Thursday, January 14, 2010

Cyberlink January 2010

UC San Diego CyberLink is a monthly digest of news and events related to cyberinfrastructure from San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), Jacobs School of Engineering, UC San Diego Libraries, Administrative Computing & Telecommunications (ACT) and Center for Research in Biological Structures (CRBS). If you have news to share about cyberinfrastructure-related research, applications or activities on the UC San Diego campus, please send them to

Coming to a Theater Near You: High-Tech Digital Cinema
For the fourth year in a row, Calit2 hosted CineGrid, an international conference that grew out of Calit2's exploration of 'extreme' digital cinema, leveraging next-generation cyberinfrastructure to promote higher-resolution imagery, better sound as well as more secure and efficient distribution of digital media over photonic networks.

Making MuSyC: Scientists Explore Energy Efficiency in Multi-Scale Computing Systems
Researchers from Calit2, the Jacobs School of Engineering and SDSC are part of a new Multi-Scale Systems Center (MuSyC) charged with finding better ways to design computing systems of all sizes, notably by focusing on energy efficiency as a tool to get computer systems to work more efficiently.

Getting Intense About Data: The SDSC 'Gordon' Cluster
SDSC Interim Director Mike Norman and SDSC Associate Director Allan Snavely discuss details and the potential of the new Gordon HPC system scheduled to come online mid next year in an in-depth interview with Linux Magazine's Douglas Eadline.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Reflections on the NSF Supercomputer Center Program
Calit2 Director Larry Smarr delivered this position paper to the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Future of High Performance Computing Workshop in early December. In it he reviewed the successes, failures and continuing challenges of the NSF supercomputing program that he helped create.

NSF Awards SDSC, ASU $1.7 Million for National OpenTopography LiDAR Facility
SDSC and Arizona State University have been awarded a $1.7 million grant from the NSF to operate an internet-based national data facility for high-resolution topographic data acquired with LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology.

Engineers Help Secure California Highways and Roads
At the UC San Diego Englekirk Structural Engineering Center, engineers tested the kinds of retaining walls used on highways, roads, bridges and oceanside bluffs. NSF-funded cyberinfrastructure ensured that engineers around the world could benefit from the generated data.

A UC Technology Leader Unveils a Bright New Library
Amidst budgetary doom and gloom, UC San Diego's newly renovated Arts Library opens its doors with advanced technology infrastructure and features.

UC San Diego Experts Calculate How Much Information Americans Consume
With corporate funding, a team of UCSD experts led by Prof. Roger Bohn is measuring the total amount of information in the world, and in a first report, tackles U.S. household consumption of information, which he pegs at 3.6 zettabytes. (One zettabyte is 1,000,000,000 trillion bytes.)

Universities Challenged to Develop Technology Solutions for a Carbon-Constrained World
Calit2's Larry Smarr, Tom DeFanti and Jerry Sheehan teamed with CANARIE's former chief research officer, Bill St. Arnaud, to co-author the cover story in the November-December 2009 issue of the journal EDUCAUSE Review, urging universities to pave the way for a "greener future."

San Diegans and their Cell Phones will help Monitor Air Pollution
Computer scientists from UC San Diego are developing a system to provide up-to-the-minute information on outdoor and indoor air quality, based on environmental information collected by sensors attached to the backpacks, purses, jackets and board shorts of San Diegans going about daily life.

HPWREN Featured in NSF Daily Digest
The world has gone wireless, even in the wilderness, thanks to HPWREN, the High-Performance Wireless Research and Education Network that began in 2000 with the objective of connecting remote science sites to a high-speed network. The wireless network covers nearly 20,000 square miles in San Diego, Riverside and Imperial counties in Southern California. HPWREN was featured in the December 1 edition of the NSF's Daily Digest.

SDSC, UC San Diego, LBNL Team Wins SC09 'Storage Challenge' Award
A research team from SDSC, UC San Diego and the UC's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has won the Storage Challenge competition at SC09, the leading international conference on high-performance computing, networking, storage and analysis. The team highlighted the innovative flash-memory technology behind SDSC's new Dash and upcoming Gordon systems.

Calit2 Brings Future of Visualization and Global Collaboration to SC09
In Portland, Oregon, for SC09, Calit2 was 'embedded' in the KAUST showcase, where a NexCAVE system was connected to the StarCAVE virtual-reality environment at UCSD, and in the CENIC booth, where Tom DeFanti and George Papen delivered talks.

Students Help San Diego Region Secure $154 Million in Solar Bonds
Mechanical and aerospace engineering (MAE) students at UC San Diego played a critical role in helping the university and the San Diego region secure a total of $154 million in federal bonds for solar installation projects. Such distributed solar installations are part of the ongoing convergence of the traditional electric grid and cyberinfrastructure.

… for these upcoming cyberinfrastructure-connected events and training sessions. All events will be held at UC San Diego (except where noted otherwise).

Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, 9:00am-12:00pm, SDSC Training Room 279 (West Building)
StudentTECH: A Celebration of Cultural Diversity through Digital Art and Media
In honor of the celebration of Black History and American Cultural Diversity in February, this workshop will incorporate the use of collected and found photography, as well as other graphic imagery relevant to the theme of personal identity. Participants will create a collage that represents the participants’ own individual cultural and historical family heritage. The artwork created will be showcased at the UCSD Price Center. Please contact Ange Mason via email or at 858-534-5064 to reserve your space.

Jan. 20-21, 2010, CSE Building, UC San Diego
Center for Networked Systems Winter Research Review
The agenda will include talks by CNS's industry affiliates on current research challenges and concerns, progress reports from UC San Diego researchers conducting CNS-sponsored projects, a graduate student research poster session, and numerous opportunities for information interactions with CNS faculty, researchers and graduate students. Attendance is limited to industry sponsors and invited guests. For more information, contact Kathy Krane via email or call 858-822-5964.

Jan. 25-28, 2010, Calit2 Auditorium, Atkinson Hall
8th Intl Conference on Creating, Connecting and Collaborating through Computing (C5)
This conference, first launched in Japan, is targeted at researchers, technology developers, educators and technology users interested in developing and enabling human-oriented creation, connection and collaboration processes. Focus areas of the 2010 conference, to be hosted by Calit2, include: collaboration and communication; technology-human interaction; visualization; virtual worlds; social networks; and learning. Keynote speakers will include Calit2 Director and Jacobs School Professor Larry Smarr, and sci-fi writer and retired SDSU Computer Science Professor Vernor Vinge.

Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010, 4:30pm- 6:30pm, SDSC Auditorium (East Building)
TeacherTECH: Step-by-Step Biotech for the High School Educator: An 8-Part Workshop Series Beginning January 26
High school teachers are invited to attend an exciting new TeacherTECH workshop series focused on biotech. This series will provide building blocks needed to introduce standards-based, hands-on laboratory activities into your lesson plans. May be used as stand-alone activities or as a combined series of labs to create an entire biotechnology course. The first of this eight-part series will focus on quick, easy ways to teach the principles of chromatography, a powerful method for separating complex mixtures into component parts based on molecular properties. We will extract the DNA from your own cheek cells, and then watch it precipitate. Bring only your imagination and take home your own DNA - in a necklace! Teachers may choose to attend one or all of the workshops in this series, depending on their interest. Please contact Ange Mason via email or at 858-534-5064 for more details.

Feb. 2-3, 2010 DoubleTree Hotel, Washington D.C.
National Science Foundation TeraGrid Workshop on Cyber-GIS
This NSF Cyber-GIS workshop will take place in conjunction with the 2010 UCGIS Winter Meeting. The workshop will focus on the following:
Complex geospatial systems and simulation of geographic dynamics
Computational intensity of spatial analysis and modeling
Data-intensive geospatial computation and visualization
High-performance, distributed, and/or collaborative GIS
Geospatial ontology and semantic web
Geospatial middleware, Clouds, and Grids
Open source GIS
Participatory spatial decision support systems
Science drivers for, and applications of Cyber-GIS
Spatial data infrastructure

Feb. 9-11, 2010 -- Calit2, Atkinson Hall, UC San Diego
SDR Development Using Software Communications Architecture
This is a 3-day course introducing software-defined radio (SDR) development. The course is organized by Canada's Communications Research Centre (CRC) in collaboration with Calit2. Registration required for in-person or webinar attendance.

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