Daily Bulletin Archive

December 26, 2019

Black Hills Energy Company plans to update the electrical power feed to the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC) at approximately 9 a.m. MST on January 2. The work is expected to take 10 minutes or less to complete, and Cheyenne, Casper, GLADE, and HPSS users should not notice any interruptions. CISL staff will carefully follow the work and monitor all systems.

When the work is complete, NWSC will be the only facility on its primary power feed, which will significantly reduce the chances of future unplanned power interruptions.

December 24, 2019

Researchers who need help visualizing data to demonstrate the results of their scientific computing can request expert assistance and collaboration from CISL. This service is available to researchers who want help using specialized applications on data analysis and visualization resources that CISL manages.

CISL visualization staff have particular expertise in CISL-developed software such as VAPOR and NCL but are open to assisting with other applications. They have helped science teams produce numerous visualizations for conferences, publications, and scientific journals as well as science and broadcast news programs.

See Advanced visualization support to learn how to submit a request, what criteria must be met, and other details.

Hurricane Odile simulation
Hurricane Odile simulation, CISL Visualization Gallery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 20, 2019

No scheduled downtime: Cheyenne, Casper, Campaign Storage, GLADE, HPSS

December 18, 2019

As part of our effort to make software offerings across CISL systems more uniform, the default modules on the Cheyenne and Casper systems will be updated on Monday, December 23. Users of the default module set will have the following four modules active in their environments on both systems:

  • ncarenv/1.3

  • intel/18.0.5

  • ncarcompilers/0.5.0

  • netcdf/4.7.3

The Casper default MPI will become openmpi/3.1.4. The default MPI will remain mpt/2.19 on Cheyenne. Users are advised to review any customized environments they might have and update them if necessary.

December 18, 2019

NCAR Director Everette Joseph announced on December 9 that he has finalized a new structure for the NCAR Directorate. The Directorate changes are to align the resources to more effectively support the needs of staff and implement the new NCAR Strategic Plan. The plan, which is on target to be completed this month, has taken the better part of this year to develop, including gathering extensive input and feedback from NCAR staff, the community, and NSF. 

Scott McIntosh, former HAO Director, has been made permanent in the Directorate after serving for the past year in an interim role. Scott is now Deputy Director of Administration and Strategic Implementation. Along with Scott’s position, the position of Deputy Director for Science and Strategic Planning is being created in the Directorate. This role has been filled by Chris Davis for the past year. Each of these Deputy Director positions will be supported by a newly added position, an Assistant Deputy Director. 

NCAR is also launching searches for three lab leaders: Director of the High Altitude Observatory (HAO), Director of the Mesoscale & Microscale Meteorology Laboratory (MMM), and the Director of the Atmospheric Chemistry Observations & Modeling Laboratory (ACOM).

Chris Davis, who has been instrumental in advising Everette on key scientific and programmatic initiatives this past year, has decided to focus back on his science. After nearly five years of leading the Mesoscale & Microscale Meteorology Laboratory, Chris is stepping down as Associate Director. He is slated to become the next chair of the World Weather Research Programme Scientific Steering Committee beginning next summer.

The opening of the ACOM Associate Director position coincides with the launch of an exciting initiative with NSF to revitalize our atmospheric chemistry and observations work at NCAR. Guy Brasseur, who has served as Interim Director of ACOM since March 2018, has kept ACOM on a steady course and prepared it for this revitalization effort.

If you are interested in nominating, applying for, or sharing our upcoming leadership openings, please keep an eye on this webpage, where we will be posting all the up-to-date information.

December 18, 2019

The Artificial Intelligence for Earth System Science (AI4ESS) Summer School is now accepting applications. The event will take place the week of June 22-26, 2020, at NCAR's Mesa Laboratory in Boulder.

Who should apply

Graduate students, postdocs, faculty, research scientists, software engineers, and data scientists focused on Earth system science are encouraged to apply. Previous machine learning experience is not required. Some experience with Python and scientific Python libraries will be needed to contribute to the breakout sessions.

Application process

We have room for up to 80 participants but are expecting interest to exceed capacity. In order to ensure that the applicants who could most benefit can attend, we have a formal application and review process for the summer school. To apply, please fill out the application form. Applications are due by Friday, January 31, 2020, at 5 p.m. MST. Acceptance notifications will be sent out in early March, and those selected will be invited to register. A waiting list will also be created in the event that some participants are not able to attend.

December 16, 2019

Users frequently ask how to determine what files they own as they begin to migrate their HPSS data holdings to other storage resources, as all have been advised to do soon. CISL’s Consulting Services Group can quickly provide a complete list of a user’s or project’s HPSS files – in comma-separated value format – that will include the file name, size, project, create date, and last access date. To receive a list of your HPSS files, submit a request using the NCAR Research Computing service portal.

Recently published documentation and a recent tutorial describe recommended processes for organizing HPSS holdings, copying files that need to be preserved to another storage resource, and deleting files that are no longer needed.

December 16, 2019

No scheduled downtime: Cheyenne, Casper, Campaign Storage, GLADE, HPSS

December 13, 2019

Graduate students and postdocs from institutions in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Japan are invited to apply for the 11th International HPC Summer School, to be held July 12-17, 2020, in Toronto, Canada. Applications are due January 27 for the expense-paid program, which will benefit scholars who use advanced computing in their research.

The summer school will familiarize students in computational sciences with state-of-the-art aspects of HPC and Big Data Analytics for a variety of scientific disciplines, catalyze the formation of networks, provide advanced mentoring, facilitate international exchange, and open up further career options.

Go to the 11th International HPC Summer School site for details.

Hosted by the SciNet HPC Consortium, the summer school is sponsored by the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE), the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), the RIKEN Center for Computational Science (R-CCS), and the SciNet HPC Consortium.

December 12, 2019

Researchers who need help visualizing data to demonstrate the results of their scientific computing can request expert assistance and collaboration from CISL. This service is available to researchers who want help using specialized applications on data analysis and visualization resources that CISL manages.

CISL visualization staff have particular expertise in CISL-developed software such as VAPOR and NCL but are open to assisting with other applications. They have helped science teams produce numerous visualizations for conferences, publications, and scientific journals as well as science and broadcast news programs.

See Advanced visualization support to learn how to submit a request, what criteria must be met, and other details.

Hurricane Odile simulation
Hurricane Odile simulation, CISL Visualization Gallery

 

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