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Elizabeth Leake, director of research computing services at Boise State University and founder of Non-profit STEM-Trekrecently received a grant from the National Science Foundation to support [email protected] [email protected] is a pre-conference workshop that will take place before the international conference Supercomputing Conference (SC) on High Performance Computing, Networks and Storage (November 13-18, 2022). The workshop will take place from Friday to Saturday 11 and 12 November.
Applications were encouraged from early and mid-career professionals working in the research computing and data science (RCD) professions. Those who hold advanced degrees, support research in earth science-related fields, or belong to demographic groups that are globally underrepresented in RCD academics and careers have been favored. Applicants from Southern African Development Community (SADC) Member States and those participating in the African HPC Ecosystems project have been prioritized.
Fourteen US delegates from 10 states will participate in the pre-conference workshop; six from EPSCoR state universities and one from a minority-serving institution. In addition, 13 virtual registrations will be allocated to delegates who cannot travel.
Thanks to a generous donation from Google to Non-profit STEM-Trekand a dozen technical program registrations provided by the General Chairman of the SC22 conference, ten delegates from five Pan-African countries will join their American counterparts in Dallas.
This is the fourth in a series of themed SC workshops led by Leake, who is also the founder and director of STEM-Trek. Previous workshops have focused on RCD training, precision farming and cybersecurity topics.
Leake has served on committees for nine RCD virtual training programs since the start of Covid-19. This will be the first in-person international meeting Leake has handled in several years. This period has been particularly difficult for some. Those without internet access at home find it difficult to access online education, commerce and health care. Many people in sub-Saharan Africa experience daily load shedding, a practice in which energy companies shut down sections of the grid on a schedule to reduce consumption. Delegates from these regions will benefit immensely from returning to in-person attendance once again.
“We’ve assembled world-class experts who will advise and share resources, best practices, and strategies,” Leake said. “Postcards from the Edge,” or first-person accounts of edge-related technical challenges, will be collected and shared in a non-judgmental zone. Each will deliver a lightning talk about their projects and will open up to the friendly fire of the experts.
“SC often attracts over 10,000 attendees, which can be overwhelming for first-time attendees,” adds Leake. About a third of this year’s cohort have already attended the Supercomputing Conference. The pre-conference activity helps delegates feel more comfortable and allows SC veterans to mentor new members. The cohort will join a larger global community of practice that will provide each other with techno-psycho-social support long after the conference is over.
Leake was assisted in the planning by Jason Watt, Cyberinfrastructure Engineer from Boise State University, James Nelson, HPC Systems Administrator from Boise State University, and Bryan Johnston, Senior HPC Systems Administrator of the South African Center for HPC.
Welcome speech: Mary Jane Bopape, Managing Director of the South African Environmental Monitoring Network. Prior to this appointment, Bopape was Senior Director of Research at the South African Meteorological Service (SA) and worked at the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Reading in the UK and holds a Ph.D. in Meteorology from the University of Pretoria. As an atmospheric modeling specialist, Dr. Bopape works with a range of time scales, including short-term forecasts, seasonal forecasts and climate change projections. She has led several regional projects, including one among six member states of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). She was one of 21 2019 Climate Research for Development (CR4D) Fellows and a 2021 AIMS Women Fellow in Climate Change Science. She is a co-recipient of the 2008 World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Prize for Young Researchers and was listed as one of the most influential Africans of 2021 by New African magazine.
Presentations and additional training
Cyberinfrastructure for AI at the edge – SAGE: Peter Beckman (UChicago) – Distributed smart sensor networks capable of collecting and analyzing data are essential for scientists seeking to understand the impacts of global urbanization, natural disasters such as floods and wildfires, and of climate change on natural ecosystems and urban infrastructure.
“CI time” and GISandbox with Eric shook (U-Minnesota) – The Hour of CI Project is a national campaign that introduces hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students to cyberinfrastructure. Inspired by the “Hour of Code”, the Hour of CI project creates a sustainable learning community and a scalable training environment to train learners at institutions ranging from R1 universities to two-year colleges of education.
Shawana Johnson (Global GIS Expert) – Shawana P. Johnson, holds a USG security clearance and is GISP (Certified Geographic Business Information System Professional). As a geospatial intelligence expert, Johnson supports the U.S. government, global security, and intelligence industries with market insights focused on global commercial geospatial imagery assets, from space technology platforms to terrestrial technologies required to use geospatial assets and tools. She has expertise in agriculture, water resources, maritime security and land resource planning. She is heavily involved in growing geospatial support for funding geospatial public-private partnerships in Africa and developing commercial awareness of sensor-based data to support the growth of the geospatial community.
WIFIRE: Jessica Block, UCSD – San Diego Supercomputer Center.
WIFIRE Commons is a scientific, model-based, artificial intelligence (AI) and data-driven approach that ultimately aims to limit and even prevent the devastating effects of wildfires by using advanced technologies to support fire mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.