Greetings to all members of the Campus Research Computing Consortium (CaRCC) People Network! Mark your calendars for these upcoming People Network Calls (Zoom details included in associated emails). For handy calendar entries, please try the CaRCC Events Calendar.
We’d also like to highlight other calls from our RCD Ecosystem partners and collaborators, as these events touch many, if not all, in our community.
Greetings, members of the Campus Research Computing Consortium (CaRCC) People Network and beyond!
Before you mark your calendars, I want to make sure you saw the opportunity to participate in a study of the Research Computing and Data Workforce. Please also share this with others on your teams and relevant communities:
PLENARY: Using Data to Benchmark your Research Computing and Data Program: The RCD Capabilities Model and Community Dataset
Presenters: Claire Mizumoto, UC San Diego & Patrick Schmitz, Semper Cognito Consulting
Join us during the regular data-facing slot for the first (and hopefully not last) People Network plenary session! Claire Mizumoto and Patrick Schmitz from the Capabilities Model working group will present the results from the first community dataset. These assessments were completed using the 1.0 version of the Research Computing and Data Capabilities Model (RCD CM), over a period of several months in the Spring and Summer of 2020. This Community Dataset provides insight into the current state of support for RCD across the community and in a number of key sub-communities.
Across science, engineering, social sciences, and the humanities, every university depends upon research computing and data (RCD) professionals and infrastructure. The rapid evolution and diversification of RCD infrastructure, services, and support poses significant challenges to academic institutions as they try to effectively assess and plan for the growing needs of researchers. Many institutions would also like to assess their capabilities in comparison to peers. The lack of a shared vocabulary to describe the various aspects of RCD support hinders coordinated efforts to advance support of and for researchers. These challenges are especially acute for smaller and emerging RCD support organizations, which often lack experience supporting RCD and have limited resources to develop an analysis framework for strategic planning. To address these gaps, a collaborative team developed a Research Computing and Data Capabilities Model that allows an organization to self-evaluate across a range of RCD services. The Model provides structured input to guide strategic planning, leveraging a defined and shared community vocabulary and enabling benchmarking relative to peer institutions.
An Institution-wide Examination of Data Needs: NSF EPOC Deep Dive at the University of Cincinnati
The Engagement and Performance Operations Center: Overview and Opportunities. The Engagement and Performance Operations Center (EPOC), funded by the US National Science Foundation, is a collaborative focal point for operational expertise and analysis jointly lead by Indiana University (IU) and the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet). The Center enables researchers to routinely, reliably, and robustly transfer data through a holistic approach to understanding the full pipeline of data movement to better support collaborative science. Through its measurement and monitoring work, as well as associated service advice and training, it brings together multiple knowledgeable and experienced science engagement teams.
A University’s Point of View. The University of Cincinnati was fortunate to be one of the first EPOC Deep Dive locations. We will 1) share the process we used to collect the data/case studies from the researchers before the onsite visit from EPOC, 2) the two-day visit with the EPOC team and 3) outcomes, challenges and opportunities for implementation of the recommendations.
User support via Ask.CI and locales, a panel & community discussion
Description: We’ve explored various modalities for user support that all have the strengths and weaknesses. We’d like to focus this month on Ask.CI, a ‘StackOverFlow’-like site for research computing Q&A and discussion, and which can be localized for your organization while yet still remaining a part of the larger whole. Join us for what will be an interesting call on Ask.CI and how it has changed approaches to user support.
Sharing on behalf of the PEARC20 Program Committee:
Deadlines: (Updated Jan 8)
January 22nd: Tutorial submissions due
January 22nd: Workshop submissions due
February 17th: Technical track full paper submissions due
February 17th: Lightning Talk Abstracts submissions due
February 24th: Student technical track full paper submissions due
April 24th: Poster submissions due
April 24th: Student posters submissions due
May 1st: Panel submissions due
May 1st: BOF submissions due
May 1st: Viz Showcase submissions due
May 15th: All camera-ready submissions due
PEARC20 will explore the current Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing, including modeling, simulation, and data-intensive computing. PEARC20 will be in Portland, OR from July 26th-30th, 2020. This year’s theme, “Catch the Wave,” embodies the spirit of the community’s drive to stay in front of the new waves in technology, analytics, data, visualization, and a globally connected and diverse workforce.
PEARC20 brings together community thought leaders, CI professionals, and students to learn, share ideas, and craft the infrastructure of the future. The PEARC20 student program will provide students with a range of opportunities to participate in both student activities and the full technical program so that they may share their research efforts and gain insights and inspiration from like-minded individuals at the conference.
Research IT (computing, data, and related infrastructure and services) is changing at an accelerating rate, while the range of scientific fields and disciplines depending on research cyberinfrastructure is expanding and becoming increasingly diverse.
The Capabilities Model for Research IT (formerly the Maturity Model) project is a collaborative effort by Internet2, the Campus Research Computing Consortium (CaRCC), EDUCAUSE, The Quilt, and many higher education institutions, that identifies the range of relevant approaches to supporting research IT, for use by IT practitioners, researchers, and campus leadership. It includes a self-assessment tool that is designed for a school to explore different areas of maturity or capability for the support of researchers and research activities on their campus.
The upcoming full-day workshop at EDUCAUSE on Monday, October 14, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. will provide background on the project and introduce participants to the maturity model framework and how it can be applied to a range of different institutions. Participants will have an opportunity to fill out the questionnaire, discuss how it applies to their respective institutions, and discuss how the model could be used in strategic decision making by institutions.