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August 2019 | Science Highlights, Announcements & Upcoming Events
XSEDE helps the nation's most creative minds discover breakthroughs and solutions for some of the world's greatest scientific challenges. Through free, customized access to the National Science Foundation's advanced digital resources, consulting, training, and mentorship opportunities, XSEDE enables you to Discover More. Get started here.
Science Highlights
Going with the flow
XSEDE-powered calculations shed light on heat transfer between 2D electronic components
Smaller electronic components offer us more power in our pockets. But thinner and thinner components pose engineering problems. Anisotropic materials—those with properties that vary in direction—hold promise for being unusually versatile. Still, their properties, particularly as they become "two dimensional," or ultra-thin, are not well understood. Using a combination of calculations on XSEDE-allocated resources and lab experiments, a UCLA-led group showed that an atomistic model can explain and predict the transfer of heat between aluminum and black phosphorous, a highly anisotropic material with possible applications in future devices.
Schematic of the crystal structure of black phosphorous. Image permission granted by Yongjie Hu, UCLA.
Program Announcements
New NSF cyberinfrastructure projects to be part of XSEDE ecosystem
The National Science Foundation has recently funded three new HPC systems slated to come online in the coming year, all of which will become part of the XSEDE ecosystem:
  • Bridges-2, a $10M machine at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center will be focused on high-performance AI, HPC and big data. PSC plans to accept an initial round of proposals via XSEDE's allocations process in June to July 2020, with early users beginning work in August and production operations in October.
  • Expanse, a $10M machine at the San Diego Supercomputer Center will be a system optimized for "long-tail" users. Expanse will begin its production phase under XSEDE allocation in the second quarter of 2020.
  • Ookami, a $5M machine at Stony Brook University will be a testbed for ARM architecture in collaboration with Riken CCS in Japan and will be phased into XSEDE service with two years of allocation managed by Stony Brook beginning in late 2020, followed by two years of XSEDE allocation.
XSEDE announces 2019-2020 Campus Champion Fellows
Five members of the 600+ member  Campus Champion community  have been selected as  Campus Champions Fellows  for the 2019-2020 academic year. The five selected Fellows will work on projects spanning from hydrology gateways to undergraduate data science curriculum development under the overarching goal of increasing cyberinfrastructure expertise on campuses by including Campus Champions as partners in XSEDE's projects. For the list of new Fellows and their projects, please see the link below.
XSEDE Cyberinfrastructure Integration updates
The XSEDE Cyberinfrastructure Integration (XCI) team recently worked with George Mason University IT staff to conduct cluster build training on local hardware with the XCBC OpenHPC toolkit. XCI has also released a new "Describe a User Story" feature to the Research Software portal, updated the XSEDE Globus ID Explorer service to provide a more friendly user interface and help developers debug and understand security credentials, and would like your input on a SSH needs survey.
Apply by Nov. 1 for Spring 2020 XSEDE EMPOWER internships
Do you know an undergraduate interested in computation, conducting their own research, and making connections within our community? Tell them about  XSEDE EMPOWER  ( E xpert  M entoring  P roducing  O pportunities for  W ork,  E ducation, and  R esearch), an internship program where undergraduates have the chance to participate in actual XSEDE activities, like computational research and education in all fields of study, data analytics research and education, networking, system maintenance and support, and visualization. Undergraduate students at any U.S. degree-granting institution are welcome to apply. No prior experience necessary.  The deadline to apply for Spring 2020 internships is November 1, 2019.
Check out this video to learn more about XSEDE EMPOWER and what two recent interns have to say about the program.
Community Announcements
Globus now supports Box
If your campus uses Box for cloud storage, managing and collaborating with this data just got easier. Globus has announced a new Box connector that seamlessly connects Box with an organization's existing research storage ecosystem. With the Globus for Box connector, researchers can easily move and share data stored in Box using the same Globus interface they use to access other storage systems, enhancing collaboration and the ability to fulfill data management plan requirements.
HPC Leadership Institute
The High Performance Computing (HPC) Leadership Institute, hosted by the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) September 17-19, 2019, is tailored to managers and decision makers who are using, or considering using, HPC within their organizations. It is also applicable to those with a real opportunity to make this career step in the near future. Topics covered will include procurement considerations, pricing and capital expenditures, operating expenditures, and cost/benefit analysis of adding HPC to a company's or institution's R&D portfolio. A broad scope of HPC is covered from department scale clusters to the largest supercomputers, modeling, simulation to non-traditional use cases, and more. We encourage attendees from diverse backgrounds and underrepresented communities.
Registration closes September 3.
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