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Upcoming Events       

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Data Governance in the Time of Big Data Architectures (Gartner webinar) • Data governance has been indispensable for data management initiatives, including those involving big data. In addition, new regulations such as GDPR are forcing deeper introspection into how data is managed, secured and audited - from ingestion to purge. 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Free. Registration required. For more information on the U's campus-wide subscription to Gartner resources please visit our IT org membership page

Monday, August 28, 2017

Architecture and New Technology Committee • SITC meetings are open to the public, though space may be limited and preference will be given to all governance representatives. 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Dumke Conference Room, Eccles Broadcast Center.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Overview of CHPC • This presentation gives users new to CHPC, or users interested in High Performance Computing, an overview of HPC and of the resources available at CHPC along with the policies and procedures to access these resources. 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. INSCC Auditorium (Room 110), via Skype or phone: (801) 587-1478 | Conference ID: 3245805. 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

IT Exchange Group: Pitfalls, Practices & Choices in the SSD Market • The ITX group will discuss best practices when working with Solid State Drives (SSDs). ITX meetings are open to anyone. 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., INSCC Room 345.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Hands-on Introduction to Linux, Part 1 • First Linux session focuses on ways to connect to CHPC Linux systems and going over some important Linux commands. You will need to bring a laptop with a functional connection to the campus WiFi. If you do not have an account with CHPC, we will have login information for a temporary account on a virtual machine available for you at the presentation. 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. INSCC Auditorium (Room 110), via Skype or phone: (801) 587-1478 | Conference ID: 7882350.

Tech Talks: When Algorithms Decide Your Fate • Join the University of Utah School of Computing (SoC) and The City Library for a lecture series about the impact of computer science on our society and culture. This Tech Talk will be presented by SoC Professor Suresh Venkatasubramanian, who will answer the following questions, and more: Will algorithms help us move beyond human subjectivity? Or will they reinforce it under the guise of objectivity? Is there an ethics of algorithmic decision-making? 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., The City Library [Google map], Main Library Auditorium.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Labor Day • Holiday for all students, faculty, and staff.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Hands-on Introduction to Linux, Part 2 • Second Linux session involves working with vi editor, and learning how to write simple shell scripts. You will need to bring a laptop with a functional connection to the campus WiFi. If you do not have an account with CHPC, we will have login information for a temporary account on a virtual machine available for you at the presentation. 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. INSCC Auditorium (Room 110), via Skype or phone: (801) 587-1478 | Conference ID: 9408161.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Hands-on Introduction to Linux, Part 3 • Third Linux session goes into more advanced scripting, and also covers the compilation of software session involves working with vi editor, and learning how to write simple shell scripts. You will need to bring a laptop with a functional connection to the campus WiFi. If you do not have an account with CHPC, we will have login information for a temporary account on a virtual machine available for you at the presentation. 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. INSCC Auditorium (Room 110), via Skype or phone: (801) 587-1478 | Conference ID: 4707350.

Tuesday-Wednesday, September 12-13, 2017

XSEDE HPC Workshop: Big Data • XSEDE and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center are pleased to announce a Big Data workshop, to be held September 12 and 13, 2017. CHPC will be one of the satellite sites that will offer this class. There is no cost to attend, but you must register with XSEDE at their site. This workshop will focus on topics such as Hadoop and Spark. More info TBA. 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day with a 1-hour break from 11:00 a.m. to noon MST. INSCC Auditorium (Room 110).

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Module Basics • Modules is an environment management tool which makes modifying the user's shell environment simple and dynamic. CHPC moved to the use of modules Feb 2015. The advantage of modules primarily comes from the capability to load and unload the environment needed for a given software package, allowing users to quickly and easily start using programs or switch development environments. In this session we will focus on how modules are organized and how to use modules on CHPC resources. Users can come with laptops if preferred and we will assist with the transition. 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. INSCC Auditorium (Room 110), via Skype or phone: (801) 587-1478 | Conference ID: 4310505.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Slurm Basics • Slurm (Simple Linux Utility for Resource Management) is used for managing job scheduling on the CHPC clusters. In this session we will discuss the use of the Slurm batch scheduler on the CHPC clusters and the structure of Slurm batch scripts. Users with CHPC accounts can come with laptops if preferred in order to follow along with the demonstration on the usage of the SLURM commands. 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. INSCC Auditorium (Room 110), via Skype or phone: (801) 587-1478 | Conference ID: 489805.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Introduction to the Use of Open Science Grid Resources • This talk is an an introduction to the Open Science Grid (OSG) resources. We will discuss what OSG is, how to apply for an account, and how to write simple scripts. 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. INSCC Auditorium (Room 110) or via Skype.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Fall 2017 STEM Fair • The STEM Career Fair is for graduating seniors and alumni seeking career-oriented positions in technical, science and engineering industries. Internships opportunities for juniors and seniors! Free. Union Ballroom. 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Introduction to Parallel Computing • In this talk, we first discuss various parallel architectures and note which ones are represented at the CHPC, in particular, shared and distributed memory parallel computers. A very short introduction into two programming solutions for these machines, MPI and OpenMP, will then be given followed by instructions on how to compile, run, debug and profile parallel applications on the CHPC parallel computers. Although this talk is directed more towards those starting to explore parallel programming, more experienced users can gain from the second half of the talk which will provide details on software development tools available at the CHPC. 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. INSCC Auditorium (Room 110), via Skype or phone: (801) 587-1478 | Conference ID: 6120505.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Introduction to Programming with MPI • This course discusses introductory and selected intermediate topics in MPI programming. We base this presentation on two simple examples and explain the MPI parallel development of them. The first example encompasses MPI initialization and simple point to point communication (which takes place between two processes). The second example includes introduction to collective communication calls (where all active processes are involved) and options for effective data communication strategies, such as derived data types and packing the data. 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. INSCC Auditorium (Room 110), via Skype or phone: (801) 587-1478 | Conference ID: 6045805. 

Tuesday-Wednesday, October 3-4, 2017

XSEDE HPC Monthly Workshop: MPI • This two-day workshop is intended to give C and Fortran programmers a hands-on introduction to MPI programming. Both days are compact, to accommodate multiple time zones, but packed with useful information and lab exercises. Attendees will leave with a working knowledge of how to write scalable codes using MPI – the standard programming tool of scalable parallel computing. More info TBA. 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day with a 1-hour break from 11:00 a.m. to noon MST. INSCC Auditorium (Room 110).

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Electronic Lab Notebooks: Using LabArchives (upper campus) • Electronic lab notebooks (ELNs) increase the productivity, efficiency and reproducibility of research. Come learn about LabArchives, a multidisciplinary ELN provided free to the University community. 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., HSEB Room 3100C PC Lab.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Introduction to Programming with OpenMP • This talk introduces OpenMP, an increasingly popular and relatively simple shared memory parallel programming model. Two parallelizing schemes, parallel do loops and parallel sections, will be detailed using examples. Various clauses that allow user to modify the parallel execution will also be presented, including sharing and privatizing of the variables, scheduling, synchronization and mutual exclusion of the parallel tasks. Finally, a few hints wiull be given on removing loop dependencies in order to obtain effective parallelization. 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. INSCC Auditorium (Room 110), via Skype (TBA) or phone: (801) 587-1478 | Conference ID (TBA).

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Tech Tuesday • Tech Tuesday is a space-limited networking event presented by Technology & Venture Commercialization (TVC) at the University of Utah. Guest speaker TBD. Registration is required. 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., University Guest House. Light refreshments provided. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Hybrid MPI-OpenMP Programming • In this talk, we introduce hybrid MPI-OpenMP programming model designed for distributed shared memory parallel (DSMP) computers. The CHPC clusters are representative of this family having two or more shared memory processors per node. OpenMP generally provides better performing alternative for parallelization inside a node and MPI is used for communication between the distributed processors. We will discuss cases when hybrid programming model is beneficial and provide examples of simple MPI-OpenMP codes. 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. INSCC Auditorium (Room 110), via Skype or phone: (801) 587-1478 | Conference ID: 7047350.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Hands-on Introduction to Python Part 1 • We will introduce the key parts of the Python language: variables, functions, control structures, IO, exception handling as well the concept of object-oriented programming. You will need to bring a laptop with a functional connection to the campus WiFi. You will also need to have the Anaconda python distribution installed on your laptop. We will use Python version 2.7 (NOT 3.4) during the presentation. 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. INSCC Auditorium (Room 110), via Skype (TBA) or phone: (801) 587-1478 | Conference ID (TBA).

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Hands-on Introduction to Python Part 2 • We will introduce the key parts of the Python language: variables, functions, control structures, IO, exception handling as well the concept of object-oriented programming. You will need to bring a laptop with a functional connection to the campus WiFi. You will also need to have the Anaconda python distribution installed on your laptop. We will use Python version 2.7 (NOT 3.4) during the presentation. 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. INSCC Auditorium (Room 110), via Skype (TBA) or phone: (801) 587-1478 | Conference ID (TBA).

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Hands-on Introduction to Python Part 3 • We will focus on how Python can be used in a scientific environment by using Numpy and SciPy. This will assume that attendees have programming experience in Python and/or attended the two part Hands-on Introduction to Python. You will need to bring a laptop with a functional connection to the campus WiFi. You will also need to have the Anaconda python distribution installed on your laptop. We will use Python version 2.7 (NOT 3.4) during the presentation. 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. INSCC Auditorium (Room 110), via Skype (TBA) or phone: (801) 587-1478 | Conference ID (TBA).

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Electronic Lab Notebooks: Using LabArchives (main campus) • Electronic lab notebooks (ELNs) increase the productivity, efficiency and reproducibility of research. Come learn about LabArchives, a multidisciplinary ELN provided free to the University community. 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Marriott Library Faculty Center Room 1705A.

Virtualization containers for applicaiton usability and reproducibility • This lecture introduces virtualization containers that can be used to deploy applications and even whole computing environments to any Linux running host machine. After an introduction, we will go over the Singularity container approach and then set up an environment for Singularity container building on Windows, Mac or Linux. Then we will build a basic Singularity container and run it both on your local laptop and at CHPC clusters. We'll wrap up with some more advanced container setup and ideas for how to deploy your own applications as a container. Some basic Linux command and scripting knowledge is required. To accelerate the progress of the lecture, Windows users are also asked to install GIT BashVirtualBox and Vagrant as described at this page. Mac users are asked to install Homebrew and VirtualBox and Vagrant via Homebrew as described here. Attendees will also need to bring their laptops with the installed prerequisites. 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. INSCC Auditorium (Room 110), via Skype or phone: (801) 587-1478 | Conference ID: 6157272.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Introduction to GPU Programming • In this talk, we will first start with an explanation on how GPUs can be used as an alternative to traditional CPUs in the field of high-performance computing. Subsequently, we will spend some time on discussing the hardware especially the GPU cards as they are installed on several Ember nodes. We will show a few examples where the basic concepts such as thread, block, and grid will be elucidated as well as the concept of shared memory. The last part of the presentation covers topics such as compilation, mathematical libraries. Experience with C/C++ is strongly advised. 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. INSCC Auditorium (Room 110), via Skype (TBA) or phone: (801) 587-1478 | Conference ID TBA.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

XSEDE HPC Momhtly Workshop: OpenACC • XSEDE, along with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, will present an OpenACC GPU programming workshop. OpenACC is the accepted standard using compiler directives to allow quick development of GPU capable codes using standard languages and compilers. It has been used with great success to accelerate real applications within very short development periods. This workshop assumes knowledge of either C or Fortran programming. It will have a hands-on component using the Bridges computing platform at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center. CHPC will be one of the satellite sites that will offer this class. There is no cost to attend, but you must register (TBA). Details and agenda TBA.. 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with a 1-hour break from 11:00 a.m. to noon MST. INSCC 110 or 407 based on a number of participants (in 407 if fewer than 15), via Skype (TBA) or phone: (801) 587-1478 | Conference ID (TBA).

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Introduction to R • This (new) talk gives an introduction to the R language. We will discuss the following basic R building blocks: R data types, vectors, matrices, list, data frames, functions, control structures. In the second part of the talk, we will discuss how to use R on the CHPC clusters, how to install R packages. 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. INSCC Auditorium (room 110), via Skype (TBA) or phone: (801) 587-1478 | Conference ID (TBA).

Tech Talks: Air Quality and U: Empowering Citizens Through Science • Join the University of Utah School of Computing (SoC) and The City Library for a lecture series about the impact of computer science on our society and culture. This Tech Talk will be presented by Miriah Meyer, Computer Science professor, and Kerry Kelly, assistant professor of Chemical Engineering and associate director of the U's Program for Air Quality, Health, and Society. Meyer an and Kelly will discuss how low-cost commodity sensors are changing how cities and citizens measure and manage air quality, the science of air quality, the computational challenges of developing rigorous air quality estimates, and their efforts to engage with citizens across the city. 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., The City Library [Google map], Main Library Auditorium.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Introduction to I/O at CHPC • In this talk, we will go over several types of file servers that are used at the CHPC, then talk about efficient ways to read and write to these. We will start with plain text and binary I/O, followed by I/O libraries such as NetCDF or HDF, and then discuss compression of binary files for both faster performance and smaller file size. We will conclude with overview of parallel I/O utilizing the Message Passing Interface (MPI). 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. INSCC Auditorium (Room 110), via Skype or phone: (801) 587-1478 | Conference ID: 3431572.

Thursday-Friday, November 23-24, 2017

Thanksgiving and Day After Thanksgiving • Holiday for all students, faculty, and staff.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Introduction to Debugging • This talk will discuss approaches for debugging codes. We will start with freely available open source debuggers such as gdb and those supplied with the compilers, such as PGI's pgdbg. Then we will spend the rest of the talk showing features of the commercial Totalview debugger which CHPC licenses. We start with basic serial debugging, followed by parallel OpenMP and MPI debugging, showing features and tips that improve the debugging experience. We will close up with additional Totalview features such as the Memory Debugging, Replay Engine and CUDA and Xeon Phi debugging features. 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. INSCC Auditorium (Room 110), via Skype (TBA) or phone: (801) 587-1478 | Conference ID (TBA). 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Introduction to Profiling • This talk focuses on improving performance of existing codes. First, we overview common problems with respect to the current computer architectures and then we will go over available profiling tools. We will start with the open source profilers such as gprof, followed by pgprof which is a part of the PGI suite. Then we will mention tools produced by Intel, the Intel Advisor XE which is geared towards threading design and prototyping, and Intel VTune Amplifier XE, which is an advanced performance profiler and analyzer. We conclude with discussion on Intel MPI profiling tool, the Intel Trace Analyzer and Collector, which is useful in finding bottlenecks in MPI codes. 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. INSCC Auditorium (Room 110), via Skype or phone: (801) 587-1478 | Conference ID: 2511683. 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

XSEDE Resource Support at CHPC • This short course we introduces you to the resources available through XSEDE (Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment) and initial steps required to access these resources. The University of Utah Campus Champion, Anita Orendt, has a small allocation on a few of these resources, and can help you with questions and support. 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. INSCC Auditorium (Room 110), via Skype or phone: (801) 587-1478 | Conference ID: 2902727.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Protected Environment at CHPC • This presentation is an overview of the HIPAA-compliant protected environment for storage and processing of PHI data at CHPC, including cluster computing, dedicated Windows and Linux machines, and Virtual Machines (VMs) within the environment's firewall. 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. INSCC Auditorium (Room 110), via Skype or phone: (801) 587-1478 | Conference ID: 9321350.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Christmas Day • Holiday for all students, faculty, and staff.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Tech Talks: Computational Thinking Meets Design Thinking • Join the University of Utah School of Computing (SoC) and The City Library for a lecture series about the impact of computer science on our society and culture. This Tech Talk will be presented by SoC Associate Professor Erik Brunvand, who will address the burgeoning interest in arts and technology connections: new media, digital media, kinetic art, new frontiers, emergent media, interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, and transdisciplinary. 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., The City Library [Google map], Main Library Auditorium.


Past Events  

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

UIT Talks: UIT Help Desk Overview • Scott Lloyd and Chris Moore will describe how the UIT Help Desk works; go over the range of services that they and their staff provide to the campus community; and explain the best ways for students, faculty, staff, and IT professionals to get the support they need. They will also share recent service metrics reports and describe Help Desk projects that are underway.1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., 102 Tower [map], Zion Conference Room, 5th floor, Room 5150 +Skype meeting (will be recorded). By phone: (801) 587-1478 | Conference ID: 4582605.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

IT Professionals Forum • ITP members meet monthly to discuss IT concerns shared among University colleges, departments, and organizations. Tech showcase at 11:00 a.m.; meeting is 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Gould Auditorium, Marriott Library

Friday, August 3, 2017

State of Cloud Security (Gartner webinar) • This webinar sets out the current story of cloud security, providing an overview of the unique risks of the various forms of public cloud computing, so that security professionals can help the rest of their organization fully understand and address cloud risks. 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Free. Registration required. For more information on the U's campus-wide subscription to Gartner resources please visit our IT org membership page.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

UIT Talks: IAM Updates • Subhasish Mitra, associate director of Identity & Access Management in UIT's Information Security Office, will provide an update on IAM projects 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., 102 Tower [map], Zion Conference Room, 5th floor, Room 5150 +Skype meeting (will be recorded). By phone: (801) 587-1478 | Conference ID: 1438261.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Metrics Mania! Using Metrics to Bolster Your Higher Ed Info Security program (Educause online event) • Is your information security program data-informed or suffering from analysis paralysis? Good data is a crucial conversation starter for decision making, yet understanding, collecting, and applying data to measure and improve an institutional information security program can be challenging. 10:00 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. $200 single login price for Educause members. Registration required.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Data Strategy Over Ownership (CEB webinar) • Data is growing at an exponential rate, presenting opportunities to extract insight and build new-in-kind products and services. However, enterprises lack a cohesive data strategy with execution inconsistencies and burdensome governance. In this free webinar, learn to use a "lessons learned" approach to data governance. 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. A membership is required to register, free to the University of Utah community. For more information, please visit our IT org membership pageNote: CEB is now Gartner

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Strategic Information Technology Committee • SITC meetings are open to the public, though space may be limited and preference will be given to all governance representatives. 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Dumke Conference Room, Eccles Broadcast Center.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Deep Dive Into Apache Spark Architecture and Use Cases (Gartner webinar) • Apache Spark is a popular open-source in-memory data processing engine that enables rapid deployment of end-to-end big data architectures. This webinar delves deep into the components of Spark, deployment architecture and examples of coding. 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Free. Registration required. For more information on the U's campus-wide subscription to Gartner resources please visit our IT org membership page.

MacAdmins Meeting • Presentations cover Apple technology and integration in a heterogeneous university enterprise environment. Topics include "What's New" by Todd McDaniel, Marriott Library, "Creative Cloud Packager AutoPkg Recipes" by Patrick Fergus, Meredith Corporation, and "Apple Enterprise Deployment & Management" by John Daley, Apple. 11:00 a.m. - noon. Room 1705A, Marriott Library. A live broadcast is provided and archives will be available 2 to 3 days after the meeting.

Last Updated: 8/16/17