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Moving at the speed of innovation

Moving at the speed of innovation

Indiana University leads higher education in the advancement of high performance computing and networking technologies. At SC13, IU continues to distinguish itself with a full lineup of exhibits from PTI and the GlobalNOC—two world class organizations that embody the university’s commitment to scholarly innovation, groundbreaking research, and discovery.
PTI is dedicated to research, innovation, and service delivery in the broad domains of information technology and informatics. Through these efforts, the organization advances scholarly and collective good at IU and across the nation. PTI’s presentations and demonstrations highlight groundbreaking initiatives ranging from advanced visualization to next-generation scientific computing.
The GlobalNOC is the premier operational partner for many of the world’s most advanced research and education networks. It also serves as the network operations center for Internet2, supporting the network’s 100 Gigabit Ethernet backbone. The GlobalNOC’s exhibits showcase the science, learning, and humanities developments that allow its partners to solve the challenges of tomorrow, today.

Speak to the experts

Wednesday
10-11am
Andrew Lumsdaine
Director, Center for Research in Extreme Scale Technologies (CREST)
Tuesday
3-4pm
Wednesday
11am-noon
Beth Plale
Director, Data to Insight Center
Tuesday
Noon-2pm
Craig Stewart
Executive director, Pervasive Technology Institute
Tuesday
1-3pm
Wednesday
1-3pm
Von Welch
Deputy director, Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research

Demonstrations
at a glance

Full demonstration list
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Guangchen Ruan
Beth Plale

Big Red II and large-scale text mining on HathiTrust Corpus

The HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) provisions a technical infrastructure for large-scale text analysis. HTRC currently hosts nearly 2.1 Terabytes of data, not counting replication. Big Red II is IU’s main system for high performance parallel computing. Capable of one petaFLOPS, Big Red II is among the fastest university-owned and operated supercomputers in the world. IU will conduct two demonstrations that exploit Big Red II for large-scale data mining on the HathiTrust corpus:

  1. Meandre-orchestrated SEASR text mining application on a large volume set
  2. Pig Latin and MapReduce-based implementation that supports SEASR text mining workflow at scale
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Maciej Brodowicz
Tim Gilmanov

COMMAND.PLAN.EXECUTE: An interactive natural language understandingand planning system

CRIS (Cognitive Real-time Interactive System) is an ongoing research project that seeks to provide an implementation of Machine

Intelligence. Machine Intelligent systems are capable of obtaining, processing, and interpreting knowledge, as well as providing reasoning about certain facts or objectives. They are also able to interact with a real person using natural language.

In this demonstration, CRIS comprises the natural language understanding module, as well as a planner and the graphical output for a sample BLOCKS problem. SC13 attendees can control the state of the BLOCKS world by asking CRIS to perform certain manipulations or answer questions about the world’s state.

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Rob Quick
Kyle Gross

Distributed computing: Enabling IU researchers using the Open Science Grid

Learn about the work that allows Indiana University scientists to use Open Science Grid’s Distributed High Throughput Computing environment. This demonstration will feature IU School of Medicine’s SPLINTER project, as well as the National Center for Genome Analysis Support’s Galaxy BLAST project.

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Richard Knepper
Matt Standish

Polar Research Operations Center: Field cyberinfrastructure operations and data management

IU’s Polar Research Operations Center (PROC) allows NASA Operation Ice Bridge field engineers to prepare the Forward Observer In-flight Copy and Processing system and polar ground lab hardware for missions. In addition to being a space for engineers to prepare and transfer data after they complete field missions, PROC also:

  1. Hosts a data management system that allows the completion of metadata operations without loading IU’s high performance file systems
  2. Manages data movement between high performance and archival storage
  3. Provides training facilities for IU field engineers
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Richard Knepper
Justin Miller
Matt Standish

NASA’s Operation IceBridge

IU’s Research Technologies division goes to the ends of the earth to support climate science. From Antarctica to Greenland, IU’s Forward Observer system preserves the massive amount of data collected by scientists who use airborne radar to measure snow and ice in the Earth’s most remote regions.

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William K. Barnett



High-performance HIPAA: Institutional strategies and tactics for managing protected health information

IU has been recognized as an institutional best practice for developing research systems and processes to handle electronic protected health information as per HIPAA and the new HITECH regulations. Learn about the university’s approach to HIPAA alignment in its academic computing centers, and also receive guidance for aligning your systems with HIPAA.

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William K. Barnett
Carrie Ganote
Richard LeDuc

National Center for Genome Analysis Support

The National Center for Genome Analysis Support (NCGAS) provides biologists and genomics researchers with data analysis support, consulting services, and large-scale computational resources. This demonstration will show NCGAS in production, and also offer insights into:

  1. Features and functionality
  2. Galaxy portal and website access
  3. Allocations and other webpages

NCGAS is funded by the National Science Foundation and supported by Indiana University’s Mason computer cluster. The center supports genome analysis software running on supercomputers at the Texas Advanced Computing Center and the San Diego Supercomputer Center, as well as other supercomputers that are part of XSEDE.

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Kavitha Chandrasekar
Beth Plale

SEAD Virtual Archive: Tool for data preservation in sustainability science

The SEAD (Sustainable Environment-Actionable Data) Virtual Archive allows researchers to easily store data long-term and search for data across multiple institutional repositories.

This demonstration will feature two components:

  1. A scenario where scientists store and publish research data for long-term preservation and access it with the help of data curators
  2. Curation activities specialized for scientific data focusing on an intelligent metadata enhancing system

SEAD is funded by the National Science Foundation. Its objectives align with principles of the IU-led Research Data Alliance, which promotes coordination and infrastructure development for data sharing.

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Matthew Anderson
Maciej Brodowicz

Gyrokinetic toroidal code using ParalleX

Leading-edge science demands innovations in parallel computing models, as well as methods to improve efficiency and increase scalability. The key to these innovations is the ability to exploit advances in multi-core technology.

IU will demonstrate the ParalleX execution model, and its impact on big data problems such as plasma fusion simulations using the particle-in-cell method.*

*Simulations illustrated using a passive 3D display
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Matthew Anderson
Maciej Brodowicz

Large graphs on Big Red II

See how IU researchers use Big Red II to interactively traverse a large graph of mathematical publications to compute the collaborative distance in authorship between conference attendees. The demonstration will also provide many other variants of interactive graph discovery.

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Ed Balas

GlobalNOC Worldview

Worldview’s intuitive, multi-touch interface puts real-time and historical information from the world’s most powerful networks at the user’s fingertips. Developed by the Indiana University Global Research Network Operations Center (GlobalNOC), Worldview meets needs no existing tool can address— in a system that is easy to use for experts and non-experts alike.

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Dr. Jennifer Schopf

International Networking at IU: Connecting the world’s research and education communities

International Networking at Indiana University (IN@IU) delivers network connectivity to foster the scientific collaboration driving research and education in every corner of the world. From niche projects to large-scale research efforts, IN@IU uses high performance networking as a tool to advance scientific diplomacy.

Learn what’s next for IN@IU, including:
  1. The current state and uses of its funded links
  2. Upcoming plans for work with the Lower Mekong Valley
  3. Science support offerings for the use of a transoceanic 100G link
  4. Planning for future collaborations
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Steve Wallace

OpenFlow in support of research

The Indiana Center for Network Translational Research and Education (InCNTRE) at Indiana University is a hub of education, research, training, and development for the adoption of OpenFlow and other standards-based Software-Defined Networking (SDN) technologies.

InCNTRE will provide an overview of SDN and OpenFlow in support of high performance computing, as well as:

  1. InCNTRE’s role in the development of SDN technologies
  2. Information on the current market
  3. OpenFlow basics and its potential
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Rhonda Lange
Paul Love

Visualizing NOAA’s N-Wave

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is a science-based federal agency within the US Department of Commerce. Its mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth’s environment—from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun—and to conserve and manage coastal and marine resources.

NOAA worked closely with its partners and IU’s GlobalNOC to design and deploy “N-Wave,” a national wide area network engineered to connect NOAA’s high-performance research resources with its scientific community. The GlobalNOC provides network support for N-Wave to ensure reliable operation services and fast-changing capabilities for the evolving research and education networking communities.

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Von Welch

Trustworthy scientific computing*

Stop by the IU booth for a presentation on the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research’s (CACR) efforts to enable trustworthy scientific computing. Topics will include:

  1. Update on global cybersecurity trends affecting scientific computing
  2. Center for Trustworthy Scientific Cyberinfrastructure’s work to improve the security of National Science Foundation computational science
  3. The SWAMP, a DHS-funded project working to improve software security and build a robust software assurance community
  4. eXtreme-scale Identity management (XSIM) project, a DOE-funded project to develop identity management models for science supported by virtual organizations

*This demonstration will take place at the following times: Tuesday, 1-3pm and Wednesday, 1-3pm

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Bill Sherman
Michael Boyles

Immersive tools to support interactive and data-intensive visualization

This demonstration showcases results from IU’s Advanced Visualization Lab’s collaborations with higher education, government labs, and industry to develop hardware and software that make immersive visualization more accessible, usable, and affordable. These tools include a number of interactive utilities, including the IQ-Station and Immersive ParaView.

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Joseph A. Cottam
Andrew Lumsdaine
Peter Wang

Interactive visualization with a cluster: Remote rendering and interactivity via the abstract rendering framework

Using information visualization tools with high performance computing hardware has two major challenges that are untenable for large data:

  1. Rendering tools often rely on global scene knowledge
  2. Interactivity is phrased in terms of individual scene elements

This demonstration of abstract rendering shows a two-phase technique that directly addresses these issues, and enables rendering and interacting with hundreds of millions of items in near real-time.

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Margaret Dolinsky
Roger Hangarter

The living canvas: Painting with chloroplasts

This art/science collaboration investigates how to develop art images in living leaves using light-driven chloroplast movements. Visitors will be able to explore and learn more about the artworks, as well as the science that underlies the chloroplast movements. The demonstration will also explain how plants use those movements to adjust their photosynthetic potential as light intensities change in nature.

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Suresh Marru
Marlon Pierce

Supporting science gateways with Apache Airavata

Science gateways are portals that help scientists and researchers use high performance computing and storage resources. IU’s Science Gateways Group, part of the NSF-funded Open Gateway Computing Environments project, uses Apache Airavata to support science gateways for XSEDE and other nationally funded grid projects.

Stop by the IU booth for a demonstration on how Apache Airavata works, as well as how it can be used to power both community-driven gateways and individual scientific workflows for bioinformatics, biophysics, computational chemistry, and neuroscience.

The new cloud-based Science Gateway Platform as a service (SciGaP) will enable gateway developers to use Airavata as a service to outsource their gateway application and workflow management.

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Robert Ping
Kurt Seiffert
Jenett Tillotson
George Turner

Ready, Set, Robots!: Early development of STEM interest in K-12

The Ready, Set, Robots! workshop teaches basic computer programming skills to Indiana teens using kits from the LEGO® Mindstorms® series. See how IU staff work to develop early interest in STEM activities through the program, and learn how to develop a robot camp at your home institution.


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