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11th Annual Computing Institute for Scientists and Researchers Held at SDSC

Week-long Lecture Series and "Hands-On" Laboratory Sessions Focus on Managing Large Data Sets with Extreme I/O

Published 07/27/2005

Thirty researchers and scientists attended the 11th Annual Computing Institute held at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) on the campus of UC San Diego. Attendees included graduate students, scientists and researchers representing 17 institutions in the U.S. and abroad. The popular one-week training program, held from July 25-29, was designed to provide researchers with a solid introduction to the concepts and tools available in established and new technologies for the creation, manipulation, dissemination and analysis of large data sets.

"This year's institute focuses on giving scientists and researchers the tools to handle the 'Extreme I/O' needs required by today's scientific computations," said David Hart, institute organizer and Allocations Coordinator at SDSC. "After completing this one-week course, researchers will be able to reach their goals faster and more efficiently.

The workshop covered a number of topics including how to use the SDSC environment, parallel input/output (I/O), HDF5 and NetCDF file formats, moving data across the TeraGrid, building and using data collections, an introduction to database design, using the SDSC Storage Resource Broker (SRB), data mining and workflows, data visualization and case studies of extreme I/O applications. The sessions were recorded and will soon be appearing on the CI Channel. A detailed course program, presentations and information on the recorded sessions are at http://www.sdsc.edu/user_services/training/institute2005/.

The SDSC Summer Computing Institute was made possible by funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for SDSC's cyberinfrastructure activities.

***Update November, 2005

For those researchers unable to attend the SDSC 2005 Summer Computing Institute, SDSC has now made the recorded sessions available via the CI Channel.

Links to the online videos for most sessions, along with the PowerPoint presentations, are available from the Summer Institute Web site at http://www.sdsc.edu/user_services/training/institute2005/schedule.html.
Video of the few remaining sessions will be online soon.

The workshop covered a number of topics including how to use the SDSC environment, parallel input/output (I/O), the HDF5 and NetCDF file formats, moving data across the TeraGrid, building and using data collections, an introduction to database design, using the SDSC Storage Resource Broker (SRB), data mining and workflows, data visualization and case studies of extreme I/O applications.

The SDSC Summer Computing Institute was made possible by funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for SDSC's cyberinfrastructure activities.