People Network Calls to Kick Off the New Year

Mark your calendars for these upcoming People Network calls (Zoom details at the end). Per usual in January, we’ll host the CaRCC Parade to provide a community update on CaRCC activities in the last year.

Mark your calendars and join via the usual People Network Zoom room (see further below). For handy calendar entries, try the CaRCC Events Calendar. We also highlight other calls from our RCD Ecosystem partners and collaborators, as these events touch many, if not all, in our community.

If you’re not on our mailing lists, please fill out our Join the People Network form and join our Slack channels.

Annual CaRCC Parade!

Tue, 1/24, 4-5pm ET / 3-4pm CT / 2-3pm MT / 1-2pm PT
Join us for the annual CaRCC Parade, where we’ll celebrate activities and accomplishments from the past year. Call document and presentation slides are forthcoming. See you there!

Data-Facing Track (1st Tuesdays)

Casual Tuesday Community Roundtable
Tue, 01/03, 1p ET/ 12p CT/ 11a MT/ 10a PT
We want to take this month to hear a bit about what everyone is up to. This session will be a general sharing and free-form brainstorming session. We’d love to hear 3-5 minutes about projects that people are working on currently or new developments. If you’re stuck on something, feel free to bring that forward and get advice from the brain trust. We can also make breakout rooms for deeper discussions that arise.

Strategy and Policy-Facing Track (1st Wednesdays)

Canceled, replaced with Conference Proposal session (see separate email).

Researcher-Facing Track (2nd Thursdays)

What’s Hot in 2023!, Open conversation with R-F Steering Committee
Thu, 01/12, 1p ET/ 12p CT/ 11a MT/ 10a PT
It’s a new year and we need new hot topics to dive into for the researcher-facing track! Please join us at our January call to let us know what burning issues are on your mind. 
– Getting warm out there? What is making you sweat in 2023?
– Are there some leftover topics we should reheat? 
– What was the spiciest topic you heard about at PEARC and SC?
This will be a semi-structured conversation to set the stage for 2023. If you can’t attend, please fill out this survey to vote on issues to revisit:  Researcher-Facing Call Idea Survey  

Emerging Centers Track (3rd Wednesdays)

CC* Planning experiences panel
Wed, 01/18, 12p ET/ 11a CT/ 10a MT/ 9a PT/ 7a HT
A panel of recent CC* Planning awardees will discuss their projects, experiences proposing and starting their award, and reflect on the CC* Planning process. These planning awards range from specifying a resource for a research team to creating a cyberinfrastructure plan for an institution. Join us to discuss the CC* process and ask questions about what kinds of planning activities fit well with the program.

Systems-Facing Track (3rd Thursdays)

Deploying web-based software to enable self-service HPC for researchers on the commercial cloud
Thu, Jan 19th, 2023, 1p ET/ 12p CT/ 11a MT/ 10a PT
Presented by:
– Ken Bigelow, Systems Administrator, UBC Advanced Research Computing
– Jacob Boschee, Systems Administrator, UBC Advanced Research Computing
– Venkat Mahadevan, Cloud Architect, UBC Advanced Research Computing.
While more and more academic researchers are venturing into the use of commercial cloud, many of these researchers do not have experience with system administration or managing cloud services. This can present a challenge to research IT teams and units who do not have the capacity to manage commercial cloud infrastructure for individual research groups. The Advanced Research Computing (ARC) team at the University of British Columbia (UBC) is using the web-based software RONIN to simplify both the delivery of commercial cloud-based HPC services as well as the backend system administration. Started as a pilot in January 2020, our team has recently moved the offering into a University-wide production service. We’ll briefly talk about our research community and the challenges faced with public cloud using the default user interfaces provided by commercial cloud providers such as AWS. We will share our experience deploying, supporting and troubleshooting RONIN as well as the supporting AWS environment. We will also demonstrate a live demo of what a researcher just starting out will experience on RONIN and what it takes to set up their software and workflow in a cloud environment.

Additional Community Opportunities

January 12 at 12p ET/ 9a PT (2nd Thursdays/2nd Fridays): US Research Software Engineers monthly community call. See for more information.

CaRCC Calls and Zoom

All calls will take place within a Zoom room communicated via email. Please help us keep these details secure (non-public), but feel free to share with a colleague.