Welcome to August! Check out People Network and Other Community Calls

Greetings to all members of the CaRCC People Network! 

Mark your calendars for these upcoming People Network calls. For handy calendar entries, check out the CaRCC Events Calendar.

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

Data-Facing Track (1st Tuesdays)

Artificial Intelligence: The Beginning and the End of Human Wisdom
Shuyuan Mary Ho Metcalf, Florida State University
Tue. August 1, 1p ET/ 12a CT/ 11a MT/ 10a PT

ChatGPT has drawn significant attention from early adopters. While this generative artificial intelligence (AI) system can be somewhat intuitive, such technology can also be disruptive in domains that require creativity (e.g., computer coding, education), information authenticity (e.g., news agencies, and intelligence communities) and precision (e.g., clinical decision-making, manufacturing). In this talk, Shuyuan will discuss the significance of AI adoption, her recent work utilizing research computing center (RCC) resources at Florida State University, and ethics and implications of AI adoption in society.

Strategy and Policy-Facing Track (1st Wednesdays)

Reflections and discussion of PEARC23. 
Wed. August 2nd, 12p ET/ 11a CT/ 10a MT/ 9a PT

We’ll have a community discussion of what those who were able to attend PEARC23 saw and heard, to more broadly share the ideas with those who are not able to attend PEARC23. Everyone is welcome to join the discussion with your reflections and/or your questions.

Researcher-Facing Track (2nd Thursdays)

Evolution of Containers for HPC
David Godlove, CIQ
Thu. August 10, 1p ET/ 12a CT/ 11a MT/ 10a PT

In this session, Dave Godlove (Solutions Architect) will provide an update on the ongoing evolution of containers for HPC. We’ll discuss the transition from Singularity to Apptainer as a project supported by the Linux Foundation. Then we’ll turn attention to leveraging fake root permissions using the User namespace and running containers in “rootless mode”. We’ll also briefly discuss new recommendations for running containers in parallel and strategies for securing pre-built base containers. Finally, we will discuss  job orchestration for containers in HPC. This presentation will be followed by a community discussion.

Emerging Centers Track (3rd Wednesdays)

HPC in Africa 
Wed. August 16, 12p ET/ 11a CT/ 10a MT/ 9a PT

Join us for an interesting conversation with Bryan Johnston, Senior HPC Technologist, Advanced Computer Engineering Lab, Centre for High Performance Computing, South Africa, https://www.chpc.ac.za as he shares with us the state of HPC in Africa, including recent HPC deployments in Kenya and Angola. The discussion will then revolve around possible partnerships and inclusion of the African emerging centers into our community.

Systems-Facing Track (3rd Thursdays)

Cluster Resource Management software and solutions – Part 2
Thu. August 17, 12p ET/ 11a CT/ 10a MT/ 9a PT

We will continue our discussion from the June 2023 session where based on a survey shared out, link also below, we will be looking to host a set of short presentations from multiple sites reviewing the cluster resource management software and solution sets used, how they appear to perform, their strengths and weaknesses, and if each site plans to continue with the current solutions.  The link to the survey for any who have not filled it out yet is: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_783xjvjLFE0ReF8

CaRCC Interest Groups

Tue Aug 8th, 11a ET/ 8a PT (2nd Tuesdays): RCD Capabilities Model Office Hours – come and go as you please to learn how to get started with the Research Computing and Data Capabilities Model, discuss where you are in the process, make suggestions for improvements, and more!
Meeting coordinates: Zoom Session URL (Meeting ID: 381 654 7290; Passcode: carcc). Join the capsmodel-discuss@carcc.org mailing list or send questions to capsmodel-help@carcc.org.

Tue Aug 8th, 2pm ET/ 11am PT (2nd Tuesdays): CaRCC RCD Student Workforce Development Interest Group.  
This month’s call will be a combined Student and Staff Workforce Development call, with an open discussion/recap  on the recent RCD Nexus Day workshop as well as the PEARC conference in general.   For those who were able to attend, please join us and share your thoughts, and for those that were not, come hear about the highlights!

Zoom details via email. Join the mailing lists  https://groups.google.com/a/carcc.org/g/rcd-staff-workforcedev/members  or  https://groups.google.com/a/carcc.org/g/rcd-student-workforcedev/members   

Additional Community Opportunities

Thu Aug 11th, 12p ET/ 9a PT (2nd Thursdays/2nd Fridays): US Research Software Engineers monthly community call. See https://us-rse.org/calendar/ for more information.

Mon 4p ET/ 1p PT (every Monday): OSG Consortium/PATh Project host weekly Campus Office Hours, Mondays at 3:00–3:30 pm US Central Time. Join any week. Zoom: https://osg-htc.org/campus-office-hours-zoom. For more information, please contact Christina Koch.

Wed Aug 9th, 2p ET/ 11a PT (2nd Wednesdays): Regulated Research Community of Practice (RRCoP) Community Discussions. Please use this Zoom link, and contact info@regulatedresearch.org or Carolyn Ellis with any questions.

Zoom Details for CaRCC Calls

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.