PEARC18 Student Papers and Posters Submission Deadline May 7

The 2018 conference of Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing (PEARC18) will be held 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.

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Science Gateways Bootcamp May 14-18

For teams building or developing a science gateway (portal, virtual research environment, digital interface), the no-cost Science Gateways Bootcamp workshop is being held May 14-18 at the Texas Advanced Computing Center in Austin, Texas. 
Science Gateways Bootcamp: Strategies for Developing, Operating, and Sustaining Your Gateway, is for leaders of gateways who want to further develop and scale their work.
Participants engage in hands-on activities to help them articulate the value of their work to key stakeholders and to create a strong development, operations, and sustainability plan. By the end of the Bootcamp, participants will have developed a working hypothesis of their sustainability strategy and identified the key action steps to get there.
Apply at Applications will be accepted through March 23.

Advanced R Workshop Thursday March 8

Don’t forget that Pitt CRC’s Advanced R Workshop will be held tomorrow, Thursday March 8, from 1-4PM in 311A Schenley Place (4420 Bayard St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213). The workshop will cover using the neuralnet package to train data sets using neural networks.


  1. Bring your own laptop.
  2. Install R Studio on your laptop. Download from:

Find  more information at

Refinements to Queuing System Improve Equitable Utilization

Pitt CRC has made refinements to the clusters’ queueing system that we believe will improve equitable utilization of compute resources. The key change involves the “quality of service” (QOS) system in Slurm on H2P. Previously each group had access to a fixed number of cores per cluster. For  example, on the smp and high-mem partitions a single group had access to only 840 CPUs. With this change, each cluster and partition can be limited based on wall time. The change in the QOS system will be applied automatically based on users’ wall time; users won’t need to take any action.

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Pitt CRC Spring Term Workshops

All workshops will be held 1-4pm Thursdays in Room 311A in Schenley Place, 4420 Bayard Street. See registration page for more information and to register. 

  • Jan.18: Cluster Training
  • Feb. 8: Introduction to R
  • Feb. 22: R for Genomics
  • March 8: Advanced R
  • March 29: Guided Tour of Python through Jupyter
  • April 12: Development Tools: Building Software, Build Tools, Version Control, and Debugging


Geoff Hutchison wins 2018 Tina and David Bellet Excellence Award

Geoff Hutchison, associate professor in the Chemistry Department is the 2018 Tina and David Bellet Excellence Awardee. The award recognizes his effectiveness and his
innovations in teaching. Among many innovations Hutchinson
developed Avagadro molecular editor; with that software, he designed projects
that allow Physical Chemistry students to perform quantum mechanical
calculations to visualize results/concepts. He has worked with assistant professor Daniel
Lambrecht to develop the Pitt Quantum Repository a
website for viewing molecules on a desktop, web, or iPhone. Students can
visualize and rotate molecules for themselves – connecting the 3D
visualization to 2D handouts or presentation slides. This repository and the Avagoro suite of projects are increasingly being used in the Chemistry curriculum, including introductory freshman courses, to explain structure-function relationships. 

Peng Liu receives the 2018 Award in Early Excellence in Physical Organic Chemistry

Department of Chemistry Professor and Pitt CRC collaborator Peng Liu has been named the winner of the 2018 Award in Early Excellence in Physical Organic Chemistry, sponsored by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. The Early Excellence in Physical Organic Chemistry award honors a distinguished scientist who has made an outstanding contribution as an early career scientist in Physical Organic Chemistry. Liu’s group uses computational tools to study organic and organometallic reactions. The award presentation will take place at the Reaction Mechanisms Conference, to be held at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, June 10-13, where he will receive the honorarium of $5000 and a plaque.


Founders of Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Honored

Michael Levine and Ralph Roskies, founders of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, were honored by figures from the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, as well as US congressman Mike Doyle and many others at a ceremony Friday celebrating their retirement from the Center. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto declared Feb. 16. as Michael Levine and Ralph Roskies Day in the county and city. The Pennsylvania State House and Senate also issued proclamations.

See coverage of the ceremony at the Pittsburgh Trib “Founders of Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Honored by City, County, and State” and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center website: “Michael Levine and Ralph Roskies Day Proclaimed in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.”

ACM Awards Nomination Guidelines

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. See the ACM website for a full list of awards, nominating instructions, and deadlines.

2018 NSF CISE CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop April 9

The 2018 NSF CISE CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop will be held at NSF headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia on Monday, April 9. This event will introduce junior faculty to the NSF CAREER program, and help them prepare their CAREER proposals. Early-career faculty will have the opportunity to interact with NSF program directors and recent NSF CAREER awardees. The workshop is also open to multidisciplinary researchers with a CISE-specific focus, including cyberinfrastructure. The workshop will accommodate up to 200 junior faculty members. Please apply by March 10, with notification on March 12Travel support will be available for a limited number of HBCU/MEI faculty to attend this workshop. Attendees are asked to register early. For more information, see NSF CISE CAREER Workshop 2018.