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January 2020 IMPACT

January 2020 | 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
XSEDE supercomputer simulations aid in solving boron carbide mystery
Novel research findings assist in advancing future military armor
Boron carbide is one of the hardest materials on earth, yet it's also very lightweight, which explains why it has been used in making vehicle armor and body protection for soldiers. Building upon decades of research on how to make boron carbide even more efficient, an engineering team at the University of Florida has been conducting supercomputer simulations to better understand the nanoscale deformation mechanisms of this important material, which may provide insight into better protective mechanisms for vehicle and soldier armor after further testing and development.
Image Caption: The longstanding mystery: The Raman spectra for virgin boron carbide (dashed, purple) compared to the amorphized form of the material (green) indicates significant differences in the two forms of the material. Inset shows proposed mechanistic model for formation of amorphized regions within crystalline material. Supercomputer simulations by a University of Florida team are providing clues to understand how nanoscale deformations contribute to changes in the material's properties. Credit: High-Pressure Deformation and Amorphization in Boron Carbide in the Journal of Applied Physics (2019).
Program Announcements
Did you know? XSEDE offers digital badges to recognize competencies, promote training
From the Boy and Girl Scouts, to PADI diving instruction, to more recently popular geo-location games, badges are being successfully used to set goals, represent achievements, and communicate success in many contexts.
Put simply, a digital badge is an online representation of a skill you've earned.
XSEDE provides a large number of training opportunities for potential and existing users of its resources as well as staff members, and awards badges to learners who demonstrate competency in topics relevant to the use of XSEDE resources. Topics covered include an array of HPC skills and new technologies in both traditional and non-traditional HPC disciplines, with the end-goal of enabling learners to refine their skills and gain the competencies they need to be effective HPC researchers and practitioners.
XSEDE Cyberinfrastructure Integration Updates
XSEDE's User Requirements Evaluation and Prioritization (UREP) team completed the November 2019 Use Case Review and identified the two most important XSEDE cyberinfrastructure priorities as: documenting how to run containers on XSEDE resources, and improving automated security testing and consulting for XSEDE service operators. A report showing all the UREP established priorities for recently proposed use cases is available on the Research Software Portal ( here ).
XSEDE has enhanced User Profile and Allocation Membership security in the XSEDE User Portal using two-factor authentication "TFA." More details are available on the Research Software Portal ( here ).
Apply by Jan. 27 for the 2020 International HPC Summer School Program
Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are invited to apply for the eleventh International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences, to be held from July 12 to 17, 2020, at the University of Toronto, Canada.
Applications are due Jan. 27, 2020. The expense-paid program will benefit scholars from around the world who use advanced computing in their research. The ideal candidate does not need to be an expert in HPC! More information and how to apply may be found at the link below.
Students and leading computational scientist mentors at the 2018 IHPCSS in Ostrava, Czech Republic.
XSEDE EMPOWER now accepting undergraduate applicants for summer 2020 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 Summer 2020 internships is February 28, 2020.
Check out this video to learn more about XSEDE EMPOWER and what two recent interns have to say about the program.
Community Announcements
TACC accepting proposals for Frontera allocations
TACC is accepting proposals for Leadership Resource Allocations on Frontera through January 17, 2020. Proposal submission will open for the Pathways and Community Partnership allocations on January 20 and will be accepted through March 8. More information on Frontera allocations may be found at the link below.
Apply for Frontera Computational Science Fellowships by February 7
The Frontera Fellowship program provides a year-long opportunity for talented graduate students to compute on the most powerful academic supercomputer in the world and collaborate with experts at TACC. This opportunity includes:
  • 50,000 node-hours on Frontera
  • Paid summer residence at TACC
  • Training on the latest tools, topics, and trends in advanced computing
  • Collaboration with highly motivated researchers and graduate students
  • Networking with academic and industry professionals
  • Presentation and publication opportunities
More information including eligibility and application requirements may be found at the link below.
PEARC20 now accepting conference proposals
PEARC20 is now accepting conference proposal submissions. Deadlines are as follows:
January 22
  • Tutorial submissions due
  • Workshop submissions due
February 17
  • Technical track full paper submissions due
  • Abstracts due for Lightning Talk submissions
February 19
  • Tutorial and workshop author notifications
February 24
  • Student technology track full paper submissions due
Additional information, including the full list of deadlines may be found at the link below.
SGCI announces 2020 Gateway Focus Weeks
Looking to build a sustainability plan for your gateway? Planning to write your next funding proposal?
The Science Gateways Community Institute offers two Focus Weeks per year. Gateway Focus Week is a five-day intensive workshop that has been carefully designed to benefit teams who want to ensure the sustainability of their gateway proj ects.
The 2020 sessions are: 
  • June 1-5, Columbia University, New York, NY (apply by March 27). 
  • Nov. 30-Dec.4, San Diego Supercomputer Center, La Jolla, CA (apply by Sept. 25).
During Focus Week, teams engage in hands-on activities that help them articulate the value of their work to key stakeholders. Participating teams produce a strong development, operations, and sustainability plan with a corresponding pitch deck that includes actionable goals. By working closely across teams, participants have the opportunity to learn from each other's experiences and challenges. Focus Week attendees leave with a flexible toolkit that can be used as their projects continue to mature.
Focus Week is subsidized by the National Science Foundation. This allows you to attend what would otherwise be a $2,500 per team event at no cost other than travel, hotel, and a few meals.
Upcoming Dates and Deadlines