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October 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
Peace of Mind through AI
"Deep learning" artificial intelligence on XSEDE systems promises fewer false alarms and early prediction of breast cancer development
Screening mammography is an important tool against breast cancer, but it has its limitations. A "normal" screening mammogram means that a woman doesn't have cancer now. But doctors wonder whether "normal" images contain clues about a woman's risk of developing breast cancer in the future.Also, most women "recalled" for more tests when their mammograms show suspicious masses don't have cancer. With the help of XSEDE's Extended Collaborative Support Services (ECSS) and Novel and Innovative Projects (NIP), scientists at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center are using the XSEDE-allocated Bridges-AI supercomputer at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center to run artificial intelligence programs meant to determine the risk of developing breast cancer and to prevent false recalls.
Using AIs to identify false recalls by classifying the three categories (negative, false recalls, and malignancy) of digital mammogram images in breast cancer screening.
Life Isn't Ches s — Times Six
In a first, an AI program running on XSEDE-allocated resource overcomes multiple human poker champions
Artificial intelligence (AI) research took a great leap forward when a Carnegie Mellon University computer program overcame the world's best professional players in a series of six-player poker games. Experimenting with multi-player, "incomplete information" games offers more useful lessons for real-world problems such as security, business negotiations and cancer therapy than one-on-one, "complete information" games like chess or go. Running on the XSEDE-allocated Bridges system at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, the Pluribus AI was the first to surpass humanity's best at such a game.
Image via Creative Commons.
Program Announcements
ECSS Program Accelerates XSEDE User's Career in Geoinformatics
Did you know that XSEDE offers free assistance to researchers to help them better utilize XSEDE resources and improve their research productivity? The Extended Collaborative Support Services, or ECSS, grants users access to a variety of cyberinfrastructure experts for collaborations lasting months to one year, at no cost to the researcher. Interested? Request ECSS assistance with your next XSEDE allocation proposal.
That's exactly what former wildland firefighter Tyson Swetnam did. Swetnam, now a research assistant professor at the University of Arizona, recently sat down with Robert Sinkovits, co-director of ECSS, to discuss how the service played an important and large role in his career path and continued success in the area of geoinformatics.
XSEDE ECSS User Tyson Swetnam created this model of global insolation over 365 days. Credit: Tyson Swetnam
XSEDE-ORCID Integration Update
Over the past year, XSEDE has been working to integrate its services with the  ORCID   ecosystem in order to make it easier for XSEDE users to connect their XSEDE activities to their science results, thus communicating the impact XSEDE and Service Provider resources have on their research.
The XRAS team has officially begun posting allocation awards to users' ORCID profiles. 31 projects have been posted thus far based on the outcomes from the September XRAC meeting. Check out an example  here .
Users interested in having their allocation awards posted to their ORCID profile need to link their ORCID iD to their XSEDE user account. To do so, sign in to the  XSEDE User Portal , select "Profile" under the "My XSEDE" tab at the top of the page, then select "Manage your ORCID iD" on the left. Questions may be directed to .
New Clients Recruited for XSEDE's Resource Allocations Service
XRAS, or the XSEDE Resource Allocations Service, is the tool XSEDE staff use to manage thousands of resource requests each year. It was developed as a software-as-a-service (SaaS) tool with the goal of allowing other organizations to leverage XSEDE's investment for the national research computing infrastructure and is currently deployed at a handful of other institutions, including NCAR's Earth Observing Laboratory and the University of Wyoming.
The XRAS team is now in the process of bringing two new XRAS clients on board — TACC, for Frontera , and NCSA, beginning 10/1/2019, for their non-XSEDE allocations. XRAS will also be used to support the PRACE-XSEDE-RIST advanced support requests.
See XSEDE's video, Exploring XRAS , to learn more about this service.
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. EMPOWER is also accepting applications for those who would like to serve as mentors.  The deadline to apply for Spring 2020 internships and mentorships 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
TACC Launches New Frontera Machine
The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) welcomed Frontera, the f astest supercomputer at any U.S. university and the 5th most powerful system in the world, to the U.S. open science landscape in early September, 2019.
While Frontera is not an XSEDE-allocated resource, it does utilize the XSEDE Resource Allocations Service (XRAS) and will serve science teams in conducting research on a range of topics from black hole physics to climate modeling to drug design, employing simulation, data analysis, and artificial intelligence at a scale not previously possible. First announced in August 2018, Frontera was built in early 2019, and earned the #5 spot on the twice-annual TOP500 list in June, achieving 23.5 PetaFLOPS (23.5 thousand million million floating-point operations per second) on the high-performance LINPACK benchmark, a measure of the system's computing power.
PEARC20 Announces Call for Participation
PEARC20 will explore the current  Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing , including modeling, simulation, and data-intensive computing. PEARC20 will be held in Portland, OR from July 26-30, 2020. This year's theme, "Catch the Wave," embodies the spirit of the community's drive to stay in front of the new waves in technology, analytics, data, visualization, and a globally connected and diverse workforce.
Call for Participation Deadlines:
All submissions: January 20, 2020
Author notifications: March 4, 2020
Camera-Ready: May 4, 2020
Linux Clusters Institute Seeking Host Institutions
The  Linux Clusters Institute  (LCI) is currently seeking applications from institutions interested in hosting the 2020 LCI Introductory, Intermediate, OR Advanced Workshops. These workshops provide education and technical training for the deployment and use of computing clusters to the high performance computing community worldwide. The deadline to  submit your host site letter of interest  is  October 16, 2019 .
Upcoming Dates and Deadlines