application and submitting a resume, copy(s) of college transcripts, contact information for 3 references (non-relatives), and a cover letter explaining interest in the position and career goals.

    If applicant does not have the ability to upload the additional documents they can be faxed to [(580) 224-6240] (please include
    position number), but the application should be completed and submitted online.

    Applications will be accepted until a candidate is hired.

    Interested applicants should apply immediately.

    The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Inc.
    Human Resources Department
    Position Number: AD-591
    2510 Sam Noble Parkway
    Ardmore, OK 73401
    E-mail: NFHR@noble.org
    Website: www.noble.org/

    Posted at Jun 10, 2015 by Kate Adams 0 Comments
      2015/06/05
    Notes from the Annual Meeting about DDoS
    Last Changed by Kate Adams, Jun 05, 2015 10:32

    From Brad Fleming, KanREN:

    Someone in the crowd during yesterday’s presentation on DDoS asked whether anyone tracked what networks allow spoofing. I knew I’d seen something but couldn’t recall fast enough on the stage. I looked round a bit this afternoon and found this: http://www.senki.org/everyone-should-be-deploying-bcp-38-wait-they-are/

    The question was based more around “name and shame” so operators could potentially bock the traffic. After thinking that approach through it wouldn’t work unfortunately. Even if the ASes or net blocks were listed they wouldn’t be of much help. The problem is those networks can claim to be anybody. So if they claim to be (say) Facebook you can’t just block Facebook’s IPs. And unless you’re peering directly with the AS spewing the junk traffic you will never know the REAL source AS.

    Posted at Jun 05, 2015 by Kate Adams 0 Comments
      2015/06/04
    U of MN Supercomputing Institute Hiring Three Positions
    Last Changed by Kate Adams, Jun 04, 2015 14:47

    The University of Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI) has three openings that we are seeking to fill as soon as possible.

    1. Data Intensive Development Lead
    ==================================
    This position will be responsible for: supervising a group of developers; independently assessing needs and creating effective software solutions; identifying, troubleshooting, and resolving day-­to-­day application problems; accurately communicating with associated teams and users; and maintaining strong relationships with the systems staff to implement system enhancements. Salary Range 85K-115K DOQ.

    To Apply:  https://www.myu.umn.edu/psp/psprd/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP_SCHJOB.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST&Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=1&JobOpeningId=301158&PostingSeq=1

    2. Systems Software Developer
    =============================
    This position will be responsible for: independently and routinely assessing automation needs and implementing effective solutions; providing formal or informal training in assigned areas; readily identifying, troubleshooting, and resolving systems program problems; and maintaining strong relationships with the systems staff to review their needs and plan for system enhancements and modifications. Salary Range 65K-85K DOQ.

    To Apply: https://www.myu.umn.edu/psp/psprd/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP_SCHJOB.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST&Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=1&JobOpeningId=301373&PostingSeq=1

    3. System Administrator
    =======================
    The successful candidate for this position will join a dynamic and advanced infrastructure operations team which leverages the latest technologies in the field of high performance computing.  Salary Range 55K-85K DOQ

    To Apply: https://www.myu.umn.edu/psp/psprd/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP_SCHJOB.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST&Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=1&JobOpeningId=301166&PostingSeq=1

    Posted at Jun 04, 2015 by Kate Adams 0 Comments
    Northwest Missouri State University Seeks Computer Science Professor
    Last Changed by Kate Adams, Jun 04, 2015 14:43

    Northwest Missouri State University is in Maryville, MO.

    POSITION: Tenure-track Assistant Professor or Term Lecturer of Computer Science
    DEPARTMENT: Mathematics, Computer Science, & Information Systems 
    REPORTS TO: Chair of Mathematics, Computer Science & Information Systems 
    CONTRACT TERMS: Nine-month position with optional summer teaching
    PRIMARY DUTY:   A tenure-track assistant professor or term lecturer position in Computer Science within the Mathematics, Computer Science, and Information Systems Department with the option to teach summer courses when courses are available.

    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
    1. Have a broad background in Computer Science with the ability to teach most undergraduate courses in computer science and related areas. Preferred specializations for graduate level courses and for research activities include, big data, mobile computing, computer networks, cyber security, database systems, human computer interaction, project management and object-oriented programming
    2. Advise students in these areas
    3. Participate in department activities including curriculum development and service activities
    4. Conduct applied research in these areas, 
    5. Perform other duties as assigned

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: 
    Education:  Doctoral degree in Computer Science or related area 
    Skills: Ability to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in computer science
    PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: 
    Education: Doctoral degree in Computer Science 
    Experience: Teaching experience in computer science 
    WORKING CONDITIONS: Typical classroom and office conditions with student focused office hours required  
    SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: 
    EQUIPMENT/MATERIALS USED:  Faculty are issued a personal laptop.  All classrooms, including computer labs, are technology-enhanced (document stations, video equipment, wireless Internet access). 
    TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  Ability to complete classroom functions and lift up to 20 pounds 

    COMMUNITY: Northwest Missouri State University is located in Maryville, Missouri, a community of 12,000 with a diverse economy, and a strong industrial base. Maryville is located 45 miles north of St. Joseph, Missouri and 90 miles north of Kansas City, Missouri. For more information see: 
    [www.maryville.org].

    UNIVERSITY: Northwest Missouri State University is a traditional resident-based campus with total enrollment over 7,000 students. Northwest, a four-time winner of the Missouri Quality Award, is a teaching-focused institution requiring a twelve-hour teaching load per trimester. For more information see: [www.nwmissouri.edu].
    COLLEGE: The College of Arts and Sciences is one of three academic colleges at Northwest. Comprised of five departments and 16 academic areas, the College offers 104 different major and minor programs. The College is the home of Northwest's General Education program and serves all students across campus, regardless of their major. For more information visit our website at http://www.nwmissouri.edu/academics/arts/index.htm.
    DEPARTMENT: The Mathematics, Computer Science, and Information Systems department houses the Computer Science discipline and has approximately 100 undergraduate majors, 450 graduate students, and 18 full-time faculty members with several undergraduate programs, including computer science, interactive digital media, management information systems, business education, business technology, and master’s programs in applied computer science and instructional technology. Courses taught in sophisticated electronic classrooms using an active learning instructional paradigm. More details are available on the department website at http://www.nwmissouri.edu/mathcsis/index.htm
    SALARY: Competitive, market-based
    APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of credentials starts June 19, 2015 and continues until the position is 
    filled.  
    DATE AVAILABLE: August 17, 2015
    TO APPLY: Please fill out a Northwest application online by clicking http://agency.governmentjobs.com/nwmissouri/default.cfm to reach our employment opportunities listing. You will also need to submit the application materials listed below in order for them to be complete. Please contact the Office of Human Resources at 660-562-1127 or email mdrake@nwmissouri.edu for more information.
    APPLICATION MATERIALS: Letter of application describing your teaching experience and your suitability for this computer science position, current resume, copies of teaching evaluation reports, copies of transcripts, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three current references

    INQUIRIES FOR THE POSITION CAN BE MADE TO: 
    Search Committee 
    Northwest Missouri State University 
    Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, & Information Systems 
    800 University Drive 
    Maryville, MO  64468 
    Phone: 660-562-1807 
    Email: cbenson@nwmissouri.edu

    Posted at Jun 04, 2015 by Kate Adams 0 Comments
      2015/05/01
    Keynote Announced for OU Supercomputing Symposium 2015
    Last Changed by Kate Adams, May 01, 2015 10:25

    OKLAHOMA SUPERCOMPUTING SYMPOSIUM 2015
    Wed Sep 23 2015 8:00am-5:00pm (registration and breakfast 7:30am)
    FREE Reception/poster session Tue Sep 22 2015 5:30-7:00pm
    University of Oklahoma Norman campus

    KEYNOTE
    Jim Kurose
    Assistant Director [head of directorate]
    Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE)
    National Science Foundation

    (NOTE: For those who may not be familiar, CISE leads supercomputing/cyberinfrastructure for the NSF.)

    Are you interested in the FREE Oklahoma Supercomputing Symposium 2015 on Wed Sep 23 on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus?

    Over the past 13 Symposia, we've had over 3000 attendees from 112 academic institutions from 27 US states and territories, 143 private companies, 37 government agencies (federal, state, municipal, foreign) and 20 non-governmental organizations.

    The 2014 Symposium had 271 attendees, from 28 academic institutions in 8 states, 29 private companies, 9 government agencies and 4 non-governmental organizations.

    Please feel free to forward this to anyone who might be interested -- undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff, professionals, colleagues etc. Many thanks.

    If you've received this note in error, please ignore it.

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    SUMMARY:

    SAVE THE DATE!

    FREE Oklahoma Supercomputing Symposium 2015 Wed Sep 23 @ University of Oklahoma, Norman campus, 8:00am-5:00pm

    FREE reception/poster session Tue Sep 22 5:30-7:00pm

    DETAILS:

    The Oklahoma Supercomputing Symposium 2015 will be held Wed Sep 23 all day on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus, with a reception/poster session Tuesday evening (Sep 22), 5:30-7:00pm.

    We'd be delighted to have you participate. It's a great way to learn what's happening on the advanced computing side of your research and teaching areas.

    The Symposium is FREE and comes with meals and snacks, including the FREE reception and poster session the evening of Tue Sep 22.

    And, if you know of students -- graduate, undergraduate, community college, career tech, high school -- who are interested in these areas, this is a great opportunity to introduce them to conferences, especially because it's FREE.

    Also, if you know of colleagues and/or students who might be interested, please feel free to forward this note to them.

    We'll also have a vendor exposition, where you'll have an opportunity to learn about existing and emerging supercomputing technologies.

    If you've received this note in error, please ignore it.

    Posted at May 01, 2015 by Kate Adams 0 Comments
      2015/04/30
    U of OK Seeks Assoc Director Research Computing
    Last Changed by Kate Adams, May 01, 2015 10:22
    POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT University of Oklahoma

    Administrator II
    Site Specific Job Description:
    Associate Director, Research Computing

    Classification: Monthly Staff (Exempt)

    Salary Grade/Level/Family/Range:
    Pay Band II-- 01 Administrative Family
    Salary is negotiable based on experience.

    Reports to: Managing Director, Research Services

    Date: March, 2015

    JOB DESCRIPTION

    Job Function

    The individual in this role will provide operational management and leadership for OU IT's Research Computing Team, specifically the OU Supercomputing Center for Education & Research (OSCER).

    He or she will provide oversight, direction, mentoring, coaching, and professional development to a team of research computing systems professionals, and will assist with systems administration tasks as necessary and appropriate.

    This individual will assist the Assistant Vice-President for Research Strategy with establishing the future strategic direction for Research Computing and will work with the Managing Director of Research Services to define and deliver business services relevant to the needs of the OU research community.

    As an IT Leader, he or she must embody the mission and vision of OU IT and the University; be a catalyst for change, modeling the way for others to follow.

    As a liaison between team members, executive leadership, and other work groups, must communicate a shared vision and inspire team members to reach organizational, team, and individual goals.

    Essential Job Duties

    The essential job duties of this position are as follows:

    Strategic Planning, Assessment and Leadership – (20%)

    * Work with Executive Leadership to help identify business strategy, requirements, trends, and desired business outcomes for Research Computing.

    * Stay abreast of trends and new advances in the high performance computing industry by reading, researching, and participating in forums or communities of HPC professionals.

    Relationship Management and Communication (50%)

    * Work with supercomputer users to develop their own research computing software or help them deploy and use third party software (commercial and/or open source).

    * Teach research computing topics to individuals, small and/or large groups.

    * Develop and/or collaborate on research projects and/or grant proposals related to OSCER's role.

    * Establish, maintain, and/or participate in research computing consortia locally, regionally, and nationally.

    * Represent OSCER at conferences, workshops and meetings locally, regionally, and nationally.

    * Coordinate conferences, meetings and workshops, both at OU and in the local, regional, and national community.

    * Disseminate results of OSCER endeavors to the local, regional, national and worldwide research computing community, including outreach to the full spectrum of institution types.

    * Publish conference papers, journal articles, white papers and/or other scholarly publications for dissemination to the research computing community.

    * Help communicate the organizational and team vision to team members and help them achieve goals that support that vision. Conversely, provide regular team updates to leadership on team projects and performance.

    * Cultivate strong relationships across the University by developing mutual trust and respect with colleagues and customers.

    * Help foster a collaborative, creative and innovative work environment where team members are encouraged to grow and are recognized for results.

    * Facilitate or lead meetings of cross-functional teams internally or externally.

    * Make formal presentations to team members, OU IT Leadership, faculty members, university executives, and/or national forums.

    Administration and Management - (30%)

    * Provide leadership, management, direction, and feedback to team members on a daily basis.

    * Responsible for workload management of the Research Computing team.

    * Work with the Managing Director of Research Services as well as the AVP of Research Strategy to set priorities on projects and tasks.

    * Work with the Managing Director of Research Services as well as the Talent & Organizational Programs Team to develop a workforce plan for team members that includes an assessment of immediate and future workforce needs and a succession plan for key individuals.

    * Assist with recruiting, interviewing, hiring, and evaluating employee performance.

    * Make budget recommendations for personnel, materials and equipment for the Research Computing Team.

    * Help develop, implement and maintain policies and procedures as needed for Research Computing.

    * Work with the Managing Director of Research Services to define metrics and reporting strategies that effectively communicate the successes and progress of research computing projects.

    Required Education and Experience

    Bachelor's degree in any STEM discipline, including but not limited to physical sciences, biosciences, geosciences, mathematics, computer science, engineering and/or social sciences AND 24-36 months or more of work experience in system administration as well as in a leadership role

    OR equivalent combination of education and experience.

    Competencies

    * Communication; Highly developed written, oral, listening and presentation skills.

    * Leadership and Management skills.

    * Change Management; Ability to embrace and lead change.

    * Creative and Innovative thinking.

    * Relationship Management.

    * Business Acumen; Understanding of Higher Education and Research.

    Required Skills and Proficiencies

    * Demonstrated ability to effectively lead, manage and develop high performing teams.

    * Excellent customer service skills as demonstrated by the ability to work directly with constituents and vendors to understand and resolve function and/or technical issues to deliver an exceptional customer experience.

    * Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively with a wide range of individuals, including faculty, students, senior technical and non-technical staff.

    * The ability to plan for and execute decisions to ensure the unit is fully staffed with personnel that have the skills necessary to respond with solutions that support the University and IT goals.

    * A commitment to staff development and the skills necessary to provide mentoring, coaching, and support for continuous career development.

    * Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with non-technical and technical audiences.

    * Strong analytical and problem solving skills.

    * Good organizational skills with the ability to exercise discretion and ingenuity to determine the proper course of action while following established standards.

    * Demonstrated excellent analytical and logic skills including decision-making abilities.

    * Ability to think creatively and innovatively.

    * Must be able to lead complex discussions by seeking input, identifying obstacles, being transparent, and driving to results.

    * Must be flexible to adapt easily to changing environments, requirements and deadlines.

    * Must be highly reliable, trustworthy, honest, and commitment oriented.

    Required Certifications, Registrations, or Licenses:
    None

    Departmental Preferences

    * Advanced Degree or PHD

    * Previous experience working in Higher Education

    * Previous experience writing or collaborating on grant proposals

    * Previous teaching experience in a University environment.

    Supervisory Responsibility

    Spends the majority of time performing supervisory functions including planning, solving problems, directing subordinates, making decisions and interpreting policy.

    Responsibilities include hiring, firing, training, and evaluating employees.

    Work Environment

    This job operates in a standard, professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

    Physical Demands

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Must be able to push, reach, stand, pull, engage in repetitive motions, grasp, walk, feel, touch, speak, hear and see.

    Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
    This is a full-time position. Regular days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. but flexibility can be requested. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand.

    Travel

    Travel is primarily local during the business day. 

    May need to attend meetings in Oklahoma City or Tulsa.

    Overnight travel may be expected for training and/ or conferences.

    Work Authorization/Security Clearance (if applicable)

    Must be authorized to work in the United States without the need for employer sponsorship.

    Posted at Apr 30, 2015 by Kate Adams 0 Comments
      2015/04/21
    Open Science Grid User School at U of WI Madison
    Last Changed by Kate Adams, Apr 21, 2015 15:02

    Open Science Grid User School 2015
    Mon July 27 - Fri July 31 2015
    University of Wisconsin Madison
    APPLICATIONS DUE FRIDAY MAY 1 2015
    Contact: user-school@opensciencegrid.org
    http://www.opensciencegrid.org/UserSchool

    DETAILS:

    ANNOUNCING THE OPEN SCIENCE GRID USER SCHOOL 2015!

    If you could access thousands, maybe millions of hours of computing, how would it transform your research? What discoveries might you make?

    We are looking for students to apply for and attend the Open Science Grid (OSG) User School 2015, where they will learn to use high throughput computing (HTC) to harness vast amounts of computing power for research.

    The School takes place 27-31 July at the beautiful University of Wisconsin in Madison.

    Using lectures, discussions, roleplays, and lots of hands-on work with OSG experts in HTC, students will learn how HTC systems work, how to run and manage many jobs and huge datasets to implement a full scientific computing workflow, and where to turn for help and more info.

    Worried about costs?

    Successful applicants will get financial support to attend the OSG School, covering all basic travel, hotel, and food costs. This is a great deal!

    Ideal candidates are science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) graduate students whose research demands large-scale computing.

    Also, we will consider applications from post-doctoral students, faculty, staff, and advanced undergraduates, so make a good case for yourself!

    IMPORTANT DATES

    Application Period - OPEN NOW: 1 April - 1 May 2015
    OSG User School: 27-31 July 2015

    MORE INFORMATION AND APPLICATIONS

    Web:

    http://www.opensciencegrid.org/UserSchool

    Email: user-school@opensciencegrid.org

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OSGUserSchool

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/OSGUserSchool

    Event Flyer:

    https://twiki.opensciencegrid.org/twiki/pub/Education/OSGUserSchool2015/osg-user-school-2015-flyer.pdf

    Posted at Apr 21, 2015 by Kate Adams 0 Comments
    Linux Cluster Institute Workshop at OU Deadline
    Last Changed by Kate Adams, Apr 21, 2015 15:03

    *** EARLY BIRD RATE -- SAVE $105 THRU FRI APR 24! ***
    *** DEADLINE THIS COMING FRIDAY (APR 24)! ***

    Linux Cluster Institute (LCI) Workshop
    Mon May 18 - Fri May 22, 2015
    University of Oklahoma, CCE Forum, Norman OK
    Contact: lci@ncsa.illinois.edu
    http://www.linuxclustersinstitute.org/workshops/

    REGISTRATION:

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

    DETAILS:

    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/

    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: Lecture: 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 Apr 21, 2015 by Kate Adams 0 Comments
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