OSG User School Concludes
After a week of participating in the OSG User School 60+ students are being released to use impact research across the globe. In this one week event, students learn to run large-scale computing workloads at their campus or using the national-scale OSPool provided by the OSG Consortium.
Retirements and New Beginnings: The Transition to Tokens
May 1, 2022 officially marked the retirement of OSG 3.5, GridFTP, and GSI dependencies. OSG 3.6, up and running since February of 2021, is prepared for usage and took its place, relying on WebDAV and bearer tokens.
OSPool Hits Record Number of Jobs
The OSPool processed over 2.6 million jobs during the week of April 14th - 17th this year and ran over half a million jobs on two separate days that week.
Introducing the PATh Facility: A Unique Distributed High Throughput Computing Service
Researchers can now request credits on the PATh Facility, the PATh project’s new service intended for distributed high throughput computing workflows supporting NSF science.
HTCondor Week 2022 Concludes
Thank you to all in-person and virtual participants in HTCondor Week 2022. Over the course of the event we had over 40 talks spanning tutorials, applications and science domains using HTCSS. All slides can be found on the event website and we will be publishing all videos on our youtube channel under "HTCondor Week 2022". We hope to see you next year!
OSG User School Applications Close
Applications for the OSG User School 2022 have closed. The User School will be held from Monday, July 25 to Friday, July 29 in person at the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.
Researcher Connor Natzke Wins 2022 David Swanson Memorial Award
Connor Natzke was awarded the 2022 David Swanson Memorial Award at the March OSG All-Hands Meeting. The memorial was established to honor our late colleage David Swanson who contributed to campus research across the country.
Celebrating a dynamic OSG All-Hands Meeting 2022
In March, 251 OSG users, resource providers, and staff convened virtually for the OSG All-Hands Meeting 2022. This article provides a brief summary of the talks and discussions that took place, and includes links to the video recordings of all talks.
Registration for HTCondor Week 2022 now open!
Registration for HTCondor Week 2022 is open now. The registration deadline for in-person attendee is May 2, 2022, and the cost is $90 per day. For virtual-only attendance, registration is a flat $25 fee for the whole week.
Transforming research with high throughput computing
During the OSG Virtual School Showcase, three different researchers shared how high throughput computing has made lasting impacts on their work.
OSPool Usage Hits Daily Record
Researchers harnassing the capacity of the OSPool are racking up record-breaking numbers. On June 8, the OSPool, which provides computing resources to researchers across the country, went over 1.1 million core hours –– a daily record number. To put this in perspective, one million core hours is equivalent to using 42 thousand cores in just one day. That is close to half the size of some large supercomputing centers. In short, an increasing number of researchers are utilizing the OSG to carry out an incredible amount of computing.
Researcher Nicholas Cooley Wins 2021 David Swanson Memorial Award
Nicholas Cooley was awarded the 2021 David Swanson Memorial Award at the March OSG All-Hands Meeting. The memorial was established to honor our late colleage David Swanson who contributed to campus research across the country.
Migration to HTTP from GridFTP for Data Transfers
The OSG consortium is nearing the completion of migrating its software stack to the WebDAV data transfer protocol - a widely used, industry-compatible and secure protocol. The WebDAV protocol which is an extension of the well-known HTTP allows Third-Party-Copy transfers which are commonly used to move bulk data between storage systems worldwide. Moreover, WebDav is compatible with the OAuth2 mechanism for authentication.
Global Infrastructure Laboratory - Options for Jupyter Support in OSG
Summary of GIL Discussion of Options for Jupyter Support in OSG. GIL conducted an open dicussion with the entire OSG staff mailing list on March 9, 2021. The team reviewed the proposal document and concluded the following -
Upcoming OSG All-Hands Meeting, March 1–5
Register now for the online All-Hands Meeting 2021, March 1–5, offered by the OSG. Everyone is invited to attend. Registration is free but required, so please take a minute to register now.
Register Now for the February 8-9 Campus Workshop
Save the date and register now for another Campus Workshop on distributed high-throughput computing (dHTC), February 8-9, offered by the Partnership to Advance Throughput computing (PATh). All campus cyberinfrastructure (CI) staff are invited to attend!
National Science Foundation establishes a partnership to advance throughput computing
Recognizing the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s leadership role in research computing, the National Science Foundation announced this month that the Madison campus will be home to a five-year, $22.5 million initiative to advance high-throughput computing.
OSG User School 2019
The OSG User School 2019 was held at the University of Wisconsin–Madison on July 15–19. This year’s event hosted 55 participants, drawn from a pool of 86 applicants. These numbers are consistent with the past few years, taking into account annual variation.
OSG User School 2018
The OSG User School 2018 was held at the University of Wisconsin–Madison on July 9–13. This year’s event set a new record with 65 participants in total, up from 56 participants in 2017. And due to the large and record-setting number of applicants, 140, it was also one of the most selective offerings of the School.
OSG User School 2017
The OSG User School 2017 was held at the University of Wisconsin–Madison on July 17–21. There were 56 participants, including mostly graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, a few advanced undergraduates, several faculty, and some research staff from research institutions in the United States (and one each from England and Spain). The range of scholarly domains was one of the most diverse yet, including physics, biology, chemistry, medicine, engineering, statistics, earth sciences, plant sciences, and economics. Participants were selected by demonstrating need for large-scale computing and by being in a position to transform their scholarly work through computation. The instructors this year were Bala Desinghu, Brian Lin, and Derek Weitzel from the OSG, plus Christina Koch and Lauren Michael from the UW–Madison’s Center for High Throughput Computing.
OSG integrates global computing to support detection of colliding neutron stars by LIGO, VIRGO, and DECam
On October 16th, scientists at the LIGO and Virgo scientific collaborations announced the detection of gravitational waves from the collision of two neutron stars that occurred 130 million years ago. This collision has also been observed with light emitted across the entire electromagnetic spectrum.
LIGO Collaboration wins 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics
On October 1, 2017, Rainer Weiss, Barry Barish, and Kip Thorne were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics “for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves.” LIGO confirmed the first direct observation of gravitational waves on September 14, 2015. Both LIGO detectors, one in Hanford, Washington, and one in Livingston, Louisiana, observed a gravitational wave from the merger of two black holes, and with that, the final piece of Einstein’s general theory of relativity fell into place.
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