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Seeking Nominations for the XSEDE Advisory Board

XSEDE seeks nominations for individuals to serve on the XSEDE Advisory Board (XAB). “The XAB aims to ensure that XSEDE is designed to impact a broad range of disciplines, enable both research and education, have broader impacts to society, and have a user community that is diverse (gender, ethnic background, etc.). All members of the community are eligible to serve on the XAB. Individuals can nominate themselves or nominate another person as a potential XAB member.”

Podcast: Supercomputing Synthetic Biomolecules

Researchers are using HPC to design potentially life-saving proteins. In this TACC podcast, host Jorge Salazar discusses this groundbreaking work with the science team. “The scientists say their methods could be applied to useful technologies such as pharmaceutical targeting, artificial energy harvesting, ‘smart’ sensing and building materials, and more.”

E-CAS Project to Explore Clouds for Acceleration of Science

Can the Cloud power ground-breaking research? A new NSF-funded research project aims to provide a deeper understanding of the use of cloud computing in accelerating scientific discoveries. “First announced in 2018, the Exploring Clouds for Acceleration of Science (E-CAS) project has now selected the six research proposals to explore how scientific workflows can leverage advancements in real-time analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, accelerated processing hardware, automation in deployment and scaling, and management of serverless applications for a wider range of science.”

New Texascale Magazine from TACC looks at HPC for the Endless Frontier

This feature story describes how the computational power of Frontera will be a game changer for research. Late last year, the Texas Advanced Computing Center announced plans to deploy Frontera, the world’s fastest supercomputer in academia. To prepare for launch, TACC just published the inaugural edition of Texascale, an annual magazine with stories that highlight the people, science, systems, and programs that make TACC one of the leading academic computing centers in the world.

XSEDE teams with Aristotle Cloud Federation to implement clouds on U.S. campuses

Two NSF-funded projects have joined forces to help university systems administrators implement cloud computing systems on their campuses. “Combining the consulting strengths of the XSEDE Cyberinfrastructure Resource Integration (CRI) group with Aristotle Cloud Federation project expertise in OpenStack cloud implementation is a win-win for U.S. campus cyberinfrastructure administrators interested in adding clouds to their campus research resources,” said John Towns, principal investigator and project director for XSEDE.”

NSF funds second round for OSC’s Open OnDemand

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded funding to a team led by the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) for further development of Open OnDemand, an open-source software platform supporting web-based access to high performance computing services. “The Open OnDemand 2.0 project will deliver an improved open-source platform for HPC, cloud and remote computing access,” said David Hudak, Ph.D., executive director of OSC. “Additionally, interaction with a growing user base has generated requests for new technical capabilities and more engagements with the science community to extend this platform and deepen its science impact.”

Sunita Chandrasekaran Receives NSF Grant to Create Powerful Software Framework

Over at the University of Delaware, Julie Stewart writes that assistant professor Sunita Chandrasekaran has received an NSF grant to develop frameworks to adapt code for GPU supercomputers. She is working with complex patterns known as wavefronts, which are commonly found in scientific codes used in analyzing the flow of neutrons in a nuclear reactor, extracting patterns from biomedical data or predicting atmospheric patterns.

OARnet in Ohio to Help Researchers Accelerate Big Data Sharing

OARnet recently joined several other regional and federal network organizations on a three-year, $3.5 million grant to help scientists more efficiently work with massive datasets that have become essential to modern scientific discovery. “Throughout Ohio, and across the nation, we are seeing researchers transmitting an ever-increasing volume of larger and larger datasets over our networks,” said Paul Schopis, executive director of OARnet. “These vast stores of information are laying the foundations for improvements in health and prosperity. As research and education networks serving these educators, scientists and engineers, we have to develop the techniques, infrastructure and policies that will fully support their information-sharing needs.”

NSF Awards Instrumentation Grant for Research Data Archiving at University of Oklahoma

Today the NSF announced that a University of Oklahoma team led by Henry Neeman is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation grant. The $967,755 award will be used for a new academic research data storage instrument—a massive tape archive known as the OU and Regional Research Store, which will serve as a national model for affordable, large-scale, multi-institutional storage.

Leadership Computing and NSF’s Computational Ecosystem

Irene Qualters gave this talk at the HPC User Forum in Detroit. “For over three decades, NSF has been a leader in providing the computing resources our nation’s researchers need to accelerate innovation,” said NSF Director France Córdova. “Keeping the U.S. at the forefront of advanced computing capabilities and providing researchers across the country access to those resources are key elements in maintaining our status as a global leader in research and education. This award is an investment in the entire U.S. research ecosystem that will enable leap-ahead discoveries.”