U-M students make strong showing at Michigan Datathon

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University of Michigan students won first and third places in the Michigan Datathon held Nov. 4, 2017 in the Michigan Union and hosted by Citadel LLC, Correlation One, and the U-M Statistics Department.

1st-place winning team from the University of Michigan:

Ruofei (Brad) Zhao, Statistics Ph.D. student

Zheng Gao, Statistics Ph.D. student

You Wu, Master’s in Applied Statistics student

Kevin Zheng, Sophomore, Computer Science

 

2nd-place team:

Zi Yi, Statistics Master’s student, University of Chicago

Tian Gu, Biostatistics Ph.D. student, University of Michigan

Shuo Zhang, Statistics Master’s student, University of Chicago

Shiyang Lu, Robotics & Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Master’s student, University of Michigan

 

3rd-place team from the University of Michigan:

Hanbo Sun, Master’s in Applied Statistics student

Xinghui Song, Master’s in Applied Statistics student

Tuo Wang, Master’s in Applied Statistics student

Hang Yuan, Master’s in Applied Statistics student

 

For more, see https://lsa.umich.edu/stats/news-events/all-news/graduatenews/MichiganDatathonWinners0.html

U-M plans participation at SC17 conference in Denver

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Several University of Michigan researchers and professional IT staff will attend the Supecomputing 17 (SC17) conference in Colorado from Nov. 12-17, and participate in a number of different ways, including demonstrations, presentations and tutorials.

In addition to the events and presentations listed below, Amy Liebowitz, a network architect at ITS, is working on SCINet, a high-capacity network created every year for the conference. Liebowitz is on the routing team, which is responsible for installing, configuring and supporting the high performance conference network. The Routing Team also coordinates external connectivity with commodity Internet and R&E WAN service providers.

Please visit us at Booth 471 on the exhibit floor, or at one of the following events:

Sunday, Nov. 12

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Quentin Stout (EECS) and Christiane Jablonowski (CLASP) will teach the “Parallel Computing 101” tutorial.

Tuesday, Nov. 14

10:30 a.m.:  Research Networking at the University of Michigan
Eric Boyd, Director of Research Networks, U-M
U-M Booth #471

11 a.m.: The OSiRIS Project: Open Storage Research Infrastructure
Ben Meekhof, HPC Storage Administrator, Advanced Research Computing – Technology Services (ARC-TS)
U-M Booth #471

12:30 p.m.: GPU-Accelerated Predictive Material Design
Simon Adorf, Ph.D. Candidate, Chemical Engineering Department, U-M
U-M Booth #471

1:30 p.m.: Simple Data and Workflow Management with Signac
Simon Adorf, Ph.D. Candidate, Chemical Engineering Department, U-M
U-M Booth #471

1:30 – 3 p.m.: Matt McLean, a Big Data systems administrator with ARC-TS, will serve as a panelist at a presentation titled “The ARM Software Ecosystem: Are We There Yet?

2 p.m.: The Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery and Engineering
Mariana Carrasco-Teja, Assistant Director, MICDE
U-M Booth #471

5:15 – 7 p.m.: Jeff Sica, a research database administrator with ARC-TS, will help lead a Birds of a Feather session titled “Containers in HPC.”

6:15 – 8:30 p.m.: ARC at U-M is a sponsor of a networking and career networking reception put on by Women in HPC. ARC Director Sharon Broude Geva will speak at the event.

Wednesday, November 15

10 a.m.: The OSiRIS Project: Open Storage Research Infrastructure
Shawn McKee, U-M Department of Physics, OSiRIS Principal Investigator
U-M Booth #471

11 a.m.: Research Networking at the University of Michigan
Eric Boyd, Director of Research Networks, U-M
U-M Booth #471

3 p.m.: The New Cavium ThunderX Big Data Cluster at U-M
Matt McLean, Big Data Systems Administrator, ARC-TS
U-M Booth #471

Thursday, November 16

11 a.m.: The New Cavium ThunderX Big Data Cluster at U-M
Matt McLean, Big Data Systems Administrator, ARC-TS
U-M Booth #471

 

 

Reading and discussion group:  Data science in understanding and addressing climate change 

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CSCAR announces a reading and discussion group Data science in understanding and addressing climate change that will meet on the third or fourth (depending on the preferences of participants) Friday of every month between 3 and 5 pm. We will discuss reports and significant papers that illuminate fundamental issues in climate change science, policy, and management. The suggested format at this stage is that we discuss one science and one policy (or management) paper or chapter. The focus will be on the spatial (and temporal) dimensions of the issue and we will concentrate more on methods and techniques keeping the requirement for domain knowledge relatively low. We will lay emphasis on the conceptual part of the tools and techniques so that it is accessible to a wider set of participants, but will also get into the technical details.

This is an effort to bring people involved in climate change together from a data science perspective. The idea is to learn together in a fun environment and foster dialogue with a focus on how data science can provide the common ground for mutual learning and understanding.

 We will meet in Rackham, but we will be open to rotating the location. You will be able to participate remotely, if you choose to.

 If you are interested send an email to Manish Verma at manishve@umich.edu

 If you have any suggestion for discussion and reading let us know.  We will include chapters from the IPCC and US global change science programs in our discussion.

U-M partners with Cavium on Big Data computing platform

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A new partnership between the University of Michigan and Cavium Inc., a San Jose-based provider of semiconductor products, will create a powerful new Big Data computing cluster available to all U-M researchers.

The $3.5 million ThunderX computing cluster will enable U-M researchers to, for example, process massive amounts of data generated by remote sensors in distributed manufacturing environments, or by test fleets of automated and connected vehicles.

The cluster will run the Hortonworks Data Platform providing Spark, Hadoop MapReduce and other tools for large-scale data processing.

“U-M scientists are conducting groundbreaking research in Big Data already, in areas like connected and automated transportation, learning analytics, precision medicine and social science. This partnership with Cavium will accelerate the pace of data-driven research and opening up new avenues of inquiry,” said Eric Michielssen, U-M associate vice president for advanced research computing and the Louise Ganiard Johnson Professor of Engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

“I know from experience that U-M researchers are capable of amazing discoveries. Cavium is honored to help break new ground in Big Data research at one of the top universities in the world,” said Cavium founder and CEO Syed Ali, who received a master of science in electrical engineering from U-M in 1981.

Cavium Inc. is a leading provider of semiconductor products that enable secure and intelligent processing for enterprise, data center, wired and wireless networking. The new U-M system will use dual socket servers powered by Cavium’s ThunderX ARMv8-A workload optimized processors.

The ThunderX product family is Cavium’s 64-bit ARMv8-A server processor for next generation Data Center and Cloud applications, and features high performance custom cores, single and dual socket configurations, high memory bandwidth and large memory capacity.

Alec Gallimore, the Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering at U-M, said the Cavium partnership represents a milestone in the development of the College of Engineering and the university.

“It is clear that the ability to rapidly gain insights into vast amounts of data is key to the next wave of engineering and science breakthroughs. Without a doubt, the Cavium platform will allow our faculty and researchers to harness the power of Big Data, both in the classroom and in their research,” said Gallimore, who is also the Richard F. and Eleanor A. Towner Professor, an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, and a professor both of aerospace engineering and of applied physics.

Along with applications in fields like manufacturing and transportation, the platform will enable researchers in the social, health and information sciences to more easily mine large, structured and unstructured datasets. This will eventually allow, for example, researchers to discover correlations between health outcomes and disease outbreaks with information derived from socioeconomic, geospatial and environmental data streams.

U-M and Cavium chose to run the cluster on Hortonworks Data Platform, which is based on open source Apache Hadoop. The ThunderX cluster will deliver high performance computer services for the Hadoop analytics and, ultimately, a total of three petabytes of storage space.

“Hortonworks is excited to be a part of forward-leading research at the University of Michigan exploring low-powered, high-performance computing,” said Nadeem Asghar, vice president and global head of technical alliances at Hortonworks. “We see this as a great opportunity to further expand the platform and segment enablement for Hortonworks and the ARM community.”

CSCAR provides walk-in support for new Flux users

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CSCAR now provides walk-in support during business hours for students, faculty, and staff seeking assistance in getting started with the Flux computing environment.  CSCAR consultants can walk a researcher through the steps of applying for a Flux account, installing and configuring a terminal client, connecting to Flux, basic SSH and Unix command line, and obtaining or accessing allocations.  

In addition to walk-in support, CSCAR has several staff consultants with expertise in advanced and high performance computing who can work with clients on a variety of topics such as installing, optimizing, and profiling code.  

Support via email is also provided via hpc-support@umich.edu.  

CSCAR is located in room 3550 of the Rackham Building (915 E. Washington St.). Walk-in hours are from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for noon – 1 p.m. on Tuesdays.

See the CSCAR web site (cscar.research.umich.edu) for more information.

Info session: Consulting and computing resources for data science — Nov. 8

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Advanced Research Computing at U-M (ARC) will host an information session for graduate students in all disciplines who are interested in new computing and data science resources and services available to U-M researchers.

Brief presentations from members of ARC Technology Services (ARC-TS) on computing infrastructure, and from Consulting for Statistics, Computing, and Analytics Research (CSCAR) on statistics, data science, and computing training and consulting will be followed by a Q&A session, and opportunities to interact individually with ARC and CSCAR staff.

ARC and CSCAR are interested in connecting with graduate students whose research would benefit from customized or innovative computational or analytic approaches, and can provide guidance for students aiming to do this. ARC and CSCAR are also interested in developing training and documentation materials for a diverse range of application areas, and would welcome input from student researchers on opportunities to tailor our training offerings to new areas.

Speakers:

  • Kerby Shedden, Director, CSCAR
  • Brock Palen, Director, ARC-TS

Date/Time/Location:

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, 2 – 4 p.m., West Conference Room, 4th Floor, Rackham Building (915 E. Washington St.)

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University of Michigan researcher contributes to NASA findings on carbon in the atmosphere showcased in the journal Science

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High-resolution satellite data from NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 are revealing the subtle ways that carbon links everything on Earth – the ocean, land, atmosphere, terrestrial ecosystems and human activities. Scientists using the first 2 1/2 years of OCO-2 data have published a special collection of five papers today in the journal Science that demonstrates the breadth of this research. In addition to showing how drought and heat in tropical forests affected global carbon dioxide levels during the 2015-16 El Niño, other results from these papers focus on ocean carbon release and absorption, urban emissions and a new way to study photosynthesis. A final paper by OCO-2 Deputy Project Scientist Annmarie Eldering of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, and colleagues gives an overview of the state of OCO-2 science.

Manish Verma, a Geospatial/Data Science Consultant at the University of Michigan’s Consulting for Statistics, Computing and Analytics Research (CSCAR) unit, contributed as a coauthor to an article on a new way to measure photosynthesis over time and space.

Using data from the OCO-2, Verma’s analysis helped expand the utility of measurements of solar induced fluorescence (SIF), which indicates active photosynthesis in plants. Verma’s work showed that SIF data collected from the OCO-2 satellite provides reliable information on the variability of photosynthesis at a much smaller scale — down to individual ecosystems.

This can, in turn, “lead to more reliable estimates of carbon sources — that is, when, where, why and how carbon is exchanged between land and atmosphere — as well as a deeper understanding of carbon-climate feedbacks,” according to the Science article.

For more, see the NASA press release (https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/new-insights-from-oco-2-showcased-in-science) and the Science article (http://science.sciencemag.org/content/358/6360/eaam5747.full)