November 2017

 

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  TACC@SC17: International Supercomputing Conference Right around the Corner!

Left: UT Austin SC13 Student Cluster Team on the conference show floor. Right: Nick Thorne (left), Cyrus Proctor (right) and Todd Evans (not pictured) serve as the SC17 student advisors.

 
 

TACC@SC17: International Supercomputing Conference Right around the Corner!

This month, November 12-17 in Denver, TACC will participate in SC17—the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Storage and Analysis. TACC staff will present talks on topics ranging from multi-factor authentication to scientific visualization to diversifying the HPC community. Undergraduate students from UT Austin and Texas State will also compete in the annual Student Cluster Competition (SCC). TACC won the overall competition in 2012, 2013 and 2014 to become the first ever three-time winners. Good luck to the SC17 SCC team!

Learn more about TACC's participation in SC17 and visit us at booth #1343

 
 
     
 
 
  Stampede2 'Phase 2' Update

TACC staff members Dennis Byrne (left) and Sean Hempel (right) incorporate new Intel Skylake nodes into Stampede2.

 

Stampede2 "Phase 2" Update

TACC staff have been hard at work adding 1,736 Intel Xeon Skylake nodes to the 4,200 Intel Knights Landing nodes already in production on Stampede2, bringing the system to full strength. The nodes will be available to early users later this month supporting research in quantum computing, aerospace design, and much more.

 
 
     
 
 
  Advanced Computing for Social Change Institute at SC17

Daring Greatly, SC16 Advanced Computing for Social Change facilitators and participants. Photo by Marques Bland, TACC.

 

Advanced Computing for Social Change Institute at SC17

Undergraduate and graduate students from diverse disciplines and backgrounds will learn how to use advanced computing to explore the nation's immigration policies as part of the Advanced Computing for Social Change Institute held this month at SC17. The program—which debuted in 2016 and is organized by TACC, XSEDE and SC17—teaches students how to use data analysis and visualization to identify and communicate data-driven policy solutions to pressing social issues. TACC's Director of Visualization Kelly Gaither and Education and Outreach Manager Rosie Gomez serve on the 2017 organizing team.

 
 
     
 
 
  Nobel Prize in Physics Awarded to LIGO Researchers

From left: Rainer Weiss, Barry Barish and Kip Thorne. Credit: Molly Riley, Getty Images

 

Nobel Prize in Physics Awarded to LIGO Researchers

TACC congratulates Rainer Weiss of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Barry Barish and Kip Thorne, both at the California Institute of Technology, who were honored for "decisive contributions to the LIGO [Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory] detector and the observation of gravitational waves" with the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics. TACC has been an HPC collaborator in this research through XSEDE since 2013, and is looking forward to future collaborations with the LIGO team. The researchers have used millions of hours on TACC's high-performance computers to optimize their code and confirm the first gravitational wave detection. In 2017, researchers from the Stephen Hawking Centre for Theoretical Cosmology were among the first to use Stampede2. They visualized the LIGO-detected 2015 black hole collision and resulting gravitational waves.

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  Scientists Enlist Supercomputers, Machine Learning to Identify Brain Tumors

Scalable Biophysics-based Image Analysis for Glioma Segmentation

 

Scientists Enlist Supercomputers, Machine Learning to Identify Brain Tumors

At the 20th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention, researchers presented a new, fully automatic method of identifying brain tumors that combines biophysical models of tumor growth with machine learning algorithms. TACC supercomputers enabled the team to analyze 140 brains in less than four hours and correctly characterize tumors with nearly 90 percent accuracy, comparable to human radiologists.

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  Anticipating Aftershocks

USGS and Southern California Earthquake Center researchers used TACC supercomputers to develop an improved model of earthquake risk for California.

 

Anticipating Aftershocks

Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey and the Southern California Earthquake Center used Stampede1 and 2 to complete one of the world's largest earthquake simulation models: The Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast (UCERF3). The simulations showed that in the week following a magnitude 7.0 earthquake, the likelihood of another magnitude 7.0 quake in California would be up to 300 times greater than the week before.

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  TACC NSF Grant Will Develop Tools and Resources for Data Science Education

An undergraduate student at UT Austin interacting with data on a large touchscreen in the TACC Vislab.

 

TACC NSF Grant Will Develop Tools and Resources for Data Science Education

A new, three-year, $600,000 grant from NSF to TACC and the University of Louisville will support the development of training, tools, and a cloud-based virtual environment to teach data science and machine learning at the largest scales. The project will train diverse students in this critical area and extend to K-12 students.

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  TACC Proudly Sponsors the Gateways 2017 Conference

The Science Gateways Community Institute logo.

TACC Proudly Sponsors the Gateways 2017 Conference

Last month, TACC was one of the sponsors of the Gateways 2017 conference, which is organized by the Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI). The Institute is led by the San Diego Supercomputer Center in collaboration with TACC and other universities around the country. At the conference, gateway creators and enthusiasts learn, connect, and shape the future of gateways as part of a vibrant community with common interests. TACC staff members Maytal Dahan, who is a co-PI of SGCI attended the conference, and Rion Dooley, with collaborators from Louisiana State University, presented a tutorial titled: "Using the Agave API and Jupyter to Run Simulations, Monitor Events, and Share and Visualize Scientific Results." TACC will host next year's conference, Gateways 2018, in Austin from Sept 25 – 27.

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TACC's Niall Gaffney Speaks at Rice Data Center Science Conference

Speaker: Niall Gaffney, TACC's director of Data Intensive Computing

TACC's Niall Gaffney Speaks at Rice Data Center Science Conference

In a plenary address, Niall Gaffney, director of data intensive computing at TACC, described how the hardware and software capabilities at TACC help researchers address the challenges faced by data researchers today and how AI is being used to enable new capabilities for a diverse range of domains.

  Preserving Digital Humanities Web Apps

The companion website and database for "Speech Presentation in Homeric Epic" has been accessed by more than 5,000 researchers, but faced the threat of obsolescence.

Preserving Digital Humanities Web Apps

Researchers from TACC, working with classicists from The University of Texas at Austin, developed a new method to preserve digital humanities databases in the face of evolving web technologies. The approach allows scholars to re-launch a database application in a variety of environments — from individual computers, to virtual machines, to future web servers — without compromising its interactive features. Read how TACC is helping humanities scholars sustain knowledge in the digital age.

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A Free, Flexible and Secure Way to Provide Multiple Factors of Authentication to Your Community

Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) provides an extra layer of cybersecurity protection against attacks.

A Free, Flexible and Secure Way to Provide Multiple Factors of Authentication to Your Community

Researchers at TACC developed an open source multi-factor authentication system called OpenMFA that is enabling tens of thousands of researchers to securely access the center's HPC systems while still allowing ease of use. TACC staff presented the new system at this year's Internet2 Technology Exchange.

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  Tools of the 21st Century: HPC, Analytical Ultracentrifugation and a New Detector

Borries Demeler, Biophysicist, The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio

Tools of the 21st Century: HPC, Analytical Ultracentrifugation and a New Detector

Scientists from Georgia State and The University of Texas Health Science Center of San Antonio used the TACC Stampede2, Lonestar5 and Jetstream systems to uncover a new protein interaction relating to West Nile Virus. The project relied on software for analytical ultracentrifuges experiments that requires HPC to interpret. The results from this study contribute to the overall body of biological knowledge and represent the first application of multi-wavelengths ultracentrifugation to a discrete protein/RNA interaction problem. "We rely on HPC. It's absolutely critical," said Borries Demeler.

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TACC Welcomes Anagha Jamthe and Uday Udeshpande to the Center!

Left to right: Anagha Jamthe and Uday Udeshpande

TACC Welcomes Anagha Jamthe and Uday Udeshpande to the Center!

Anagha and Uday join TACC's Cloud Infrastructure Computing Group. Anagha is a research scientist who will be working on the Agave project. She hails from central India and worked at Intel prior to joining TACC. Her interests include software quality engineering, cloud computing and machine learning. Uday is a research software engineer who will also be working on the Agave project. Prior to TACC, he worked for Capital One and PayPal. Also from India, Uday's interests include implementing Cloud/Micro services products.

 
 
     
 
 
 

 

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