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Tuesday, September 25
 

8:00am CDT

Shuttle from Hyatt House to Conference Venue
The morning shuttle will run every 20 minutes from  Hyatt House Austin/Arboretum to  the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC).
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Tuesday September 25, 2018 8:00am - 10:40am CDT
Hyatt House - Austin Arboretum 10001 N. Capital of Texas Highway, Austin, TX 78759

9:00am CDT

Creating Science Gateways using Advanced GenApp Capabilities (90 mins.)
GenApp is a framework for rapidly building and deploying graphical front ends for underlying computational modules. GenApp builds full featured applications on an extensible variety of web and local GUI-based targets. GenApp works by reading a collection of definition files which guide the assembly of code fragments to output the application. In particular, GenApp can build fully functioning science gateways with a rich set of features. Science gateways built with GenApp can utilize OAuth2 for users to register and log on with XSEDE,
Google or other credentials. Underlying jobs can run on a variety of resources including direct execution via ssh, elastically via OpenStack, and on queue-managed resources via Apache Airavata. GenApp is currently being successfully used as the generator of multiple production science gateways. This 90 minute tutorial will cover practical usage of advanced user interface methods.
- Prerequisites: Participants should bring a laptop with an SSH client and modern web browser installed. Working knowledge of some text editor under Linux is required, such as nano, vi or emacs. The instructors will arrange for students to have access to cloud based training accounts.
- Recommended Skill Level: It is expected for attendees to familiarize themselves with the material covered in the GenApp basics tutorial available at http://genapp.rocks/learn. On-line training will be available beforehand to assist attendees with the GenApp basics, if requested. For more information on additional training or to ask any questions, please subscribe to the users’ mailing list at http://genapp.rocks/join.

Presenters and Authors

Tuesday September 25, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am CDT
TACC Training room 1.104 Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), Advanced Computing Building (ACB), J.J. Pickle Research Campus, Building 205, 10100 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78758

9:00am CDT

Data Publication and Discovery with Globus (90 mins.)
This hands-on, 90-minute tutorial explores the capabilities provided by Globus for assembling, describing, publishing, identifying, searching, and discovering datasets. Attendees will learn how to integrate new Globus data publication platform services into their institutional repository and data publication workflows. The tutorial will teach users to create flexible, end-to-end publication workflows in Python. We will provide a hosted Jupyter environment in which users can develop and execute publication workflows without deploying any code locally.
- Recommended Skill Level: The tutorial is intended for developers of Web applications or science gateways but it is appropriate for all experience levels. All code necessary to complete the exercises is provided in Jupyter notebooks and we will provide detailed documentation and Python Software Development Kit (SDK) to support use of the platform. Instructions for the exercises are explicit and detailed.
- Prerequisites: The tutorial will be conducted using Jupyter notebooks in Python. Participants are expected to be familiar with Python. No prior knowledge of Jupyter notebooks is required as we have found them to be intuitive for a wide range of tutorial participants. Familiarity logging into a Linux shell via SSH and using a Linux text editor (e.g., vi/vim, emacs, nano) may be helpful but is not required for success in the tutorial.
- Requirements: Participants must bring their own WiFi-enabled device with Web browser and SSH client installed. (Linux and Macintosh systems do not require any additional software. Windows and ChromeOS systems must have an SSH client application installed.) We will provide a hosted JupyterHub environment via which participants can follow the tutorial. Participants who wish to follow the tutorial on their own device should install Python and Jupyter locally prior to attending the tutorial.

Presenters and Authors

Tuesday September 25, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am CDT
TACC Training room 1.900 Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), Advanced Computing Building (ACB), J.J. Pickle Research Campus, Building 205, 10100 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78758

9:00am CDT

Cloud-based Virtual Clusters using Jetstream (3 hours)
Cloud computing has grown at a significant rate over the past few years. While cloud computing alleviates much of the hardware management challenge, many researchers and educators have difficulty embracing the aspects of cloud computing that make it unique and preferred for many activities. Among the many features cloud computing brings, elastic computing - resources on demand, may be one of the most appealing. A purpose-built virtual machine can be built quickly and easily as a first step. Taking the example further into scripted launching of more resources as necessary is the logical next step. The next step can use elastic computing techniques to create virtual clusters on demand, bringing compute resources into existence when needed and removing them when they are no longer necessary. This elasticity enables gateway providers and researchers to make efficient use of limited resources, while providing a resource for HPC-style jobs that isn't dependent on external HPC resources.
While modest cloud-based virtual clusters won't replace traditional HPC resources for jobs that require high-speed interconnects or large core counts and high memory profiles, many smaller gateway, research, and education projects might benefit from the highly customizable and configurable, programmable cyberinfrastructure afforded by cloud computing environments. This tutorial will explore the basic methods required for interacting with elastic computing environments. It will then show a hands-on approach to creating virtual clusters in an OpenStack environment, including the necessary steps to make the cluster elastic, to take full advantage of the cloud environment.
- Skill level: Intermediate and Advanced
- Prerequisites: Basic Linux command line knowledge, text editor skills, basic cluster concepts knowledge a plus
- Required: Laptop, Terminal application with ssh and ability to copy-paste.
- Audience: Gateway developers, Researchers (Grad students, faculty, etc.), Campus Champions/ACI-REF Facilitators, Campus research computing staff


Tuesday September 25, 2018 9:00am - 12:30pm CDT
TACC Training room 1.603 Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), Advanced Computing Building (ACB), J.J. Pickle Research Campus, Building 205, 10100 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78758

10:30am CDT

Coffee Break (30 minutes)
Tuesday September 25, 2018 10:30am - 11:00am CDT
TACC Lobby Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), Advanced Computing Building (ACB), J.J. Pickle Research Campus, Building 205, 10100 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78758

11:00am CDT

Jupyter + Globus: The Foundation for Interactive Data Science (90 mins.)
This hands-on tutorial will show participants how Globus may be used in conjunction with the Jupyter platform to open up new avenues—and new data sources--for interactive data science.
- Recommended Skill Level: The tutorial is intended for developers of Web applications or science gateways but it is appropriate for all experience levels. All code necessary to complete the exercises is provided. Instructions for the exercises are explicit and detailed. See the prerequisites for specific skills needed.
- Prerequisites: Familiarity with Python would be helpful but is not required for success in the tutorial.
- Technology/Software Requirements: Participants must bring their own WiFi-enabled device with Web browser installed. A physical keyboard is strongly recommended. The hands-on exercises will use remotely hosted Web applications provided by the presenters and accessible via Web browser.

Presenters and Authors

Tuesday September 25, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm CDT
TACC Training room 1.900 Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), Advanced Computing Building (ACB), J.J. Pickle Research Campus, Building 205, 10100 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78758

11:00am CDT

User Experience Design for Research Communities (90 mins.)
This tutorial will show the process involved in designing user-friendly interfaces for the research community. It will cover the basics of iterative design, the format of a usability test, best practices, and an interactive usability test session with partners.


Skill Level: Novice
Prerequisites: Opinions on bad design
What to bring: A laptop, pen, and notepad to run your own user study


Presenters and Authors

Tuesday September 25, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm CDT
TACC Training room 1.104 Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), Advanced Computing Building (ACB), J.J. Pickle Research Campus, Building 205, 10100 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78758

12:30pm CDT

Lunch
Tuesday September 25, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Atrium, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

1:30pm CDT

From Linux Desktop Tools to Jupyter Notebooks to web-based widgets: Deploying your application on the HUBzero Platform (3 hours)
Anyone can deploy their unique application on the Hubzero platform - ranging from a novice programmer to a research scientist, to a seasoned software engineer, and everyone in-between. On a Hub, a single instance of the Hubzero science gateway framework, users have access to previously created simulation tools via a modern web browser. Many users throughout the world are developing tools for plant phenotyping, geospatial simulation, nanotechnology, cancer research, among other research focused fields. Like the broad range of potential application developers, Hubzero, i.e. Hubs, have the ability to provide a range of methods to publish an application as well, and it is the goal of this tutorial is to provide the knowledge to “get started” creating an application on the platform.
- Recommended Skill Level: All levels with software programming experience
- Prerequisites:
• Required: Modern Firefox or Chrome browser, Linux Environment, Linux terminal, SVN or GIT repositories.
• Recommended: Your favorite programming language, Linux system troubleshooting skills, Makefiles.
• Optional: Submitting jobs to HPC clusters, package vs. manual installations. Tutorial will become progressively more advanced during the allotted time.

Presenters and Authors

Tuesday September 25, 2018 1:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
TACC Training room 1.900 Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), Advanced Computing Building (ACB), J.J. Pickle Research Campus, Building 205, 10100 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78758

1:30pm CDT

Hands-on Tutorial Deploying JupyterHub with Kubernetes on Jetstream (3 hours)
Jupyter Notebooks have become a mainstream tool for interactive computing in every field of science. Being a web-based platform, they are naturally suited to serve as companion application to Science Gateways: a scientist can use a Jupyter Notebook in their browser to pre-process inputs, launch a job on the Science Gateway via web API and then access, analyze, plot and postprocess the job outputs, without ever worrying about setting up and keeping updated their software environment.
The JupyterHub project provides a multiple-user platform for Jupyter Notebooks and it is very easy to install and configure on a single server. However, when we need to provide computational resources to a large pool of users, we need to distribute the users on a cluster of machines, the best way to achieve scalability is thanks to the container orchestration platform Kubernetes.
In this tutorial we will work through the installation of Kubernetes on a set of Jetstream Virtual Machines, setup persistent storage and install a bare-bone JupyterHub deployment using the zero-to-jupyterhub recipe provided by the Jupyter team.
Then we will customize the setup configuring authentication (XSEDE, Globus or Github), choosing our preferred software environment for the users via Docker.
Finally we will show how to execute computational jobs, either interfacing with the web APIs of a “test gateway” to submit jobs or launching a pool of workers on Kubernetes and execute a distributed computation (using dask).
- Prerequisites: no specific technical skills, but familiarity with the shell, editing text files, and a general knowledge of Jetstream will be helpful.
- Required: Participants should bring a laptop to participate in the hand-on parts of the workshop as well as have an XSEDE account to participate in the Kubernetes portion of the tutorial.
- Audience: This workshop will be useful for Gateway developers interested in deploying JupyterHub. It could also be of interest of people wanting to deploy JupyterHub for workshops and tutorials about using a Gateway programmatically.

Presenters and Authors
avatar for Andrea Zonca

Andrea Zonca

HPC Applications / Gateways, San Diego Supercomputer Center
Interested in Kubernetes, Jupyter Notebook applications, Jupyterhub, distributed computing with Python.


Tuesday September 25, 2018 1:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
TACC Training room 1.603 Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), Advanced Computing Building (ACB), J.J. Pickle Research Campus, Building 205, 10100 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78758

1:30pm CDT

How to Make Gateway Content Easy to Find: A Step-by-Step Guide to Search Engine Optimization (SEO) (3 hours)
You want people to find your gateway content quickly and easily. People can’t use what they can’t find.

Whether you have an existing gateway website or are creating your first one, this hands-on tutorial will show you, step by step, how to make a search-engine friendly website that is equally appealing to human visitors and online technologies.

You will learn search engine optimization (SEO) (including academic SEO and site search engines) and user experience (UX) skills that you can put to immediate use.

- Skill level: All (Beginner – Advanced) This tutorial is created for science gateways of all types and for all stages of web design/development from (planning to site launch). No programming skills required.

- Technology requirements: A laptop or notebook computer is highly recommended so attendees can view live gateway sites, web search results, and useful online tools.

Presenters and Authors
avatar for Shari Thurow

Shari Thurow

Omni Marketing Interactive
Working on the Information Architecture Gateway. I am an information scientist.My graduate & professional work is in Library & Information Sciences with a specialty in Human/Computer Interfaces...particularly search (retrieval) interfaces. My undergraduate degree is in Genetics... Read More →


Tuesday September 25, 2018 1:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
TACC Training room 1.104 Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), Advanced Computing Building (ACB), J.J. Pickle Research Campus, Building 205, 10100 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78758

3:00pm CDT

Coffee and Snack Break (30 minutes)
Tuesday September 25, 2018 3:00pm - 3:30pm CDT
TACC Lobby Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), Advanced Computing Building (ACB), J.J. Pickle Research Campus, Building 205, 10100 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78758

5:10pm CDT

Shuttle from Conference Venue to Hyatt House to Punch Bowl Social
The evening shuttle will first run between TACC and the Hyatt House Austin/Arboretum, and then it will switch to running between the Hyatt House and Punch Bowl Social where we’re gathering for dinner and games from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm. The drive between locations is very short. Departure times are every 20 minutes.
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Tuesday September 25, 2018 5:10pm - 9:00pm CDT
TACC Driveway 10100 Burnet Rd., Building 205, Austin, TX 78758

6:30pm CDT

Informal gathering at Punch Bowl Social
After a full day of tutorials, wind down at a make-your-own-taco dinner with games. This event will be held at Punch Bowl Social, a lively spot for eating and playing billiards, ping-pong, and foosball. Food will be served at 6:30pm, but shuttles will start at 6:00pm for those who might want to relax at the bar ahead of time. Bowling and karaoke is also available for those who are interested. This event is included in the full conference registration and is also available to attend a la carte if you are only joining part of the conference.

A shuttle bus will be available to take attendees between the conference venue, conference hotel, and Punch Bowl Social.

Tuesday September 25, 2018 6:30pm - 8:30pm CDT
Punch Bowl Social 11310 Domain Dr., Austin, TX 78758
 
Wednesday, September 26
 

8:00am CDT

Shuttle from Hyatt House to Conference Venue
The morning shuttle will run every 20 minutes from  Hyatt House Austin/Arboretum to  the  Commons Conference Center (CCC).
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Wednesday September 26, 2018 8:00am - 10:40am CDT
Hyatt House - Austin Arboretum 10001 N. Capital of Texas Highway, Austin, TX 78759

9:00am CDT

Welcome & Young Professional of the Year Awards
The Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI) is pleased to welcome you to the Gateways 2018 conference, the third sponsored by SGCI. In addition to welcoming you to the next two days of the conference, SGCI's Workforce Development area will announce the winners of the Young Professional of the Year award.

Presenters and Authors
avatar for Katherine Lawrence

Katherine Lawrence

Associate Director, Community Engagement & Exchange, U of Michigan/Science Gateways Community Institute
I help people creating advanced digital resources for research and education connect their projects with helpful services, expertise, and information. Ask me how the Science Gateways Community Institute can support your projects--at no cost--to better leverage the people and money... Read More →


Wednesday September 26, 2018 9:00am - 9:30am CDT
Lil Tex Auditorium, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

9:30am CDT

Keynote: Addressing the next challenges in data sharing with Dataverse
As access to data is becoming central to scientific research, data repositories are becoming a critical component of the research infrastructure. Today's data repositories are not simply a place to store data, but rather they offer a rich set of features to facilitate data sharing and data management. For more than a decade, the Dataverse project has been providing an open-source platform used to build today's data repositories. In this talk, I will present current Dataverse work that aims to provide a solution for tomorrow's data repositories: 1) integrating the data publishing process with replication tools, 2) supporting sensitive data, 3) unifying repositories with multiple cloud storage and computing options. 

Presenters and Authors
avatar for Mercè Crosas

Mercè Crosas

Chief Data Science and Technology Officer, Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS), Harvard University
Mercè Crosas is the Chief Data Science and Technology Officer at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) at Harvard University. She has more than 10 years of experience leading the Dataverse project and more than 15 years of experience building data management and analysis... Read More →


Wednesday September 26, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
Lil Tex Auditorium, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

10:30am CDT

Coffee break (25 minutes)
Wednesday September 26, 2018 10:30am - 10:55am CDT
Atrium, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

10:55am CDT

Accessing Distributed Jupyter / Spark in OnDemand
There are a variety of gateway software platforms available, each of which provide their own unique advantages. OnDemand’s unique architecture empowers developers and users to easily create and run system-level access applications as well as interactive HPC applications. In this demonstration we show the ease of use through OnDemand to standup a Jupyter / Spark stack and run a distributed workload on an HPC cluster all within a browser.

Presenters and Authors
avatar for David Hudak

David Hudak

Executive Director, Ohio Supercomputer Center
I am interested in Supercomputer and Research Computing management issues and technically in science gateways and the Open OnDemand platform.


Wednesday September 26, 2018 10:55am - 11:15am CDT
Balcones Room, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

10:55am CDT

Extended Developer Support Panel
Science Gateways typically incorporate many technologies which requires wide range of skills and expertise. Many research teams do not have all the expertise they need and most don’t have the resources to hire these individuals. Additionally, some of these specialized skills are often needed for the duration of the development but may not be required after the successful public release of the gateway. The Science Gateways Community Institute aims to fill the gap between what a science gateway project has and what it needs through several programs that offers a wide-range of free consultation support from asking a specific technical question to user-interface design & evaluation to software development to security analysis. Specifically, the Extended Developer Support program provides software development support for clients who request this service. An EDS project could span from 6 months to 1 year depending on the requirement and level of implementation required by the gateway project. We plan to host a discussion panel with current and past projects’ PIs and EDS developers to share their experiences and answer questions from the audience interested in getting EDS support.

Presenters and Authors

Wednesday September 26, 2018 10:55am - 11:35am CDT
Lil Tex Auditorium, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

11:15am CDT

Morning-a-month Website Usability Testing for a Materials Science Gateway
Science gateways, offering access to scientific tools and large amounts of data in the form of web portals and other applications, are often run by the research groups who produce these tools and data. As the prevalence of these gateways increases, a key issue that arises is that of usability. The developers of gateways want users to be able to interact with the gateways easily and efficiently. However, design choices are typically made by members of the research groups involved and can be ad-hoc, biased, and generally unpredictable. To ensure users can make full use of a gateway, the need arises for a usability study.

The resources needed to do a large-scale usability study are quite significant. Ideal usability testing would involve comparing multiple versions of a user interface to see which version users prefer. In addition to the time and effort needed to produce these versions, many participants need to be found, scripts need to be written, and a large amount of time needs to be dedicated for the testing session itself.

While the benefits of large-scale usability testing are obvious, research groups often have neither the user numbers nor the rate of development that would warrant such an effort. Additionally, these groups often do not have the resources needed to fund/staff such an endeavor.

When starting a usability testing initiative at the Materials Project, our approach was to make usability testing as easy as possible while still obtaining valuable information. We focused on a "one morning a month'" model and held 3 testing sessions over the course of 3 months, with 10 participants in total. Each session made use of a script to keep participant experience consistent. Scripts were slightly tweaked between sessions to obtain information on the impact of the script itself on user behavior. Each session was streamed live to observers in another room as well as recorded for later review, and observations were noted immediately after each session was over. With only 10 participants and a minimal budget, we were able to draw conclusions about web design and user behavior specific to our portal. We hope these conclusions, as well as our notes on the testing process itself, prove useful to developers of other science gateways.


Wednesday September 26, 2018 11:15am - 11:35am CDT
Balcones Room, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

11:35am CDT

Sirepo: Domain-Rich Computational Physics Gateway
Sirepo is an open source, domain-rich gateway for computational science. Sirepo is used by both novice and expert physicists and engineers to simulate electromagnetic radiation and charged particle dynamics. Key design objectives are seamless integration with legacy codes, low barrier to entry for new users, configuration transfer to command line mode, catalogue of provenance to aid reproducibility, and simplified collaboration through multimodal sharing.


Wednesday September 26, 2018 11:35am - 11:55am CDT
Lil Tex Auditorium, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

11:35am CDT

Plotting Advancements to the GenApp Framework
GenApp, a Generalized Application generation framework, is a general tool for rapid deployment of applications to an extensible set of target languages. To produce fully functional science gateways and standalone graphical user interface (GUI) applications, GenApp weaves libraries of code fragments and user defined modules as directed by simple textual definition files. Apart from the scientific code to be deployed, these definition files are the only input from the user. This conceptual simplicity makes GenApp ideally suitable for scientist (physicists, chemists etc.) with little-to-no CS expertise who wish to deploy their scientific software on the web. Currently, GenApp is used to generate multiple web-based science gateways primarily in the Small Angle Scattering field. GenApp features are frequently added as required by use cases. We will briefly cover existing basic and advanced GenApp capabilities and focus on detailed discussion of the most recently integrated GenApp features including enhancements to the user interface such as enabling robust interactive 2D and 3D data plotting.

Presenters and Authors

Wednesday September 26, 2018 11:35am - 11:55am CDT
Balcones Room, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

11:55am CDT

PolyRun - Polymer Microstructure Exploration HPC Gateway
This paper describes design and development of a gateway enabling polymer scientists with limited HPC background to model the equilibrium microstructures of polymer melts. These microstructures are critical to the physical properties of polymers and are of great interest in tailoring polymers to meet application challenges. The gateway utilizes a Qt application running in a HubZero framework to allow users to configure, submit, track, and visualize polymer structure simulations. In particular the gateway provides an interface to perform multidimensional parameter sweeps of different configurations to construct phase diagrams which are of high interest to the polymer community. The gateway enables seasoned and non-hpc users to easily perform complex computations and utilize simulations as an aid in designing experiments towards desired materials.


Wednesday September 26, 2018 11:55am - 12:05pm CDT
Lil Tex Auditorium, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

11:55am CDT

Clustering Download Events to Identify Classrooms
The Network for Computational Nanotechnology's (NCN) [1] nanoHUB site uses the HUBzero® platform [2] to offer a variety of content, simulation tools, and collaboration methods to an international community of students, teachers and professionals. Understanding and identifying educational usage of nanoHUB to form communities around nanotechnology education and improve education content is a long term objective of nanoHUB. While simulation tool and collaboration users log into nanoHUB, providing us with an identity with which to associate their usage, the majority of activity is from unidentified users who download content and come to the site from outside references such as search engine results. This paper describes a method to detect classroom usage from content download events with no additional information, identifying classroom usage by any user of nanoHUB material and providing insights into content usage.

Presenters and Authors
avatar for Dwight McKay

Dwight McKay

Senior Data Science Engineer, Purdue University
Dwight McKay is a Senior Data Science Engineer with Purdue University’s central research computing group. He focuses on data visualization and analysis. He joined the NanoHUB effort in March 2013. Dwight has served as Director of Research Systems, managing the group who designs... Read More →
avatar for Michael Zentner

Michael Zentner

Director, HUBzero Platform, Purdue University / HUBzero
Entrepreneurship, Leadership of large cyberinfrastructure projects.


Wednesday September 26, 2018 11:55am - 12:05pm CDT
Balcones Room, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

12:05pm CDT

Introducing a Science Gateway for the structure-based function annotation of proteins
Computational systems biology aims to develop and apply efficient algorithms to address critical biological questions through computer simulations and theoretical modeling. The system-wide modeling is particularly relevant in modern biological sciences, where the key challenge has shifted from the study of single molecules to the exhaustive exploration of molecular interactions and biological processes at the level of complete proteomes. In this paper, we discuss our experiences and lessons learned from deploying and hosting a science gateway for the for the structure-based function annotation of proteins.


Wednesday September 26, 2018 12:05pm - 12:15pm CDT
Lil Tex Auditorium, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

12:05pm CDT

Visualizing User Interactions with Simulation Tool
In order to improve user experiences with simulation tools hosted by cyberinfrastructure, we endeavor to gain a better understanding of how users interact with tools. The dimensionality of these tools is often too large to be intuitively understood. This paper presents two contributions to the study of user behavior: the MEANDER algorithm for visualizing sessions of user activity, and a scoring method ("searchiness") for characterizing a user's behavior along an axis of "wildcatting" vs. searching. The MEANDER algorithm uses graph heuristics to "squash" a high dimensional path of exploration into a (distorted) plane for rendering. The "searchiness" score is built upon the same graph techniques.

Presenters and Authors
avatar for Michael Zentner

Michael Zentner

Director, HUBzero Platform, Purdue University / HUBzero
Entrepreneurship, Leadership of large cyberinfrastructure projects.


Wednesday September 26, 2018 12:05pm - 12:15pm CDT
Balcones Room, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

12:15pm CDT

Lunch
Wednesday September 26, 2018 12:15pm - 1:15pm CDT
Atrium, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

1:15pm CDT

Jumpstart Conversations: Gearing up!
New and improved for Gateways 2018: Jumpstart Conversations! We’re trying a new approach to enhance what used to be the Open Space portion of our conferences. The idea of Jumpstart Conversations is that all conference attendees will suggest important questions to discuss, then we’ll find common themes and coalesce conversations around those themes.

Here’s how it will work: At this plenary session after lunch on Wednesday, September 26, we’ll hand out slips of paper for suggesting important questions. During the afternoon break, you can post your questions on the lobby wall, which will have some categories to start the process of organizing. Over the course of the day (including at the evening reception), we’ll encourage you to rearrange the slips into themed sessions.

For four 30-minute time slots on Thursday, these sessions will be assigned to various table locations in the Atrium:
     A. 10:20 am - 10:50 am
     B. 11:15 am - 11:45 am
     C. 11:45 am - 12:15 pm
     D. 2:20 pm - 2:50 pm

Each themed session will be moderated by a volunteer who has expressed interest in the topic.

At 2:55 pm on Thursday, we’ll gather in the Lil’ Tex Auditorium to hear about the “aha!” moments and great ideas that came from these conversations. We’ll discuss what ways we can use these ideas to further improve our gateway community.

NOTE: During some of these Jumpstart Conversations times, there are also concurrent sessions or tours of TACC, as follows:
A.  10:20 am - 10:50 am: TACC Tour or panel titled “Science Gateways Community Institute Incubator Pitch Deck: Success Stories from the 2nd Bootcamp”
B.  11:15 am - 11:45 am: Concurrent sessions with the theme of “Gateways in Education”
C.  11:45 am - 12:15 pm: Concurrent sessions with the theme of “Gateways in Education”
D.  2:20 pm - 2:50 pm: TACC Tour

A TACC Tour may also be available at 4:00pm on Thursday, after the conference ends (look for more info at the registration desk).


Wednesday September 26, 2018 1:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
Lil Tex Auditorium, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

1:30pm CDT

Bridging the gap between science and research through gateways: A Panel and Community Core Conversation
Gateways have very specific requirements which makes each gateway unique in its own way. This can become a problem since the architecture, usage, main features, scope, and tools vary depending on the different needs specified by the domain experts. These differences introduce unique obstacles in planning, development, maintenance, and documentation. This panel will discuss the variety of challenges and solutions each member has experienced when developing science gateways. The panelists represent many years of experience and diverse fields of gateway implementation:

  • Josue Balandrano Coronel: Designsafe, TACC CEP
  • Alejandro Rocha: TUP, CHAMELEON, SGCI, UTRC, TACC CEP
  • Carrie Arnold: DARPA SD2E, SGCI, TACC CEP
  • Joseph Meiring:  DARPA SD2E, Designsafe, 3DEM, TACC CEP
  • John Fonner: NSF Cyverse, DARPA SD2E, NIH VDJ Server, NSF Araport, NSF Agave ToGo, DrugDiscovery@TACC

Join us for a lively discussion of the key phases of any gateway project, and the ways the panelists have approached their varied projects. Audience contributions and questions are also welcome!


Wednesday September 26, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Lil Tex Auditorium, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

2:30pm CDT

Design and Architecture of a Gateway for Supporting Both Batch and Interactive Computing Modes on Supercomputers
Supercomputing resources are used in both interactive and batch computing modes. The interactive mode is typically used for software development and testing purposes, or for running various command-line tools that work in a user-guided manner. The batch mode is often used for running a large number of jobs simultaneously or for large-scale runs that do not require interaction with the users. We needed a gateway (a web-portal) that could support both interactive and batch computing modes. The interactive mode was required for using a command-line tool for code parallelization through a web browser, and the batch mode was required for compiling and running the programs parallelized using the tool on the production systems at open-science data centers. We are iteratively developing this gateway, and its current version is live at https://ipt.tacc.cloud. An overview of the design and implementation of this gateway is presented in this paper. With minimal modifications, the architecture of this gateway can be reused for supporting other similar projects.

Presenters and Authors
avatar for Rion Dooley

Rion Dooley

Research Scientist, Chapman University
Rion Dooley is a Research Scientist within the School of Communications at Chapman University where he serves as Principal Investigator on the Agave Project, a Science-as-a-Service API platform allowing researchers worldwide to manage data, run code, collaborate freely, and integrate their science anywhere.  Rion received an A.A. degree from Southeastern Iowa Community College, B.A. (Math) and B.A. (computer science) degrees from Augustana... Read More →


Wednesday September 26, 2018 2:30pm - 2:50pm CDT
Lil Tex Auditorium, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

2:50pm CDT

Kale: A System for Enabling Human-in-the-loop Interactivity in HPC Workflows
In this paper we introduce our system “Kale” that enables Jupyter Notebooks to seamlessly interface with HPC workflows, leveraging distributed computational resources for iterative human-in-the-loop scientific exploration. We discuss the motivation for Jupyter in the context of data-intensive and high-performance computing, and how one can introduce interactivity in this space. Our system, Kale, enables Jupyter notebooks to communicate with backend jobs via a service that can be used to control, monitor and communicate with these tasks. We use iPyWidgets to introduce graphical controls for Kale tasks within the notebook, and enable seamless integration with existing workflow managers. Finally, we discuss a deep learning use case at NERSC where Kale can provide interactive feedback and control to the user.


Wednesday September 26, 2018 2:50pm - 3:10pm CDT
Lil Tex Auditorium, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

3:10pm CDT

Spin: A Docker-based Platform for Deploying Science Gateways at NERSC
This demonstration presents Spin, a Docker-based, on-premise cloud platform at NERSC that enables researchers to design, build, and manage their own science gateways and other services using container technology. After explaining the rationale behind building Spin and describing its basic architecture, staff will show how simple services can be created in a few minutes using basic tools. A discussion of science gateways that have been implemented with Spin will follow.

Presenters and Authors
avatar for Cory Snavely

Cory Snavely

Lead, NERSC Infrastructure Services Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


Wednesday September 26, 2018 3:10pm - 3:30pm CDT
Lil Tex Auditorium, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

3:30pm CDT

Coffee and snack break (30 minutes)
Wednesday September 26, 2018 3:30pm - 4:00pm CDT
Atrium, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

4:00pm CDT

The Ike Wai Gateway- A Science Gateway For The Water Future of Hawaii
We present the water science gateway developed at the University of Hawaii (UH), called the Ike Wai Gateway, Ike meaning knowledge and Wai meaning water in Hawaiian. The gateway supports research in hydrology and water management by providing tools to address questions of water sustainability in Hawaii. The gateway provides centralized web-based user interfaces and APIs supporting multi-domain data management, computation, analysis and visualization tools to support reproducible science, modeling, data discovery and decision support for the Hawaii EPSCoR Ike Wai research team and wider Hawaii hydrology community. By leveraging the Agave platform UH has constructed a gateway that ties data and advanced computing resources together to support diverse research domains including microbiology, geochemistry, geophysics, economics and humanities, coupled with computational and modeling workflows delivered in a user-friendly web interface and REST APIs. Current features include data/metadata management and sharing, computational job execution/management, jupyter notebook integrations, and containerized computing. These capabilities form the basis for an extend-able API base that will be leveraged to tie in additional components and decision support applications as the Ike Wai project continues to progress.


Wednesday September 26, 2018 4:00pm - 4:20pm CDT
Lil Tex Auditorium, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

4:00pm CDT

SciServer: Collaborative Science Platform
SciServer is a collaborative science platform that allows researchers across scientific disciplines to host and share their data sets, and provides a flexible, easy to use, framework for data retrieval and server-side data-intensive analysis with the largest science data sets.


Wednesday September 26, 2018 4:00pm - 4:20pm CDT
Balcones Room, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

4:00pm CDT

Shuttle from Conference Venue to Blanton Museum for Resource Expo Exhibitors
The evening shuttle will run between the Commons Conference Center (CCC), the Hyatt House Austin/Arboretum, and the Blanton Museum of Art where the Evening Reception, Poster Session, and Resource Expo will be from 6:30 pm–8:30 pm. During rush hour, the drive to the Blanton Museum may take up to 30 minutes.

Attendees will have time to drop off their belongings at the Hyatt before boarding the 6:00 pm shuttle to the Blanton Museum. Poster storage will also be available at the CCC (in a corner of the Balcones room).

Resource Expo exhibitors are advised to take the 4:00 pm shuttle directly to the Blanton Museum; it will not stop at the Hyatt.

From CCC
4:00 pm  Pick up at CCC, drop off at Blanton Museum: Recommended for Resource Expo exhibitors

5:10 pm   Pick up at CCC, drop off at Hyatt
5:30 pm   Pick up at CCC, drop off at Hyatt

From Hyatt House to Blanton Museum
6:00 pm   Two shuttles are departing at this time.  Your best option to arrive on time for the 6:30 pm start.
7:00 pm   Likely to arrive to the Blanton around 7:20 pm

From Blanton Museum to Hyatt House
8:20 pm
8:40 pm
9:00 pm

Wednesday September 26, 2018 4:00pm - 4:30pm CDT
Commons Conference Center driveway 2901 Read Granberry Trail, Austin, TX 78758

4:20pm CDT

Experiences in Optimizing Geospatial Data Processing for Isotopic Landscape Modeling
Over the past decade, stable isotopic landscape modeling has become a promising approach to answering a wide array of questions in multiple disciplines. However, its application has been hindered by the difficulty for individual researchers to collect, compile, and integrate environmental and isotopic data over large spatial and temporal scales and to develop and interpret geostatistical models. To help address these challenges, we developed a science gateway called IsoMAP (http://isomap.org/) which provides an online workspace for spatial analysis, modeling and prediction of stable isotope ratio variation in the natural environment. One of the main challenges in developing the IsoMAP gateway is to efficiently integrate a variety of large scale heterogeneous environmental and isotopic datasets into the isoscapes modeling workflow to ensure real-time query response at the front end as well as timely data update at the back end. In this paper, we will describe how the geospatial data processing workflow was implemented in the initial version of gateway and how it is being optimized by leveraging the built-in geospatial data processing capabilities and the materialized view object of the PostGIS database. Our preliminary evaluation shows that the data update process is significantly improved with greater reliability. The system downtime is reduced from several days to a few hours for each update. Our experience and lessons learned will be applicable to the development of other geospatial data workflows, a common task in the cyberinfrastructure of many science disciplines.

Presenters and Authors
LZ

Lan Zhao

Research Scientist, Purdue University


Wednesday September 26, 2018 4:20pm - 4:40pm CDT
Lil Tex Auditorium, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

4:20pm CDT

Fully Integrating Data with Compute Workflows: A Platform to Better Serve Scientific Research
The NSF Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure has recognized the emerging and evolving need for platforms that fully integrate data and computing workflows, and is calling for research to deliver systems that provide a full spectrum of data services and also offer a coherent coupling with computing software. The Digital Environment to Enable Data-driven Science (DEEDS) project has created a cross-domain, self-serve platform for data and computing that supports the entire end-to-end research investigation process. DEEDS offers interactive interfaces to 1) collect, manage, and explore data, 2) define and launch tools, 3) track computational workflows, and 4) access toolkits for ad hoc analytics. All interfaces are available from a single dashboard so that the workflow between data and tools is smooth and intuitive. In this paper, we describe DEEDS innovations for handling data and computational workflows, and we present the use cases from four science domains that defined features, services, and usability requirements for DEEDS.


Wednesday September 26, 2018 4:20pm - 4:40pm CDT
Balcones Room, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

4:40pm CDT

SeedMe2: Extensible data sharing websites for teams
Data is an integral part of scientific research, and data size problems have become endemic as computation and analyses are producing an increasingly large amount of data that research teams are inevitably tasked with managing these rapidly growing data collections. Existing solutions are largely focused upon providing storage space, whether local or in the cloud, and a familiar folder tree-style hierarchy. While these file system solutions work, they separate the data from essential contextual information, such as metadata, descriptive text and equations, job execution parameters, visualizations, and on-going data discussion among the researchers. Important discussions, for instance, remain in email logs or forums, while descriptive text is left in README files or embedded in those same email logs and forums. This distribution of contextual information makes it harder to keep track of it all and keep data from being orphaned or misinterpreted. A more unified approach is needed that keeps data and context together within the same storage system.

This interactive demonstration shows key features of building blocks for data sharing and data management developed by the SeedMe2 (Stream, Encode, Explore and Disseminate My Experiments) project. It enables research teams to manage, share, search, visualize, and present their data in a web-based environment using an access-controlled, branded, and customizable website they own and control. It supports storing and viewing data in a familiar tree hierarchy but also supports formatted annotations, lightweight visualizations, and threaded comments on any file/folder. The system can be easily extended and customized to support metadata, job parameters, and other domain and project-specific contextual items. The software is open source and available as an extension to the popular Drupal content management system.

Project website: http://dibbs.seedme.org
Trial website: http://sandbox.seedme.org

Citation
Chourasia, Amit; Nadeau, David; Wong, Mona; Norman, Michael (2018): SeedMe2: Extensible data sharing websites for teams. figshare. Paper. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.7070291.v1

Presenters and Authors

Wednesday September 26, 2018 4:40pm - 4:50pm CDT
Balcones Room, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

4:40pm CDT

Using Science Gateways to Power Natural Hazards Engineering Research
Science Gateways facilitate researchers’ work by simplifying access to High Performance Computing (HPC) systems, data management and collaboration between all parties involved. For Natural Hazards Engineering Research (NHER) this is particularly difficult because of the different types of research (or projects) available in this context. Also, these types of projects are highly interactive and involve collaboration of multiple parties. In addition, there is a substantial amount of analysis, transformation and visualization of large amounts of data. NHER projects are often structured in different ways and it is necessary to offer flexibility when building a platform aiming to be used by as many researchers as possible.

Designsafe helps to solve these problems by working together with different Natural Hazard Engineering Researchers. First, we developed multiple standardized models (for each type of project) based on different experiments presented by volunteer engineers. Based on these models we built a simple user interface (UI), which was presented to the volunteer engineers, making sure it will work within their own workflow. Finally, we implemented all the functionality to help users easily take advantage of HPC systems, manage their own data within a highly interactive and collaborative space. Designsafe also offers a very simplistic publication workflow to ensure every research is correctly curated and its data correctly preserved. On top of this, every publication is easily shareable and discovered. This paper will focus more on how the functionality was implemented to build Designsafe.


Wednesday September 26, 2018 4:40pm - 5:00pm CDT
Lil Tex Auditorium, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

4:50pm CDT

SCAIGATE: Science Gateway for Scientific Computing with Artificial Intelligence and Reconfigurable Architectures
SCAIGATE is an ambitious project to design the first AI-centric science gateway based on field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). The goal is to democratize access to FPGAs and AI in scientific computing and related applications. When completed, the project will enable the large-scale deployment and use of machine learning models on AI-centric FPGA platforms, allowing increased performance-efficiency, reduced development effort, and customization at unprecedented scale, all while simplifying ease-of-use in science domains which were previously AI-lagging. SCAIGATE was an incubation project at the Science Gateway Community Institute (SGCI) bootcamp held in Austin, Texas in 2018.

Authors: David Ojika, Herman Lam, Bhavesh Patel and Ann Gordon-Ross 


Wednesday September 26, 2018 4:50pm - 5:00pm CDT
Balcones Room, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

5:10pm CDT

Shuttle Service from Conference Venue to Hyatt House to Blanton Museum (open to all attendees)
The evening shuttle will run between the Commons Conference Center (CCC), the Hyatt House Austin/Arboretum, and the Blanton Museum of Art where the Evening Reception, Poster Session, and Resource Expo will be from 6:30 pm–8:30 pm. During rush hour, the drive to the Blanton Museum may take up to 30 minutes.

Attendees will have time to drop off their belongings at the Hyatt before boarding the 6:00 pm shuttle to the Blanton Museum. Poster storage will also be available at the CCC (in a corner of the Balcones room).

Resource Expo exhibitors are advised to take the 4:00 pm shuttle directly to the Blanton Museum; it will not stop at the Hyatt.

From CCC
4:00 pm  Pick up at CCC, drop off at Blanton Museum: Recommended for Resource Expo exhibitors

5:10 pm   Pick up at CCC, drop off at Hyatt
5:30 pm   Pick up at CCC, drop off at Hyatt

From Hyatt House to Blanton Museum
6:00 pm   Two shuttles are departing at this time.  Your best option to arrive on time for the 6:30 pm start.
7:00 pm   Likely to arrive to the Blanton around 7:20 pm

From Blanton Museum to Hyatt House
8:20 pm
8:40 pm
9:00 pm

Wednesday September 26, 2018 5:10pm - 9:00pm CDT
Commons Conference Center driveway 2901 Read Granberry Trail, Austin, TX 78758

6:30pm CDT

Poster Session, Resource Expo, and Reception
The Poster Session, Resource Expo, and Reception is at the Blanton Museum of Art, which is part of the University of Texas, Austin. Anyone is welcome to present a poster as long as they submit an abstract by Wednesday, August 1. The Resource Expo is an opportunity to mingle and talk with resource providers, vendors, and other organizations relevant to science gateways. The reception will include heavy hors d'oeuvres and drinks. Mix it all together for a lively evening of conversation and learning. This event is included in the full conference registration and is also available to attend a la carte if you are only joining part of the conference.

A shuttle bus will be available to take attendees between the conference venue (Commons Conference Center), conference hotel, and museum.

Wednesday September 26, 2018 6:30pm - 8:30pm CDT
Blanton Museum of Art, Edgar A. Smith Building
 
Thursday, September 27
 

8:00am CDT

Shuttle from Hyatt House to Conference Venue
The morning shuttle will run every 20 minutes from  Hyatt House Austin/Arboretum to  the  Commons Conference Center (CCC).
8:00 am
8:20 am
8:40 am
9:00 am
9:20 am
9:40 am
10:00 am
10:20 am
10:40 am

Thursday September 27, 2018 8:00am - 10:40am CDT
Hyatt House - Austin Arboretum 10001 N. Capital of Texas Highway, Austin, TX 78759

9:00am CDT

Welcome back and orientation to the day
We'll highlight what's ahead for the day, and welcome our first set of the day's presentations.

Presenters and Authors
avatar for Katherine Lawrence

Katherine Lawrence

Associate Director, Community Engagement & Exchange, U of Michigan/Science Gateways Community Institute
I help people creating advanced digital resources for research and education connect their projects with helpful services, expertise, and information. Ask me how the Science Gateways Community Institute can support your projects--at no cost--to better leverage the people and money... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 9:00am - 9:15am CDT
Lil Tex Auditorium, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

9:15am CDT

DeepForge: A Scientific Gateway for Deep Learning and Demo of Accessible Deep Learning for the Scientific Community
We introduce DeepForge, a gateway to deep learning for the scientific community. DeepForge is designed to lower the barrier to entry and facilitate the rapid development of deep learning models. Utilizing a cloud-based infrastructure, DeepForge facilitates rapid development by promoting reproducibility, collaboration and remote execution of machine learning pipelines. This represents an interdisciplinary approach to facilitating deep learning development as it leverages the strengths of Model Integrated Computing to provide a powerful hybrid textual-visual programming platform for the scientific community. In the demonstration, we present the core concepts of DeepForge and an image classification example.


Thursday September 27, 2018 9:15am - 9:45am CDT
Lil Tex Auditorium, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

9:45am CDT

A Sustainable Collaboratory for Coastal Resilience Research
Our goal is to create a cloud-ready repository of open-source coastal modeling tools which enable scientists and engineers to use high performance computers to study a variety of physical and ecological processes. The system we are building leverages Jupyter notebooks, Docker, Singularity, and the Agave Platform to create a platform for running jobs and analyzing data in a way that is (1) intuitive, (2) repeatable, (3) and collaborative.

The paper describes the methodology to integrate the four technologies into the system that serves the coastal resilience research collaboratory. Two commonly used open-source numerical models are used to demonstrate the utilities of the system. Simulation results of ocean waves generated by Hurricane Issac (2012) and coastal wave evolution are presented as an illustration. The sustainability of the collaboratory is discussed in detail.

Presenters and Authors
avatar for Rion Dooley

Rion Dooley

Research Scientist, Chapman University
Rion Dooley is a Research Scientist within the School of Communications at Chapman University where he serves as Principal Investigator on the Agave Project, a Science-as-a-Service API platform allowing researchers worldwide to manage data, run code, collaborate freely, and integrate their science anywhere.  Rion received an A.A. degree from Southeastern Iowa Community College, B.A. (Math) and B.A. (computer science) degrees from Augustana... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 9:45am - 10:05am CDT
Lil Tex Auditorium, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

10:05am CDT

The Social Media Macroscope
In recent years, the explosion of social media platforms and the public collection of social data has brought forth a growing desire and need for research capabilities in the realm of social media and social data analytics. Research on this scale, however, requires a high level of computational and data-science expertise, limiting the researchers who are capable of undertaking social media data-driven research to those with significant computational expertise or those who have access to such experts as part of their research team. The Social Media Macroscope (SMM) is a science gateway with the goal of removing that limitation and making social media data, analytics, and visualization tools accessible to researchers and students of all levels of expertise. The SMM provides a single point of access to a suite of intuitive web interfaces for performing social media data collection, analysis, and visualization via for open-source and commercial tools. Within the SMM social scientists are able to process and store large datasets and collaborate with other researchers by sharing ideas, data, and methods. This document functions as a brief primer on the initial build of the SMM. As a clarifying note, the SMM is currently in a proof-of-concept stage.

Presenters and Authors
NV

Nickolas Vance

Sr Social Media & Data Analyst, University of Illinois
avatar for Joseph Yun

Joseph Yun

Research Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Thursday September 27, 2018 10:05am - 10:15am CDT
Lil Tex Auditorium, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

10:15am CDT

Science Gateways Community Institute Incubator Pitch Deck: Success Stories from the 2nd Bootcamp
The Science Gateway Bootcamp is designed to help teams in any stage for their gateway project - from planning to developing to maintaining their gateway - to learn core business strategy skills, technology best practices, and long-term sustainability strategies. The interactive sessions are planned to get an overview on basic strategies and develop for each project viable means and goals to achieve sustainability. At the end of each Bootcamp, attendees walk away with a pitch deck with their core ideas and business plan and they will have set goals for the next three to six months. We followed up with our second Bootcamp cohort and we share three success stories in this paper: the Data Management Training (DMT) Clearinghouse project, the Coastal Emergency Risks Assessment gateway (CERA) and the Virtual Infrastructure for Data Intensive Analysis (VIDIA) gateway.

Presenters and Authors
avatar for Juliana Casavan

Juliana Casavan

Science Gateways Community Institute
Juliana Casavan is the Entrepreneurial Programs Manager at The Foundry at Purdue University. Juliana provides educational and workshop opportunities for clients of The Purdue Foundry, a nationally recognized leader in translation of research to market, with the primary workshop called... Read More →
avatar for Michael Zentner

Michael Zentner

Director, HUBzero Platform, Purdue University / HUBzero
Entrepreneurship, Leadership of large cyberinfrastructure projects.


Thursday September 27, 2018 10:15am - 10:55am CDT
Lil Tex Auditorium, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

10:20am CDT

Jumpstart A1: Community building among different groups in the gateway development sphere (John Hicks, Rob Nagler)
See the full explanation on the schedule at 1:15pm on Wednesday.

This is the first (A) of four 30-minute time slots on Thursday. Sessions will be assigned to various table locations in the Atrium. Each themed session will be moderated by a volunteer who has expressed interest in the topic.

At 2:55 pm on Thursday, we’ll gather in the Lil’ Tex Auditorium to hear about the “aha!” moments and great ideas that came from these conversations. We’ll discuss what ways we can use these ideas to further improve our gateway community.

NOTE: During this Jumpstart Conversation time, there are also concurrent sessions or tours of TACC, as follows:
10:20 am - 10:50 am: TACC Tour or panel titled “Science Gateways Community Institute Incubator Pitch Deck: Success Stories from the 2nd Bootcamp”


Thursday September 27, 2018 10:20am - 10:50am CDT
Atrium, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

10:20am CDT

Jumpstart A2: Integration with existing computational resources and data sources (Brian Broll)
See the full explanation on the schedule at 1:15pm on Wednesday.

This is the first (A) of four 30-minute time slots on Thursday. Sessions will be assigned to various table locations in the Atrium. Each themed session will be moderated by a volunteer who has expressed interest in the topic.

At 2:55 pm on Thursday, we’ll gather in the Lil’ Tex Auditorium to hear about the “aha!” moments and great ideas that came from these conversations. We’ll discuss what ways we can use these ideas to further improve our gateway community.

NOTE: During this Jumpstart Conversation time, there are also concurrent sessions or tours of TACC, as follows:
10:20 am - 10:50 am: TACC Tour or panel titled “Science Gateways Community Institute Incubator Pitch Deck: Success Stories from the 2nd Bootcamp”


Thursday September 27, 2018 10:20am - 10:50am CDT
Atrium, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

10:20am CDT

TACC Tour
TACC's data center hosts their largest supercomputing systems, including Stampede, as well as some of the fastest, most efficient, and sought-after high performance computing and data storage systems in the world. This 30-minute tour highlights TACC's resources, including virtual reality simulations.

Thursday September 27, 2018 10:20am - 10:50am CDT
TACC Lobby Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), Advanced Computing Building (ACB), J.J. Pickle Research Campus, Building 205, 10100 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78758

10:55am CDT

Coffee break (20 minutes)
Thursday September 27, 2018 10:55am - 11:15am CDT
Atrium, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

11:15am CDT

Using Automatic Detection and Characterization to Measure Educational Impact of nanoHUB
The science gateway and online community nanoHUB hosts over 4000 technical resources related to nanoscience and nanotechnology and online capabilities for nano community engagement. nanoHUB also hosts over 500 online simulation tools. nanoHUB serves the nano community spectrum ranging from undergraduate students to high profile researchers. In this paper, the evolution of nanoHUB online simulation is discussed along with the impact of that simulation on student behavior. With over 52,000 simulation users, the nanoHUB team is not personally aware of most new classrooms that adopt simulation in their syllabi. Yet, these classroom users feed the next generation of nano community contributors. A method is presented to detect classroom by clustering coordinated behavior among simulation users, thereby automatically detecting adoption of simulation tools in a classroom environment. Several prototypical patterns of clustered behavior are analyzed, ranging from peripheral to systemic classroom integration of simulation. Visualizations of detailed user behavior illustrate the varying behavior structures. Between the fall of 2000 and the fall of 2011, in 846 clustered behaviors have been detected. This number of classroom settings is on a continuous growth trend as nanoHUB becomes more widely adopted. A discussion on the rate of adoption of published simulation tools in clustered behaviors is presented.

Presenters and Authors
avatar for Michael Zentner

Michael Zentner

Director, HUBzero Platform, Purdue University / HUBzero
Entrepreneurship, Leadership of large cyberinfrastructure projects.


Thursday September 27, 2018 11:15am - 11:35am CDT
Lil Tex Auditorium, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

11:15am CDT

Jumpstart B1: Best practices for data management and curation (Anita de Waard, Liza Brazil)
See the full explanation on the schedule at 1:15pm on Wednesday.

These are the second (B) and third (C) of four 30-minute time slots on Thursday. Sessions will be assigned to various table locations in the Atrium. Each themed session will be moderated by a volunteer who has expressed interest in the topic.

At 2:55 pm on Thursday, we’ll gather in the Lil’ Tex Auditorium to hear about the “aha!” moments and great ideas that came from these conversations. We’ll discuss what ways we can use these ideas to further improve our gateway community.

NOTE: During this Jumpstart Conversation time, there are also concurrent sessions, as follows:
11:15 am -  12:15 pm: Concurrent sessions with the theme of “Gateways in Education”


Thursday September 27, 2018 11:15am - 11:45am CDT
Atrium, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

11:15am CDT

Jumpstart B2: Best practices for deploying a science application on a gateway for other people to use (Houssem Kasbaoui)
See the full explanation on the schedule at 1:15pm on Wednesday.

These are the second (B) and third (C) of four 30-minute time slots on Thursday. Sessions will be assigned to various table locations in the Atrium. Each themed session will be moderated by a volunteer who has expressed interest in the topic.

At 2:55 pm on Thursday, we’ll gather in the Lil’ Tex Auditorium to hear about the “aha!” moments and great ideas that came from these conversations. We’ll discuss what ways we can use these ideas to further improve our gateway community.

NOTE: During this Jumpstart Conversation time, there are also concurrent sessions, as follows:
11:15 am -  12:15 pm: Concurrent sessions with the theme of “Gateways in Education”


Thursday September 27, 2018 11:15am - 11:45am CDT
Atrium, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

11:15am CDT

Jumpstart B3: What gateway services (support, technology, etc.) are so valuable that you’d pay for them? (Maytal Dahan)
See the full explanation on the schedule at 1:15pm on Wednesday.

These are the second (B) and third (C) of four 30-minute time slots on Thursday. Sessions will be assigned to various table locations in the Atrium. Each themed session will be moderated by a volunteer who has expressed interest in the topic.

At 2:55 pm on Thursday, we’ll gather in the Lil’ Tex Auditorium to hear about the “aha!” moments and great ideas that came from these conversations. We’ll discuss what ways we can use these ideas to further improve our gateway community.

NOTE: During this Jumpstart Conversation time, there are also concurrent sessions, as follows:
11:15 am -  12:15 pm: Concurrent sessions with the theme of “Gateways in Education”


Thursday September 27, 2018 11:15am - 11:45am CDT
Atrium, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

11:35am CDT

Science Gateway Development to aid Cyber and Software Automation for Neuroscience Researchers and Educators
Neuroscientists are increasingly relying on parallel and distributed computing resources for analysis and visualization of their neuron simulations. This requires expert knowledge of programming and cyberinfrastructure configuration, which is beyond the repertoire of most neuroscience programs. This paper presents early experiences from development efforts of a next-generation science gateway for research and training purposes of novice/expert users. The development efforts were enabled by a one-credit graduate research training course titled ECE 8001 "Software and Cyber Automation in Neuroscience" at the University of Missouri for engendering multi-disciplinary collaborations between computational neuroscience and cyberinfrastructure students and faculty. Specifically, we discuss how the course organization has led to the exemplar outcomes involving design of a novel science gateway to support use cases with custom configurations with tools such as e.g., NEURON using both local campus resources and the Neuroscience Gateway resources. The ultimate goal of these efforts is to improve access to high-performance and distributed computing resources for a set of neuroscience research and education use cases.

Presenters and Authors

Thursday September 27, 2018 11:35am - 11:55am CDT
Lil Tex Auditorium, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

11:45am CDT

Jumpstart C1: Recognizing and achieving the challenge of sustainability (Juliana Casavan, Jerad Bales)
See the full explanation on the schedule at 1:15pm on Wednesday.

These are the second (B) and third (C) of four 30-minute time slots on Thursday. Sessions will be assigned to various table locations in the Atrium. Each themed session will be moderated by a volunteer who has expressed interest in the topic.

At 2:55 pm on Thursday, we’ll gather in the Lil’ Tex Auditorium to hear about the “aha!” moments and great ideas that came from these conversations. We’ll discuss what ways we can use these ideas to further improve our gateway community.

NOTE: During this Jumpstart Conversation time, there are also concurrent sessions, as follows:
11:15 am -  12:15 pm: Concurrent sessions with the theme of “Gateways in Education”


Thursday September 27, 2018 11:45am - 12:15pm CDT
Atrium, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

11:45am CDT

Jumpstart C2: How are gateway environments integrating with Jupyter and Jupyterhub? (Shreyas Cholia, Andrea Zonca)
See the full explanation on the schedule at 1:15pm on Wednesday.

These are the second (B) and third (C) of four 30-minute time slots on Thursday. Sessions will be assigned to various table locations in the Atrium. Each themed session will be moderated by a volunteer who has expressed interest in the topic.

At 2:55 pm on Thursday, we’ll gather in the Lil’ Tex Auditorium to hear about the “aha!” moments and great ideas that came from these conversations. We’ll discuss what ways we can use these ideas to further improve our gateway community.

NOTE: During this Jumpstart Conversation time, there are also concurrent sessions, as follows:
11:15 am -  12:15 pm: Concurrent sessions with the theme of “Gateways in Education”


Thursday September 27, 2018 11:45am - 12:15pm CDT
Atrium, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

11:45am CDT

Jumpstart C3: How to balance expert vs. novice features and workflows? (Robert Nagler)
See the full explanation on the schedule at 1:15pm on Wednesday.

These are the second (B) and third (C) of four 30-minute time slots on Thursday. Sessions will be assigned to various table locations in the Atrium. Each themed session will be moderated by a volunteer who has expressed interest in the topic.

At 2:55 pm on Thursday, we’ll gather in the Lil’ Tex Auditorium to hear about the “aha!” moments and great ideas that came from these conversations. We’ll discuss what ways we can use these ideas to further improve our gateway community.

NOTE: During this Jumpstart Conversation time, there are also concurrent sessions, as follows:
11:15 am -  12:15 pm: Concurrent sessions with the theme of “Gateways in Education”


Thursday September 27, 2018 11:45am - 12:15pm CDT
Atrium, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

11:55am CDT

Opening the Science Gateway: Lessons from the Materials Project Workshop
The Materials Project (MP) has served as an effective dissemination platform for computational materials science data for nearly 8 years. In its capacity as a Science Gateway, it serves over 50,000 users from around the world with data on over 70,000 crystalline materials. In recent years, MP's growing popularity has been facilitated by educational resources developed by its core team and diligently maintained documentation of the methodology and provenance associated with its data. In this report, we highlight a recent effort by MP to standardize a set of educational materials for its user base in its annual \textit{Materials Project Workshop}, which was conducted in the summers of 2016 and 2017. More specifically, we describe our insights on how organization of material, presentation format, formative assessment, and active learning were integrated to produce an effective educational experience for our attendees. We also highlight the lessons we've learned, in the hopes other Science Gateway efforts may draw on our experiences in crafting their own educational and training resources.


Thursday September 27, 2018 11:55am - 12:15pm CDT
Lil Tex Auditorium, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

12:15pm CDT

Lunch
Thursday September 27, 2018 12:15pm - 1:15pm CDT
Atrium, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

1:15pm CDT

Keynote: Democratizing immersive media through participatory design
While interest in new technologies can be immediately apparent, barriers to access are not always clear. Iterative, participatory, interface design is one approach to bridging disciplinary barriers to democratizing new technologies. Here we discuss what we learned applying these methods to the development of Immerj, an application to simplify the post-production of immersive video content, developed by students at the Texas Advanced Computing Center. Much like gateways, Immerj provides easy access to high-end technologies. Students had the opportunity to engage with stakeholders including journalists at the Washington Post, National Public Radio, and many other local and national organizations in order to guide the design of their Knight Foundation funded prototype. We will discuss what we learned and how stakeholder input helped our engineers understand and meet the stakeholders' needs, offering implications for gateways of all types. 

Presenters and Authors
avatar for Deepak Chetty

Deepak Chetty

Lecturer, University of Texas, Austin
Winner of the 2016 "Best 3D Live Action Short" from the Advanced Imaging Society and "Best Director" from ITVFest, Deepak Chetty’s sci-fi thriller HARD RESET was the first Stereoscopic 3D UT graduate thesis film (in conjunction with UT3D) and, according to his thesis advisor, "one of the most technically ambitious films ever produced at UT." Before receiving his MFA from UT Austin, Chetty was already an accomplished post-production generalist in NYC.  In addition to his directing and VFX expertise, Chetty’s ci... Read More →
avatar for Brian McCann

Brian McCann

Texas Advanced Computing Center


Thursday September 27, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm CDT
Lil Tex Auditorium, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

2:20pm CDT

Jumpstart D1: User experience & front-end design as part of the development process (Andrew Magill)
See the full explanation on the schedule at 1:15pm on Wednesday.

This is the fourth (D) of four 30-minute time slots on Thursday. Sessions will be assigned to various table locations in the Atrium. Each themed session will be moderated by a volunteer who has expressed interest in the topic.

At 2:55 pm on Thursday, we’ll gather in the Lil’ Tex Auditorium to hear about the “aha!” moments and great ideas that came from these conversations. We’ll discuss what ways we can use these ideas to further improve our gateway community.

NOTE: During this Jumpstart Conversation time, there is also a tour of TACC, as follows:
2:20 pm - 2:50 pm: TACC Tour


Thursday September 27, 2018 2:20pm - 2:50pm CDT
Atrium, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

2:20pm CDT

Jumpstart D2: How to reach the community of gateway developer? How did you figure out you are a gateway? (Nancy Wilkins-Diehr)
See the full explanation on the schedule at 1:15pm on Wednesday.

This is the fourth (D) of four 30-minute time slots on Thursday. Sessions will be assigned to various table locations in the Atrium. Each themed session will be moderated by a volunteer who has expressed interest in the topic.

At 2:55 pm on Thursday, we’ll gather in the Lil’ Tex Auditorium to hear about the “aha!” moments and great ideas that came from these conversations. We’ll discuss what ways we can use these ideas to further improve our gateway community.

NOTE: During this Jumpstart Conversation time, there is also a tour of TACC, as follows:
2:20 pm - 2:50 pm: TACC Tour


Thursday September 27, 2018 2:20pm - 2:50pm CDT
Atrium, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

2:20pm CDT

Jumpstart D3: Simpler ways for developers to use containers (e.g., without Kubernetes infrastructure)? (Stefan Lasiewski)
See the full explanation on the schedule at 1:15pm on Wednesday.

This is the fourth (D) of four 30-minute time slots on Thursday. Sessions will be assigned to various table locations in the Atrium. Each themed session will be moderated by a volunteer who has expressed interest in the topic.

At 2:55 pm on Thursday, we’ll gather in the Lil’ Tex Auditorium to hear about the “aha!” moments and great ideas that came from these conversations. We’ll discuss what ways we can use these ideas to further improve our gateway community.

NOTE: During this Jumpstart Conversation time, there is also a tour of TACC, as follows:
2:20 pm - 2:50 pm: TACC Tour


Thursday September 27, 2018 2:20pm - 2:50pm CDT
Atrium, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

2:20pm CDT

TACC Tour
TACC's data center hosts their largest supercomputing systems, including Stampede, as well as some of the fastest, most efficient, and sought-after high performance computing and data storage systems in the world. This 30-minute tour highlights TACC's resources, including virtual reality simulations.

Thursday September 27, 2018 2:20pm - 2:50pm CDT
TACC Lobby Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), Advanced Computing Building (ACB), J.J. Pickle Research Campus, Building 205, 10100 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78758

2:55pm CDT

Jumpstart presentations: Aha moments from great conversations
See the full explanation on the schedule at 1:15pm on Wednesday.

This is the wrap-up of the four Jumpstart Conversation periods on Thursday. At 2:55 pm, we’ll gather in the Lil’ Tex Auditorium to hear about the “aha!” moments and great ideas that came from these conversations. We’ll discuss what ways we can use these ideas to further improve our gateway community.

Thursday September 27, 2018 2:55pm - 3:30pm CDT
Lil Tex Auditorium, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

3:45pm CDT

Shuttle from Conference Venue to Hyatt House
The Hyatt House Austin/Arboretum will provide complimentary shuttle service for those who are returning to the hotel. No shuttle service will be offered for our casual gathering at 5:30 pm at NXNW. It is a 4-minute walk from the hotel.

Note: This shuttle will look different than the other conference shuttles because it is the hotel shuttle.

3:45 pm
4:00 pm

Thursday September 27, 2018 3:45pm - 4:00pm CDT
Commons Conference Center driveway 2901 Read Granberry Trail, Austin, TX 78758

5:30pm CDT

Informal dinner at NXNW Brewery (not part of conference registration, but all are welcome)
Those who are staying in town until Thursday are welcome to join us for a relaxing evening. It is a short walk from the conference hotel, though you'll have a couple of hours to enjoy Austin after the conference ends at 3:30pm. The cost of dinner is not included in your registration. We'll gather at some reserved tables. Sign up at the conference registration desk to let us know you'll be joining us!

Thursday September 27, 2018 5:30pm - 7:30pm CDT
North by Northwest Restaurant and Brewery, Stonelake location 10010 N. Capital of Texas Hwy., Austin, TX 78759