HMC Scientific Computing Workshop Series for Spring 2015

With the finals around the corner and the summer break soon to follow, we will wrap up the HMC Scientific Computing Workshop Series for Spring 2015 with these three popular workshops:

  • Essential MATLAB for Beginners (FULL)
    April 30th at 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm in Aviation Room at Hoch-Shanahan Dining Commons
  • R for Statistical Computing
    May 7th at 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm in Aviation Room at Hoch-Shanahan Dining Commons
  • Advanced MATLAB (for summer math/research students)
    May 21st at 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm in Aviation Room at Hoch-Shanahan Dining Commons

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All these workshops are digital badge-earning opportunities. All participants who finish their required work in and out of the workshop will be awarded a digital badge through HMC CIS Digital Badge program. For more information about digital badges, please see https://www.hmc.edu/cis/digital-badge/.

Seats are limited. So if you are interested, please register at http://bit.ly/scicompworshops-Spring2015.

Essential MATLAB for Beginners will cover the following topics:

  • Basics of MATLAB Desktop — get to know about the MATLAB computing environment.
  • Scripts and Functions — learn the basics of MATLAB scripts and functions and their differences.
  • Data Import/Export — learn how to import external data and export MATLAB data for other applications.
  • Basic Plots — draw basic 2d plots and learn the simple manipulation techniques.
  • MATLAB Editor — know how to use the MATLAB editor for programming, debugging and publishing your MATLAB codes.

For the R for Statistical Computing workshop, you will learn:

  • How to make use of RStudio IDE.
  • How to work with Data (1): data types and objects.
  • How to create plots: simple plotting methods.
  • How to work with Data (2): Student’s t tests (two-sample and one-sample) and normality test.

We will continue on the Advanced MATLAB workshop to learn:

  • Advanced data structures: cells, structures, data types, and memory usage.
  • Data import/export: tips and tricks to handle data import and export.
  • Advanced use of functions: subfunctions, nested functions, anonymous functions, and function handles.
  • Debugger and profiler: ways to debug and profile MATLAB functions.
  • Performance considerations: memory allocation, vectorization, and parallelization.
  • GUI using GUIDE: A quick introduction to MATLAB GUI Development Environment (only when time permits).

Any questions? Contact Jeho Park at jepark@hmc.edu.

A Big Data Day Workshop at Harvey Mudd College

Harvey Mudd Scientific Computing Seminar Series: XSEDE HPC Workshop on Big Data

BigData_2267x1146_trasparentWe are pleased to announce a one-day Big Data workshop on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 from 8 am to 2 pm on the Harvey Mudd campus (Shanahan 2461). The workshop will be led by Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and the Scientific Computing Specialist at Harvey Mudd will be the on-site TA for local participants. This workshop will focus on topics such as Hadoop and Spark. If you are unable to attend the whole workshop due to your class schedule, I would recommend you the first two sessions to learn the basics of Big Data and do some hands-on programming using Java.

The workshop registration is required for the hands-on part. Please register at https://www.xsede.org/web/xup/course-calendar/-/training-user/class/378/session/629. The registration requires an XSEDE account which you can obtain from https://www.xsede.org/web/xup/my-xsede?p_p_id=58&p_p_lifecycle=0&p_p_state=maximized&p_p_mode=view&p_p_col_id=column-1&p_p_col_pos=1&p_p_col_count=2&_58_struts_action=/login/create_account.

* Workshop Agenda *
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8:00 am: Welcome
8:30 am: Intro to Big Data
9:15 am: Hadoop
10:00 am: Lunch break
11:00 am: Hadoop (cont)
11:30 am: Exercises
12:15 pm: Spark
1:15 pm: Exercise 2
2:00 pm: Adjourn
(All times given are PST)

Due to demand, this workshop will be telecast to several satellite sites. This workshop is NOT available via a webcast.
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Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions. I hope to see you at the workshop. Thanks!

Jeho Park, Ph.D.
Scientific Computing Specialist, HMC
jepark@hmc.edu
909) 607-9023

Digital Humanities Applications

From our friends in Digital Humanitiesdhcc-web

A reminder that faculty applications for the 5C Digital Humanities @ The Claremont Colleges (DH@CC) 2015 Summer Institute and Digital Course Development grants are due on March 6th. You can find applications at http://claremontdh.com/applications/, and learn more about these Mellon Foundation-supported programs at http://claremontdh.com/category/grant-applications/grant-descriptions/.

If you have any questions about DH@CC, please contact Project Manager AJ Strout at AJ_Strout@pitzer.edu.

February 2015 Update from the CIO

80101383152976HMCWeb10We had such a busy Fall semester that I was unable to send out updates.  In this one, I will cover developments since my last update in late August. I hope you have some time to read it.

People
Starting with the most important aspect of all organizations, I have the pleasure of introducing three people.  Taylor Calderone has joined us in a permanent position as a technical analyst on the User Support team.  Taylor has been with us for a while on a temporary basis, working primarily with audiovisual support.  When Corey LeBlanc left for Pomona’s Computer Science department, it was really great to see Taylor compete for and win the permanent position.

Brian Reid has joined us in a temporary capacity to work on the User Support team. Brian came to HMC from the Geek Squad, and we are very happy to welcome him to the campus.

I am also very happy to announce that our Senior Network Engineer search has finally yielded fruit.  Duke Vu joined  the CIS team on January 5th.  He comes to us after a five year stint at JPL and we are really looking forward to adding his set of skills and insights to the team that works on that most fundamental of things, our network.  Duke will report to Mitch Shacklett, Director of the Systems and Network Group.

ITC
The intercollegiate Information Technology Committee (ITC) has  been very active of late.  This year, I get to co-chair the committee with Ken Pflueger of Pomona. Among the topics we are dealing with is the IT Assesssment by BerryDunn, which I mentioned in my last update.   The final version has been received and is under review by both the ITC and the Presidents Council.  The ITC agreed with many of its recommendations and has started to lay the groundwork to implement some of them.  The Council discussed the report at their January 2015 retreat and ITC is meeting with Council in March.  Council has urged the IT leaders to collaborate more deeply in order to build strong centralized services where appropriate, in particular in areas like networking, data centers, security, identity and access management and disaster recovery.

Related to the ITC, I have been helping out at CUC since the late Fall departure of the previous CIO. I am assisting Stig Lanesskog, the CEO of CUC, with IT decision making and keeping the department moving while they redefine the CIO position and launch a search.  It is an honor and privilege to help the consortium in this way, and will, I believe, yield benefit for HMC in the long run.

Workday
I hope you all saw the announcement about Workday Financial Management.  This is big news for lots of reasons.

Last year, the intercollegiate Budget and Financial Affairs Committee (BFAC) began looking for a replacement for the aging Datatel financial system that is run by the Claremont University Consortium (CUC).  The BFAC narrowed its requirements down to four or five “show stoppers”, two of which will be of great interest to our faculty.  The first was the ability easily to report across fiscal years, which is often very important to grant holders. And the second was support for all modern browsers. (You read more about their philosophy on user interface design).

There is so much to say about this topic that I have started a series of separate posts about it.

Password Policy
Password Policy: As you know by now, we did not implement the system change we had announced for October 27th, which would have required you to change your password every 365 days.  Thanks to good feedback from the community and the Computing Committee, I went back to the drawing board, connected with our financial auditors and finally we worked out an agreement that will require slightly longer passwords, but no annual changing of passwords.  Once per year, you will be required to check your password to ensure that it meets the HMC Credentials password requirements (the timing of this check is up to you, based on when you last changed or checked your password).  If your password meets the requirements, then you are good to go.  Only if it doesn’t meet the requirements will you be required to change it.

Email aliases
joseph.vaughan@hmc.edu, jvaughan@hmc.edu, vaughan@hmc.edu, joseph_vaughan@hmc.edu which one am I? We have traditionally tried to anticipate what people might think was someone’s address by populating our “Mail Central” with a number of aliases for the main address, which is always of the form username@hmc.edu. During the Fall semester we reviewed a number of issues with this system:

  • As the numbers in our community increase, it is more and more common to have name clashes, so that the underlying idea of being able to “make up” the email address if you know a person’s name is no longer valid.
  • Many systems now use email addresses as usernames, which means that they treat the different aliases as different accounts.  We have a variation of that problem with the Footprints Ticket System.
  • All modern email systems have some form of directory lookup and autocomplete of addresses, so you don’t have to remember them.

With this in mind, we decided to stop creating aliases for email addresses and just use the canonical form username@hmc.edu.  We did not touch existing aliases, but will no longer be creating them when we create accounts.

Other Topics
So this update has gotten long enough. But please visit our IT News site to read other articles:

NSF cyberinfrastructure grants

Dramatic increase in service requests in SCTL

CIS Digital Badge Pilot

Enjoy Spring Break and the rest of the semester.

Shanahan Center brings dramatic increase in service requests

As the table below makes clear, we are seeing a huge increase in the number of requests for CIS services in the Shanahan Center.

We are happy to have this “problem”, but we are having to work hard to make sure that we are delivering services as efficiently as possible.

To that end, we have reorganized within User Support to make sure that there more people available to provide audiovisual services.   We have also made sure that every request goes into our ticket system and our calendar.

One of the best ways you can help us is to always request audiovisual support via our request form. Give us as much advance notice as you can and be as specific as you can about your needs.

We’d also love to hear your feedback about how audiovisual services could be streamlined even more.  So send your ideas our way.   Thanks!

Shanahan Center Usage

 2012
before SCTL
2013
start of SCTL
2014
SCTL full operation
Lecture Capture Events
44216549
Laptops ReservationsLearning Studio *145 (Fall)349 (Fall)
Overtime Hours283377550 (Jan-Oct)
Total Support Hours12,03513,20913,883 (Jan-Oct)

NSF Cyberinfrastructure Grants

There are a few NSF grant programs currently accepting proposals that have to do with cyberinfrastructure, including one for Network Design and Implementation for Small Institutions and another category for “Instrument Networking, which recognizes scientific instrumentation as key campus infrastructure components to promote requiring high-performance, advanced networking”.

Together with Los Nettos, our regional network organization, we plan to apply, and are anticipating a site visit from NSF personnel in the near future.   All of the grants ask for examples of faculty who are either doing or are interested in doing work that involves moving large amounts of data or making use of high performance computing.

While Jeho Park has been in touch with several faculty, I wanted to send out a broad request.  If you have interest, please let Jeho or me know.  We are looking for examples of what people do or would do if they had access to the right resources — we’re not suggesting that you write a grant proposal yourself (unless you want to, of course).   Here are some examples of the kind of work enabled by high speed networking, drawn from a recent Internet2 announcement about the University of Connecticut:

  • The Computer Science & Engineering Department can perform wide area network performance research.
  • The Geography Department can continuously access high-resolution satellite images stored at external servers.
  • The Molecular and Cell Biology Department can transfer huge genome sequence reads produced by next-generation sequencers and the processed outputs within campus and with external sites.
  • The Physics Department can participate in the Open Science Grid, a global community of scientists, researchers, and experts in high-throughput computing, and regularly transfer terabytes of jobs to and from the grid within a day.
  • The Statistics Department can conduct research on high-dimensional statistical modeling and inference using large data sets produced by health and biomedical studies.
  • UConn Health can conduct research on quantitative cell biology and simulations as well as computational genomics that require terabytes of data transfer on a daily basis.

Additional information regarding this year’s solicitation can be found here: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15534/nsf15534.pdf

Thanks for reading!

Mathematica Seminar at Harvey Mudd College

wolfram-mathematica-10We are pleased to announce that a Mathematica seminar will be held on our campus (Aviation Room in Hoch-Shanahan) on Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 from noon to 1 pm. Please come join us to learn more about new Mathematica 10 features that can help your job done more easily and efficiently. Seats are limited, so please register for the seminar. Here’s the details:

Wolfram Technologies in Education and Research

February 24, 2015
12:00-1:00, including Q&A
Harvey Mudd College: Aviation Room in Hoch-Shanahan Dining Commons

This talk illustrates capabilities in Mathematica 10 and other Wolfram technologies that are directly applicable for use in teaching and research on campus. Topics of these technical talks include:

  • Enter calculations in everyday English, or using the flexible Wolfram Language
  • Visualize data, functions, surfaces, and more in 2D or 3D
  • Store and share documents locally or in the Wolfram Cloud
  • Use the Predictive Interface to get suggestions for the next useful calculation or function options
  • Access trillions of bits of on-demand data
  • Use semantic import to enrich your data using Wolfram curated data
  • Easily turn static examples into mouse-driven, dynamic applications
  • Access 10,000 free course-ready applications
  • Utilize the Wolfram Language’s wide scope of built-in functions, or create your own
  • Get deep support for specialized areas including machine learning, time series, image processing, parallelization, and control systems, with no add-ons required

Current users will benefit from seeing the many improvements and new features of Mathematica 10 and Wolfram Alpha Pro, but prior knowledge of the Wolfram Language is not required. All attendees will receive an electronic copy of the examples, which can be adapted to individual projects.

 

Registration: https://hmc.formstack.com/forms/registration_form_mathematica_s2015.

 

Workday Student

As I mentioned before,  the Claremont Colleges have decided to participate in Workday’s Strategic Influencer program for the Workday Student product.   This initiative is now taking more shape.  The following people have been appointed to the Workday Strategic Influencer Project Team:

  • Margeret Adorno (Registrar, Pomona)
  • Mark Ashley (Registrar, HMC)
  • Andrew Dorantes (Treasurer, HMC)
  • Robert Goldstein (CIO, Pitzer)
  • Elizabeth Morgan (Registrar, Claremont McKenna)
  • Joseph Vaughan (CIO, HMC)
  • Chris Waugh, (Director, Smith Campus Center, Pomona)

The Project Team will visit Workday headquarters in Pleasanton, CA on February 24 for the first meeting of Strategic Influencers and Design Partners.  These meetings will be broadcast so that you can listen in from home.  Workday will be conducting interviews with functional groups as well.  If you have views on what a Student System should do, now is the time to speak up!

Claremont Colleges will use Workday Financial Management

I hope you all saw the announcement about Workday Financial Management.  This wd-logois big news for lots of reasons.

Last year, the intercollegiate Budget and Financial Affairs Committee (BFAC) began looking for a replacement for the aging Datatel financial system that is run by the Claremont University Consortium (CUC).  The BFAC narrowed its requirements down to four or five “show stoppers”, two of which will be of great interest to our faculty.  The first was the ability easily to report across fiscal years, which is often very important to grant holders. And the second was support for all modern browsers. (You can read more about Workday’s  philosophy on user interface design).

The BFAC and the consultant they worked with (a former treasurer at Scripps College) reviewed all the market leaders and finally settled on Workday, a relative newcomer with a strong pedigree (it was founded by the founder of Peoplesoft, Dave Duffield and the former chief strategist of Peoplesoft, Aneel Bhusri).  The Presidents Council signed off on the BFAC choice in August and the target for implementation of the new system is July 1, 2015 (yes, 2015!).

One interesting aspect of this for me, as CIO of one of the participating Colleges, is that Workday is only offered as software as a service (SaaS): there is no on-premise version. We will not be making any local customizations.  This is one more example of systems moving to the cloud, with all the implications that carries for IT units and for the Colleges.

Also extremely interesting from a Claremont perspective is that all of the Treasurers have agreed to “hold hands” and use one system, including changing and aligning business practices across the Colleges.  This includes Pomona College returning to being on the same financial system as the other colleges.

A further related aspect of this is that Workday have begun developing Workday Student, a new student information system.  They invited the Claremont Colleges to participate in the development of this system as “strategic influencers”.  The intercollegiate Academic Deans Committee (ADC), Business and Financial Affairs Committee (BFAC) and Information Technology Committee (ITC) made a joint recommendation to the Council that we should take Workday up on their offer.  But at the same time the committees recommended a market review of Student Information Systems, with a view to replacing Jenzabar CX (including, potentially, with Jenzabar JX). The Presidents agreed.  Andrew Dorantes, Mark Ashley and I will all participate heavily in the Strategic Influencer work.  Workday will also conduct interviews with different groups of users, starting this week with the Registrars.

So in the near future (July 2015 or soon after) we will gradually bid a fond farewell to OnBase RFCs and the CUC Connect financial reports. And in the medium future (late 2015) the Claremont Colleges will investigate alternatives to Jenzabar CX.
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There is a lot more to say about this, and as the Dude said “It’s a complicated case, Maude. Lotta ins. Lotta outs. And a lotta strands to keep in my head, man”. So I will post individual news items on it as we move forward.

 

 

Spring Semester 2015 Reminders

Happy New Year!

Here are a few reminders about IT services for the Spring 2015 Semester.

CIS Help Desk
The Help Desk is located in the Learning Studio on the ground floor of Sprague. The hours are 8am-5pm, including lunch hour. Please send a support request via our request form or send us email at helpdesk@hmc.edu or call us at (909) 607 7777.

Password Resets
The HMC password policy (available at http://goo.gl/pKiHd ) requires a password change once a year and this might be a good time to do it. You can click the “Forgot your password?” link to change your password anytime you are logging in to the HMC Portal or Google Apps. Or you can visit the HMC Password and Account Management Kiosk at https://iam.hmc.edu/identity/self-service/HMC/kiosk.jsf.

Course Mailing Lists
There are several different ways to email the students in your courses. More information about all of that can be found on our Course Mailing Lists page in the CIS Service Catalog at https://www.hmc.edu/cis/services/course-mailing-lists/. MajorDomo course mailing lists have been set up. You can find instructions on how to send email to a course mailing list at http://goo.gl/8ZvhMw as well as a list of all of the Spring 2015 course mailing lists at http://goo.gl/nMUlrc (you must be logged into the HMC Google Apps for Education domain to access these pages).

Course Mudd Shots
Course Mudd Shots have been updated for the semester. They are available at http://www.internal.hmc.edu/dir/courses/. The pages are restricted to the HMC network only, so if you are off-campus or on wireless, please connect to the VPN first.

VPN (Virtual Private Network)
Remember the VPN! It is software that allows you to connect to the HMC network as if you were located on campus. Visit http://vpn.claremont.edu and select the group HMC-LDAP. Log in with your HMC Credentials.

Sakai Updates
Spring 2015 courses have been created and populated with students and faculty. The courses are synchronized with the Jenzabar CX student information system three times per day at 2:30 am, 12:30 pm and 5:30 pm.

Google Apps for Education
Everyone at HMC is entitled to a Google Apps for Education account in our g.hmc.edu domain. Many people have started using the system for email, to share documents or work on them collaboratively. As a reminder, here are the URLs that will take you directly to the HMC single sign in page and then on to the g.hmc.edu domain (without an intermediate Google login page):
http://docs.g.hmc.edu will take you to your google drive document store.
http://mail.g.hmc.edu will take you to email.
http://calendar.g.hmc.edu will take you to the calendar.
http://sites.g.hmc.edu will take you to google sites.

Technology in the Shanahan Learning Center
A separate email has been sent to faculty about technology available in the Shanahan Learning Center and how to request special setups. You can find the text of this information on our news site as well at http://www5.hmc.edu/ITNews/?p=2926.

Have a great semester!