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Posted by Shava Smallen on 08/06/2019 15:38 UTC

The XSEDE Cyberinfrastructure Integration (XCI) team staff recently worked together with George Mason University IT staff to conduct cluster build training on local hardware with the XCBC OpenHPC toolkit. Sixteen staff from George Mason attended and worked with the team over 2 days, building a trio of test clusters for training, software install, and monitoring/benchmarking.

Have you ever thought, “I really wish I could _____ when using this system?” The XCI team has released a new feature to the Research Software Portal (RSP) to share a “user story” with XSEDE. The Describe a User Story page on the portal (part of the Community Needs section) lets you enter a brief statement describing something you’d like to be able to do when using research computing services. The idea could be about XSEDE, the RSP, your personal research process, or research computing in general.

The XCI team has also updated the XSEDE Globus ID Explorer service to the latest version, which has a new, friendlier user interface and more explanations about the data displays. XSEDE Globus ID Explorer is a web-based diagnostic tool for viewing the identity data returned by Globus Auth, XSEDE’s Web Single-Sign-On (SSO) service. Visitors to the site will see the identity data provided to XSEDE web applications that use Globus Auth for login. These XSEDE applications include: XSEDE User Portal (XUP), the Jetstream system, XSEDE Courses online training, and the Research Software Portal. In addition to displaying identity data, XSEDE Globus ID Explorer also explains the data and how to correct inaccurate data.

Finally, the XCI team would like your input on a SSH needs survey. Remote terminal login using telnet or the more secure SSH have been widely used for over 30 years. The web is enabling science gateways, web portals, and tools like JupyterHub, CyVerse, and OnDemand, to offer a more user friendly and modern way to access remote resources. Due to changes in vendor support for XSEDE’s GSI OpenSSH software and the growing availability of newer technologies, XSEDE is looking for broad input from users, developers, and cyberinfrastructure support staff of campus and national computing services. This survey will be open through September 30, 2019, and the results will be summarized, anonymized, and shared publicly this winter.

The mission of the XSEDE Cyberinfrastructure Integration (XCI) team is to enable users to leverage national CI using advanced software and services. We look forward to your input.