By Megan Johnson, NCSA

This year, the Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing (PEARC) conference will be held in Portland, OR from Sunday, July 23 to Thursday, July 27. The PEARC conference is dedicated to providing a forum for the research community to discuss challenges and opportunities. If you’re attending PEARC23,  you’ll see ample ACCESS representation there. ACCESS will be at  Booth 24 in the Exhibitor Hall where you can stop by and speak with ACCESS staff about the program. ACCESS is also hosting several presentations at PEARC23.  You can find the full PEARC agenda here. Below is the list of ACCESS presentations with times and locations to add to your calendar. We look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, 7/24

  • Workshop: How To ACCESS?: An Informational and Demonstrational Overview on How to Get Started, Leverage, and Get Involved With ACCESS Systems and Services
    8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Room E145

    The ACCESS program promotes discovery and support of advanced cyberinfrastructure (CI) resources, operational support and accessibility, and monitoring and measurement of some of the most innovative systems in the world. The foundational mission of ACCESS is to democratize the availability and accessibility to more diverse communities. To facilitate this, ACCESS provides a wide range of services including assistance with allocating resources on nationally available computing resources, support for using them with user-facing tools and expert knowledge, operational support in maintaining policies and procedures, along with monitoring and measurement. In this workshop, a combination of demonstrations and informational sessions will be presented to highlight the basics of getting started, what resources and tools are available, and how to get involved with ACCESS.
  • Tutorial: Open OnDemand, Open XDMoD, and ColdFront: an HPC center management toolset
    8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Room F150

    The University at Buffalo Center for Computational Research and Ohio Supercomputer Center have created the “HPC Toolset Tutorial” to showcase three open-source software packages developed for the easy management, access and usage monitoring of HPC systems. Geared towards HPC system administrators and user support personnel, this half day tutorial utilizes a set of Docker containers designed to imitate a typical HPC data center setup. The “cluster in a container” environment includes containers for ColdFront, Open OnDemand, Open XDMoD, the Slurm job scheduler, a shared identity management provider, a front-end login node, and several cluster nodes. The tutorial shows users how to utilize the three tools from the perspective of an HPC system administrator and a user. An example use case is shown to demonstrate how the three packages can be used in concert to provide a seamless HPC experience for all who manage the systems and all who use the systems.
  • Tutorial: A Guideline to Writing a Successful Proposal for ACCESS and Other National Compute Resources
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM, Room E141

    Navigating the everchanging national landscape of the national computing resources is difficult for any researcher may they be beginners and seasoned long-time users. During our long involvement in the review and allocation process of resources of the XSEDE, ACCESS and leadership-class programs (Blue Waters, Frontera, etc.), we have helped many scientists to succeed. This tutorial will address systematically the two most persistent problems that researchers face during the application process: Selecting the appropriate resource among the variety of choices offered and writing a successful application that translates a solid science project into a strong proposal ready to take on the competition.
  • Tutorial: Introduction to CI usage and performance data analysis with XDMoD and the new Analytics Framework.
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM, Room E147

    This is a hands-on, step-by-step instructional tutorial using a mixture of PowerPoint presentation and interactive demonstration. Attendees will analyze the usage and performance of ACCESS-allocated cyberinfrastructure using the XDMoD portal as well as the brand new Analytics Framework based on Jupyter notebooks, which opens the analysis up to broad array of data science and machine learning tools. All of the training materials will be made publicly available so that attendees can repeat the process outside the tutorial at their leisure and share it with colleagues.
  • Workshop: Campus Champions: Sustaining the Community in the ACCESS Era
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM, Room E143

    Post XSEDE, the Campus Champions (CC) community has been functioning as an independent entity while partnering with other entities in the Research Computing and Data (RCD) ecosystem to foster a dynamic and connected community of advanced research computing professionals that promote leading practices at the frontiers of research, scholarship, teaching and industry application. This workshop will cover the Campus Champions ACCESS partnership. What role does a Campus Champion play at their institution? What new and existing research computing resources are available to CC members? How do CCs facilitate research computing at their institution? Questions, discussions and social time to connect and reconnect with the community.
  • Co-located Event: Campus Champions
    4:30 PM – 6:30 PM, Room F152

Tuesday, 7/25

  • BoF: ACCESS Support Services: Producing a User-friendly Ecosystem
    1:30 PM – 2:30 PM, Room E145

    A Birds of a Feather session on ACCESS support services.
  • BoF: Open OnDemand User Group Meeting
    1:30 PM – 2:30 PM, Room F150

    A Birds of a Feather session for Open OnDemand users.
  • Applications Track: Gateway Access & Data Sharing
    3:00 PM – 4:30 PM, Room E148

    Cybershuttle: An end-to-end Cyberinfrastructure Continuum to accelerate Discovery in Science and Engineering Augmenting the User Experience in Open OnDemand ACCESS: Advancing Innovation Scholarly Data Share 2.0: Granular Access to Research Data.

Wednesday, 7/26

  • Co-located Event: ACCESS External Advisory Board (open to ACCESS staff members, but room space is limited)
    Noon – 1 PM, Rom E141
  • BoF: Open XDMoD User Group Meeting
    1:30 PM – 2:30 PM, Room E146

    A Birds of a Feather session on XDMoD.

Thursday 7/27

  • Co-located Event: All-hands meeting on Thursday afternoon (open to ACCESS staff members)
    1:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Room E143

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