UCAR Update – February 2012

Opportunities, resources, and deadlines for university faculty and students

February 2012 - In this issue

Large university requests for computing resources at NCAR: due 26 March
• Steroids, baseball, and climate change
Current job openings at UCAR
Reminders from previous issues

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Large university requests for computing resources at NCAR: due in March

NCAR's Computational and Information Systems Laboratory (CISL) invites NSF-supported university researchers in the atmospheric, oceanic, and closely related sciences to submit large allocation requests for the forthcoming petascale Yellowstone system by 26 March.

Revised instructions have been posted for the next round of large university allocations, and all requesters are strongly encouraged to review the information at the site below before preparing their submissions. These requests are 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 https://www2.cisl.ucar.edu/docs/allocations for more university-community allocation instructions and other allocation opportunities.

Allocations will be made on Yellowstone, a 1.5-Pflops IBM iDataPlex system, as well as the 11-PB Globally Accessible Data Environment (GLADE) disk resource; the new data analysis and visualization clusters, Geyser and Caldera; and the High Performance Storage System archive. Please see https://www2.cisl.ucar.edu/resources/yellowstone for more details.

For the much larger Yellowstone resource, the threshold for small university allocations will be 200,000 core-hours, so researchers with such needs can wait until small allocations on Yellowstone become available. 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.

Application deadline:  26 March
Contact: Dave Hart, NCAR/CISL, 303-497-1234

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Steroids, baseball, and climate change

Carbon dioxide's been dubbed the steroids of the climate system, but there’s much more to its connection to wild weather. A new suite of in-depth stories features scientists from the UCAR community outlining the areas of wide agreement and those where there is still work to be done. Among the featured items is a two-minute animation on the steroids-and-baseball analogy, narrated by NCAR climate scientist Jerry Meehl.

This package is part of AtmosNews, a new one-stop website that will include news and analysis covering the work of UCAR and NCAR as well as members and affiliates.

Contact: Bob HensonUCAR Communications
AtmosNews | In Depth: Attribution

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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.

    • Climate and Statistics Postdoctoral Fellow (12057), NCAR/CISL/IMAGe
    • Petascale Modeling Postdoctoral Fellow (12059), NCAR/CISL/IMAGe
    • Postgraduate Scientist (12074), NCAR/NESL/ACD
    • Project Scientist I/II (12066), NCAR/NESL/ACD
    • RAL Program Manager (12077), NCAR/RAL

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

    Contact: UCAR Human Resources
    Careers at UCAR

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    Reminders from previous issues

    Seeking large-scale climate-related proposals for CISL computing
    More on Yellowstone
    More on CSL, including submission instructions
    Submission deadline: 20 February 2012

    Early-use computing opportunities on Yellowstone
    Details and requirements for NSF-supported university researchers
    Details and requirements for NCAR researchers
    Extended application deadline: 5 March 2012

    Seeking nominees for 2012 Undergraduate Leadership Workshop
    Application deadline:  2 March 2012
    Contact: Tim Barnes, Spark | UCAR Science Education
    303-497-1169, ulw@ucar.edu

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