CaRCC at PEARC24: Headed to Providence? Here’s your guide to all things CaRCC!

It’s going to be an exciting and busy week at the PEARC24 conference in Providence, Rhode Island July 21-25. Plan your schedule now and don’t miss these CaRCC-related activities. 

SUNDAY, JULY 21

RCD Nexus Day

8am-6:30pm Room 551 A&B 

Organizers: Venice Bayrd, Justin Booth, Dana Brunson, Thomas Cheatham, Patrick Clemens Bob Freeman, Clark Gaylord, Brian Haymore, Betsy Hillery, Susan Ivey, Deb McCaffrey, Daphne McCanse, Timothy Middelkoop, Lauren Michael, Claire Mizumoto, Patrick Schmitz, Jason Simms, Scott Yockel

This PEARC24 co-located event will bring together professionals from across the Research Computing and Data (RCD) community for a full day of collaboration and connection. Tracks include What We’re Facing as RCD Professionals and Working with Secure Data. With funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), RCD Nexus Day is an open, inclusive event that warmly welcomes all members of the RCD community. Pre-registration is required. 

MONDAY, JULY 22

Understanding the CaRCC Capabilities Model Assessment Tools and How Best to Use them at Your Institution

8am-5pm Ballroom E

Organizers: Dana Brunson, Thomas Cheatham, John Hicks, Lauren Michael, Patrick Schmitz 

This workshop will provide an introduction to the CaRCC Capabilities Model and how institutions approach using the Capabilities Model assessment tools to improve their strategic planning and make the case for increased campus support to advance computationally- and data-intensive research and education. 

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People Network Calls and Other Opportunities in July

It’s hard to believe that another year has gone by and PEARC24 is only weeks away in Providence, RI – we hope to see many of you there and will distribute separate communications listing CaRCC activities at PEARC. With the conference on the horizon, many People Network Tracks are canceling their calls for July. But please mark your calendars for the below events still planned, including our usual run-down of calls from our RCD ecosystem partners and collaborators that touch many, if not all, in our community. 

For handy calendar entries, try the CaRCC People Network Calendar (GCal view, integrate). If you’re not on our mailing lists, please fill out our Join the People Network form to also join our Slack channel.

As we continue into summer, we’d also like to offer a warm and heartfelt thank-you and congratulations to both Claire Mizumoto (UCSD) and Anita Orendt (Univ Utah), who are retiring. Both have played significant roles throughout the history of CaRCC: Claire as an early co-coordinator for the Researcher Facing Track, RCD Nexus grant co-PI, long-time co-Chair for the Engagement operational group, Capabilities Model working group, and Staff/Student Workforce Development interest group; and Anita as co-Chair for the Staff/Student Workforce Development interest group, member of the Engagement operational group, and team-lead for the website group. Please join us in celebrating their efforts and accomplishments, and in wishing them the best as they move on to new adventures!

Thank you,
Your People Network Coordinators and Track Coordinators
(care of Lauren Michael)

Monthly CaRCC Welcome

Thu, 7/11, 3.30-4p ET/ 2.30p CT/ 1.30p MT/ 11:30a PT
Come to learn more about CaRCC’s community-powered organization and opportunities, and feel free to bring along or pass the word to colleagues. These use the same Zoom coordinates as our People Network calls (see further below).

CaRCC People Network Calls

Emerging Centers Track (3rd Wednesdays)
Generative AI in the Research Enterprise
Wed 7/17, 12p ET/ 11a CT/ 10a MT/ 9a PT/ 7a HT
Our journey into AI discussions continues as we talk about functions of Generative AI in research activities. Alex Feltus and Jason Woodward join us to talk about their work. Jason’s team has developed a Generative AI for Internal Documentation Search with Provenance. Alex is using Generative AI in his research work for developing papers as well as for interfacing with students. Join us to discuss the activities so far!

No Calls in July for the below Tracks:

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People Network and Other Gatherings for June 2024

Mark your calendars for these upcoming People Network calls (Zoom details at the end). For handy calendar entries, try the CaRCC Events Calendar. As always, we also highlight other opportunities from our partners and collaborators that touch members of the community.

Our CaRCC Monthly Welcome call will take place Tuesday, June 4, 2-2:30pm ET (1pm CT/12pm MT/11am PT), where you can learn more about the CaRCC organization and opportunities. Email info@carcc.org if you don’t have our People Network Zoom details.

Also, please note that our new community policy on AI bot participation will apply to all People Network gatherings starting in June 2024, and is being considered for application to all CaRCC-associated gatherings. Thank you to all those who provided feedback and input!

If you’re not on our mailing lists, join the People Network and join our Slack channels.

CaRCC People Network Calls

Data-Facing Track (1st Tuesdays)
Tue 6/4, 1p ET/ 12p CT/ 11a MT/ 10a PT
Unconference with breakouts on generated topics
An informal gathering to discuss top-of-mind topics.

Strategy and Policy-Facing Track (1st Wednesdays)
Wed 6/5, 12p ET/ 11a CT/ 10a MT/ 9a PT
Leadership Training Programs

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NSF announces National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource (NAIRR) pilot resources now available

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced that NAIRR pilot resources are now open and available to the community on nairrpilot.org

Resources include:

  • advanced computing systems
  • cloud computing platforms
  • access to models, software and privacy enhancing technology tools and collaborations to train models
  • and education platforms. 

This opportunity includes access to cutting-edge resources contributed by the pilot’s nongovernmental partners, including Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, NVIDIA, SambaNova Systems, Cerebras, OpenAI, Anthropic, Groq, EleutherAI, OpenMined, Hugging Face and Vocareum.

In addition, the research community will have the opportunity to access resources from additional NSF advanced computing platforms at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, the National Center for Supercomputer Applications, the San Diego Supercomputer Center and the Texas Advanced Computing Center as well as systems at Purdue University, Indiana University and Texas A&M University.

Notably, this second opportunity provides access to online interactive notebooks for educators and instructors to use in classrooms or for student projects.  

How to Apply:

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CaRCC Capabilities Model Workshop at PEARC24 

Attending the PEARC24 conference and would like to learn more about how to use the CaRCC Capabilities Model? We are offering a full-day workshop “Understanding the CaRCC Capabilities Model Assessment Tools and How Best to Use them at Your Institution” on Monday, July 22. Just select the workshop when you register for the PEARC24 conference; there’s no additional cost.  

About the CaRCC Capabilities Model

The CaRCC Capabilities Model allows participating institutions to: 

  • Assess their support for computationally- and data-intensive research.
  • Identify potential areas for improvement. 
  • Understand how the broader community views Research Computing and Data support.   

Contributing institutions help build the Community Dataset, and enrich the resulting picture we have of our community. You will get access to the benchmarking functionality on the new portal that compares your assessment to the community at-large, as well as segments of the community. As a contributor, you will also get access to more detailed reporting functionality on the new portal, to dig into the data and create custom visualizations. 

About the workshop

The workshop will provide an introduction to the CaRCC Capabilities Model and how institutions approach using the Capabilities Model assessment tools to improve their strategic planning and make the case for increased campus support to advance computationally- and data-intensive research and education. Workshop participants will:

  • Gain an introduction to the CaRCC Capabilities Model and the associated assessment tools and community data exploration portal.
  • Explore and discuss the practical aspects of conducting an assessment for an institution.
  • Develop a clear understanding of the tools and gain experience working through the assessment questions.
  • Discuss and compare effective practices for leveraging assessment and benchmarking data in communications with campus leadership.
  • Build connections with peers at similar institutions and learn about the community resources available to support participating institutions.

Check back here for a detailed event agenda, coming soon!

May 2024 People Network and Other RCD Community Calls

Mark your calendars for these upcoming People Network calls (Zoom details at the end). For handy calendar entries, try the CaRCC Events Calendar. As always, 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, join the People Network and join our Slack channels.

Finally, are you a newcomer to CaRCC or just want to learn how to get more involved? Join us tomorrow for our monthly Welcome to CaRCC event. It’s an informal presentation and conversation with anyone who wants to better understand everything CaRCC has to offer. Join us tomorrow, Thursday May 2 at 3:30pm ET/2:30pm CT/1:30pm MT/12:30pm PT. Please email info@carcc.org for connection details.

CaRCC People Network Calls

Strategy and Policy-Facing Track (1st Wednesdays)
Wed 5/1, 12pm ET/ 11am CT/ 10am MT/ 9am PT/ 7am HT
Panel: Institutional Metadata

Speakers from the EDUCAUSE Core Data Service, the CaRCC Capabilities Model, and others (TBA) will discuss pending changes to several institutional metadata models including the new Carnegie Classification system, and how we use institutional metadata in various contexts.

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New! Engagement Facilitation Guide for Smaller and Emerging RCD Programs

The CaRCC Capabilities Model Focused Tools Committee has just released a new guide and script designed to support research computing and data (RCD) facilitators as they engage with institutions that have more modest or newly-emerging RCD programs. The guide is designed to help begin conversion about an institution’s support for research and identify key issues and opportunities for growth and strategic planning. The guide and script have already been used successfully with a number of smaller institutions, and we are pleased to share it for use by the wider RCD community. 

This work was developed with support from the National Science Foundation under the RCD Nexus grant OAC-2100003. 

Keep reading to learn more about how this guide was developed.

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New Release: RCD Nexus Capabilities Model Visualization Portal 

The latest release of the RCD Nexus portal provides new functionality to explore and visualize the community dataset provided by institutions that are using the CaRCC Capabilities Model and/or have contributed their capabilities assessment data. With this release, users can also benchmark their institutional capabilities coverage relative to the community of contributors. Visit portal.rcd-nexus.org/dataviz and try out the new functionality!  If you have questions, complaints, or kudos, please let us know by emailing the RCD CM working group at capsmodel-help@carcc.org

Keep reading for more details about the new functionality. 

This work is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant OAC-2100003.

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April 2024 CaRCC People Network and other Community Calls

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.

If you’re not on our mailing lists, join the People Network and join our Slack channels.

CaRCC People Network Calls

Data-Facing Track (1st Tuesdays)

Tue 4/2, 1p ET/ 12p CT/ 11a MT/ 10a PT
ICPSR: A Partner in Social Research
As one of the world’s oldest and largest data archives for social and behavioral sciences, ICPSR strives to assist researchers throughout the lifecycle of their projects. Typically known for its catalog of almost 20,000 data collections for secondary analysis or the Summer Program in Quantitative Methods, ICPSR also provides resources for creating data management and sharing plans, tools to assist in primary research, and help in meeting federal data sharing requirements. This workshop will introduce (1) the variety of resources available, (2) the types of data in the catalog and how to access them (both public and restricted), and (3) the ways in which professional curation staff can add value in sharing and preserving your research data.   

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CaRCC Special Presentation: The National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource (NAIRR) by Katie Antypas 

Thursday, March 28, 2024   at 2PM ET/1PM CT/12PM MT/11AM PT

Message help@carcc.org for link to Zoom meeting.

Join us for a presentation by Katie Antypas, office director in the National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure about the recently announced National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource (NAIRR) pilot project. NAIRR envisions “a shared national research infrastructure for responsible discovery and innovation in AI.” The effort is led by the NSF and includes 10 additional federal agencies and 25 non-governmental partner organizations. The pilot assembles and provides access to technologies and tools to enable U.S. research and education including: computational, data, software, modeling, and user support resources. NAIRR “aims to ensure that AI resources and tools are accessible to the broad research and education communities in a manner that advances trustworthy AI and protects privacy, civil rights and civil liberties.” 

Katie Antypas, Division Deputy, National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), photographed at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), 06/06/2023. Thor Swift | Credit: Thor Swift - Photographer Copyright: © The Regents of the University of California, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Thor Swift | Credit: Thor Swift - Photographer Copyright: © The Regents of the University of California, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Katie Antypas Credit: Thor Swift – Photographer Copyright: © The Regents of the University of California, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Katie Antypas, Office Director, National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure

Prior to her role at the NSF, Antypas served at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing (NERSC) Center at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for 17 years in a variety of roles including NERSC Division Deputy, Project Director for NERSC’s large scale High Performance Computing system acquisitions, Director of Hardware and Integration of the Exascale Computing Project, Data Department Head and User Services Group Lead. She remains a Berkeley Lab employee but is on assignment to the NSF through the Intergovernmental Personnel Act. Before coming to NERSC in 2006, Katie worked at the Flash Center at the University of Chicago on the FLASH code, a highly scalable, parallel, adaptive mesh refinement astrophysics application. She has an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Chicago and a bachelors in Physics from Wellesley College.