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A History of Mars

  • KE Core Facilities
  • 2020-05-06
Imagine a Mars that isn’t a deserted wasteland. Picture a patchwork of rivers crisscrossing the planet, perhaps emptying into a large freshwater lake. Or glaciers, flowing across the surface and carving channels into the rock. And now the big question: Did Mars ever have the environmental conditions to support life?

Core Facilities is Supporting COVID-19 Related Research

  • KE Core Facilities
  • 2020-04-29

Even in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, ASU Core Facilities remains dedicated to our customers and their important work.  Core Facilities staff and researchers are engaged in a variety of projects that are directly supporting the fight against coronavirus. 

In addition to taking safety measures, Core Facilities staff and researchers are engaged in a variety of projects that are directly supporting the fight against coronavirus. 

ASU NanoFab is prototyping devices structures for researchers that may be used to detect the coronavirus, while Instrument Design & Fabrication is designing and rapidly producing equipment and enclosures for safe testing.

Over in the Biosciences Core, the ASU Genomics Facility is performing Next Generation sequencing on virus samples, while the Bioinformatics Facility is lending their analytical expertise. In addition, the Flow Cytometry Facility is working directly with principal investigators in the Biodesign Institute on coronavirus research projects. As many members of the Biosciences Core have experience with Biosafety Level 2 and 3 research, they are contributing to sample testing as well as assisting with sample collection and processing.

ASU Research Computing is participating in numerous coronavirus-related projects on both national and local levels. Staff are creating a secure, multitenant, easily administered computational infrastructure that is both HIPAA compliant and scalable. This holds promise for supporting personalized data projects and predictive epidemiological modeling. 

Nationally, Research Computing is allocating idle time on their computing systems to Folding at Home, a distributed computing project that is searching for potential pharmaceutical treatments for COVID-19. Research Computing also applied to the COVID-19 HPC Consortium, a public-private effort led by the White House and various federal agencies that will provide free computational resources to researchers working on COVID-19 scientific research or projects.

Our commitment to the research community remains steadfast.

TEC Talk: Adapting Matlab Applications for HPC and GPU

  • KE Core Facilities
  • 2020-03-23

This workshop will focus on approaches to porting Matlab applications to a cluster environment such as that of ASU's Agave cluster. This is not an intro to Matlab course. The intended audience member will have developed Matlab code that runs on a desktop machine but now would like to run this code in a parallel environment. This may be implemented through either:
1) Batch submission of multiple single-threaded instances (e.g. parameter sweep) 
2) Multithreading m file using "parfor" command 
3) Confronting large datasets using distributed arrays or tall arrays
4) Exploiting Matlab functions ported to GPU
5) Multithreading C-code using OpenMP or writing cuda kernels and compiling with mex compiler to be called by Matlab 
6) Parallel C code implemented with MPI invoking the Matlab engine on multiple nodes. 
All of these approaches will be discussed. In preparation for the workshop all attendees are encouraged to obtain an account on Agave if they do not already have one:

Date: March 23rd, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Location: Zoom

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Questions:  Gil Speyer, Lead Scientific Software Engineer, Research Computing,