UCAR Update - July 2012

Opportunities, resources, and deadlines for university faculty and students

July 2012 - In this issue

Yellowstone installation progress and schedule update
Deadline is 17 September for large university requests for NCAR computing resources
Current job openings at UCAR
Opportunities beyond UCAR
New from COMET: Space weather and aviation, ¡Tsunami a la vista!
Reminders from previous issues

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Yellowstone installation progress and schedule update

NCAR's Computational and Information Systems Laboratory (CISL) and IBM have made enough progress on the installation of Yellowstone that we can now provide more accurate information about the likely schedule for acceptance and availability of NCAR's new petascale system.

Nearly all Yellowstone hardware has been delivered and is being assembled in the NWSC machine room. In a major milestone, on July 5, Yellowstone was completely powered on. While no significant problems arose, a number of hardware issues have been noted and are being addressed. The number of hardware issues are well within expectations for a system the size of Yellowstone. IBM and CISL are continuing to install software and configure the administrative and user environments. We are now estimating that the installation activities will be completed by the end of July.

At that point, IBM and CISL will jointly conduct benchmarks and run the system with a simulated workload around the clock for three weeks, a period called the Acceptance Test Period. If Yellowstone successfully completes the acceptance tests, CISL will take over the system from IBM, and we expect at least two additional weeks for NCAR-specific configuration and customization, which may involve clearing all data from the new disk system (several times) to optimize file system performance.

Our best estimate for completing these activities pushes the start of Accelerated Scientific Discovery (ASD) projects to early September. The rest of the user community will have access as soon as practical after the ASD projects begin.

We will keep you posted as we proceed, particularly about significant changes in this schedule. Please contact cislhelp@ucar.edu if you have any questions.

Contact: Dave Hart, NCAR/CISL, 303-497-1234
CISL News report on Yellowstone progress

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Deadline is 17 September for large university requests for NCAR computing resources

NCAR/CISL invites NSF-supported university researchers in the atmospheric, oceanic, and related sciences to submit large allocation requests for the forthcoming petascale Yellowstone system by 17 September. Revised instructions have been posted for the next round of Large University Allocations, and all requesters are strongly encouraged to review the instructions before preparing their submissions.

These requests will be reviewed by the CISL High-performance computing Advisory Panel (CHAP), and there must be a direct linkage between the NSF award and the computational research being proposed. Please visit http://www2.cisl.ucar.edu/docs/allocations for more university allocation instructions and opportunities.

Allocations will be made on Yellowstone, NCAR's new 1.5-petaflops IBM iDataPlex system; the new data analysis and visualization clusters (Geyser and Caldera); the 11-petabyte GLADE disk resource, and the High Performance Storage System archive. Please see https://www2.cisl.ucar.edu/resources/yellowstone for more system details.

For the much larger Yellowstone resource, the threshold for Small University Allocations has been increased to 200,000 core-hours; researchers with smaller-scale needs should wait until CISL begins accepting small allocation requests in September. However, university researchers with NSF awards can apply for a Small University Allocation on Bluefire or Janus to obtain information on the resource requirements for their research and to test the computational efficiency of their code before applying for a Yellowstone allocation.

Deadline: 17 September
Contact: Dave Hart, NCAR/CISL, 303-497-1234
University allocations
System details

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Current job openings at UCAR

Below are the titles of scientific positions now open at UCAR/NCAR/UCP, along with the relevant tracking codes. All jobs are based in Boulder unless otherwise indicated.

  • Project Scientist II (12163), NCAR/CISL


Applicants can view the full descriptions for these and other positions online.

Contact: UCAR Human Resources
Careers at UCAR

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Opportunities beyond UCAR

Below is a summary of faculty positions, postgraduate fellowships, and other career opportunities now available at UCAR members and affiliates and other institutions in the atmospheric and related sciences.

  • University of Oxford: Research Fellow - Climate Impacts and Risks
  • University of Oxford: Research Fellow - Climate Decisions


These listings have been posted within the last month at the “Opportunities Beyond UCAR” website (see below), which includes links to more detail on these positions, previously posted positions, and ongoing opportunities.

Contact: Michelle Flores, UCAR Governance, 303-497-2115
Opportunities beyond UCAR

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New from COMET: Space weather and aviation, ¡Tsunami a la vista!

Below are details on two new online publications available from UCP/COMET. Please see the accompanying Web links for more details.

Space Weather Impacts on Aviation
This module builds on background science knowledge taught in the course prerequisite, Space Weather Basics, 2nd Edition. The content gives aviation forecasters and others an overview of the information and products available from NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center and provides practice interpreting and using those products for decision support during space weather events.

¡Tsunami a la vista!
Edición del Caribe is the Spanish version of Tsunami Strike! Caribbean Edition, an interactive learning experience in which learners take on the role of a journalist writing an article for a news magazine. Sixteen lessons on tsunami science, safety, and history are interwoven within the learning scenario as resources for the article. The material is aimed at middle school and high school students (ages 13-17) but will be useful to a broader audience wishing to learn more about tsunamis in general, and in particular about tsunami risks in the Caribbean.

Contact: Hildy Kane, UCP/COMET, 303-497-8470
COMET MetEd site

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Reminders from previous issues

Students: Apply now for FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC Workshop
Application deadline: 31 July

Coming this fall: Conference on Intelligent Data Understanding
Poster abstracts due: 10 August

GSI Community Tutorial coming in August

 

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