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  • For neuroscientist Chris Cox, the OSG helps process mountains of data (2/20/2017) - Whether exploring how the brain is fooled by fake news or explaining the decline of knowledge in dementia, cognitive neuroscientists like Chris Cox are relying more on high-throughput computing resources like the Open Science Grid (OSG) to understand how the brain makes sense of information.   Cognitive neuroscientist Chris Cox recently defended his dissertation at […]
  • Free Supercomputing for Research: Scott Cole introduces you to OSG (2/10/2017) - Scott Cole, a neuroscience PhD student at University of California San Diego, wrote an article which appeared in PythonWeekly that details how to get up and running on Open Science Grid.  “I was starting to run into computational limitations in my neuroscience research, but I didn’t have any experience speeding up my work with something […]
  • Cancer Computer and OSG partner for the cure (1/18/2017) - What if we threw enough computing power at cancer research that we could find a cure? Of course we would do it. Some researchers believe computational simulations can give us enough understanding of the processes that occur within a cell that—through computational biology—we could beat cancer. The technical architects behind Cancer Computer, a non-profit organization […]
  • OSG’s Rob Quick and Kyle Gross share expertise in Rwanda and Italy (12/6/2016) - While many of us may sometimes take for granted the amount of computing resources we have, for many researchers around the globe, advanced computing resources are scarce, as is the expertise to take advantage of them. Open Science Grid (OSG) staffers are working to change that. In fact, every two years, they’ve journeyed to a […]
  • OSG receives HPCwire’s ‘Top Supercomputing Achievement’ awards (11/15/2016) - November 14, 2016  Multi-partner awards cite OSG’s role in gravitational wave detection   The Open Science Grid (OSG) is a recipient of two HPCwire ‘Top Supercomputing Achievement’ awards for 2016, recognizing the use of high performance computing to verify Einstein’s theory of gravitational waves. Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and National Science […]
  • OSG council member Stefan Höche receives IUPAP Young Scientist Prize (9/30/2016) - The International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) awarded a 2016 Young Scientist Prize in Particles and Fields to Stefan Höche, a particle physicist at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and an Open Science Grid (OSG) council member, for “developing high precision Monte Carlo simulations of events at hadronic colliders.”   For an OSG research […]
  • Update on the Brain Trauma Research Center (8/29/2016) - The Brain Trauma Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh is a multidisciplinary research program funded by the NIH’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. The center uses the Open Science Grid (OSG) to handle the large data sets produced by their research. “We are attempting to understand, diagnose, and treat concussion,” says Donald […]
  • Where did all the antimatter go? (7/12/2016) - Dubbed the Hubble telescope of cosmic rays, a state-of-the-art particle physics detector attached to the International Space Station (ISS) is looking for a needle’s worth of antimatter in a haystack of cosmic rays. The detector is also searching for elusive evidence of dark matter.   Recent ground-breaking observations about the nature of our universe share […]
  • SBGrid uses the OSG to accelerate structural biology research (2/23/2016) - Biologists looking at the structure of molecules like proteins and nucleic acids are interested in how they acquire their structures and how alterations may affect their function. This understanding is a key factor in modern disease treatment and prevention, and computational power such as that of the Open Science Grid (OSG) has become critical in […]
  • OSG helps LIGO scientists confirm Einstein’s unproven theory (2/16/2016) - Albert Einstein first posed the idea of gravitational waves in his general theory of relativity just over a century ago. But until now, they had never been observed directly. For the first time, scientists with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) Scientific Collaboration (LSC) have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves. […]
  • OSG Year-end Operations Update (2/1/2016) - 2015 proved to be an exciting year for the Open Science Grid Operations Center team and the OSG in general. A milestone of one billion CPU hours delivered (last 12 months) was reached in the final month of 2015. Additionally, 100 million hours per month was exceeded for the first time in November and an […]
  • ATLAS and BNL Bring Amazon EC2 Online (2/1/2016) - Four years ago the ATLAS and CMS experiments at the LHC successfully found the Higgs particle. In the US, most processing was performed on resources owned by the LHC collaborations, knit together and managed as part of the Open Science Grid. Since then the LHC experiments continue to explore the properties of the Higgs, and […]
  • Opportunistic Resources Report for December 2015 – January 2016 (2/1/2016) - This table displays the ten top cycle providers of OSG Opportunistic Resources for December of 2015 through January 2015 . The table ranks OSG sites by opportunistic hours provided during the period, along with the ranking for the previous two-month period. TOTAL WALL HOURS FOR THE OSG OPEN FACILITY: 20,886,249 PRIOR PERIOD HOURS: 17,026,292 TOP 10 […]
  • OSG Software Carpentry Workshop at University of Nebraska, Lincoln a Success (1/14/2016) - Another highly successful and well-attended joint OSG and Software Carpentry Workshop was held on January 6th-8th hosted by the Holland Computing Center at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln (UNL).  Over 40 people participated in this fourth training event in this format.  Non-local participants traveled from 4 different states in the surrounding region to attend the […]
  • OSG computational power helps solve 30-year old protein puzzle (1/12/2016) - As computational power expands the horizons of protein research, vast new possibilities to design proteins for disease treatment are opening up. Thanks to the power of the Open Science Grid (OSG), protein researchers recently overcame an obstacle that has vexed scientists for nearly 30 years.       Photo courtesy Po-Ssu Huang The cylindrical TIM-barrel […]
  • Harnessing the OSG to better understand the brain (12/2/2015) - Using electrical information recorded outside the brain, Ricardo Pizarro at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) is trying to estimate network models in rodent brains. This research may one day help people with artificial limbs move a robotic arm using a real-life application called a brain-computer interface. The technology is also aimed at helping those who […]
  • Transparently Connecting Campus Users and Resources to the Open Science Grid (12/2/2015) - One of the goals of the Advanced CyberInfrastructure – Research and Education Facilitation (ACI-REF) program focuses on supporting the needs of the steadily increasing “long tail” of ACI users/researchers who belong to disciplines that have not traditionally required access to ACI resources but who recognize that their research needs more compute power than can be […]
  • OSG User School 2015: A Big Success (12/2/2015) - The OSG User School 2015 was held on July 27–31 by the Center for High Throughput Computing (CHTC) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW–Madison). As usual, we hosted undergraduates, graduate students (the majority group), post-doctoral researchers, staff, and faculty from a variety of institutions and fields. Highlights this year included staff from the University of the […]
  • OSG Networking Services Up and Running (12/2/2015) - Knowing how the networks that connect you to OSG are working is a critical question when things are behaving badly and network problems are a possible reason. Since September 14, 2015, the Open Science Grid Networking Service can answer network-related questions. One component of OSG Networking Services is perfSONAR measurements of network metrics between OSG […]
  • OSG Certificates Changing (12/2/2015) - The Open Science Grid (OSG) provides certificates to its community of users and service owners for the purposes of authenticating them to one another. The identities of the certificate owners must be vetted by a set of trusted agents and protections must be put in place that certificates are only dispensed to their rightful owners. […]
  • Opportunistic Resources Report for October-November 2015 (12/1/2015) - This table displays the ten top cycle providers of OSG Opportunistic Resources for October and November of 2015. The table ranks OSG sites by opportunistic hours provided during the period, along with the ranking for the previous two-month period. Opportunistic Resources provided by the top 10 OSG Sites for the OSG Open Facility (2015-10-01 – 2015-11-30). […]
  • Using the OSG to study protein evolution at the University of Pennsylvania (10/26/2015) - Postdocs can help open new horizons. Just ask Joshua Plotkin, professor of biology, mathematics, and computer and information science at the University of Pennsylvania. After Oana Carja completed her PhD in biology at Stanford University (specializing in evolutionary dynamics), she came to Penn to work with Dr. Plotkin. His research group uses math and computation […]
  • Opportunistic Resources Report for August-September 2015 (10/1/2015) - This table displays the ten top cycle providers of OSG Opportunistic Resources for August and September of 2015. The table ranks OSG sites by opportunistic hours provided during the period, along with the ranking for the previous two-month period. Opportunistic Resources provided by the top 10 OSG Sites for the OSG Open Facility (2015-08-01 – […]
  • XSEDE15: a Summary from an OSG Perspective (9/30/2015) - In late July, the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) held its annual conference in St Louis, Missouri. This year’s theme was Scientific Advancements Enabled by Enhanced Cyberinfrastructure. Many of the early week activities centered around the efforts of XSEDE to embrace students and its Campus Champion outreach efforts. The plenary session kicked off […]
  • Understanding the Ghostly Neutrino (9/18/2015) - Fermilab’s NOvA experiment relies on the massive computing power of the Open Science Grid (OSG) in its quest to see how neutrinos change over a 500 mile journey “High Energy Physics experiments are trying to understand the basic building blocks that make up our universe,” says Alex Himmel. Himmel is the newly installed computing coordinator […]
  • Record Wall Hours in July 2015 (8/31/2015) - July brought two exciting milestones for computing on the Open Science Grid. The first milestone was the highest number of wall hours in a single week. During the week starting July 2nd, 22.3 million wall hours were delivered, equivalent to the continuous use of 133,000 cores and outpacing the monthly average over the last year […]
  • First exposure to the Open Science Grid (8/3/2015) - Dr. Baudilio Tejerina works as a scientific IT consultant for the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Northwestern University. His first exposure to the Open Science Grid (OSG) was this past March at the 2015 OSG All-Hands meeting, held at the Kellogg School of Management’s Allen Center at Northwestern. Tejerina attended the OSG Connect […]
  • The OSG plans for year 9 (8/3/2015) - It is a tradition by now. In May, the OSG executive team and area coordinators meet in Madison, WI, to take stock of the program to date and, most importantly, discuss the vision and plans for the upcoming year. The OSG project has started its 9th year of funding. All areas are aligning to continue […]
  • Opportunistic Resources Report for June-July 2015 (8/2/2015) - This table displays the ten top cycle providers of OSG Opportunistic Resources for June and July of 2015. The table ranks OSG sites by opportunistic hours provided during the period, along with the ranking for the previous two-month period. Opportunistic Resources provided by the top 10 OSG Sites for the OSG Open Facility (2015-06-01 – […]
  • No Place Like Home, Part 2: Connecting to an HTC “supercomputer” (7/27/2015) -   In the previous post we discussed the comforts of computing right from “home”, i.e. the place where you develop source code, job submission scripts, parameter files, executable binaries, log files, data files and datasets large and small, with potentially external library dependencies. Keeping work on the remote systems in synch with work on the local system […]
  • Value of Reliable Services in OSG (and how we make it happen) (7/27/2015) - The OSG recently delivered 22.3 million CPU hours in a single week. In addition to the CPU and storage resources needed to deliver computation at this level a large number of services are required to support associated tasks. For a job to run on an OSG resource, users must have a place to submit it […]
  • OSG Council Meeting Highlights (7/15/2015) - The OSG Council held its quarterly phone meeting on June 25th. Details can be found in Indico. The meeting included a lot of useful information about current status and future planning. As the presentations demonstrate, discussion of outreach to new communities was a particular focus, and my report was collapsed into pointing out that the […]
  • Mu2e Simulations on the OSG (7/9/2015) - The Mu2e high energy physics collaboration received Critical Decision (CD) 2/3b from DOE in March of 2015 and is preparing for the next set of needed reviews before they are approved to completely build the experiment and take data. Before that review, the scientists will be validating and refining the existing design of the particle […]
  • Using Open Science Grid to prepare for ‘the next big thing’ at Brookhaven (6/25/2015) - In November 2014, the PHENIX (Pioneering High Energy Nuclear Interaction eXperiment) collaboration, that conducts research in heavy ion collisions, updated its 2010 proposal to upgrade the PHENIX detector at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). The detector recorded its first relativistic heavy ion collision in 2000, and now records many […]
  • Open Science Grid Contributes to Genetic Diversity and Food Security Research (6/1/2015) - In their influential 1990 book, Shattering: Food, Politics, and the Loss of Genetic Diversity, Cary Fowler and Pat Mooney issue a warning: “Without the genetic diversity from which farmers traditionally breed for resistance to diseases, crops are more susceptible to the spread of pestilence. Tragedies like the Irish Potato Famine may be thought of today […]
  • No Place Like Home, Part 1: On Campus Grids in the OSG (6/1/2015) - OSG Connect was introduced last year as a simple access solution for the Open Science Grid. OSG Connect provides a login server with an HTCondor scheduling service that submits jobs to: the OSG VO glidein system, which sends jobs to all grid sites supporting the OSG VO community; and to shared campus grids, such as […]
  • Report from CHEP 2015 (6/1/2015) - The 21st International Conference in High Energy and Nuclear Physics (CHEP) took place from April 13 to 17 in Okinawa, Japan and had 450 participants from 28 countries. The conference, held approximately every eighteen months, overviews trends in computing technology and practices as applied to high energy and nuclear physics. This year’s CHEP conference was […]
  • The OSG Release Management Process and How it Affects our Community (6/1/2015) - The OSG community relies on the OSG Software Stack which is composed of grid middleware and the OSG-specific configuration scripts. The distribution contains configuration scripts to apply OSG recommended settings and a Virtual Organization (VO) package. This package has the list of VOs, their authorization, and authentication services. Each month a new version of the […]
  • Opportunistic Resources Report for April-May 2015 (6/1/2015) - This table displays the ten top cycle providers of OSG Opportunistic Resources for April and May of 2015. The table ranks OSG sites by opportunistic hours provided during the period, along with the ranking for the previous period of two months. Opportunistic Resources provided by the top 10 OSG Sites for the OSG Open Facility […]
  • Change in OSG Support Team (6/1/2015) - Katherine Lato (pictured here) has replaced Clementine Jones for the editing and publishing of the newsletter, research highlights and OSG website. Katherine has a MS in computer science and worked for many years in telecommunications. She joined Fermilab in March of 2014 to work on a variety of writing projects. Her interests include writing and […]
  • Studying Protein Folding Benefits from Computational Power (4/23/2015) - Proteins are key to our bodies functioning properly, while abnormal modifications of proteins or improperly functioning proteins are often a cause of pathological and disease conditions. Proteins also interact with other molecules to make our bodies function properly or, at times, improperly. Professor Jinbo Xu studies protein folding—how a protein takes on its functional shape—at […]
  • Exploring the origins of mass using fermions and the Open Science Grid (4/13/2015) - Duke University Associate Professor of Physics Shailesh Chandrasekharan and his graduate student Venkitesh Ayyar are using the Open Science Grid (OSG) to tackle notoriously difficult problems in quantum systems. These quantum systems are the physical systems of our universe, being investigated at the fundamental level where elemental units carrying energy behave according to the laws […]
  • Report from the 2015 OSG All-Hands Meeting (4/13/2015) - Springtime snowfall notwithstanding, over 150 people attended various days between Monday, March 23 and Friday, March 27 of the 2015 Open Science Grid All-Hands meeting, held this year at the Kellogg School of Management’s Allen Center at Northwestern University (NU). The OSG would like to thank Professor Kristian Hahn and Pamela Villalovoz at Northwestern for […]
  • Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 High-Throughput Computing Challenge! (4/13/2015) - 1st Place: Balamurugan Desinghu and Judith Stephen from the Computation Institute at the University of Chicago 2nd Place: Majid Arabgol from Purdue University 3rd Place: Kenyi Paolo Hurtado Anampa from the University of Notre Dame To see more details about the challenge, click here. Thank you to all the participants and we hope you had […]
  • Addition to the OSG bylaws (4/13/2015) - One of the core missions of the Open Science Grid is increasing access to distributed high-throughput computing (DHTC) to US-funded researchers. This mission is accomplished, in part, through making opportunistic computing cycles (cycles that might otherwise remain idle) available to users other than site owners. To acknowledge the importance of this aspect of the OSG, […]
  • OSG Executive Director report from AAAS 2015 meeting (4/13/2015) - The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting, held this year in San Jose, CA, included a panel entitled “From the Grid to the Cloud: Computing for Big (and Small) Science” on Saturday, February 14 . During this panel, experts from Europe and the U.S. across biotechnology, biological sciences, nuclear and particle […]
  • New US CMS alternate member of the Council: Gregory Snow (4/13/2015) - Gregory Snow founded the experimental high-energy physics group at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) in 1993. The group has played leading roles in the DZero experiment at Fermilab’s Tevatron, the CMS experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider and at the Pierre Auger Observatory in Argentina. Snow spent a five-year period as the Associate Dean for […]
  • OSG Annual Report: March 2015 (4/13/2015) - Click to read the OSG Annual Report for 2015.
  • Opportunistic Resources Report for February/March 2015 (4/13/2015) - This table displays the top cycle providers of OSG Opportunistic Resources for February and March 2015. The table ranks OSG sites by opportunistic hours provided during the period (February and March), along with the ranking for the previous period of two months (December and January). Nebraska has taken the top spot for this period surpassing […]
  • 2015 OSG All-Hands Meeting: Agenda and Registration (2/3/2015) - The 2015 Open Science Grid all-hands meeting (Monday, March 23 – Friday, March 27, 2015) draft agenda is now available! Click here to see the agenda. Please note that the timetable is provisional at this stage and subject to change, but we hope it will help as you begin to plan your trip. Register now! […]

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