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May 2019 | Science Highlights, Announcements & Upcoming Events
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Science Highlights
XSEDE contributes to Event Horizon black hole image
Supercomputer simulations used to create theoretical models for black holes
Thanks in part to simulations carried out on resources allocated through XSEDE, a massive research collaboration played a vital role in laying the groundwork in the imaging of the M87 black hole. Through hydrodynamical simulations run on Stampede2 at the Texas Advanced Computing Center, a research team led by Dr. Charles Gammie at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was able to provide important analysis to the imaging process, building theoretical models for researchers to use as a guide for what a potential black hole image might look like, and what informs their actions.
Gammie's simulations (visualized above) helped to confirm the first-ever black hole image.
Capture and Convert
XSEDE helps Pitt team design material to transform CO 2
A new material may be able to capture carbon dioxide and turn it into a commercially useful substance, according to a team at the University of Pittsburgh. Using the XSEDE resource Bridges at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, they simulated two "metal oxide framework" materials that simulated removal of carbon dioxide from exhaust gas. Better, the material also converted it into formic acid, which can be used to make products like methanol fuel. If the material works as well in the lab and factory as it does in the computer, it could fundamentally alter the economics of limiting human CO 2  release and avoiding climate change.
The simulated candidate metal oxide framework (MOF) converts carbon dioxide molecules (gray and red balls) to formic acid by reducing them with hydrogen (white balls). Image reproduced by permission of Karl Johnson and The Royal Society of Chemistry from Catal. Sci. Technol., 2018, 8, 4609-4617, DOI: 10.1039/C8CY01018H.
Pulsating Cells
Research using XSEDE supercomputers studies bioelectric effects of cells to develop new anti-cancer strategies
Cell membranes are the key regulating factor for biological processes at the tissue-scale. The application of an electric field can alter the cell membrane's permeability to chemicals in their vicinity or even kill the subjected cells. The process, known as electropermeabilization or  electroporation , consists of applying short, intense electric pulses. Electroporation is currently used in the treatment of some cancers. For example, electro-chemotherapy is a cutting-edge cancer treatment technique that uses electroporation as a means to deliver chemotherapy into cancerous cells. Another interesting application is accelerating combat wound healing using electric pulsation. To better understand the common bioelectric physical nature of these applications, researchers have used XSEDE resources to conduct the largest simulation of cell aggregate electroporation to date.
Spinning the camera about the vertical axis of the cell aggregate during electroporation. Colors depict different levels of conductance for cell membranes, with hotter colors being higher conductance values. The upper limit is S_max=2e5 S/m and the initial value is S_min=1.9S/m spanning 5 orders of magnitude in conductance range. Colors are used in a logarithmic scale (intensity is equal to log_10 [S]).
Simulating Turbulent Flows
Accurate predictions of turbulent flow field made possible through high-fidelity large eddy simulation models generated through XSEDE-allocated resources
Turbulent flows are everywhere, even though they are often invisible to the human eye. Using supercomputers allocated through XSEDE, researchers from Lehigh University have created comprehensive simulations of turbulent flows involved in the engineering of an array of structures, such as off-shore construction facilities. To develop these descriptive simulations, the research team used San Diego Supercomputer Center's Comet and Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center's Bridges supercomputers to run three-dimensional simulations to better understand the physics of fluid motion and the vortex dynamics in the vicinity of specific plates and surfaces
Lagrangian Coherent Structure (LCS) models provide insight into turbulence. In this study, the authors used high-fidelity large eddy simulation models generated by Comet and Bridges to accurately predict the turbulent flow field. Image courtesy of Bashar Attiya, Lehigh University.
Campus Champion Publishes CURE Paper
For the past three years, several course-based undergraduate research experiences, called CUREs, have been led by Campus Champion and Assistant Professor of Inorganic Chemistry Chantal Stieber at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona). Stieber has served as a Campus Champion since 2016, a program which was founded by XSEDE with the intent to help researcher, educators, and scholars use advanced digital capabilities to improve and accelerate their achievements. Stieber recently teamed with Cal Poly Pomona graduate student Erica Hummel to publish their CURE study findings in the Journal of Computational Science Education. 
Qualitative  d -orbital splitting diagram from a geometry optimization for (MeN2N)Ni-H created by Erica Hummel, a student in the course.
Program Announcements
Turning Algorithms into Applicable Skills
XSEDE initiates successful advanced computing training partnership with Cal State Los Angeles
Cal State Los Angeles (Cal State LA) has some eye-opening statistics for its incoming 2018 freshmen class. Of the more than 3,800 incoming freshman this year, 75% are Latino, 77% are Pell Grant eligible, and 70% are first-generation college students. Cal State LA had been working to improve computational and data science opportunities for undergraduates. XSEDE had been thinking about how to strengthen our engagement with Hispanic-serving institutions. Thus, a mutually-beneficial collaboration was born.
More than 70 undergraduate and graduate students participated in the XSEDE/DIRECT-STEM training workshops at Cal State LA.
XSEDE Cyberinfrastructure Integration Updates
The new Research Software Portal (RSP) from the XSEDE Cyberinfrastructure Integration (XCI) team aims to help research software users (researchers, educators, students, application developers), research software developers, and the research computing administrators, whether affiliated with XSEDE or not, to work together efficiently by sharing software related requirements, plans, delivery status, and information about software available in any form. The Research Software Portal (RSP) is available immediately here .
Deadlines extended for Advanced Computing for Social Change and Computing4Change programs
The application deadlines for two undergraduate opportunities, ACSC & C4C have both been extended to  May 17.   Please help us spread the word! 
Advanced Computing for Social Change (ACSC) will held in Chicago, IL, co-located with the PEARC19 conference July 28-August 1, 2019.
Computing4Change   (C4C) is part of the SC19 student program and will be held in Denver, CO, November 16-22, 2019.
Meet the Campus Champions!
Did you know that the Campus Champions program, which was started by XSEDE, has grown to over 530 Champions at over 270 institutions? 
We recently heard from nine different Champions, both old and new, about what they value the most about the Campus Champions program. 
Learn more about the Champions and how they're building community below.
Community Announcements
Registration now live for PEARC19
Conference registration is now open for PEARC19. There is also still time to submit to the technical program. PEARC19 will be accepting  Poster, Visualization, and BoF  submissions through Wednesday,  May 8 .
Proposals for  special events  continue to be accepted through  June 5  and will be accommodated as time and space allow.
Registration ends TOD AY for Community Building for High-Performance Computing Curriculum
Development (CBHPCCD19) workshop
Registration ends May 3 for the CBHPCCD19 workshop, scheduled for June 10-12, 2019 at the University of Tulsa (Tulsa, OK).
Attendees at this two-and-a-half day community and curriculum building workshop will:
  • Discuss parallel and high-performance computing curriculum development strategies, successes, and ideas.
  • Review existing course modules and tools for teaching.
  • Learn about outreach and student engagement efforts.
Gateways 2019 CFP Extension
The deadline for the Gateways 2019 Call for Participation has been  extended for both abstracts and full submissions.
  • Abstracts are due Monday, May 6.
  • Full submissions are due Wednesday, May 15.
There will be no further extensions of these deadlines. The poster session deadline (open to all) is Thursday, August 15.
Save the Date for the 3rd National Research Platform Workshop
Building on the success of last year's Second National Research Platform (NRP) Workshop, the Third National Research Platform Workshop will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota on September 24-25, 2019 at the Renaissance Downtown Minneapolis – The Depot.
The NRP workshop will be co-located with the NSF PI workshop (9/23-9/25) and the Quilt meeting (9/25-9/26) with some shared sessions. A Global Research Platform (GRP) Workshop will be held the week prior to the NRP workshop and it will focus on international Research Platform topics.
Globus Announces Box Support
At GlobusWorld on May 1, the Globus team announced support for data management with Box. Now you can use Globus to move and share research data, including HIPAA-regulated data and other protected data, between Box and other storage systems on campus. Get details about the 'Globus for Box' connector beta — or try it at your organization.
Upcoming Dates and Deadlines