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HPC Research and Education News for the Week of April 1, 2013 Sponsored by XSEDE

HPC Happenings

SC13 - Call for Technical Papers
November 17 - 22, 2013 - Denver, Colorad
Abstract Deadline – April 5, 2013
Full Papers Due – April 12, 2013

SC13, the premier annual international conference on high-performance computing, networking, and storage, will be held in Denver, Colorado, USA, November 17-22, 2013. The Technical Papers Program at SC is the leading venue for presenting the highest-quality original research, from the foundations of HPC to its emerging frontiers. The conference committee solicits submissions of excellent scientific merit that introduce new ideas to the field and stimulate future trends on topics such as applications, systems, parallel algorithms, and performance modeling. SC also welcomes submissions that make significant contributions to the "state of the practice" by providing compelling insights on best practices for provisioning, using, and enhancing high-performance computing systems, services, and facilities. For more information and submission guidelines, please visit

Two Sponsors Commit to the XSEDE13 Conference

Two corporate sponsors—Cray Inc. and Intel—have committed to supporting XSEDE13, the annual conference focused on science, education, outreach, software, and technology related to the National Science Foundation’s eXtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment. XSEDE13 will bring together hundreds of scientists, technology experts, educators, and students July 22-25, 2013, at the Marriott Marquis & Marina in San Diego. Cray was the first company to commit as an XSEDE13 sponsor. A silver sponsor of last year’s conference, Cray increased its commitment to become a Gold sponsor of XSEDE13.  Intel also increased its support this year and has agreed to support XSEDE13 at the highest sponsorship level, Platinum."Our sponsors enable us to hold a first-class event that furthers high-performance computing research and practice and also supports students from high school through graduate school in a unique way," said XSEDE13 General Chair Nancy Wilkins-Diehr. “And through their exhibits the sponsors also provide our attendees with valuable information on cutting-edge offerings in high-performance computing, data, networking services, and more.”

PSC Seeks Applications for Proposals for Biomolecular Simulation Time on Anto
Application Deadline - May 29, 2013

The National Center for Multiscale Modeling of Biological Systems 
(MMBioS), and the National Resource for Biomedical Supercomputing 
(NRBSC) at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) are soliciting 
proposals for computer time on Anton, a special-purpose supercomputer 
for molecular dynamics (MD) simulation designed by D. E. Shaw Research 
(DESRES). A 512-node Anton machine is currently available and in 
production use at the PSC. The machine has been made available without 
cost by DESRES for non-commercial research use by universities and other
not-for-profit institutions, and is hosted by NRBSC. Operational funding
is provided by NIGMS through MMBioS, a joint effort between the 
University of Pittsburgh, PSC, Carnegie Mellon University, and the Salk 
Institute. For complete details, including proposal requirements and submission 
instructions, see the NRBSC web site at

XSEDE Scholars Application Deadline Extended to April 10, 2013

The XSEDE Scholars Program is a year-long program for U.S. students from underrepresented minority groups and women in computational sciences.  The program provides opportunities to learn more about high performance computing and XSEDE resources, network with cutting-edge researchers and leaders, and belong to a cohort of student peers to establish a community of academic leaders. The online application is located at

Video: SC13 Seeks Your Ground-Breaking Innovations in the Emerging Technologies Track

The SC13 Emerging Technologies Track is a new element of the Technical Program at SC13. It is aimed at providing a showcase on the SC13 show floor for novel projects at a national or international scale. It is different from other aspects of the technical program, such as contributed presentations and posters, in that it will provide a forum for discussing large-scale, long-term efforts in high performance computing, networking, storage, and analysis, rather than a recent research result that such a project might have achieved. Emerging Technologies will provide space in a booth at an attractive central location of the SC13 show floor. The booth will facilitate displays, presentations, and spontaneous discussions among participants and visitors. To view the video, please visit

HPC Call for Participation

Big Data for Science – Cal for Sites
July 8-10, 2013

Each VSCSE course includes up to nine satellite sites that participate in the course through high-definition video conferencing. These remote sites typically host 25 - 35 students, and are a way for the host institutions to quickly enhance their computational science and engineering capacity and community by making each course accessible to a number of people from the surrounding area. We also ask that local sites host some out-of-town students, providing a chance for students to network with people who have similar interests. For more information, please visit

Students Invited to Attend XSEDE13
Multiple ways for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students to get involved
July 21-25, 2013 – San Diego, California
Application Deadlines - April 12, 2013 (various deadlines)

Students interested or engaged in computational research are encouraged to attend and participate in the Student Program at XSEDE13, the annual conference focused on science, education, outreach, software, and technology related to the National Science Foundation’s eXtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment. For more information on how you can participate, please visit

The 2013 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks
Analysis and Mining (ASONAM 2013) – Call for Participation

August 25-28, 2013 - Niagara Falls, Canada
Abstract Submission Deadline  - April 8, 2013           
Full Paper Submission Deadline  - April 15, 2013           

The international conference on Advances in Social Network Analysis and Mining (ASONAM 2013) will primarily provide an interdisciplinary venue that will bring together practitioners and researchers from a variety of SNAM fields to promote collaborations and exchange of ideas and practices. ASONAM 2013 is intended to address important aspects with a specific focus on the emerging trends and industry needs associated with social networking analysis and mining. The conference solicits experimental and theoretical works on social network analysis and mining along with their application to real life situations. For more information and submission guidelines, please visit

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops.

Python for Scientists and Engineers by Enthought       
April 22-26, 2013 – La Jolla, California

Enthought's training services are geared toward scientists, engineers, and analysts who would like to learn how to use Python in their specific work environments. Our targeted courses address both the scientific and the programming-related challenges of working in Python. For detailed information of the entire course, intended audience and registration, please visit

The Fourth International Green Computing Conference (IGCC13)
June 27-29, 2013 - Arlington, Virginia

IGCC13 will provide a forum for presenting and discussing innovative research on a broad range of topics in the fields of sustainable and energy-efficient computing, and computing for a more sustainable planet. The conference will hold a technical program, panels, workshops, and tutorials on these topics. IGCC13 will be technically co-sponsored by the IEEE.  For complete workshop information, please visit

SDSC 2013 Summer Institute: Discover Big Data
August 5-9, 2013 – La Jolla, California

This year the SDSC Discover Big Data Summer Institute will focus on big data analytics, helping attendees explore their data using a wide variety of predictive data analytics tools. This week-long summer institute combines both presentations and hands-on experience to introduce attendees to the latest approaches and tools to extract meaning and new insights from very large data sets. Participants will use SDSC’s Gordon data-intensive supercomputer as well as other computational resources at SDSC. An agenda and schedule will be posted in the coming months, but please hold the date now so you can attend! We also welcome expressions of interest by individuals and companies who would like to lecture, sponsor student attendees, or provide other forms of support for the institute.For more information, please visit

Exascale Scaling Workshop
August 15-16, 2013 – Boulder, Colorado


The NSF funded Blue Waters and eXtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) projects are hosting the seventh in a series of Extreme Scaling workshops. Scientists, engineers, scholars, and high-performance technologists from colleges, universities, laboratories, industry, HPC centers, and other organizations conducting related to this type of work are encouraged to submit presentations. Workshop proceedings will be produced that will include the accepted papers and white papers and a summary of recommendations from the discussions among the presenters and participants. Send submissions to Scott Lathrop at by May 15, 2013. Notice of acceptances will be issued by June 1, 2013.  Further information on this year's Extreme Scaling Workshop can be found at

2013 SACNAS National Conference
October 3–6, 2013 - San Antonio, Texas

SACNAS is a  way for you to expose your students to incredible resources and the validating and inspiring environment of SACNAS where they have the unique opportunity to engage with science, culture, and community. The SACNAS National Conference also provides an important place for you to recharge as a professional, as you connect with peers, build your own networks, and recruit new students. For complete conference information, please visit

Annual Biomedical AResearch Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) – Call for Exhibitors
November 13-16, 2013 – Nashville, Tennessee

PriorityExhibitor Registration Begins – May 13, 2013

Booth space is limited and assignments are made on a first-come, first-serve basis. Booth fees are based on location within the exhibit hall: $1800 (premier), $1650 (prime), and $1500 (central); exhibit floor plan. For complete conference information, including additional exhibitor information, please visit

Research Features From Across the Country and Around the World

Caltech Creates Indestructible Self-Healing Circuits

California Institute of Technology (Caltech) researchers say they have developed self-healing integrated chips that can automatically repair themselves. During testing, the researchers destroyed various parts of the chips by zapping them with high-powered lasers, and then observed as they developed a work-around in less than a second. We "blasted half the amplifier and vaporized many of its components, such as transistors, and it was able to recover to nearly its ideal performance," says Caltech professor Ali Hajimiri. The chips rely on sensors that monitor temperature, current, voltage, and power. The information from the sensors feeds into a custom application-specific integrated-circuit (ASIC) unit on the chip, a central processor that acts as the brain of the system. "We have designed the system in a general enough way that it finds the optimum state for all of the actuators in any situation without external intervention," says Caltech's Steven Bowers. To read further, please visit

UC Berkeley, Toronto Researchers Find 25 Countries Using Surveillance Software
New York Times

As many as 25 governments, some with controversial human rights records, appear to engage in surveillance of citizens using off-the-shelf software, according to researchers at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab and the University of California, Berkeley. The researchers examined emails to Bahraini activists and found surveillance software capable of turning on microphones and cameras, and capturing computer screen images, Skype chats, and keystrokes. The spyware code contained the word FinSpy, which is the name of spyware sold by Gamma Group for the stated purpose of government criminal investigations. FinSpy is being run off servers in Ethiopia, Serbia, Vietnam, Turkmenistan, and many others. In Ethiopia, FinSpy was concealed in emails targeting political dissidents, with pictures of Ethiopian opposition group Ginbot 7 members that downloaded the spyware when clicked on by the recipient. To read further, please visit

Educator Opportunities and Information

Best of the Web Award for Educational Websites

The Best of the Web (BOW) Awards recognize and honor outstanding education websites. The contest is open to all U.S. education institution websites including K-12 districts, schools, colleges, universities, teachers, multi-class, parent and student websites (nominations are free of charge).

Digital Education Achievement Awards:

The Digital Education Achievement Awards (DEAA) provide recognition for IT applications, intranet, infrastructure and other projects that enhance services or interactions. Examples include mobile/wireless applications, internal and/or shared applications or systems, innovative classroom technologies and other innovative projects. The DEAA is open to all educational institutions. For the Best of the Web Education Awards contest information and entry form, please visit 
For the Digital Education Achievement Awards contest information and entry form, please visit 

Guidance for Education and Public Outreach Activities Under Sequestration

NASA has taken the first steps in addressing the mandatory spending cuts called for in the Budget Control Act of 2011. The law mandates a series of indiscriminate and significant across-the-board spending reductions totaling $1.2 trillion over 10 years. As a result, NASA has been forced to implement a number of new cost-saving measures, policies, and reviews in order to minimize impacts to the mission-critical activities of the Agency. Guidance regarding conferences, travel, and training that reflect the new fiscal reality in which the agency must operate has been provided. For specific guidance as it relates to public outreach and engagement activities please visit

Student Engagement and Information

Users Flock to Japan Student's Firewall-Busting Thesis Project
IDG News Service

The online thesis project of Tsukuba University doctoral student Daiyuu Nobori will enable people to evade government firewalls in countries that restrict Internet use. VPN Gate encourages people to set up virtual private network (VPN) servers and offer free connections to individual users. "Today's VPN software is very complex," Nobori says. "Some VPN services around the world are expensive for people in other parts of the world." VPN Gate maintains a public, real-time list of freely available VPN servers for users to choose from. The service also offers downloadable server software to run the VPN, and a client designed to simplify the process of finding and connecting to one of the free servers for less tech-savvy users. To read further, please visit

White House Looking for CS Student Success Stories

President Obama has spoken repeatedly about the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and the importance of inspiring more boys and girls to excel, experiment, and make in these critical domains. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is currently looking for examples of junior high and high school students who have built technology tools that advance science and technology or have a real impact on American citizens. Please short descriptions of 5-10 students, along with any photos of projects you may have. These individuals or teams should be current or recent students. Please send inquiries and submissions to

Carnegie Mellon, NSA Seek High School Hackers
Associated Press
Contest Runs From April 25- May 5, 2013
Eligibility - Students in grades 6-12

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and the U.S. National Security Agency recently launched Toaster Wars, a free, online high school hacking competition. The game is designed to be fun and challenging, but also aims to help participants consider computer security as an excellent career choice, says CMU professor David Brumley. "The government has a huge number of concerns," Brumley says. "Computer security isn't growing fast enough to keep up with all the threats. If you call any business, they're going to say we can't hire enough security people." The Toaster Wars contest is a capture-the-flag-type game, with pieces of information encrypted into the game. The game includes computer forensics, cryptography, Web exploitation, and binary exploitation. The game was designed to hold the interest of aspiring young hackers, as well as provide a legal forum for developing cybersecurity skills. For more information, please visit .

On the Lighter Side: Computational News of Interest

Internet's 'Bad Neighborhoods' Spread Scams and Spam
BBC News

University of Twente researchers recently conducted a study of more than 42,000 Internet service providers (ISPs) in an attempt to map the Internet's "bad neighborhoods" to help pinpoint sources of malicious email. The researchers found that, in many cases, ISPs specialize in particular threats such as spam and phishing. Some networks can be classed as "bad neighborhoods" because they are places where malicious activity is more likely, according to University of Twente researchers Moreira Moura and Giovane Cesar. Of the 42,201 ISPs studied, about 50 percent of all junk email, phishing attacks, and other malicious messages came from just 20 networks, many of which were concentrated in Brazil, India, and Vietnam. To read further, please visit

Netflix Offers $100,000 for Cloud Computing Improvements

Netflix recently launched the Netflix Cloud Prize, an open competition challenging global developers to improve the features, usability, quality, reliability, and security of cloud computing. Netflix will award $100,000 to the winning teams. The competition is divided into 10 categories, and it will be judged by a panel of independent, renowned technology pioneers. "The Netflix Cloud Prize is designed to improve understanding of what it takes to build native applications for the cloud that take full advantage of the opportunities for scalable computing," says Netflix's Neil Hunt. "No doubt many of the key ideas that will take it to the next level have yet to be conceived, explored, and developed." The Netflix Cloud Prize will run through Sept. 15 and the winners will be announced in October. To read further, please visit

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