Fall 2018 Newsletter | Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute
Greetings from the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute (RDI2).
I am pleased to share the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute Newsletter - Fall 2018 edition, featuring highlights of our accomplishments from the past several months, alongside future goals with which we continue our mission to accelerate discovery and drive innovation through advanced computing and data.
Great institutes have traditionally been built on core disciplinary strengths. What differentiates RDI2 from these institutes is its ability to bridge across traditional disciplinary boundaries and enable truly cross-disciplinary research, education and outreach programs that fundamentally integrate computation, data with science, engineering, medicine and business to address important grand challenges.
This is an exciting time for RDI2, particularly in the areas of Advanced Computing and Data Cyberinfrastructure (ACI). RDI2 is enabling computational and data-enabled research across a broad range of disciplines that would not be possible otherwise by providing access to state-of-the-art supercomputing resources and services to the broader New Jersey academic community. Active research projects using RDI2’s advanced research cyberinfrastructure span biochemical engineering, finance, economics, physics and cosmology. Our resources are open to all students and researchers, and we invite applications for the allocation of computing resources on Caliburn, New Jersey's largest academic supercomputing facility. We are also striving to make sure that our resources are broadly accessible by students and researchers across the state. For example, we organize information and training sessions at various campuses and have regularly scheduled “office hours”.
Research in computational and data-enabled science and engineering remains central to our mission at RDI2 as we ad-dress the grand challenges in science and society. Researchers and students at RDI2 continue to explore novel computational and data abstractions, methodologies, and infrastructure, bringing novel extreme scale and data-driven approaches to a range of applications. This research is leading new grants, prestigious publications, software deployments, and new collaborations. For example, in 2018, we received over $1 Million in new federal research funding.
Education and community outreach the other central component of RDI2’s mission. RDI2 welcomes the 2018-2019 student awardees of the RDI2 Fellowship for Excellence in Computation and Data Science. Through this award, the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute supports students working on multi-disciplinary, collaborative, computational and data-enabled research projects in science and engineering, with a specific research focus on Big Data and Extreme Scale computing. We are also pleased to launch the first RDI2 high school internship program and welcome our this first high-school intern this fall.
It is no secret that our successes at RDI2 are due to our outstanding: the extraordinary researchers, faculty, staff, and students who, with great dedication, bring their intellectual curiosity, academic rigor and collaborative spirit to addressing complex challenges. They are joined by a worldwide network of alumni and partners who share great pride in RDI2 and its achievements.
Our goal for 2018-2019 is to continue to address emerging opportunities and challenges as we navigate rapidly changing technology landscapes in this era of extreme compute and big data. Our mission at RDI2 remains to fundamentally integrate research, education and outreach and advanced cyberinfrastructure towards addressing the most important challenges for science and society.
Come learn about how RDI2 is helping researchers tackle and solve the world’s most pressing problems.
Manish Parashar | Founding Director of RDI2 | Distinguished Professor of Computer Science
Code Ocean Workshop: Preparing your data and code for reproducible publication
Computational analyses are playing an increasingly central role in research. Journals, funders, and other researchers are calling for published research to include associated data and code. However, many researchers have not received training in best practices and tools for sharing code and data.
This is a step-by-step, practical workshop to prepare your research code and data for computationally reproducible publication. The workshop starts with some brief introductory information about computational reproducibility, but the bulk of the workshop is guided work with code and data. We cover the basic best practices for publishing code and data. Participants move through best practices for organizing their files, preparing their code for reuse, documentation, and submitting their code and data to share using Code Ocean.
Date: November 13, 2018 | 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Location: Teleconference Lecture Hall, 4th floor, Alexander Library, College Avenue Campus - 169 College Avenue, New Brunswick
ACI Information Session and Call for Proposals
The Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute (RDI2) invites applications for the allocation of computing resources on Caliburn. Caliburn, New Jersey's largest academic supercomputing facility, provides high-performance computing capabilities to academic researchers across the state to accelerate research programs that use or develop highly scalable computing applications.
The call for proposals for Caliburn allocations can be found at: http://rdi2.rutgers.edu/access-use.
In addition to applications for awarded allocations, startup allocations are also welcome. Startup applications are provided as means to have full access with a limited time usage allocation; they can be converted into awarded allocations during the next call for proposal cycle. Applications from any academic/research institution in New Jersey are welcome.
RDI2 also hosts information sessions throughout the year regarding the 2018-2019 operations calendar of Caliburn at the three Rutgers campuses. During the sessions, we will introduce RDI2's Advanced Cyber Infrastructure, as well as answer questions and provide consultation regarding the call for proposals. If you are interested in hosting an information session at your institution, please contact us at email@example.com.
Caliburn, New Jersey’s Supercomputer, Catalyzes Cutting-Edge Research
Caliburn, a supercomputer with the computational power of more than 10,000 standard desktop computers, is catalyzing diverse, innovative research at Rutgers University and across New Jersey, according to the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute.
Caliburn is the most powerful computing system in the Garden State. It ranked No. 2 among the Big Ten universities when it was deployed and continues to enable data-driven science and engineering at unprecedented scales, the institute says. This year, Caliburn has already provided computing that would have taken more than 6,000 years on a typical desktop.
“Computing has become a critical driver across all of science, and Caliburn provides a competitive advantage to researchers and students across New Jersey, catalyzing new research and driving innovation,” said Manish Parashar, distinguished professor of computer science in the Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences and founding director of the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute (RDI2) within Rutgers’ Office of Research and Economic Development.
The State of New Jersey through its Higher Education Leasing Fund program awarded $10 million to the institute to build a powerful computing system that could catalyze innovation in the Garden State’s data-driven economy. The funding allowed the institute to build an advanced computing infrastructure that includes Caliburn to support researchers at Rutgers and elsewhere. Parashar and Ivan Rodero, institute associate director for technical operations, designed the system with a unique architecture and capabilities.
“We continue to integrate new technologies and innovative solutions with Caliburn to maximize its impact on science,” Rodero said.
To read more about Caliburn, visit http://go.rutgers.edu/cvxoxyjm
$899K NSF Grant Awarded for Sustainable Data Framework
RDI2 has been awarded with an NSF grant ($899,139) for developing a sustainable scalable data framework for enabling critical geoscience problems such as early tsunami detection. This project develops a real-time processing system capable of handling a large mix of sensor observations. The focus of this system is automation of the detection of natural hazard events using machine learning, as the events are occurring. Rutgers University’s team, led by Dr. Ivan Rodero (PI) and J.J. Villalobos (co-PI), is part of the four-organization collaboration to develop a data framework for generalized real-time streaming analytics and machine learning for geoscience and hazards research.
This grant complements a recent NSF CC* Integration grant (DyNamo) awarded to RDI2 in collaborative effort with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Southern California, and University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
To learn more, visit nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1835692
Rutgers Receives NSF Award to Continue Pioneering Ocean Initiative
The National Science Foundation this week announced it has awarded a five-year, $220 million contract to a coalition of academic and oceanographic research organizations, including Rutgers University–New Brunswick, to operate and maintain the Ocean Observatories Initiative.The coalition, led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution with direction from the NSF, includes Rutgers, the University of Washington and Oregon State University. For additional information please visit ORED News and Rutgers News.
RDI2 Annual Open House
Join us at the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute (RDI2) Research Expo and Networking event, our 3rd annual Open House event at the Institute. With a focus on computational and data-enabled discovery, this event showcases the Large Scale Computing and Data Science capabilities and expertise at RDI2 as well as provides updates on the exciting new initiatives of the Institute. Light refreshments and lunch will be served.
Keynote Speaker: Sanjay Padhi, PhD, Principal, Amazon Web Services' Global Scientific Computing
Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Busch Campus - Student Center, Center Hall
Please visit https://goo.gl/emQ5vb
3 RDI2 Papers Accepted for Publication at SBAC-PAD Conference
Congratulations to some of our RDI2 staff and researchers for the acceptance of 3 new papers for publication at the SCBAC-PAD Conference, which will be hosted this year at the École Normale Supérieure of Lyon, France.
SBAC-PAD is an international symposium which has continuously presented an overview of new developments in parallel and distributed computing technologies, and is open to faculty members, researchers, specialists and graduate students worldwide. One of the four keynote speeches at the event will be given by RDI2's founding Director Manish Parashar, who will be presenting the talk Big Data at Extreme-Scales: Addressing Computational Challenges in the 21st Century.
The papers that will be featured at the conference are as follows:
Exploring the Potential of Next Generation Software-Defined In-Memory Frameworks
Shouwei Chen and Ivan Rodero
Exploring Power Budget Scheduling Opportunities and Trade-offs for AMR-based Applications
Yubo Qin, Ivan Rodero, Pradeep Subedi, Manish Parashar and Sandro Rigo
Runtime Management of Data Quality for Scientific Observatories Using Edge and In-Transit Resources
Ali Reza Zamani, Daniel Balouek-Thomert, J. J. Villalobos, Ivan Rodero and Manish Parashar
Caliburn & ACI Information Sessions: Rutgers—Newark
Please join us on August 21, 2018 at a series of information sessions regarding Caliburn Supercomputer and the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute, which will include a discussion of the 2018-2019 operations calendar and a call for proposals for the Caliburn Supercomputer at Rutgers—Newark.
During these sessions, we will provide an introduction to RDI2's Advanced Cyber Infrastructure and address questions and consultations on the call for proposals for January 2019 through June 31st, 2019. The tentative agenda for these sessions includes:
- An overview of RDI2’s Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (ACI) and Caliburn infrastructure
- Announcements of upcoming meetings and workshops
- Development of proposals for 2019
- Follow up Q/A session
Date: Tuesday Aug 21, 2018
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
Q&A session from 11:00am – 11:30am
Location: Paul Robeson Campus Center
350 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd - Multi-purpose Room - Newark, NJ 07102
To register for the event, please fill out and submit this form:
We look forward to seeing you there!
Congratulations to Dr. Ivan Rodero: CC * Integration, DyNamo
Congratulations to Dr. Ivan Rodero, Associate Director for Technical Operations and Associate Research Professor, on being awarded the CC* Integration: Delivering a Dynamic Network-centric Platform for Data-driven Science (DyNamo)! In collaborative effort with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Southern California, and University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Dr. Rodero represents RDI2 in support of programmable, on-demand access to high-bandwidth, configurable network paths from community data repositories to national CI facilities. This will help satisfy data, computational and storage requirements of CASA and OOI workflows.
Dr. Rodero, along with J. J. Villalobos (Assistant Director of Research Computing and Cybersecurity and Research Associate), will work to enable researchers to test new algorithms and models in real time with live streaming data. These efforts, referred to as DyNamo, will allow atmospheric scientists and hydrologist to improve short and long-term weather forecasts and aid the oceanographic community. DyNamo’s workflows will allow for adaptability by other CI facilities, as well as management systems and middleware.
Congratulations to Dr. Rodero!
Congratulations to Dr. Thu Nguyen: RET Supplement from the NSF
Congratulations to Dr. Thu Nguyen, Professor and Chair of Computer Science, and research collaborator at Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute, on being awarded a RET supplement from the National Science Foundation! This supplement will be added to his existing award, II-EN: Collaborative Research: Enhancing the Parasol Experimental Testbed for Sustainable Computing. The RET supports local schoolteachers who work on projects related to enhancing the Parasol experimental testbed for sustainable computing; these educators are encouraged and supported to publish or present this curriculum at the regional or national level.
This project will enhance an experimental datacenter for sustainable computing. While most datacenters consume vast amounts of energy, totaling about 1.8% of the US electricity usage in 2014, the Parasol is an experimental green datacenter, which has previously demonstrated that the combination of green design and intelligent software management systems can lead to significant reductions in energy consumption, carbon emission, and cost.
Part of the results of this grant will be used in the development of a future wireless research testbed called COSMOS, a unique infrastructure that consists of heterogeneous wired and wireless resources that can be reserved by researchers for running experiments in the area of next generation wireless networks and applications. Rutgers, Columbia, and NYU take part in the design of the testbed. The teachers, who will be recruited out of NJ and NYC, will use the testbed to build research experiments suitable for students in technology classrooms. Dr. Nguyen’s efforts will allow for innovative educational research in the field of wireless networks to occur.
Congratulations again to Dr. Nguyen and future RET educators!
Congratulations Forough Ghahramani: Article “Gender data gap: Baseline of US academic institutions” Published
Congratulations to our Associate Director of Administration and Partnerships, Forough Ghahramani, on the publication of her article “Gender data gap: Baseline of US academic institutions” in the National Academy of Inventors Journal.
Along with other 4 other members of the AUTM Women Inventors Committee (AUTM WIC), for which Forough is the metrics subcommittee chair, she conducted research regarding the invention gender gap at multiple U.S. academic institutions. This research will help establish a baseline for measuring U.S. academic institutions' tracking of inventors by gender, while raising national and global awareness of the disparate representation of women in STEM+ fields. Amazing work!