SDSC Thread Graphic Issue 13, April 2007

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User Services Director:
Anke Kamrath

Subhashini Sivagnanam

Graphics Designer:
Diana Diehl

Application Designer:
Fariba Fana

Word from User Support

Welcome to another edition of the Thread newsletter! This issue features a description of the new GPFS-WAN file system and supporting hardware at SDSC. The recently completed upgrade gives users 700 TB of disk space mounted on all SDSC resources as well as TeraGrid resources at NCSA and UC/ANL. We're hoping to include even more TeraGrid resources throughout the year.

On the allocations front, research groups can now make requests not only for compute and storage resources, but also for Advanced Support assistance for their efforts. The "Advanced Support Program" encompasses staff experts from the SDSC Strategic Applications Collaborations (SAC) program, and similar efforts by the TeraGrid's ASTA program and NCSA's SAP efforts. The ability to request this advanced support via POPS is designed to open up this valuable opportunity to the widest possible set of projects and provide a level of review by the allocations committee.

Finally, summer is fast approaching, so it's time to start thinking about taking advantage of the opportunities being offered by SDSC and TeraGrid. The SDSC Summer Institute (July 16-20) has opened its Web site for registration, and you have until May 4 to register at the early bird rates for TeraGrid '07 in Madison, Wisconsin (June 4-7).

Both these events offer attendees some intensive opportunities to take advantage of the nation's leading open academic cyberinfrastructure.

Here's to productive computing this spring.

Best Regards,
David Hart
Assistant Director, User Information Services

David Hart is reachable via e-mail at

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