ICPSR announces preliminary program for 2014 Data Fair — Oct. 7-9

The 2014 Data Fair held by the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is scheduled for October 7-9. ICPSR has released a preliminary program which includes sessions on its addiction and HIV archive, its arts and culture archive, disclosure risk, and teaching with data.

A complete listing is available on the ICPSR site, and webinar registration will be available in the first week of September.

Sloan Foundation seeks applications for research fellowships — Sept. 15 deadline

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is accepting proposals for its 2014 Sloan Research Fellowship Program.

Submission Deadline: September 15, 2014
Research Areas: Chemistry, Computational and Evolutionary Molecular Biology, Computer Science, Economics, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Ocean Sciences and Physics (note that these are fields, not departments)
Program Attachments and more information, including award amount: Sloan Foundation web site 
Eligibility: Within 6 years of completing PhD

For further information contact: Maureen Martin, Executive Director, Foundation Relations, martinms@umich.edu

The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 126 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field. Michigan performs well in this competition. In 2014, three faculty members at Michigan received fellowships. The foundation receives about 700 applications per year and will award 126.

More information is available on applying for the fellowships from the U-M Foundation Relations.

IEEE BigData 2014 Conference: Humanities Workshop Call for Papers — Aug. 30 deadline

The 2nd IEEE workshop on Big Humanities Data will be held in conjunction with the IEEE International Conference on Big Data (IEEE BigData 2014), which takes place October 27-30 in Washington DC. The workshop will address applications of “big data” in the humanities, arts, culture, and social science, and the challenges and possibilities that such increased scale brings for scholarship in these areas.

Full papers, of up to 9 pages, should be submitted via the conference online submission system. We also encouraged submission of short papers (up to 4 pages) reporting work in progress. The submission deadline is 30 August 2014. All papers accepted will be included in the proceedings published by the IEEE Computer Society Press, which will be made available at the conference.

Registration open for VSCSE course in data visualization held at U-M — Aug. 25-26

Registration is open for the Virtual School of Computational Science and Engineering’s Science Visualization Course (August 25-26).

This two-day training will cover all aspects of visualizing data from a broad variety of domains. We will kick off the training with an introduction to visualization. We will follow by teaching best practices when dealing with diverse data (abstract and spatial), demonstrating a variety of methods and techniques on those data sets, and demonstrating a range of freely available software. We will take real world problems for which visualization is needed and take the attendees through the process of visualizing this data and gaining insight.

The sessions will take place at 1180 Duderstadt.

Intel developer training on Xeon and Xeon Phi processors at U-M — Aug. 14

Intel will hold a one-day training session on the U-M campus for software developers interested in learning how to take advantage of the parallel architectures found in both the Intel® Xeon® processor and the Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessor.

When: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 14 (Lunch provided)
Where: 1180 Duderstadt Center (2281 Bonisteel Blvd.)
More information: Event web page.
Registration: Required.

SDSC Summer Institute: HPC Meets Big Data — Aug. 4-8

The SDSC Summer Institute 2014: HPC Meets Big Data will be held Monday – Friday (Noon), August 4 – 8, 2014, at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) on the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) campus. Light refreshments and lunch will be provided throughout.

The first half of the SI will consist of plenary sessions covering the skills that are considered essential for anyone who works with big data. Topics include data management, running jobs on XSEDE resources, reproducibility, database systems, characteristics of big data, techniques for turning data into knowledge, software version control and making effective use of hardware.

This will be followed by a series of parallel sessions that allow attendees to dive deeper into specialized material that is relevant to their research projects, with the exact choice of topics will be based on feedback collected during registration.

For more information on the schedule and registration, please visit the SDSC Summer Institute 2014 Web site at: http://www.sdsc.edu/Events/summerinstitute/index.html

Linux Cluster Institute Workshop, Urbana, IL — Aug. 4-7

The Linux Cluster Institute (LCI) Workshop is scheduled for August 4-7 2014 at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), Urbana IL.

Aimed at HPC users and those responsible for maintaining HPC resources, the workshop will address:

  • How to be an HPC cluster system administrator
  • How to be an effective HPC cluster user
  • The key issues of HPC
  • Current and emerging HPC hardware and software technologies


Deadline approaching for submission to SC14 Technical Program — July 31

The deadline is approaching for submissions to some of the technical tracks at the SuperComputing ’14 conference in New Orleans scheduled for Nov. 16-21.

The SC14 Technical Program is taking submissions for certain technical tracks. The SC Technical Committees will be taking submissions until July 31. The open conference tracks include:

Work can be submitted through the the SC14 website. Some sample submissions for  reference can be found at: https://submissions.supercomputing.org/?page=SampleForms. More information about these tracks can also be found at: http://sc14.supercomputing.org/program.

Parallel Programming Workshop (HPC470) — July 28 – Aug. 1

This workshop will cover parallel programming in various languages, including MATLAB, R, Python, C and Fortran, using both MPI and Open MP models on CPU, many-core, and GPGPU architectures. Some conceptual lecture material will be provided, but the focus of this workshop will be on learning practical programming concepts using sample programs, and most of the workshop will be spent in designing, running, debugging, and analyzing the performance of code.  Sample programs will be provided, or, better, participants can bring their own programs to class for practice parallelizing them.

For more information and registration instructions, visit this page. All participants should sign up for Day 1, then select any of the other days based on the agenda.

Instructor: Dr. Charles J Antonelli, Advocacy and Research Support, LSA Information Technology

Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., July 28th – August 1st, 2014

Day 1, Monday, July 28 (All participants should sign up for Day 1)
Course introduction
Quick Introduction to Git and GitHub
MPI and OpenMP Overview
Quick Review of PBS
Fundamentals of Parallel Programming
Introduction of Programming Exemplars

Day 2, Tuesday, July 29
Parallelism with MATLAB
Parallelism with Python

Day 3, Wednesday, July 30
Parallelism with R
C/C++ & Fortran: Languages, Compilers, Libraries, Environments

Day 4, Thursday, July 31
C/C++ and Fortran: Parallelism with MPI and OpenMP

Day 5, Friday, Aug. 1
C/C++: Parallelism with GPGPUs and CUDA C/C++: Parallelism with Xeon Phi

Location: Room 2615, SPH 1A (Vaughn Building on Washington Heights St. off Observatory — directions can be found on the class information page)

Workshop: High-Performance Networking for International Climate Science — July 14-16, Boulder, CO

ESnet and Internet2 in collaboration with key partners Indiana University (IU), National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and NOAA have announced a multi-day workshop that will bring together network and data management experts with the international climate community to discuss their pressing data challenges and emerging network requirements. The workshop will include a slate of invited speakers and panelists in a format designed to encourage lively, interactive discussions with the goal of developing a set of tangible next steps for supporting this data-intensive science community. Breakout sessions and many opportunities for professional networking are also planned.

For more information, visit http://events.internet2.edu/2014/ftw-climate/index.cfm.