Welcome to February 2021!

Please see below for People Network calls this month, and make sure to join in! (For handy calendar entries, see the CaRCC Events Calendar.) 

Data-Facing Track (first Tuesdays)

Tuesday, February 2, 1p ET/ 12p CT/ 11a MT/ 10a PT

Casual Tuesday Community Roundtable

We want to take this month to hear a bit about what everyone is up to. This session will be a general sharing and free-form brainstorming session. We’d love to hear 3-5 minutes about projects that people are working on currently or new developments. If you’re stuck on something, feel free to bring that forward and get advice from the brain trust. We can also make breakout rooms for deeper discussions that arise.

Researcher-Facing Track (second Thursdays)

Thursday, February 11, 1pm ET (12pm CT/11am MT/10am PT)

Supporting Researchers with Containers

Presenters: Eric Coulter, Jeremy Fischer, Anna Sackmann, Peter Vaillancourt 

Containers are a growing part of the general computing landscape, including research computing. But when are containers a good fit for researchers and how can you support researchers using containers? In this call, we’ll provide a brief overview of containers and when they’re useful, how they relate to reproducibility, and how to support researchers (e.g. using, building, and/or maintaining them). Bring your experience and questions, and if you have extra time, stay after the meeting for follow-up questions with the presenters. 

Emerging Centers Track (third Wednesdays)

Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 12p ET/ 11a CT/ 10a MT/ 9a PT

An Emerging Centers community call to highlight different institution’s experiences in supporting, promoting, and advancing RCD

Panelists:  Jason Wells, Bentley University;  Doug Jennewein, University of South Dakota and Arizona State University; Lauren Michael, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Susan Ivey, Research Data & Infrastructure Librarian, NC State University Libraries, leads a panel of Emerging Centers ‘Experts’ who will share their experiences and lessons learned which may be applicable to the development of coordinated approaches to supporting RCS/cyberinfrastructure in YOUR organization.  These ‘experts’ from our community, who have different, yet similar, experiences, and come from a variety of institutions and will address questions such as:

  • Can you describe the processes for planning, developing, and implementing a coordinated approach/model to supporting RCD/ cyberinfrastructure at your organization? 
  • Did you collaborate and coordinate with any existing units when planning? 
  • What does the reporting structure look like for new positions (how did you decide which units these positions would be placed, for example)? How did you prioritize needs and requesting of new staffing resources?
  • What types of advisory and/or governance structures are in place? 

Systems-Facing Track (third Thursdays)

Thursday, February 18, 12p ET/ 11a CT/ 10a MT/ 9a PT

Geddes Composable Platform – Purdue’s Kubernetes-based private cloud solution.

New usage patterns of computing for research have emerged that rely on the availability of flexible, elastic, and highly specialized services that may not be well suited to traditional batch HPC. Purdue’s Research Computing department is working to enhance and evolve the research computing ecosystem to respond to these needs. We will present an overview of the “Geddes Community Composable Platform”, a Kubernetes-based private cloud that builds upon Purdue’s Community Cluster program to provide cost-effective, highly responsive, and customizable composable computing solutions for domain science and education. Presented by: Erik Gough and Brian Werts, both at Purdue.

Interested participants need not subscribe to a particular track to participate in calls. However, additional details for track members, including notes documents and any pre-call activities, will be distributed ahead of the call via the email lists and other communication channels within each track.

The CaRCC People Network, aims “to foster, build and grow an inclusive community (termed the “People Network”) for campus CI, research computing and data professionals.” If you have received this email NOT via CaRCC’s People Network, and you would like to join the People Network, which includes Researcher-facing, Data-facing, Systems-facing, and other tracks, please fill in the form at http://bit.ly/join_carcc_people_network.

All calls will take place within the same Zoom room distributed via email. Please join the People Network (link just above) or contact help@carcc.org for details.