June 2018 Announcements and Events

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For grad and undergrads: SC18 offers student programs for Nov. 11-16 Dallas Conference
The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis is seeking talented students to come to Dallas and work/learn/play at SC18, NOv. 11-16, 2018 The mission of the Students@SC program is to build a strong and diverse student community in high performance computing. The Supercomputing Conference features a Student Cluster Competition, the Student Volunteers Program, the HPC for Undergraduates program, the Doctoral Showcase, and student participation in the technical program. Events for students including a Job and Opportunity Fair, a Mentor/Protégé Program, networking events, and full access to the conference. The conference also offers an Early Career program for those students that will graduate before November. The student programs provide housing, partial meal coverage, reduced conference registration, and travel grants are available on a limited basis.For more information visit https://sc18.supercomputing.org/.

ACM Awards Nominations
The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) makes available eligibility and nomination guidelines for its eminent series of awards recognizing excellence in computer science and information technology. Awards recognize career-long and early- to mid-career contributions, as well as contributions by students and specific areas related to computing such as high-performance computing, public policy, and curriculum development. Visit https://awards.acm.org/award-nominations for a full list of awards, nominating instructions, and deadlines.

Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) 2018 Monthly Webinar Series Continues through Summer
The 2018 OAC webinar series will be on the third Thursday of each month and is open to all interested communities. The 2018 webinar series will focus on the translational impact of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure and will highlight how cyberinfrastructure innovations have impacted science. The series will also explore emerging science needs and cyberinfrastructure challenges and opportunities for an integrated cyberinfrastructure ecosystem. This series will consist of presenters from our community ranging from early career to late career, across CI and the domain sciences, and show the unique tools, services, and transformative research advanced cyberinfrastructure facilitates. The webinars will be recorded and posted on the NSF website. A list for upcoming webinars will be posted shortly.Please mark your calendars for our entire series.

Do you want to present at one of the upcoming webinars? We are asking the community for nominations and self-nominations for presenting at our webinars. Please email our AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow: Dr. Scott L. Sellars (ssellars@nsf.gov) with your nomination(s). The nomination should include the name, project title, award number, and an abstract of the presentation.

Security Assured Cyberinfrastructure for PA Workshop June 14-15
The second Security Assured Cyberinfrastructure for PA workshop (SAC-PA2) will be held in Pittsburgh June 14-15. The SAC-PA workshop series is part of an NSF-funded Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure (CICI) project titled: “SAC-PA: Towards Security Assured Cyberinfrastructure in Pennsylvania.” The purpose of the workshop is to provide professionals from smaller institutions and campuses with information and exposure to the people, tools, and techniques being developed and deployed on larger campuses and scientific communities in an environment of data-driven education and research that depen  on trustworthy and reliable cyberinfrastructure to conduct scientific research and education using local or remote instruments, high-performance computing clusters, large-scale computing grids, distributed software tools, other critical infrastructure connected by high-speed networking. The workshop will consist of two days of presentations, information, and conversations to give attendees a better understanding of the latest cybersecurity principles, tools, techniques, and methods for supporting the use of cyberinfrastructure in education and scientific research. You can register at:

http://sac-pa-2-june workshop.eventzilla.net/web/event?eventid=2138932667. To learn more about SAC-PA, visit our site at: http://www.sis.pitt.edu/lersais/research/sac-pa/ws2/.

BEST Workshop 2018 Begins June 27
The Bioinformatics Education for STudents (BEST) will take place from June 27 at 9am to June 29 at 4pm. BEST exposes teachers to modern molecular biology concepts by incorporating computational biology and bioinformatics into their high school curriculum.  BEST also prepares teachers to introduce their students to emerging and exciting biomedical careers. All secondary science, math and technology teachers are invited to attend this workshop. See more about the BEST program, this workshop and how to apply at https://www.psc.edu/training-education/stem-education/bioinformatics/best.

Don't miss PEARC18
The PEARC18 (Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing) for the 2018 conference in Pittsburgh July 22-26. As part of a range of programs and speakers, PEARC18 will provide undergraduate and graduate students with targeted student activities. PEARC18 also offers the opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to contribute posters and papers. For all student attendees, PEARC18 will include a one-day intensive collaborative modeling and analysis challenge; a session on careers in high-performance computing; participation in the technical program; a mentorship program; and opportunities for students to volunteer to assist with conference activities. PEARC18 encourages attendance by participants from diverse backgrounds to bring together researchers, students, and prospective users from under-represented groups and new disciplines.

Find more information, including registration, guidelines and deadlines at www.pearc18.pearc.org.

Students who attend the conference can participate in activities that include:

• a one-day intensive collaborative modeling and analysis challenge
• a session on careers in high performance computing
• participation in the technical program
• a mentorship program
• opportunities for students to volunteer to assist with conference activities

For instructions on submitting a paper or poster, go to the PEARC18 website at: www.pearc18.pearc.org/student-program.

 
Gateways 2018
Gateways 2018: The 13th Gateway Computing Environments Conference will be held Sept. 25 – 27 at the University of Texas at Austin. Paper, demo, tutorial and panel submissions due: Monday May 7; poster abstracts due Wednesday August 1. For more information and to register, go here or contact gateways2018@easychair.org.
 
Call for Papers: Workshop on Strategies for Enhancing HPC Education and Training
The Workshop on Strategies for Enhancing HPC Education and Training at the PEARC18 Conference in Pittsburgh PA, July 22-26, invites submissions for full papers and extended abstract lightning talks. Topics of interest include:
  • Best practices for teaching and learning
  • Sustainable education and training strategies
  • Emerging and scalable online environments and tools

Submission deadline is May 18. Submitted papers will be assessed on novelty, technical quality, potential impact, insightfulness, depth, clarity, and reproducibility. All accepted papers and extended abstracts will be considered for publication in a special issue of Journal of Computational Science Education. Go here for more information.

Linux CIuster Institute (LCI) Workshops 2018
The 2018 Linux CIuster Institute (LCI) Workshops be again be offering training for HPC administrators at Introductory and Intermediate levels.

  • Intermediate Workshop: Aug.13-17 at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. More experienced Linux administrators will strengthen their overall knowledge of HPC system administration; focus in depth on file systems and storage, HPC networks, and job schedulers; get hands-on training and discuss real-life stories with experienced HPC administrators. Those who have attended an Introductory LCI workshop in the past are especially encouraged to attend! Go here for more information and here to register. For questions, contact Leslie Froeschl at lfroesh@illinois.edu.