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Upcoming July Research Computing Workshop

  • KE Core Facilities
  • 2022-06-17

Register for the upcoming July Research Computing Workshop, "Simplifying Data Transfers with Globus" scheduled on July 25, from 1:00-2:00 PM. 

The ASU Research Computing supercomputer hosts a high-speed scratch filesystem to quickly compute results in addition to 100 GB of storage in users' own personal home directories. When these filesystems become full, the performance of the supercomputer is impacted which can potentially cause system outages. Using Globus, this workshop will interactively teach users how to transfer data from their scratch or home directories.

In preparation for this training, all attendees are encouraged to obtain an account to access ASU Research Computing's resources if they do not already have one.

Event on March 1,2022: Quantum Tech, Coming Soon with Stefan Leichenauer, Ph.D.

  • 2022-03-01

Quantum Tech, Coming Soon
March 1, 2022 from 3:00-4:00 PM

Zoom coordinates to be provided upon registration. 

There has been tremendous progress in recent years in quantum tech, which has the potential to impact many industries. Stefan will review the progress in quantum tech and highlight promising real-world applications in areas such as medical imaging and diagnostics, ​​communications, cybersecurity, and positioning and navigation to name a few (hint: not everything is about quantum computing!). 

The potential of quantum tech and its ecosystems can only be realized if there is a push for inclusive workforce education to train a new generation of talent to build and take advantage of these quantum technological tools and resources. In addition, there is a need for partnerships between universities, industry (large and small), and the government to advance quantum technology to the next level.

About Stefan Leichenauer, Ph.D.

Stefan is a researcher with a background in physics who works on real-world applications of AI and quantum technologies. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from UC Berkeley and has held positions in Physics at UC Berkeley and Caltech as a leading researcher. Stefan has also worked at Alphabet as Research Scientist and Engineering Lead. Learn more about Stefan and his scholarly work below:

LinkedIn

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All are welcome to attend! Please register here to join us for this event.

January 2022 Core of the Month: Learn about ASU Research Computing

  • 2022-01-19

ASU Research Computing, part of the Knowledge Enterprise’s Research Technology Office, is a state-of-the-art supercomputing facility that features large-scale computing power that is freely accessible to all ASU faculty and students. In Spring 2022, ASU Research Computing will bring online a new multi-million-dollar supercomputer that will feature approximately 200 Graphical Processing Units (GPUs). This is in addition to the existing supercomputer, Agave.

What does this mean?

To demonstrate the power of this new cluster, consider this: The cluster will have the computational power to perform as many calculations in one second as a human could perform in 28 million years using a hand calculator!

The accelerated performance of GPUs executing those same calculations would take a human nearly 190 million years! Many scientists rely on these powerful supercomputing systems to analyze large amounts of data and solve significant scientific problems. Below is a real-life example of the impact on science and discovery.

Large scale genome sequencing for childhood movement disorders at ASU

Genetic causes of cerebral palsy study

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that presents with significant motor disability afflicting 1 in 354 children in the United States. The Medicaid cost for a child with CP is 10 times higher than a child without CP (CDC data). Many children with CP also have concomitant neurological disorders including intellectual disability, autism, and epilepsy. Michael Kruer, MD, is a practicing pediatric neurologist and neurogeneticist at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and an adjunct associate professor at ASU. His lab, led by bioinformatics scientist Sheetal Shetty, Ph.D. (faculty associate, ASU West), is studying genetic factors that can cause CP. A seminal paper published by the Kruer lab group in Nature Genetics (PMID: 32989326) identified dozens of genes that contribute to CP, as well as pathways crucial for normal motor development.

ASU’s high performance computing infrastructure, including NVIDIA’s Parabricks genomics pipeline, are crucial to the lab’s ongoing work. These approaches use network-based analytics and machine learning tools to identify key genes and pathways that lead to CP. The lab is also recruiting 1,000 families from around the country to the ‘Genetic Causes of CP Study’ by using a novel electronic recruiting and consenting application aptly named “iConsent.” We encourage everyone to kindly visit the Kruer lab web page to learn more.

ASU Research Computing Fun Facts

Did you know ASU’s supercomputer delivered nearly 100 million CPU-hours of computing in 2021?

What does that really mean? 

It would take a modern laptop or personal computer millions of years to complete a similar amount of computation.

  • ASU’s supercomputer completed more than 6 million individual scientific analyses, or “compute jobs,” in 2021. 
  • ASU Research Computing provided approximately 40 trainings and had more than 400 unique workshop attendees in 2021.
  • In 2021, more than 200 unique individuals ran 176,970 Matlab programs. More than 200 unique users ran 195,662 R programs on ASU’s supercomputer.

Upcoming Research Computing Workshops

  • KE Core Facilities
  • 2021-11-18

Upcoming Research Computing Workshops:

• November 29, 1:00-2:00PM, Beginner's Guide to Research Computing.
• November 29, 2:15-3:15PM, Applications and Uses of MATLAB.
• December 13, 1:00-2:00PM, Beginner's Guide to Research Computing.

Click this link to see more upcoming Research Computing workshops.

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Help Research Computing Name New Supercomputer!

  • 2021-11-09

When you think of Arizona, what are the most powerful words that come to mind?

What words encapsulate Arizona’s history of pioneering innovation, discovery, and resiliency? That demonstrates the ability of science and technology to drive positive change in a powerful and impactful way?   

If you have the answer, you have the chance to name Arizona State University’s new multi-million-dollar research Supercomputer that is slated to come online in early 2022. The name should convey all that makes Arizona a national standout, that differentiates us from other parts of the country and articulates the grit, the spirit, and the attitude that make the Grand Canyon State a phenomenal place to live, learn and thrive. 

Naming contest details:

Request: Prefer one-word entries but will consider two and three-word phrases. Submissions must be thoughtful, tactful and culturally sensitive to be considered.  

Submission: Submit your recommended name HERE by close of day Tuesday, November 16, 2021. (limit one submission per person)

Selection: ASU Research Computing’s governance board will make the final selection from submitted recommendations.

Winner: A winner will be announced and notified by the first week of December. This lucky person will receive bragging rights and a Dell Technologies laptop!

If you have questions or concerns, contact Marisa Brazil at Marisa.Brazil@asu.edu.