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XSEDE IMPACT October 2020

October 2020 | Science Highlights, Announcements & Upcoming Events
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Science Highlights
Simulating Chesapeake Bay's environmental changes
XSEDE allocation enables researchers to compare conditions from early 1900s to early 2000s
Encompassing more than 4,000 square miles, the Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the continental U.S., providing an excellent testbed for scientists to better understand long-term changes occurring in coastal waters by using high-performance computing resources to create detailed simulations. With help from an XSEDE allocation, researchers have examined impacts of both regional and global changes affecting the Chesapeake Bay. They discovered that historical increases in fertilizers and atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations have forced the bay to behave increasingly like a small sea on a continental shelf rather than a traditional estuary. The bay now absorbs slightly more carbon dioxide than it releases into the atmosphere and experienced relatively severe hypoxia in 2018 and 2019.
Seasonal changes taking place in Chesapeake Bay according to computer simulations conducted via an XSEDE allocation. DJF is December-February, MAM is March-May, JJA is June-August, and SON is September-November. The figure shows exchanges of carbon dioxide with the atmosphere (air-sea flux, bottom right) and other related fields. (Dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC), Total alkalinity (TA), and CO2 partial pressure) Credit: St-Laurent et al (2020).
Program Announcements
XSEDE continues its leadership addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion
XSEDE leadership established a terminology task force to address the use of master-slave and whitelist/blacklist that are used in many programming languages and software that contribute to an uncomfortable and unwelcoming environment for some participants of XSEDE training events and workshops. As a first step, the task force created a slide for inclusion in the training presentations that acknowledges that the material may contain these terms and XSEDE is working to remove these terms from our materials and work with organizations where change is needed. The slide can be found on the XSEDE Wiki at and states:
In line with XSEDE's Code of Conduct, XSEDE is committed to providing training events that foster inclusion and show respect for all. This commitment applies not only to how we interact during the event, it also applies to the training materials and presentation. It is not XSEDE's position to use, condone, or promote offensive terminology.
XSEDE instructors strive to keep inclusive language at the forefront. In the event that we have included inappropriate materials, verbal or written, please let us know at While XSEDE has no control over external third-party documentation, we are taking steps to effect change by contacting the relevant organizations; we hope this will be addressed by all third-parties soon.
XSEDE is committed to providing an inclusive environment and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion best practices within our industry. Any organization is welcome to use the slide as a template and make the appropriate changes for their use.
Community Announcements
Early User Program for Bridges-2
PSC is excited to announce the Early User Program for their newest computational research platform, Bridges-2. The Bridges-2 Early User Program (EUP) is a 30 day opportunity, expected to start at the beginning of November, for researchers to port, tune and optimize applications early, and to make progress on research. Application instructions may be found at the link below.
High Performance Computing on Frontera Training Series
Join TACC on October 15, 22, and 29 for a 3-day Frontera training event. The first day will focus on parallel programming with OpenMP, the second day will focus on MPI, and the final day will cover Parallel I/O, HPC tools, debugging, profiling, and best practices on TACC machines.
Tune in to the Center for Artificial Intelligence Innovation's Fall Seminar Series
The Center for Artificial Intelligence Innovation (CAII) at NCSA is hosting a seminar series during the fall semester with a variety of speakers from across campus and Industry. The seminars will be held on Mondays from 11am-12pm CT via Zoom through November 16. Presentations will be 45 minutes long with a 15-minute Q&A. Topics for the presentations focus on AI research.
Catch Globus virtually this October
Globus will be presenting at the following events in October. Full list available at the link below.
TNCon2020 Virtual Conference: 
Scalable Data Management Using the Modern Research Data Portal – Oct 2 10:10 a.m. CT
DOE Data Days (D3): 
Scalable Data Management for National Facilities Using the Modern Research Data Portal – Oct 5-7
Bi0-IT World:
Dealing with Instrument Data at Scale: Challenges and Solutions – Oct 6 1:15 CT
Pathways in the Cloud: Facilitating Storage for Analysis Pipelines – Oct 7 9:20 CT
Aspects of Performance in Data Movement and Management – Oct 7 2:10 CT
Globus Office Hours:
Ensuring Compliance When Managing Protected Data – Oct 7 3-4 CT
Automation and the Globus Command Line Interface (CLI) – Oct 27 3-4 CT
Upcoming ResearchSOC webinar to cover baseline controls and paths to cybersecurity maturity
Join ResearchSOC on Thursday, October 22 at 2pm CT for their upcoming webinar, Walk Before You Run — Baseline controls and paths to cybersecurity maturity. This free webinar is about laying the foundation of a cybersecurity program that will mature with an organization for years to come. At the end of this webinar, attendees will understand the logical steps for building that foundation, key tools to use, how to make progress in the face of cultural challenges, and how to put resources to use where they will have the most impact.  
Apply to the Trusted CI 2021 Fellows Program
Apply by Friday, November 6 for the Trusted CI 2021 Fellows Program! This program establishes and supports a network of Fellows with diversity in both geography and scientific discipline. These fellows have access to training and other resources to foster their professional development in cybersecurity. In exchange, they champion cybersecurity for science in their scientific and geographic communities and communicate challenges and successful practices to Trusted CI.
Interested in developing a sustainability strategy for your gateway?
Apply by November 23 for one of the Science Gateway Community Institute's most popular programs, Gateway Focus Week. This year, SGCI is offering the full curriculum for FOCUS WEEK in a new format: online, over the course of two weeks, November 30 - December 10. The curriculum includes all of the core topics taught during the in-person workshop, including time to receive feedback from instructors and peers. Attendees may either register to attend the full workshop or attend sessions "a la carte."
Upcoming Dates and Deadlines