ARC/ICOS Big Data Summer Camp — June 1-4 & 11

This year, the Interdisciplinary Committee on Organizational Studes (ICOS) and ARC are again offering a one-week “big data summer camp” for doctoral students in the social sciences interested in organizational research, with a combination of detailed examples from researchers; hands-on instruction in Python, SQL, and APIs; and group work to apply these ideas to organizational questions.

The dates of the camp are all day June 1-4 and the afternoon of June 11 for group project presentations. Enrollment is free, but students must commit to attending all day for each day of camp, and be willing to work in interdisciplinary groups.

To sign up for camp, visit the registration page.  Please note that space is limited, and we will be accepting people on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no pre-requisites, but we will expect all participants to complete some online instruction prior to camp and to bring a laptop to class with all the relevant programs and files loaded and ready.

A summary of last year’s boot camp is available on the ARC web site.

ARC/ICOS Big Data Summer Camp — June 1-4 & 11

This year, the Interdisciplinary Committee on Organizational Studes (ICOS) and ARC are again offering a one-week “big data summer camp” for doctoral students in the social sciences interested in organizational research, with a combination of detailed examples from researchers; hands-on instruction in Python, SQL, and APIs; and group work to apply these ideas to organizational questions.

The dates of the camp are all day June 1-4 and the afternoon of June 11 for group project presentations. Enrollment is free, but students must commit to attending all day for each day of camp, and be willing to work in interdisciplinary groups.

To sign up for camp, visit the registration page.  Please note that space is limited, and we will be accepting people on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no pre-requisites, but we will expect all participants to complete some online instruction prior to camp and to bring a laptop to class with all the relevant programs and files loaded and ready.

A summary of last year’s boot camp is available on the ARC web site.

Registration open for NCSA Blue Waters Symposium for Petascale Science and Beyond — May 10-13

The Third Annual NCSA Blue Waters Symposium will bring together leaders in petascale computational science and engineering and will be a tremendous opportunity for sharing successes and challenges in large-scale heterogeneous computing. Along with presentations from the Blue Waters science teams, the symposium will feature keynotes from innovative thinkers in science and will provide opportunities to share and discuss specific topics of interest.

The symposium will take place at the Sunriver Resort in Sunriver Oregon. For more information, visit the Symposium Web site.

XSEDE15 Call for Participation now open — March 30 deadline

The XSEDE15 Call for Participation, covering all aspects of participation in the conference, is now open.

The XSEDE15 Conference, to be held in St. Louis on July 26-30, will showcase the discoveries, innovations, and achievements of those who use, build, and support XSEDE resources and services, as well as those involved in related digital resources endeavors around the world. This year’s theme is Scientific Advancements Enabled by Enhanced Cyberinfrastructure.

The annual XSEDE conference is designed to engage and directly benefit diverse communities, including students, educators, researchers, and practitioners across all fields of study and scholarly research with particular emphasis placed on engaging under-represented minorities, women, and people with disabilities. Last year’s XSEDE14 conference saw more than 600 attendees from 49 states and 10 countries.

Full papers will be included in the Conference Proceedings and submitted to the ACM Digital Library.

XSEDE15 seeks high-quality submissions—including papers, posters, visualizations, and more—in four thematic tracks with due dates as early as March 30.

To find out more information on the Call for Participation and full sponsorship prospectus details, please visit the conference Web site.

Flux, Nyx outage scheduled for March 28

The ARC cluster Flux and Engineering cluster Nyx will be unavailable for jobs March 28th at 10:00pm. There is an emergency update to the ITS Value Storage systems on that date.
http://status.its.umich.edu/outage.php?id=93178

Flux and Nyx rely on Value Storage and thus will also not be available during that time.  We expect the outage to be finished quickly and any queued jobs will run as expected once the service is completed.

At the start of the outage, login and transfer nodes will be rebooted.  Users will be unable to login until after the service is restored.

Any jobs that request more walltime than remains until the start of the outage will be held and started after the systems return to service.

To find the maximum walltime you can request and have your job start prior to the outage can be found with our walltime calculator.

module load flux-utils
maxwalltime

Allocations that are active on that date will be extended by one day at no cost.

If you have any questions feel free to ask us at hpc-support@umich.edu
For immediate updates watch: https://twitter.com/umcoecac

Applications being accepted for U-M Undergraduate Summer Institute in Biostatistics — March 15 deadline

The U-M Department of Biostatistics is holding the Undergraduate Summer Institute in Biostatistics from June 1 – 26, 2015. The theme is “Transformational Analytical Learning in the Era of Big Data,” and applications are being accepted through March 15.

Description:

The field of big data science that intersects with public health and biomedicine is changing rapidly with datasets of enormous complexity and size being gathered in diverse areas including genomics, imaging, electronic health records, social media and environmental monitoring. The training of the next generation of quantitative scientists needs to change to meet the demands of the data. We define “Big Data” as datasets of enormous size and complexity (either in number of observations, and/or in the number/nature of predictors/outcomes). Classical theory, computation and intuition often fail for such irregular, sparse data sets of vast size. More training in data management, data storage, visualization, high dimensional statistics, optimization, causal methods, modeling sparse data and machine learning are needed to equip students to tackle these big data challenges. It is expected that the knowledge obtained from these massive heterogeneous data sources will inform prevention, screening, prognosis and treatment of human diseases and play a major role in biology, medicine and public health in the coming decade.

This full-time 4 week summer institute held in the Ann Arbor campus of the University of Michigan is targeted toward undergraduates who have an interest (or are susceptible to being interested) in the intersection of Big Data, Statistics, and Human Health. The institute is led by a distinguished group of faculty from the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Michigan School of Public Health (UMSPH) with additional outstanding faculty from Statistics and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS).

To apply:

Visit the institute’s “How to Apply” page.

International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Science — March 11 application deadline

Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from institutions in Canada, Europe, Japan and the United States are invited to apply for the sixth International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences, to be held June 21-26, 2015, in Toronto, Canada.

Applications are due March 11, 2015. The summer school is sponsored by Compute/Calcul Canada, the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) with funds from the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) and the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science (RIKEN AICS) in Japan.

Leading American, European and Japanese computational scientists and HPC technologists will offer instruction on a variety of topics, including:

  • HPC challenges by discipline (e.g, earth, life and materials sciences, physics)
  • HPC programming proficiencies
  • Performance analysis & profiling
  • Algorithmic approaches & numerical libraries
  • Data-intensive computing
  • Scientific visualization
  • Canadian, EU, Japanese and U.S. HPC-infrastructures

The expense-paid program is geared to advanced scholars from Canadian, European, Japanese and U.S. institutions who use HPC to conduct research. Interested students should apply by March 11, 2015. Meals, housing, and travel will be covered for the selected participants. Applications from graduate students and postdocs in all science and engineering fields are welcome. Preference will be given to applicants with parallel programming experience, and a research plan that will benefit from the utilization of high performance computing systems.

Further information and application visit the program Web site.

U-M hosting MPI programming workshop — March 4-5

U-M is hosting a telecast of an upcoming training workshop on MPI programming sponsored by XSEDE along with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

The two-day MPI workshop will be held March 4-5, 2015. The U-M telecast will be held at Room 1180 of the Duderstadt Center, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Registration is required can can be done at the XSEDE website.

This workshop is intended to give C and Fortran programmers a hands-on introduction to MPI programming. Both days are compact, to accommodate multiple time zones, but packed with useful information and lab exercises. Attendees will leave with a working knowledge of how to write scalable codes using MPI – the standard programming tool of scalable parallel computing.

Agenda (Eastern time):

Wednesday, March 4

11:00 Welcome
11:15 Computing Environment
12:00 Intro to Parallel Computing
1:00 Lunch break
2:00 Introduction to MPI
3:30 Introductory Exercises
4:10 Intro Exercises Review
4:15 Scalable Programming: Laplace code
5:00 Adjourn/Laplace Exercises

Thursday, March 5

11:00 Laplace Exercises
12:00 Laplace Solution
12:30 Lunch break
1:30 Advanced MPI
2:30 Outro to Parallel Computing
3:30 Exercises
4:30 Adjourn

Science of Cyberinfrastructure conference call for papers — Feb. 23 deadline

The Science of Cyberinfrastructure: Research, Experience, Applications and Models (SCREAM-15) conference in Portland, Oregon, July 16 is seeking submissions for papers. The deadline is Feb. 23. Visit the conference’s call for papers page for more details.

Topics of interest, in the context of distributed infrastructure, include, but are not limited to:

- Research
– Integration and interaction with commercial systems
– Cloud issues
– Sustainability and business models for both systems and software
– Integrating AAA systems
– Resilience
– Federation of resources
– Networking design/advances for widely distributed systems
– Clean slate designs
– Designing systems for data-intensive science, not just for computational science
– Quantitative/metrics driven design
– Management software
– Experiences, both successes & failures
– Cyberinfrastructure system experiences
– Software experiences
– Application experiences
– Applications
– Novel application types, including data-intensive applications
– Application requirements that lead to new systems characteristics
– Challenges in application development, deployment, and execution
– Models of theoretical performance
– Understanding actual performance
– Models
– Design principles
– Architecture layers, including middleware
– Next generation distributed cyberinfrastructure
– Research-As-A-Service

Strata + Hadoop World big data conference — San Jose, CA, Feb. 17-20

The Strata + Hadoop World conference focused on big data is scheduled for Feb. 17-20 in San Jose, CA.

Presented by O’Reilly and Cloudera, the conference offers 10 tracks:

There are also three training courses available this year:

The conference web site provides the full agenda as well as pricing options.