People Network and other Community Calls for March 2024

Mark your calendars for these upcoming People Network calls (Zoom details at the end). 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.

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CaRCC People Network Calls

Data-Facing Track (1st Tuesdays)

Tue 3/5, 1p ET/ 12p CT/ 11a MT/ 10a PT
Future of the Data Facing Track – Calling All Track Members
Currently the Data Facing Track Steering committee consists of three members.  All three may be facing schedule changes that necessitate the need to think about new leadership.  In the past, it has been a challenge to recruit members of the track to serve on the committee.  We invite all track members to attend this session and help us decide how to ensure the priorities of the track are reflected in what form the track takes for the future.

Strategy and Policy-Facing Track (1st Wednesdays)

Wed 3/6, 12pm ET/ 11am CT/ 10am MT/ 9am PT/ 7am HT
Strategy and Policy challenges in supporting LLMs for research (open discussion)
LLMs are a hot topic in research these days, and RCD program leaders are facing many challenges as they explore what is needed to support various applications of these tools, from data center infrastructure to access policies to when cloud makes sense. This session will be an open discussion on the big challenges in supporting LLMs for research, on the ROI metrics on this, and how to make strategic, financial, and policy decisions around this.

Researcher-Facing Track (2nd Thursdays)

Thu 3/14, 1p ET/ 12p CT/ 11a MT/ 10a PT
Open Capacity for Open Science:
The Open Science Pool (OSPool) and OSG Services
Christina Koch, Research Computing Facilitator, Center for High Throughput Computing, University of Wisconsin – Madison
The OSG Consortium builds and operates a set of pools of shared computing and data capacity for distributed high-throughput computing (dHTC). The flagship effort, the Open Science Pool (OSPool), connects about 4 dozen institutions in any given month, benefits 90 universities and labs every year, and executes about a million jobs per day. The OSPool is accessible to any US-based academic researcher and is accompanied by additional OSG Services, including the support of a Research Computing Facilitation team. Join this call to learn about the computing capacity of the OSPool, potential ways to partner with OSG Services, and lessons learned from the facilitation team.

Emerging Centers Track (3rd Wednesdays)

Wed 3/20, 12p ET/ 11a CT/ 10a MT/ 9a PT/ 7a HT
HPC in Africa (revisited)
A Panel session with Bryan Johnston and representatives from University of Witwatersrand HPC group and HPC in Uganda. Our discussion with university HPC folks in Africa late last year was so popular and didn’t finish up in time, so Bryan Johnston from the Advanced Computer Engineering Lab in South Africa has agreed to join us in March, bringing representatives from University of Witwatersrand and Uganda. Join us for a panel session with discussion about the HPC environment in Africa and how Bryan’s HPC community group is growing and working together.

Contact for connection details.

Systems-Facing Track (3rd Thursdays)

Thu 3/21, 1p ET/ 12p CT/ 11a MT/ 10a PT
We have all seen increased Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) jobs running on our clusters. Come hear how other institutions are dealing with the influx. Slurm configuration changes, partition names, common questions, performance tips, community changes, and some of the latest technology developments will all be covered. Bring your own lists – this will be an interactive session.

Additional Community Opportunities

Tue 3/12, 11a ET/ 8a PT (2nd Tuesdays): RCD Capabilities Model Office Hours – come and go as you please. Have questions about how to get started with the Research Computing and Data Capabilities Model?  Or are you already working with it and just want to discuss the process, or your suggestions for improvements. Zoom Session URL (Meeting ID: 381 654 7290; Passcode: carcc). Join the mailing list or send questions to

Tue 3/12, 2p ET/ 1p CT/ 12p MT/ 11a PT (2nd Tuesdays): Join the RCD Staff and Student Workforce Development Interest Groups for a  Discussion on Student Program Models: Funding, Hiring, and Onboarding Processes Part 2. Continuing from last month, this open discussion will cover student program funding, hiring, and onboarding processes, and will also gather input via live polling. See the prior link for additional details. Zoom Session URL (Meeting ID: 867 2543 9159). Join the Interest Group mailing list.

Thu 3/14, 12p ET/ 9a PT (2nd Thursdays/2nd Fridays): US Research Software Engineers monthly community call. See for more information.

Mondays 4p ET/ 3p CT/ 2p MT/ 1p PT (every Monday): The OSG Consortium and NSF PATh host weekly Campus Office Hours. Zoom: For more information, please contact Christina Koch.

Wed 3/13, 2p ET/ 11a PT (2nd Wednesdays): Regulated Research Community of Practice (RRCoP) Community Discussions. March: NCSU Regulated Research Governance. Please use this Zoom link, and contact or Carolyn Ellis with any questions.

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.