GPN is hosting a series of webinairs on using network technology to help scientists and those who need to move large amounts of data. This is part of our ENCITE (Enhancing Cyberinfrastructure by Training and Engagement) grant. These webinairs will explain:
- Why you need to know about the network even if you're not a researcher
- How network engineers and those who use the network can communicate effectively
- Build a Science DMZ, even on a budget
- How to tune your network for transferring large amounts of data
- An introduction to Software Defined Networking (SDN)
- perfSonar and network monitoring
These start January 16, 2015. Registration coming soon! Registration is limited to 100 during the live presentation, but the sessions will be recorded and available afterwards.
January 16, 2015: Science Engagement: Bridging the Technical Divide by Jason Zurawski of ESnet
Science Engagement, a process of bridging the gap between the scientists who use the network and the engineers who maintain that network, is necessary as science advances. This talk will focus on how scientists and network engineers can communicate effectively and highlight success from the U.S. Department of Energy and affiliated campus researchers.
Jason Zurawski is a Science Engagement Engineer at the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) in the Scientific Networking Division of the Computing Sciences Directorate of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He is a founding member of several open source R&E software developments, including perfSONAR, OWAMP, BWCTL, NDT, and OSCARS.
ENCITE grant information: National Science Foundation Award #1440774 to Kansas State University.
One of the suggestions from GPN’s recent strategic planning meeting was to produce a booklet of the great things that are happening around the region. For this, we need your help! We’re looking for interesting things your campus is doing! This is a great way to highlight your school's research and accomplishments. These booklets will be handed out at national meetings that Kate, Greg, and Bill attend and a pdf version will be online. If you have an idea, let Kate or Greg know. Kate and Greg can write up ideas then send them to you for approval.
These stories can be research using the network, new tools or software developed, or something similar that highlights your school.
In the Fall of this year (2014), GPN began gathering input for strategic planning for the next 3 to 5 years. In early November, GPN representatives, Executive Council members and other interested parties gathered near the Kansas City airport to discuss the future of GPN. It was an exciting meeting and there was a great deal of interesting discussion about the accomplishments of and the future role for our organization.
We are now entering the next phase of planning--to review the input gathered this Fall and be sure we heard you correctly. For that reason, we are scheduling a series of phone calls during the week of January 5, 2015. Some of those calls will be for those who attended the Kansas City meeting. Other calls will be for those who were not able to make it to that meeting. During these calls we will review the discussion thus far and ask for your input to help us refine the strategic plan.
If you attended the meeting at the Kansas City Airport Embassy Suites in November, we invite you to attend one of the following conference calls:
- Monday Jan 5 - 10AM
- Tuesday Jan 6 - 2PM
- Thursday Jan 8 - 2PM
If you were not able to attend the Kansas City meeting, we invite you to attend one the following calls:
- Monday Jan 5 - 2PM
- Wednesday Jan 7 - 2PM
- Thursday Jan 8 - 10AM
Please mark your calendar to attend.
The DataQ project is a collaborative effort among the University of Colorado, GWLA and GPN, and it is described in more detail, here. - Greg
The University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance, and the Great Plains Network are excited to announce that we have received funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to develop an online resource called DataQ, which will function as a collaborative knowledge-base of research data questions and answers curated for and by the library community. Library staff from any institution may submit questions on research data topics to the DataQ website, where questions will then be both crowd-sourced and reviewed by an Editorial Team of experts. Answers to these questions, from both the community and the Editorial Team, will be posted to the DataQ website and will include links to resources and tools, best practices, and practical approaches to working with researchers to address specific research data issues.
We are currently seeking applications for our Editorial Team. If you are interested in becoming a DataQ Editor, please fill out the application form here by January 30, 2015: http://bit.ly/DataQApp.
DataQ Editors will be responsible for helping to identify initial content, providing expert feedback on questions from DataQ users, and developing policies and procedures for answering questions. The Editorial Team will participate in regular virtual meetings and attend one in-person meeting in Kansas City, MO in late May. Each Editor will receive a $1000 stipend to help cover travel costs and time contributed to the project.
The initial term for each Editor will last until October 31, 2015 when the grant period ends, but there may be opportunities to continue serving beyond the life of the grant based on the outcome of the project.
Additional opportunities to contribute to DataQ will be announced soon. For all of the latest information about DataQ, please follow @ResearchDataQ on Twitter. Please send any questions about DataQ to the project Co-PIs Andrew Johnson at email@example.com and Megan Bresnahan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Research Coordination Networks (RCN) NSF 15-527
This grant advances a field or creates new (not existing) directions in research or education by supporting groups of investigators across disciplinary, organizational, and geographic boundaries. RCN provides opportunities to foster new collaborations and address interdisciplinary topics. Innovative ideas for implementing novel networking strategies, collaborative technologies, and development of community standards for data and meta-data are especially encouraged.
Silicon Mechanics is awarding a research cluster grant for the 4th year in a row! Apply and get your own cluster. See the link below for more information. Good luck, GPN region!
CISE-MPS Interdisciplinary Faculty Program in Quantum Information Science National Science Foundation This supports collaboration between math and physics and computer science by long term site visits.
Benchmarks of Realistic Scientific Application Performance of Large-Scale Computing Systems (BRAP) Evaluate existing benchmarks and/or create your own. Host a workshop or other community engagement to discuss benchmarks.
Beginning in January, 2015, Dr. Henry Neeman, Director of the OU Supercomputing Center (OSCER) will once again be teaching Supercomputing in Plain English: A High Performance Computing Workshop Series as an online course each Tuesday from January 20 to April 28 2015. You can register to take this course for free at http://www.oscer.ou.edu/education.php.
I asked Henry for some background on this popular course. Here are the highlights of that interview:
- GM: How long have you done this? How many times has it been offered?
- HN: Teaching "Supercomputing in Plain English" (SiPE) was literally the very first thing that the OU Supercomputing Center for Education & Research (OSCER) did, on the first day we opened our doors in Fall 2001. That first time, we called it "Supercomputing and Science." Since 2002, we've been using the SiPE name. We taught it in Fall 2001, Fall 2002, Fall 2004, Fall 2007, Spring 2009, Spring 2011 and Spring 2013. We're now in the habit of teaching it every other spring.
- GM: About how many students have you reached?
- HN: Between 2001 and 2013, we reached over 1500 participants. I'd guess that about 2/3 of them have been students.
- GM: About how many universities usually take part?
- HN: The 2013 series had participants at 100 academic institutions (mostly but not entirely colleges and universities) in 37 states and 5 other countries. Over the years, the 1500+ participants have come from a total of 248 institutions and organizations, including 178 academic institutions, 26 private companies, 29 government agencies and 15 nongovernmental/nonprofit organizations. They've come from 47 US states and territories plus 10 other countries.
- GM: Are the students primarily computer science or other fields and what other fields?
- HN: While we don't generally collect that information, based on participants' e-mail signatures, it appears that only a modest fraction are computer scientists. Instead, most come from virtually every domain Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) discipline.
- GM: How would you classify this type of teaching--online? It's not exactly self-paced is it?
- HN: SiPE is informal education (not for credit), and we provide it live in person and live via videoconferencing. This coming spring, we're hoping to be able to offer streaming recordings as well, for people who've missed a session or who can't attend on our schedule.
- GM: What are the biggest drawbacks and rewards to this type of teaching?
- HN: The biggest reward is being able to reach so many people. In 2013, we had over 500. So we can make a real impact at the national scale. A key drawback is the constraints on how we interact with the remote participants: We lock the camera down, which constrains me to a pretty small "batter's box," so that I stay on camera. We also have to mute all the participants, so that we don't have to worry about echo cancellation. Because of these constraints, we can only interact with the remote participants in text, via instant messages and e-mails. This approach also requires that we have multiple team members in the background helping me. And, each person in the room either has to sign a waiver form so that we can use their image and/or voice, or they have to sit behind the camera and not talk. (That's another reason we have to mute all the remote participants – it's not practical to get them all to sign the waivers.)
This is great training, beneficial to a wide range of folks, and as Henry emphasizes, it's FREE FREE FREE.
Position Opening, University of Nebraska: System Administrator
Holland Computing Center
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
The Holland Computing Center at the University of Nebraska announces an opening for a SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR, open until filled.
The position, located at Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) at UNO, is responsible for system administration of high performance
computing resources managed by the Holland Computing Center.
- Maintain and upgrade hardware, operating systems, and related aspects (networking, storage, computing) of this system,
- perform backups,
- manage user accounts,
- install software (commercial and public domain),
- maintain system security, and
- monitor system usage.
- Evaluate, recommend and/or negotiate specific hardware purchases.
- This system will be integrated with national computational grids; installation and maintenance of grid protocol software will be required.
- Supervise, distribute and coordinate tasks for graduate and/or undergraduate students.
- Work in cooperation with other University staff and researchers associated with research computing.
- Support users, including use of and access to Holland Computing Center resources.
- Position requires frequent and effective communication of technical, operational and educational information in a variety of formats.
Periodic travel between NU campuses (UNO, UNMC, UNL) required.
Criminal background check will be conducted.
Excellent benefits including staff/dependent scholarship program.
Applicant review begins November 10.
View requisition S_140770 at https://employment.unl.edu for details and to apply.
UNL is committed to a pluralistic campus community through affirmative action, equal opportunity, work-life balance, and dual careers.
CU-Boulder, GWLA, and GPN awarded funding from IMLS to develop DataQ, a collaborative platform for sharing knowledge to support research data in libraries
From GWLA on November 1, 2014.
The University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder) Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), and the Great Plains Network (GPN) are excited to announce that we have received funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to develop an online resource called DataQ, which will function as a collaborative knowledge-base of research data questions and answers curated for and by the library community. Library staff from any institution may submit questions on research data topics, with or without answers, to the DataQ website, where questions will then be both crowd-sourced and reviewed by an editorial team of experts. Answers to these questions, from both the community and the editorial team, will be posted to the DataQ website and will include links to resources and tools, best practices, and practical approaches to working with researchers to address specific research data issues.
A number of GWLA and GPN libraries provided letters of support for the IMLS proposal, and dozens of other institutions across the country have already expressed interest in contributing to the DataQ effort. In his letter of support for the project, James F. Williams, II, Dean of the CU-Boulder Libraries noted that “with its community-driven approach to collecting and answering questions related to research data, DataQ will allow libraries to better understand faculty and student needs, share knowledge across institutions, and utilize existing staff and skills to support new areas of librarianship.”
A call for content submissions and nominations for the editorial team will be announced soon. Please send any questions about the project to Andrew Johnson (Project Director) at email@example.com, and follow @ResearchDataQ on Twitter for the latest announcements and information about DataQ.
This project was made possible in part by the IMLS Sparks! Ignition Grant for Libraries SP-02-14-0020-14. Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums are small grants that encourage libraries and museums to test and evaluate innovations in the ways they operate and the services they provide. Sparks! grantees demonstrate innovation and broad potential impact, often turning small investments of funds into nationally significant projects.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit http://www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
The following comments were submitted to the National Science Foundation on behalf of GPN and GWLA on October 31, 2014. The original request for comments may be found at: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/09/03/2014-20806/accelerating-the-big-data-innovation-ecosystem-notice-and-request-for-comment
The Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) and the Great Plains Network (GPN) began a formal collaboration in 2012 known as the Data Federation Of University Research (DataFOUR or D4), facilitated through the University of Kansas (KU) and a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), to identify collaborative approaches to the management of research data across member universities. Together, the 51 unique members of GPN and GWLA represent over $10 billion in sponsored research; 1,073,887 student FTEs; 60,593 academic faculty; and 21 High Performance Computing (HPC) centers.
DataFOUR recently conducted an extensive environmental scan to assess the current landscape of research data sharing and management. D4 also convened two Big Data Summit events in 2013 and 2014 with plans for a third event in the Spring of 2015. Additionally, DataFOUR is scheduling related training for GPN and GWLA member institutions and coordinating ongoing efforts to convene these member institutions to pilot a regional, multi-state, multi-institution data storage and sharing infrastructure.
Based on the work of this partnership, GWLA and GPN have determined that there is strong interest in a regional collaboration centered on the following goals:
Goal 1: Outreach, Education, Training. Offer a collaborative program of outreach, education, and training for member universities, addressing common institutional needs related to data management, data policy development and best practices for lifecycle data curation. Metrics for Goal #1 would include diversity of topics covered, attendance information, participant demographics (e.g., home institution, discipline) and participant evaluations.
Goal 2: Strengthen Infrastructure. Strengthen networked repository and storage infrastructure for data derived from research conducted by member institutions by improving interoperability and opportunities for collaboration based on re-use between institutions, disciplinary organizations, and other research data hosts. Foster collaborations to improve infrastructure and services for access, archiving, and long-term preservation.
The infrastructure must not be bandwidth limited, must provide long-term predictable working and archival storage and must be able to handle a variety of data formats and datasets from many different disciplines as well as be appropriate for both confidential and non-confidential research data.
Goal 3: Communication and Advocacy. Develop and execute a strategic communications plan and program of advocacy to advance member initiatives in data management and to advocate for data sharing as part of a greater ecology of scholarship.
Activities include networking with national and other regional efforts (e.g., SHARE & Hathi Trust) and promoting efforts to strengthen data management resources via DataQ. An outgrowth of the DataFOUR initiative, DataQ is funded by an IMLS Sparks! Ignition award to the University of Colorado-Boulder to develop and support a community of data management, curation and preservation experts to serve as a regional resource for all GWLA and GPN member institutions.
Goal 4: Foster and Support Interdisciplinary Discovery and Innovation. Shared access to research data leads to new models for collaboration, new ways of looking at systems and drives innovation. Widespread sharing across disciplines of data sets, analysis techniques, system models derived from and supported by data sets and research results will be a critical success factor for discovery and innovation in the spaces between disciplinary boundaries.
Great Plains Network (GPN). The GPN consortium in the Great Plains Region supports the research and education missions of 23 member institutions through the use of advanced cyberinfrastructure. GPN provides access to national cyberinfrastructure like Internet2 and ESnet and actively supports research and education initiatives among the membership that extend or utilize cyberinfrastructure in novel or unique ways. (http://www.greatplains.net) GPN’s specific responsibilities for a regional data innovation hub are in the area of utilization of advanced cyberinfrastructure and engagement of campus CIOs and HPC Center directors.
Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA). GWLA is a research library consortium in the central and western United States, with a mission to deliver cost-effective and high-quality information services and resources to its 33 member institutions. GWLA is a partner and dynamic leader in the national and international scholarly arenas of learning and research and aims to capitalize on new technologies, to forge effective and meaningful partnerships, and to promote innovation. (http://www.gwla.org) GWLA’s specific responsibilities for a regional data innovation hub are in the area of data curation as well as management and engagement of the campus library community.
Under the umbrella of the DataFOUR project, the two organizations are able to engage the CIOs, Chief Research Officer (CRO), University Librarians and High Performance Computing communities across member campuses.
GPN and GWLA bring over 30 years of combined experience in developing, managing and financing projects of this scope and nature that rely on a combination of member support (e.g., dues), in-kind contributions, grant-funded initiatives, shared infrastructure and shared resources in support of regional innovation. In addition, GWLA and GPN will contribute office space, personnel time, dedicated network connectivity, communications infrastructure, dedicated rack space as well as power and cooling to this project.
GWLA and GPN have demonstrated via the DataFOUR project that partnerships of this type are viable beyond initial seed funding. We strongly believe that a consortial model of funding can support and sustain a regional data innovation hub.
GPN: Gregory E. Monaco, Ph.D., firstname.lastname@example.org
GWLA: Joni M. Blake, Ph.D., email@example.com
From Dan Voss (dan.voss at ku dot edu), email him if you have any questions:
Registration is NOW OPEN for a FREE one-day, hands-on GPU computing workshop.
The University of Kansas and NVIDIA are hosting a GPU Computing workshop. During the workshop, participants will learn the basics of how to program GPUs for general purpose computing tasks, and will have hands-on opportunities to work with GPU programming examples.
Seats are limited, so sign up TODAY at the following link.
8:30AM - GPU Computing 101, basics of CUDA C/C++ programming
9:30AM- Hands on session 1
10:00AM - break
10:30AM - CUDA C/C++ basic optimizations
1:00PM - Hands on session 2
2:00PM - Intro to OpenACC programming
3:00PM - Hands on session 3
4:00PM - Adjourn
Participants are expected to have a basic knowledge of C/C++ programming, however no prior parallel programming or HPC experience is needed. Participants should have a laptop and an SSH client (e.g. Putty, for windows) installed on their laptop, for access to the workshop hands-on computing resources.
University of Kansas
2335 Irving Hill Road
Lawrence, KS 66045
Dear Colleague Letter: SaTC EAGERs Enabling New Collaborations, NSF Grant 15-005. This is for computer science and social science collaboration. Some examples include computer security and social engineering as a way to get around security measures.
Exploiting Parallelism and Scalability (XPS) NSF 15-511
US Ignite NSF 15-508. This grant has two tracks: the development of applications in national priority areas that explore new uses for network, and expands and enhances the ecosystems in which these applications will evolve and be evaluated.
Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) NSF 15-542
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Tulsa Research Day 2014
Fri Nov 7 2014 9:00am-4:00pm
TCC Center for Creativity, 909 S. Boston Ave, Tulsa OK
Tulsa Research Day 2014
Tulsa Research Partners Citywide Research Day
Tulsa Research Partners invites you to register, attend, and submit a contributed talk or a poster for the Second Tulsa Citywide Research Day.
Attendance is FREE.
Citywide Research Day is a free, daylong conference for Oklahoma academic researchers to share their work with others in the
This year's theme is STEMulating Connections, highlighting work in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math and tying into the recently launched Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance (TRSA).
Tulsa Research Partners is a collaboration of:
* The University of Oklahoma-Tulsa;
* The University of Tulsa;
* Tulsa Community College;
* both Tulsa Campuses of Oklahoma State University (OSU-CHS and
* the Oklahoma Innovation Institute.
DAY OF EVENT AGENDA:
8:30 – 9:00 Breakfast
9:00 – 9:15 Welcome
9:20 – 11:00 Contributed Talks – Morning session
11:10 – 12:00 Keynote Address: Dr. Vince Bertram
President and CEO, Project Lead the Way
12:00 – 1:30 Lunch and Poster Session
1:40 – 3:40 Contributed Talks – Afternoon session
3:40 Closing and adjourn
Please go here to register:
University of Oklahoma Information Technology
IT Analyst III - Advanced Cyber-Infrastructure Research & Ed Facilitator
Job Search Category: Non Student
Job Type: Full-Time
Requisition Number: 20668
IT Analyst III - Advanced Cyber-Infrastructure Research &
Job Code: 2522
Department: Information Technology (IT)
Position address: 200 Felgar Norman, OK 73019
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
M-F 8:00am-5:00pm; After hours or weekends may be required occasionally.
Hours per week: 40
Salary Range: $70,000 - $81,000
Are you a driven IT professional passionate about Higher Education and cutting edge technology research?
OU IT is looking for a Senior Network Engineer to join a research team who will provide support for the One Oklahoma Friction Free Network(OFFN).
This position will provide engineering-caliber design, operations, maintenance, and programmatic support for OFFN, a network-based research instrument that provides dedicated network capacity among various institutions.
It also provides Software Defined Networking (SDN) capabilities to a broad research community as well as providing performance monitoring and measurement for the applications that take advantage of the OFFN cyber-infrastructure.
The candidate will be expected to interact with fellow network specialists, research collaborators, institutional peers, and
industry manufacturers to collaborate on complex problems and solutions, impart knowledge regarding the OFFN capabilities,
provide and deploy solution recommendations, and implement design specifications.
The candidate's responsibilities include
- collaborative design;
- development of solutions to meet research requirements;
- deployment and configuration testing;
- timely problem troubleshooting and resolution;
- acquisition, planning and oversight of hardware installation and removal;
- routine maintenance, configuration, programming, and upgrades of approved cyber-infrastructure hardware, including routers, switches, servers, storage, and circuits;
- participate in the evaluation of new components and technologies, as well as oversee their integration into OFFN;
- documentation review and adjustment;
- assist in the cross-training of research peers and individuals;
- collaboration with university, research, and industry peers;
- assess current OFFN architectures
- recommend improvements;
- advocate for the OFFN cyber-infrastructure and its capabilities;
- exhibit pride in responsibility of the system.
Primary areas of expertise for this position include a firm understanding of network design and troubleshooting methodologies,
including Software Defined Networking (SDN) architectures. The candidate will also be required to provide cross-training to
the research community as well as promote the institutional capabilities through both written and public speaking engagements.
Additional desired skills include familiarity with programming languages and scripting tools.
- 3 years or more experience with network design and software
Special instructions to applicants
Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States without the need for employer sponsorship.
This position is contingent upon available funding.
Grant funding is currently available through September 30, 2016, at which time the department has the option to convert the position to central funding.
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:
List of References
Listing date: 09-18-2014
Must be able to engage in repetitive motions.
Required Education and Experience:
The candidate is expected to hold a Bachelor's degree OR an equivalent combination of education/job related experience.
36-48 months or greater experience in the field of programming and/or scripting languages.
Required Certifications, Registrations, or Licenses:
(These requirements may be imposed by federal, state or recognized accrediting agency as a prerequisite of employment)
- A valid drivers license is required-may need to travel off site for regular meetings and as needed.
Required Skills and Proficiencies:
Please list the skills and proficiencies needed to perform the essential duties and responsibilities
- Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to present technical content to a broad audience with varying levels of technical proficiency.
- Knowledgeable of basic networking. This includes Ethernet, TCP/UDP and IP protocols.
- Computer scripting and/or program development, maintenance, and updates.
- Ability to cross-train researchers and other ACI-REFs in relevant cyber-infrastructure research and research technologies.
- Excellent analytical skills with the ability to troubleshoot complex problems.
- Ability to think creatively to solve problems with an innovative approach. A
- Ability to work in a collaborative environment where ideas and feedback are shared openly.
Valid Driver's License Required: Yes
Special Indications: Hiring contingent upon background check