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XSEDE IMPACT APRIL 2018

 
 
 
XSEDE Helps Reveal How a Heart Drug Molecular Switch is Turned On and Off
 
Armed with a robust computational approach that stretches the amount of time needed to capture the gyrations of proteins in their natural state, a research team has revealed for the first time intricate details about how a key molecular switch, implicated in a variety of medical conditions including heart disease, is turned on and off. An XSEDE allocation providing compute time on San Diego Supercomputing Center's Gordon, Comet, and GPU clusters made this research possible. 
 
 
 
 
XSEDE and PSC do AI - ECSS Experts Support Users in Deep Learning with Deep Expertise
 
Artificial intelligence (AI) research is tackling increasingly complicated problems, creating a need to converge AI, high-performance computing (HPC) and Big Data analytics. PSC has been at the forefront of this transition, offering expert support to its users through the XSEDE Extended Collaborative Support Service (ECSS). At the February 2018 ECSS Symposium, Paola Buitrago, director of PSC's Artificial Intelligence and Big Data group, and Joel Welling, senior scientific specialist at PSC and an ECSS consultant, reviewed the state of deep learning, arguably the most successful avenue of AI research to date, as well as the deep learning support available to XSEDE users through the ECSS.
 
 
 
XSEDE Helps Nail Down Cause in Brain-Region Activity
 
Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) measures brain activity as it happens. But on the surface, it's hard to tell whether activity in one part of the brain is caused by activity in another, or whether their apparent relationship is a coincidence. Scientists in Carnegie Mellon University's Department of Philosophy are trying to identify causal relationships in fMRI brain scans using a new set of statistical tools run on the XSEDE-allocated Bridges system at PSC.
 
 
 
The Complex Journey of Red Blood Cells through Microvascular Networks
 
To better understand the individual cellular-scale events that give rise to blood behavior in microvascular networks, Rutgers University researchers Peter Balogh and Prosenjit Bagchi simulated red blood cells flowing in physiologically realistic microvascular networks using XSEDE resources. The research captured both the highly complex vascular architecture as well as the 3D deformation and dynamics of each individual red blood cell. The results were published in the Biophysical Journal.
 
 
Program Updates
 
XCI Updates
 
The XSEDE Cyberinfrastructure Integration (XCI) team has recently released a software transition plan in response to the end of life support for the Globus Toolkit with several steps already underway. A collaboration between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and XCI has created a pilot portal at Illinois that enables campus researchers to discover technology resources (e.g., infrastructure, software services, professional services, training) available from their local campus and from research infrastructures like XSEDE.
 
 
Upcoming Events
 
 
ECSS Symposium April 17 - Clusters in the Cloud & Software as a Service Gateway
 
Join our ECSS symposium on April 17, 2018 at 1 p.m. Eastern/10 a.m. Pacific featuring "Clusters in the Cloud - Programmable, Elastic Cyberinfrastructure" with Eric Coulter & "Software as a Service Gateway" with Eroma Abeysinghe. All are welcome to attend.
 
 
 
Join the Blue Waters Webinar on April 18th featuring XSEDE Service Provider Forum
 
This webinar will focus on the XSEDE Service Provider Forum and feature Dr. Dan Stanzione, the Executive Director of the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at the University of Texas at Austin. Check out our Facebook event for more information, and register using the link below.
 
 
 
Early-Bird Registration for 2018 Linux CIuster Institute (LCI) Introductory Workshop Ends April 22!
 
Register now for the LCI Introductory Workshop before the early-bird registration period ends on April 22! LCI will continue to accept registrations after April 22, but the fee will increase.  
 
Introductory Workshop
The Introductory Workshop will be held May 14-18, 2018 at the University of Nebraska – Holland Computing Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. If you are a Linux system administrator new to HPC, this is the workshop for you! In just five days you will:
  • Learn HPC system administration concepts and technologies and how to apply them
  • Get hands-on skills building a small test cluster in lab sessions
  • Hear real-life stories and get to ask experts questions in panel discussions
 
And don't forget about the LCI Intermediate Workshop being held at Yale University in August! Questions? Contact Leslie Froeschl at lfroesch@illinois.edu.
 
 
 
Register Now for XSEDE HPC Workshop on Big Data, May 1-2
 
XSEDE along with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center is pleased to announce a two day Big Data workshop, to be held May 1-2, 2018. This workshop will focus on topics such as Hadoop and Spark and will be presented using the Wide Area Classroom (WAC) training platform. A full list of sites, training agenda, and registration form may be found via the link below.
 
 
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