Education and Outreach
SCD organized a two-day NSF-funded workshop, the Cybersecurity Summit 2004, in Washington DC, September 27-28, 2004 for the purpose of forming community-wide recommendations on cybersecurity. There were 125 attendees from the nation's high-performance computing centers, their university partners, and mid-size university computing centers. Through breakout sessions the workshop explored the competing needs of an open, collaborative research environment and protecting the security and integrity of the nation's research computing and data assets. By sharing information about recent cybersecurity incidents, it is hoped that future security incidents can be avoided, mitigated, and/or better managed, thereby reducing their disruptive impact on the nation's research agenda. This workshop was a significant step toward increasing the communication and cooperation between the nation's research HPC centers in the area of cybersecurity.
Luca Cinquini gave presentations about the ESG and CDP projects for NSF officials Sang Kim, head of NSF Cyberinfrastructure and Cliff Jacobs, and to Dr. Geerd Hoffman, a visitor from Germany. Cinquini was invited to give a talk about the CDP at the Unidata Seminar Series. Cinquini demonstrated the ESG Website for Bob Harris, Director of NCAR/ESIG and university representatives as well as for Dick Valent (SCD) and visitors John Michalakes (NCAR/MMM) and Akshara Kaginalkar from C-DAC Punje, India.
John Clyne gave a presentation on the SCD Visualization Lab to a group from the U.S. National Weather Service. Clyne gave an NCAR Geophysical Turbulence Program (GTP) presentation titled "Exploiting progressive access for interactive analysis of highresolution CFD simulation data." Clyne gave a presentation at the Arizona State University, Department of Computer Science titled "Scientific visualization in the earth sciences: myth and reality." Clyne gave a talk at the DOECGF entitled "GPUs: They're Not Just for Graphics Anymore." Clyne participated in a DOECGF panel on visualization software interoperability. Clyne gave a VisLab talk to DARPA visitors hosted by Scott Swerdlin.
Nancy Collins hosted CCA (Common Component Architecture) Quarterly Meeting at NCAR, April 2004. Collins presented "Components in the Earth System Modeling Framework" at the SIAM Conference on Parallel Processing for Scientific Computing held in San Francisco, California, February 24-28, 2004. Collins presented "Components in the Earth System Modeling Framework" at the 6th International Workshop on Next Generation Climate Models for Advanced High Performance Computing Facilities" in Honoloulu, Hawaii, February 25-27, 2004. Collins presented "Development of the Earth System Modeling Framework" at the Fall Science Seminar Series, Arctic Research Supercomputing Center, Fairbanks, Alaska, September 8-10, 2004.
Cecelia DeLuca presented "What is ESMF and What Does It Mean to Adopt It?" at the 3rd ESMF Community Meeting held at NCAR, July 15, 2004 and at the 1st Joint ESMF-PRISM Meeting, GFDL, Princeton, New Jersey, September 8-9, 2004. DeLuca presented "Update on the Earth System Modeling Framework" at the CCSM SciDAC Meeting, May 19, 2004 and at the CCSM Software Engineering Working Group Meeting, July 8, 2004. DeLuca was the plenary speaker on "Architecture of the Earth System Modeling Framework" at the Geospace Environment Modeling (GEM) Workshop, June 25, 2004. DeLuca presented "Emergence of the Earth System Modeling Framework" at the Symposium of the 50th Anniversary of Operational Numerical Weather Prediction, June 17, 2004. DeLuca presented "Modeling in the Geosciences" at the ESMF-sponsored workshop series for middle and high school teachers, Boulder, CO, June 29, 2004.
J.M. Dennis, S.J. Thomas, and E.R. Jessup presented "Development of a Block Conjugate Gradient Algorithm for Shifted Systems," April 2004, at the Conference on Iterative Methods, Copper Mountain, Colorado. J.M. Dennis, A.H. Baker, and E.R. Jessup presented "Reducing Data Movement in a Block Variant of GMRES," February 25, 2004, at the Parallel Processing for Scientific Computing PP04 in San Francisco, California. J.M. Dennis, H.M. Tufo, and R.D. Loft presented "Partitioning the Cubed-Sphere for BG/L," February 25, 2004, at the Parallel Processing for Scientific Computing PP04, San Francisco, California. J.M. Dennis presented "Quantifying the Impact of Memory Characteristics on the Design of Krylov Subspace Algorithms" on January 8, 2004, as his Ph.D. thesis proposal in Boulder, Colorado.
Natasha Flyer presented "Radial Basis Functions: Interpolation and Derivative Approximations" in February 2004 at the 12th Applied Mathematics Forum of South Korean, Suanbo, South Korea. Flyer presented "Time-Space Corner Singularities for Initial-Boundary Value Problems" in February 2004 at the Kyungpook National University (KAIST), Taegon, South Korea. Flyer presented "The Elusive Time-Space Corner Singularity: The Hidden Nature of Initial-Boundary Value Problems" at the Colorado School of Mines, April 16, 2004. Flyer presented "Applications of Asymptotics to Geophysical Fluid Dynamics" at Uppsala University, Sweden, June 2004. Flyer gave two separate lectures, on August 2 and August 3, 2004, to high school students participating in the High School Honors Institute on "The Role of Applied Mathematics in Space and Geophysical Modeling at NCAR." Flyer visited Fairview High School, Boulder, Colorado, to present "What is it like to be a mathematician/scientist?" October 2003. Flyer presented "Applied Math at NCAR" to the Math Club from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, September 2004. Flyer presented "Radial Basis Functions: The Basics and Why They Are So Hot," to the scientists, postdocs, and graduate students in the NCAR Geophysical Statistics Program, March 2004. Flyer presented "Time-Space Corner Singularities for Initial-Boundary Value Problems" to the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Taegon, South Korea, February 2004.
Mary Haley gave a presentation on PyNGL during a scientific Python conference (SciPy 2004) at Caltech.
Christiane Jablonowski presented "Adaptive Mesh Refinements for Weather and Climate Models" on March 29, 2004, at the 8th Copper Mountain Conference on Iterative Methods (Minisymposium), Copper Mountain, Colorado. Jablonowski presented "An Adaptive Mesh Refinement Strategy for Future GCMs" on July 23, 2004, at the 2004 Workshop on Partial Differential Equations on the Sphere, Yokohama, Japan. Jablonowski presented "Adaptive Grids for Weather and Climate Models," September 9, 2004, at the ECMWF 2004 Seminar on Recent Developments in Numerical Methods for Atmospheric and Ocean Modeling, Reading, UK. Jablonowski was a guest lecturer at the University of Michigan, Department of Atmospheric and Space Sciences, March 15 and 17, 2004 (Graduate Course: Sun-Earth Relations). Jablonowski gave a poster presentation on "Adaptive Grids for Weather and Climate Models," July 7-9, 2004, at the Ninth Annual CCSM Workshop, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Rodney James presented an invited talk on "High Performance Numerical Methods for Super-Scalar and Epic Microprocessors" at the Gelato Strategy Council Meeting in Stockholm, Sweden in October 2003.
Richard Loft gave a technical presentation on the Software Design of the IOM System at the Inverse Ocean Modeling Workshop, held July 6, 2004, in Corvallis, Oregon. Loft gave an invited presentation, "Advancing Atmospheric Science with Blue Gene/L," March 17, 2004, at IBM's T.J. Watson Research facility in Yorktown Heights, New York.
Don Middleton gave a technical presentation to NASA visitor Ron Birk entitled, "Data Management, The Grid and Other Emerging Technologies." Middleton gave an invited presentation at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. for the GeoForum2004 entitled, "The Sky is Not the Limit!" in March 2004. Middleton organized and contributed to a DataMonster presentation session for the SCD Executive Committee, with contributions from Luca Cinquini, John Clyne, Mark Uris, and others. This generated a lot of much-needed and fairly deep discussion about futures and strategies in the storage and services area. Middleton was invited by the Rockefeller-Brothers foundation to participate in a small retreat/think-tank of people drawn globally from science, technology, environment, and religion to discuss and plan for sustainable future society; Middleton gave a presentation on "Visualizing our Planet." Middleton delivered an invited presentation for CU's Computer Science seminar series "The Earth System Grid: Building a DataGrid for Climate Research." Middleton participated in the DMWG-sponsored meeting on strategic next steps for data and CDP, and also contributed to the presentations and goal development, November 2003. Middleton gave an invited presentation on ESG at SC in the DOE SciDAC Theater. Middleton served as a co-chair for a Cyberinfrastructure Breakout Group for the UCAR Board of Trustees meeting and co-delivered a presentation on Cyberinfrastructure with Dr. Jim Hansen of MIT. Middleton gave an invited presentation, "Cyberinfrastructure in Earth System Modeling," for the APAN eScience Workshop in Honolulu, Hawaii in January 2004. He also co-presented a session with V. Balaji of GFDL. Middleton gave an invited presentation on the Earth System Grid and also served as session chair for Grid Workshop for the APAN Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii in January 2004. Middleton gave a presentation and live demonstration on ESG to the SciDAC Climate Modeling Group meeting at NCAR in May 2004. Middleton chaired a panel at the DOE National Collaboratories meeting at ANL entitled "Next Generation Research for Creating and Interacting with Advanced Software Environments" and also served as a contributing author for this workshop's report, August 2004. Middleton delivered a presentation on visualization and data management research activities to the new acting director of the NSF, Arden Bemmet, August 2004. Middleton attended the Workshop on Advanced Collaboration Environments in Nice, France, and was backup for Fran Berman, who had a potential travel schedule difficulty (didn't have to serve as backup), September 2004, and was nominated and accepted to serve on the Program Committee for 2005. 2005 will be hosted and financially sponsored by Microsoft!
R.D. Nair presented "A high-order conservative shallow water model on the cubed-sphere" at the 2004 workshop on the solutions of PDEs on the sphere, July 20-23, Yokohama, Japan. Nair presented "Development of a discontinuance Galerkin atmospheric model on the cubed-sphere" at the ADAPT'03 conference, Oct. 10-11, 2003, at RPI, Troy, NY.
Darin Oman gave a nontechnical VisLab presentation to Steve Howe and five others.
Tim Scheitlin provided Vislab demos to the following groups and individuals: Mr. Grubisic from the Desert Research Institute; Japanese Storage Tek visitors (60); Supercomputing 2003 (Phoenix) attendees; Ridge Scientists (20) who study ocean floor and currents; Northrop Grumman Visitors (2); Alan Norton and School of Mines visitors (17); Comet Class (20); Local AMS Chapter (Josh Hacker hosting). Non-Technical Presentations: Scheitlin provided Vislab demos to the following groups and individuals: Board of Trustees Insurance visitors. Scheitlin gave a THIC demo for 40 people. Scheitlin gave nontechnical presentations to environmental journalists (35 people; Beth Holland also presented), geoscience teachers (17 people), and school superintendents and their spouses (100 people). Scheitlin provided a Vislab demo for Larry McDaniels (ESIG) and two University of Colorado Art and Math visitors. Scheitlin provided Vislab demos for: Rear Admiral Richard West, President of the Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education (CORE); Appropriations Staffers (3); and, NASA Technology Team (26). Scheitlin presented several scientific and technical presentations to Forty ASP Colloquium participants, RAP/Sharman group including OMB Examiner and their funding sponsor, NWS Director, General D.L. Johnson. Scheitlin gave nontechnical presentations to 10 Congressional staff and CU visitors, NSF visitors George Strawn (CIO of NSF) and Andrea Norris (Director of the Division of Information Systems of NSF, Geerd Hoffman and family, ML receptionist Susan Stevens and guests, and seven SCD staffers.
Amik St-Cyr and Martin Gander (McGill University and the University of Geneva) presented the SCD seminar, "Parallelism in Time: Can Parts of the Solution Later in Time be Computed Before the Solution Earlier in Time is Known?" at NCAR/Boulder on July 29, 2004. St-Cyr presented an SCD seminar, "Improved Time-Stepping Schemes for Locally Refined Atmospheric Models" at NCAR/Boulder on March 2, 2004. St. Cyr participated in the McGill Computational Science and Engineering Seminar Series by presenting an invited talk on "Nonlinear Operator Integrating Factor Splitting for a Non-Conforming Spectral Element Atmospheric Model" at McGill University-Canada on January 30, 2004. St-Cyr presented "Optimized Schwarz Preconditioning for High-Order Spectral Element Methods," at the 8th Copper Mountain Conference on Iterative Methods, Copper Mountain, Colorado, April 2004. St-Cyr gave a contributed talk on "An Efficient Non-Conforming Spectral Element Atmospheric Model Using Nonlinear Operator Integration Factor Splitting," at the International Conference on Spectral and High Order Methods, Providence, Rhode Island, June 2004. St-Cyr presented "Non-Conforming Adaptive Spectral Element Atmospheric Model," at the 2004 Workshop on the Solution of Partial Differential Equations on the Sphere, Yokohama, Japan, July 2004. St-Cyr presented an invited talk on "Operator Integrating Factor Splitting for a Non-Conforming Spectral Element Atmospheric Model," at an Applied Mathematics Seminar, the University of Colorado (CU) at Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, January 20, 2004.
S.J. Thomas, A. St-Cyr, R. Nair, R. Loft, and H. Tufo presented "The NCAR Spectral Element Dynamical Core: Moist Semi-Implicit Formulation," at ICOSAHOM 2004, Brown University, Providence, RI. Thomas gave an invited presentation on "The Equivalence of Semi-Lagrangian and OIFS Time-Stepping," Department of Applied Mathematics, CU Boulder, Boulder, CO, in February 2004.
Henry Tufo and Steve Thomas organized a mini-symposium, "Iterative Solvers for Geoscience Applications," for the 8th Copper Mountain Conference on Iterative Methods, April 2004.
Dick Valent gave a seminar on "Recent Changes in Computing at NCAR" at the Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies (COLA) on June 18, 2004. COLA is located in Calverton, Md. The seminar's focus was on the changes required by the security problems in March and April of this year; it discussed the need for greater security on our supercomputers, justification of CryptoCARDS, and an explnation of the new supercomputer security perimeter in SCD. This seminar was attended by more than 25 COLA staff.
The Visualization and Enabling Technologies Section (VETS) continues its outreach to the scientific community and general public through its many visualization demonstrations, digital media support, and conference participation. VETS attended the SC2003 conference in Phoenix and provided a platform for SCD presentations as well as the regular visualization demos in the NCAR booth on the exhibition floor.
VETS continued its support and collaboration with ASP post-doc Kirsten Butcher. Butcher is researching cognitive processes of learning and, in particular, how visualization tools and animations affect learning with digital media. Butcher has conducted assessments of visualization tools in classroom studies, researched methodologies used in expertise studies, and conducted emperical studies and quantitative statistical tests on student learning with visualization. Butcher's research has resulted in several manuscripts, journal articles, and research posters.
VETS also contributed to the organization and presentation agenda for the GeoForum 2004 event, held this spring at the National Academies of the Sciences in Washington, DC. GeoForum was targeted at generating enthusiasm and contacts in under-represented student populations in the DC area.
Besides its regular schedule of visualization demos to Vislab visitors, scientists, researchers, and government representatives, VETS also continues its successful partnership with PVP to provide presentations to public visitors including many student and teacher groups hosted by the NCAR tour program.
VETS also collaborated with MMM to produce a 62-GB hurricane dataset that was published on the web and used as the raw data for a visualization contest at IEEE Viz this year. VETS also produced several climate visualizations that were used by CGD scientist Jim Hurrel in an "Earth Bulletin" video production by the American Museum of Natural History.
Also, VETS has extended its outreach program through the continued deployment and use of the Access Grid technology. Along with direct participation in the SOARS mentoring program, VETS was also instrumental in supporting AG meetings for SOARS proteges located at remote sites including Puerto Rico and Norman, Oklahoma. VETS continued to provide demos, consulting, and support to staff interested in using the AG for meetings and tutorials. In particular, CGD has shown interest in developing a program for using the Access Grid to facilitate a remote teaching lab for NCL.
Figure 8: Darin Oman (VETS) facilitates AccessGrid use for SOARS proteges.
Steven Worley and Chi-Fan Shih presented "Model Output for GAPP" for the GAPP PIs Meeting in August 2004 in Boulder, Colorado. Worley presented "ERA-40 Data Availability" to the SCD Advisory Panel, April 1, 2004, in Boulder, Colorado. Worley presented "Data Archiving, Maintenance, and Migration" to the National Science Board Meeting on Long-Lived Data Collections, March 23, 2004, in Arlington, Virginia. Worley presented "ICOADS Status and Plans" at the Second Workshop on Advances in Marine Climatology (CLIMAR-II), November 17-23, 2003, in Brussels, Belgium. Worley presented "German Maury Digitization Plan" at the U.S.-People's Republic of China 8th Meeting on Data Exchange, at the China National Oceanography Data Center, October 17-20, 2003, in Tianjin, China. Worley gave a Data Tutorial to UCAR SOARS student classroom teaching, 9 June 2004.