News

Latest Articles

Globus Webinar: Globus and Google Drive

September 14, 2017

Tue, October 3, 2017

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM CDT

If you use Google Drive for data storage, you won’t want to miss this live session which includes a demo, tips for getting started, and a question-and-answer session. Click here to find out more and register.

With Globus for Google Drive you can seamlessly connect Google Drive with your existing storage ecosystem — providing users with a single, intuitive interface for file transfer, sharing and publication across all their storage systems.

If your organization uses Google Drive for research data storage, you won’t want to miss this live session with the Globus for Google Drive team.

Agenda:

  • Overview: Globus for Google Drive
  • Key Use Cases
  • Live Demo
  • Getting Started
  • Live Q&A

With Globus for Google Drive you can unlock more storage for researchers via the tool they’re already familiar with. Simply log in and, from a single interface, move or share data reliably between Google Drive and any other storage location like campus clusters, XSEDE supercomputers or personal laptops — without having to manage credentials or worry about monitoring big transfers.

Join this live webinar to learn how it works and how you can get started.

Job: KC Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Seeks HPC System Administrator

September 12, 2017

The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City is accepting applications for an HPC Systems Administrator in the Center for the Advancement for Data and Research in Economics (CADRE). This job will be for the new Research Operational Environment (ROE).

To apply visit the our website here  https://www.kansascityfed.org/jobsearch  and enter 250751 for the job number.

The job posting is listed as ” HPC System Administrator-250751 “

Job Summary

The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s Center for the Advancement for Data and Research in Economics (CADRE) https://www.kansascityfed.org/research/cadre is seeking an experienced High Performance Computing (HPC) System Administrator for its Research Operational Environment (ROE).

The ROE is a Linux based HPC system paired with a Massively Parallel Processing Data Warehouse platform. The combination provides a unique environment capable of supporting advanced data analytics on extremely large and complex datasets.

The ROE is designed to be a blend of the technologies typically found in a academic research environment with operational support processes found in enterprise IT to meet higher Service Level Agreements (SLAs).

Key Activities

Installing, configuring and maintaining large computer clusters/servers and software.

  • Day-to-day operations of the systems including systems administration, monitoring and storage performance up to and including network components.
  • Management of the system’s backend network switch, parallel file system and HPC software stack and tools.
  • Configuration of the scheduling and queuing system.
  • Diagnosing and resolving system operational problems quickly and effectively.
  • Coordinating with vendors to resolve hardware and software problems.
  • Provide 3rd level support assisting users with access and other help desk ticket requests or issues.
  • Building and deploying open source and commercial software.
  • Documenting system administration procedures for routine and complex tasks.
  • Maintaining and monitoring the security of the HPC systems and servers.
  • Plans, organizes and leads office, District, or System projects, or phases of large projects.

Qualifications

  • Associate’s degree from a two-year college or technical school or equivalent combination of education and/or work related experience. Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university preferred.
  • At least three years of computer systems analysis/network administration and user support. Linux system administration in a large distributed computing environment preferred.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • At least one of the following Operating System training/certifications preferred:
    • Microsoft Certified System Administration or Engineer training/certifications
    • Current Unix/Linux Operating System training/certifications
    • Current VMware training/certification.
  • Strong multi-tasking, analytical and communication skills, including the ability to explain technical concepts to end-users and non-technical staff.
  • Demonstrated strong proficiency using multiple hardware/software platforms and/or significant expertise in a particular technology.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills preferred.
  • May require weekend or evening hours and being on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Experience with installing, configuring, and maintaining job management support tools such as Moab, TORQUE, SLURM, PBS preferred.
  • Experience with installing and troubleshooting research analytical applications such as SAS, Matlab, STATA, R, Spark preferred
  • Experience with parallel programming in research applications preferred
  • Experience working with provisioning software such as Salt, Ansible or Puppet preferred.
  • Proficient with at least two common HPC programming/scripting languages preferred. Preferred examples include: Python, Perl, PHP, C, C++, Fortran, BASH.
  • Experience with various flavors of Linux such as RedHat, Scientific Linux, CentOS, Ubuntu preferred.
  • Working knowledge of UNIX/Linux system administration such as NFS filesystems, Samba, Linux server configurations (including CentOS, Ubuntu), TCP/IP network, DNS, and DHCP, Remote Desktop, VNC, NXclient, ssh, shell scripting preferred
  • Excellent attention to detail preferred
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to effectively build relationships; promote, and work well in, a collaborative team environment; and influence others preferred

In some cases, positions require access to confidential supervisory information, access to which is limited to “Protected Individuals” as defined by regulation of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, 12 CFR 268.205.

Protected Individuals include, but are not limited to, U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and lawful permanent resident aliens (also known as “green card holders”) who are eligible for and seeking United States citizenship within the requisite timeframes.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City is an equal opportunity employer. As such, the Bank recruits, hires, trains, and promotes individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability and/or sexual orientation.

To apply visit the our website here [ https://www.kansascityfed.org/jobsearch ] and enter 250751 for the job number.

The job posting is listed as ” HPC System Administrator-250751 “

Workshop Host Site Wanted: Linux Clusters Institute Intro Workshop 2018

September 11, 2017

Here is a letter from the Linux Cluster Institute.  If you would like to host an introductory workshop next year, please let them know.

Summary:

Apply to host the 2018 Linux Clusters Institute (LCI) Introductory Workshop!
Application deadline: Sun Oct 1 2017
Contact: Leslie Froeschl (lfroesch@illinois.edu)
https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/9890306

Details:

The Linux Clusters Institute (LCI) is currently seeking applications from institutions interested in hosting the 2018 LCI Introductory Workshop.

This workshop provides education and technical training for the deployment and use of computing clusters to the high performance computing community worldwide.

The deadline to submit your host site letter of interest form is October 1, 2017.

Please feel free to forward this to anyone who may be interested and appropriate.

More Details:

In late May or early June 2018, we plan to offer an LCI Introductory Workshop.

See the 2017 Introductory Workshop program
http://www.linuxclustersinstitute.org/workshops/archive/may2017/program.html for details on the content typically covered at the LCI Introductory Workshop.

If your institution might be interested in hosting an Introductory LCI workshop, please have the appropriate people fill out the host site letter of interest form by October 1, 2017 at:
https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/9890306

NOTE: This will be a two-stage process.

If your letter of interest form is accepted, we will soon follow up and ask you to fill out a more detailed host site proposal form.

The workshops will run MondayFriday.

The candidate weeks are in the host site letter of interest form.

Host sites are responsible for:

* arranging workshop spaces, meal spaces, lodging etc;
* identifying catering options and costs;
* co-leading the planning of the event (as part of the workshop organizing committee);
* helping us to publicize the workshop;
* helping to identify instructors (while not required, it is preferred that the host site is able to provide instructors from their local area to help save on travel costs)
* coordinating with instructors and other workshop personnel (some of whom may be from other institutions);
* conducting the workshop onsite
* providing lightweight reporting about the workshop back to the LCI.

The host institution will be reimbursed by LCI for any costs incurred (catering, room rental fees, supplies, etc.).

Please note that hosting an LCI workshop requires a significant amount of time and effort, so it would help if someone at your has experience coordinating events like these.

Hosting an LCI Workshop is a rewarding experience and allows HPC system administrators in your local area the opportunity to participate in a high-quality training experience without
incurring travel costs.

Note that we plan to also offer an Intermediate or Advanced LCI workshop in August 2018.

More details about applying to host that workshop will be forthcoming as plans develop.

If you have questions, contact Leslie Froeschl at lfroesch@illinois.edu

We look forward to receiving your application!

Best regards,
Linux Clusters Institute (LCI) Steering Committee

Job: University of Missouri seeks Cyberinfrastructure Engineer

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT
University of Missouri

Cyberinfrastructure Engineer Position
http://hrs.missouri.edu/find-a-job/index.php
24066

The University of Missouri is searching for a Cyberinfrastructure Engineer to fill a new position that will work closely with researchers to help them evaluate their research computation needs and to recommend solutions that allow them to take full advantage of the resources available.

Mizzou’s cyberinfrastructure (CI) engineers develop scientific workflows to advance research in all areas, including bioinformatics, machine learning, material science, and computational chemistry.

As a cyberinfrastructure engineer, you will work on a broad range of projects across campus with opportunities to specialize in a number of domain areas.

This position is within the Research Computing Support Services (RCSS) group in the Division of IT, which manages the campus shared research computing, storage, and networking infrastructure
and provides computing support, training, and consulting to the MU research community.

RCSS works to ensure that the campus’ research computing infrastructure meets the growing needs of the community.

The Cyberinfrastructure Engineer will provide end user support services to faculty, staff, and students on the use of research computing hardware and software as well as scientific applications
and scientific workflows.

Responsibilities of this position will include:

  • creating and maintaining training materials for research computing related software and hardware;
  • conducting training; evaluating, installing, upgrading, and maintain scientific software;

and

  • consulting with researchers on the development and migration of scientific workflows to a high performance research computing envronment.

Essential Functions:

  • Participate as a member of a highly technical and customer-service driven team. Readily share knowledge and training with other staff members, and forge close working relationships
    with scientific research groups across campus.
  • Conducts investigations and tests of complex scientific software systems to enhance performance or to investigate and resolve matters of significance. Investigate new technologies and techniques of importance to researchers.
  • Participate in developing computational pipelines, computer algorithms, and data analysis for ongoing research projects.
  • Serve as a technical consultant for sponsored research projects that require high-performance computing, storage, and networking services.
  • Provide workshops and one-on-one technical assistance and training to faculty, staff and students in the use of a shared high performance computing environment and associated scientific software.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree is required.
  • Experience in using High Performance Computing (HPC) clusters and utilizing computing resources for research is required.
  • Demonstrated ability and experience with scripting and programming (e.g. Python, Perl, C, R, Julia, or Java) is required.
  • Experience with the Linux operating system and utilizing the command line interface is required.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a collaborative and diverse environment is required.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.
  • Experience with domain specific tools is highly desirable.
  • Ability and demonstrated use of source control management tools such as Git are desirable.
  • A Master’s degree or higher strongly preferred.

To apply go to http://hrs.missouri.edu/find-a-job/index.php  and click on staff jobs, and then prospective employees, and search for 24066.

The University of Missouri also has a number of additional open positions in the area of computational support for researchers (position 24066, 23824).