An Update on Major Changes in Research Computing at Penn State
Since February 2014, the ICS has operated the Lion-X clusters, and we are delighted to report that as of July 1st, the staff of the former RCC has been resituated as part of a growing and improving ICS. These changes are part of a series of steps initiated by Executive Vice President and Provost Nick Jones and Interim Vice President for Research Neil Sharkey designed to help Penn State deliver the broad spectrum of computing and data services that are required to advance research at Penn State, as defined in a series of recent reports (listed below). Our new website contains more information on the background, future plans, the growing ICS staff, and the "coordinating committee" that is advising on a major transition. The ICS seeks to engineer and deliver research cyberinfrastructure (CI) systems and services that enhance researcher productivity. These will be developed on shared high performance clusters with customization through software to support both traditional high performance computing and virtualized environments that can allow interoperability of a wider range of tools tailored to serve a variety of individuals and communities of Penn State researchers. If You Need Assistance or Advice For technical assistance, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For assistance in developing research CI elements of proposals to external agencies, or if you would like to know more about how to acquire some nodes in a shared cluster, or want information about the new services that are under development, please contact email@example.com. The ICS staff are excited about this opportunity to better serve your research needs. We hope to significantly improve our advanced CI services within the next two to three months. We have also launched our much improved website that should help you understand changes, improvements, and future planes. On behalf of the ICS staff, I seek your engagement and input as we proceed with next steps. Padma Raghavan Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Associate Vice President for Research and Director of Strategic Initiatives Director, Institute for CyberScience 304 Old Main 814-865-9233 Email Padma Raghavan  Statement from the Research Faculty Members of the Research IT Strategic Planning Committee, see: http://sites.psu.edu/researchitcommittee/wp-content/uploads/sites/3088/2013/03/Research-IT-report-7-May-2013.pdf.  2011 Cyberscience Task Force Report, see http://ics.psu.edu/Documents/ctfreptlores.pdf  The Pennsylvania State University IT Assessment Executive Summary, Final Summary of Recommendations June 16, 2011, Goldstein & Associates, LLC, see website http://it.psu.edu/sites/default/files/attachments/itassessmentexecutivesummary.pdf.
A Strategic Cyberscience Initiative for Penn State
A Strategic Cyberscience Initiative for Penn State: Report of the Cyberscience Task Force Penn State must rise to the challenge presented by the digital revolution. The opportunities are clear – the academic landscape will be transformed through cyberscience. To achieve leadership and excellence, the Cyberscience Task Force recommends a bold cross-cutting cyberscience initiative. View the report
ICS Faculty, Yuan Xie, Wins Best Paper Award
ICS Faculty, Yuan Xie, wins best paper award at 24th Annual Great Lakes Symposium (GLS) on VLSI (very-large-scale integration) along with two former students. Yuan Xie, a professor in computer science and engineering, Ke Chen, a senior hardware engineer at Oracle, Guangyu Sun (CSE '11), an assistant professor at Peking University, and Tao Zhang (CSE '14), a senior memory architect at NVidia, Inc., received the best paper award during the twenty-fourth Great Lakes Symposium on VLSI (GLSVLSI) on May 21 to 23 in Houston, TX. They were honored for their paper "3D-SWIFT: A High Performance 3D Stacked Wide-IO DRAM." GLSVLSI is a premier venue for the dissemination of research papers of the highest quality in all areas related to VLSI, devices and system level design.
Three decades ago, a new and fundamentally revolutionary mode of investigation was added to the scientific method that has changed the scope of scientific inquiry: computation- and data enabled inquiry or cyberscience. This approach has been transformative and will continue to change the way research and learning is undertaken. ICS@PSU seeks to make Penn State the preeminent destination for the best possible cyber-enabled research and learning for transformative outcomes to meet the challenges of the day.
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