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Upcoming Events              

Monday, October 23, 2017

Architecture and New Technology Committee • ANTC 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., Winder Boardroom, Park Building.

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).

UIT Talks: CTO Updates • Jim Livingston, Chief Technology Officer, will provide updates about the next generation data center technologies that the U is implementing, i.e., Hybrid Cloud, Cisco ACI, and the Hitachi Content Platform. Meeting documents and a recording of the meeting (when available) can be accessed in Box. 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., Zion Conference Room 5150, 102 Tower [map] + online Skype meeting or join by phone 801-587-1478, Conference ID: 594594.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

IT Exchange Group • Topic is integrating alternate OS systems, such as Linux, using SSSD/LDAP with centralized Campus AD/LDAP systems. ITX meetings are open to anyone. 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., INSCC auditorium, room 345.

Introduction to PowerShell • This PowerShell class is open to the U’s IT community at no cost. 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Warnock Engineering Building, room 208. Register by Wednesday, October 18. Seating is limited.

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). 

Friday-Saturday, October 27-28, 2017

Hack the U • HackTheU is Utah’s largest hackathon (a.k.a., "invention marathon"). Over the course of 24 hours, students from across the nation will develop solutions built for Machine Learning, A.I., or Games for Health. There will be workshops on various topics, plenty of food, and multiple prizes awarded. You can create a team and designate teammates during registration, or you can register as an individual. Register here. 1:00 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27 - 6:00 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Rice-Eccles Stadium.

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.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Enterprise Web Advisory Council (ad hoc) • The University Enterprise Web Advisory Council (EWAC) is entrusted with raising, hearing and discussing issues that affect University web properties, its online ecosystem, and web visitors. EWAC council meetings are open and welcome all stakeholders, but physical meeting space may limit the number of attendees. 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., Dumke Conference Room, Eccles Broadcast Center.

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, October 3, 2017

Setting Product Owners Up for Success (CEB webinar) • More than 60% of PMO leaders cite the lack of business partner engagement as the top challenge in Agile projects. In this webinar, you will learn to make the case for effective product ownership, define product owner competencies, clarify and communicate product owner role expectations, and equip product owners with tools to self-assess their proficiency. 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Registration required; free to University of Utah community members with a CEB account.  

UIT Talks: Google Search Appliance Replacement - A Town Hall •  Barb Iannucci, associate director for content and usability in University Support Services, will host a town hall on Google Search Appliance (GSA), which returns results when website visitors type search queries into the search box in the upper right corner of the majority of U websites. Google has, unfortunately, decided to discontinue this product without having a replacement solution in place. As a result, the University is embarking on a venture to find a new enterprise website search solution. Meeting documents and a recording of the meeting (when available) can be accessed in Box. 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., Zion Conference Room 5150, 102 Tower [map] + online Skype meeting or join by phone 801-587-1478, Conference ID: 4238905.

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

IT Professionals Forum • ITP members meet monthly to discuss IT concerns shared among University colleges, departments, and organizations. Tech showcase by EWC Technologies 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Lunch (provided) 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.; Meeting 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Gould Auditorium, Marriott Library.

Electronic Lab Notebooks: Using LabArchives • 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.

Crash Course in Lightroom and Photoshop • University student are invited to this free Lassonde workshop to learn the ropes of Photoshop and Lightroom, two of Adobe’s greatest tools for enhancing your digital spectrum. 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Lassonde Studios.

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 will 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 or phone: (801) 587-1478 | Conference ID 4549383.

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. 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Data Investments as a Competitive Advantage (CEB webinar) • Organizations need to have a data strategy to translate the wealth of information they capture into better decisions that enable their business strategy. Join Graeme Thompson, the CIO and SVP of Informatica, as he provides an in-depth look at the three components of an effective data strategy: 1. Trace data improvements to business strategy, 2. Concentrate on the investments with the largest impact on the most critical data, and 3. Initiate a collaborative effort with joint accountability for improvements to analytical capabilities. 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Registration required; free to University of Utah community members with a CEB account.  

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

UIT All-Hands Meeting • The Fall 2017 UIT All-Hands Meeting will be held at the University Guest House, Douglas Ballroom. 8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. light refreshments and mingling, 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. presentations. Presentations include CIO address, CISO Randy Arvay introduction; ISO overview, Milestone Years of Service; Kevin Taylor Service Award: Nominee Presentation, Winner Announcement; questions and answers (as time allows). Free parking will be available in the Guest House parking lot (Lot 63 on this map). Please note that parking space availability will be limited. The meeting will be recorded courtesy of our TLT colleagues, and available online for those unable to attend in person.

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.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

MacAdmins Meeting • Presentations cover Apple technology and integration in a heterogeneous university enterprise environment. 11:00 a.m. - noon, room 1705A, Marriott Library. A live broadcast will be available.

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).

Last Updated: 10/19/17