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

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)

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.

 

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!

HMC Scientific Computing Workshop and Digital Badge

We are pleased to announce the HMC Scientific Computing Workshop schedule in October.  The workshops will be held on Wednesdays from 5:30 pm to 7 pm in Aviation Room in Hoch-Shanahan Dining Commons.

  • October 8th: Essential MATLAB for Beginners — Learn the basics of MATLAB programming and plotting through hands-on examples of simple script m-file and function m-file.
  • October 15th: Advanced MATLAB — Learn more about MATLAB’s advanced programming skills: data structures, advanced use of functions, debugging and profiling, and parallel computing techniques.
  • October 22nd: R for Statistical Computing — Know R for statistical data analysis and graphs.
  • October 29th: OpenMP Multithreaded Programming — an easy way to parallelize and speed up your iterative calculations on multi-core machines.

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 CIS Digital Badge Pilot program. For more information about digital badges, please see https://www.hmc.edu/cis/digital-badge/.

Please reserve your seat by signing up at http://bit.ly/scicompworshops-Oct2014

 

Fall Semester 2014 Reminders

Here are a few reminders about IT services for the Fall 2014 Semester.http://www.dreamstime.com/-image21831106

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
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 Fall 2014 course mailing lists at http://goo.gl/MBFfcK (you must be logged into the HMC Google Apps for Education domain to access these pages). More information about all of the ways to email the students in your courses can be found on our Course Mailing Lists page in the CIS Service Catalog.
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
Fall 2014 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. Sakai has also been upgraded to version 2.9.
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 in this news item as well.
Have a great Fall 2014 semester!

Changes to Audiovisual and Educational Technology Support

The Educational Technology and Media Services group has been in existence for a little over 5 years, having been created in 2009 when the group split off from the User Support Group. CIS was able to make this change thanks to a generous grant from the Fletcher Jones Foundation which made it possible to create two new positions: Director of Educational Technology (Elizabeth Hodas) and Scientific Computing Specialist (Jeho Park). When the group was created we decided to combine educational technology with audiovisual services and both Michael Meyka and James Sadler left the User Support Group and joined ETMS.

The CIS department has seen a lot of changes since then. The User Support Group has grown to five permanent, full-time staff and is now under the leadership of Cindy Abercrombie. The campus has seen some big changes too, especially with the opening of the Shanahan Center for Teaching and Learning. We have seen a sharp increase in demand for audiovisual support. At the same time, there is more interest in incorporating technology in teaching and research. This spring we took the opportunity to consider how best to continue providing support for audiovisual services while increasing the scope of educational technology support.

As a result we have moved Michael Meyka, our Multimedia Support Manager, back into the User Support Group where he will have access to more operational resources. He will continue to lead the provision of audiovisual support for classes, meetings and large events with assistance from the User Support Group. James Sadler has been promoted and has a new title, Instructional Media Specialist, and will remain in the Educational Technology Services Group. We’ve changed our group name to reflect our new emphasis on technology in the classroom, high performance computing and exploration of new technologies. In his new position, James will focus on providing support to faculty and students in their use of educational technology in the classroom. His first big project has been implementing and supporting our new lecture capture system in the Shanahan Center. This summer the ETS group will be re-evaluating our faculty development program and preparing for some exciting new technology pilots in the fall. We look forward to being able to expand our services in support of educational technology at HMC.

Changes to Sakai Authentication on May 27, 2014

On May 27th, Pomona will be switching to a new authentication system for The Claremont Colleges instance of Sakai. We will be using a system called CAS (Central Authentication Service) for logging in to Sakai. While there will be a different user interface for logging in, you will still be using the same username and password.

The first difference you will see is that there will be two login buttons (“Login” and “Guest Login”) on the top right page.

Sakai login

Guest account users who don’t have a college username and password will need to click the “Guest Login” button. The login process will be the same as before for guest users after this point. Claremont Sakai users who have a college username and password should click the “Login” button for the new login system. This will redirect you to the new CAS login page as shown below:

CAS login

On that screen, you will need to “select your college” and then enter your college username and password. If you select “Remember My College”, you will not need to select your college on subsequent logins. You can enter either your full Sakai username (i.e. ehodas@hmc) or your shortened username (i.e. ehodas) once you have selected your college.

Once CAS authenticates you, you will see your Sakai homepage as usual. To sign out, press the logout button and close the browser. You must exit the browser to fully log out from CAS when you have finished.

If you have any questions about the migration or about CAS, please contact the HMC Help Desk.

Summer 2014 Upgrade to Sakai 2.9

This summer the Pomona IT staff will be upgrading the consortial Sakai server to version 2.9. We are currently running version 2.8. The Sakai Administration Team will be testing version 2.9 over the summer, with a tentative upgrade date of August 12, 2014. More information on how long Sakai will be down during the upgrade will be available as we get closer to the upgrade date.

Some important dates to keep in mind:

  • April 29, 2014: Summer 2014 and Fall 2014 5C course sites created, but not populated with faculty and staff. Faculty can request that they be added manually to a site by contacting the Help Desk with the name and section number of the course.
  • May 16, 2014: Summer 2014 5C course sites populated with faculty and students.
  • June 10, 2014: Spring 2014 course sites unpublished. Students can no longer see these sites, but faculty still have access.
  • August 12, 2014: Upgrade to Sakai 2.9. Sakai will most likely be unavailable for some amount of time. More information will be available as we approach this date.
  • August 19, 2014: Fall 2014 5C course sites will be populated with faculty and students.

The release notes tell us that “Version 2.9 of Sakai contains significant performance improvements, updated technical infrastructure, hundreds of bug fixes (over 600 bug fixes and over 20 security improvements), and it sports a new, updated look and feel, including smoother navigation, with a new neo-portal skin. Significant features have been added to the Resources, Gradebook, and Section Info tools in core Sakai. Major additions and improvements have been made to the “Indies,” including Lessons, which is now turned on by default, Samigo Test & Quizzes, Profile 2, Forums and Messages.”

Scientific Computing Seminars: MATLAB, Parallel Computing, and GPU Computing

CIS is very excited to announce the post-spring break events specially hand-picked for you. We have three scientific computing seminars lined up for the week of March 24th and April 1st. If you are interested, please pick one or two (or even all three) and register online to reserve your seat. Please find the details below:

MathWorks MATLAB Seminar:
Wednesday, March 26th from 12:45 pm to 3:30 pm in Sprague Learning Studio Classroom
Register online at https://www.mathworks.com/hmc2014

Title: Programming with MATLAB
Topics covered will include:
•    Basics of the MATLAB programming language
•    Automating with scripts
•    Building robust, maintainable functions
•    Tools for efficient program development
•    Using objects and authoring classes in MATLAB

Parallel Computing Seminar:
Thursday, March 27th from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm in Sprague Learning Studio Classroom
Register online at http://www.formstack.com/forms/hmc-seminar_registration_spring2014

Title: Parallel Computing with MPI (Message Passing Interface)
Topics covered will include:
•    Basics of Parallel Processing
•    Ways to make your program run (much) faster
•    Hands-on examples of MPI

XSEDE HPC Monthly Workshop on OpenACC GPU Programming:
Tuesday, April 1st from 8:00 am to 2 pm in Sprague Learning Studio Classroom
Register online at https://portal.xsede.org/course-calendar/-/training-user/class/163

Title: OpenACC* GPU Programming
Topics covered will include:
•   Parallel Computing and Accelerators
•   Intro to OpenACC
•   Using OpenACC with CUDA Libraries
•   Advanced OpenACC and OpenMP 4.0

*OpenACC is the accepted standard using compiler directives to allow quick development of GPU capable codes using standard languages and compilers. It has been used with great success to accelerate real applications within very short development periods. This workshop assumes knowledge of either C or Fortran programming.