May 18, 2021

May 2021 Newsletter


AMD COVID-19 Fund Helps UCLA Researchers

David Wong and Alexander Hoffmann

UCLA received an AMD computing system with 500 TFLOPs peak computing capacity as part of the AMD COVID-19 HPC Fund. The goal of the AMD COVID-19 HPC Fund is to help researchers deepen not only their understanding of COVID-19, but also improve the ability to respond to future potential threats to global health. 

IDRE Board Member Marc Suchard worked with a team to explore and understand the effects of various strains of COVID-19 like the 20A.EU1/B.1.177 variant on Western European Countries. This research was conducted using the computing resources provided by AMD and their HPC Fund. 

"UCLA is grateful for the generous gift from AMD, which will make an important impact on our research at UCLA. We have numerous research groups working on diverse aspects of the Covid-19 problem, from epidemiology to molecular studies aimed at developing therapeutics and vaccines. Many of those studies are limited by computing needs. This new influx of power will be an opportunity for UCLA and AMD to work together in exploiting their processor technologies in new areas of computational research," said Todd Yeates, professor of biochemistry and director of the UCLA-DOE Institute for Genomics and Proteomics.

Using art and technology, proposal aims to increase bike commuting in L.A.

David Wong and Alexander Hoffmann

For many Los Angeles residents, the daily commute is frustrating. A project by three UCLA faculty members aims to change that — especially for those who ride to work on two wheels — by creating bicycle “flows” that produce real-time digital art exhibitions throughout the city.

One of the project’s goals is to make cycling to work feel as accessible and safe as other modes of travel, so the professors envision groups, or flows, of cyclists that would be organized by a smartphone app. The app would encourage reluctant or inexperienced cyclists to participate by pointing them toward those flows, suggest routes that are optimized for enjoyability and safety over efficiency or speed, and enable participants to share their experiences.

The project, called Civic Bicycle Commuting, or CiBiC, is co-led by Jeff Burke, an IDRE Board member and professor in-residence of Theater, Film & Television, and  Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, a distinguished professor of urban planning at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.


Thursday, May 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Running Applications on the Hoffman2 Cluster: Case Studies (Part III)

Monday, May 24 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

All times listed are in PST

Applied Survey Data Analysis in Stata

Monday, May 24 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


IDRE Funding Opportunity For Summer/Fall Workshops And Seminars – Call For Proposal

UTakeItIDRE is soliciting proposals for Summer/Fall quarter workshops and seminars focused on topics that impact digitally-enabled research at UCLA. Events could address research challenges, emerging methodologies, software or tools, computational questions, or advances in hardware and infrastructure.
The workshop award will support up to $5,000 to cover expenses, and the seminar award will support up to $1,000 to cover costs. Co-sponsored proposals are welcome. The IDRE Visualization Portal is available as a free venue (pending scheduling confirmation), and event support and promotion will be provided by IDRE as desired. The proposal should specify a preferred time frame and delivery mechanism, whether the event would be held in-person or virtually. Funds may be used to cover expenses, including but not limited to: travel and accommodations for visiting speakers/participants, catering, and event costs. Please also note that the funds could be used for small honorariums rather than travel if the proposal is for a virtual workshop/seminar. It is anticipated that at least one of each type of award will be funded.

Proposals are due Wednesday, June 30, 2021.


Learn more about the opportunity here.

XSEDE Workshops

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XSEDE (Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment) offers training classes to teach users how to maximize their productivity and learn new technologies for using XSEDE services.

These training classes focus on systems and software supported by the XSEDE Service Providers. Below you will see a course catalog of current and future courses.
XSEDE HPC Workshop: Summer Boot Camp – June 8-11, 2021
XSEDE, along with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center is pleased to present a Hybrid Computing workshop.
This 4 day event will include MPI, OpenMP, GPU programming using OpenACC and accelerators.
This workshop will be remote to desktop only due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  When the registration has filled, there will be no more students added due to our current limits.
Register via the XSEDE Portal.



Current Opportunities

Learn about grant and funding opportunities on the IDRE and OVCR (Office of the Vice Chancellor of Research) websites.

Agencies included on the IDRE grants and funding opportunities webpage:

Upcoming Grants Due:


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