Volume 2, Issue 12, December 15, 2015
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Game Development as Creative Experiential Expression

UCLA Design Media Arts Professor Eddo Stern’s approach to his work as a game designer goes against the grain of an industry that he describes as tightly structured with a lot of rules and theories about how to create commercial video games.
Stern has been working on his video game “Vietnam Romance” for roughly two years and painted the entire game by hand.
“I feel like there is something to be said about a more organic, experience-based approach to making games,” he said.
A member of the executive committee for UCLA’s Institute for Digital Research and Education (IDRE) Humanities , Arts, Architecture, Social and Information Collaborative (HASIS), Stern founded the now-retired arts cooperative C-Level, a shared interdisciplinary space for a community of artists doing early game and media art to showcase their work, after completing his graduate degree in Art at California Institute of the Arts. It was his understanding of video games as an expressionistic and artistic medium that should be practiced in a studio-based model that led him to found C-Level. Read the full story

News & Publications

Hoffman2 Cluster and Data Center Winter Maintenance December 14-15

Dear Hoffman2 Users,

The Hoffman2 Cluster will be unavailable from 6:00AM on Monday, December 14, 2015 through 6:00PM on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 for scheduled upgrades and maintenance.

During this time, we will be installing a new OS image with the latest Centos 6.6 release, performing upgrades on storage equipment, and doing a major upgrade of the Infiniband fabric.

The primary focus of the maintenance window will be the upgrade of the Infiniband infrastructure in the POD data center.

We will be replacing the existing QDR Infiniband core switch in the POD with a new, modern FDR core switch. We will also be replacing many of the QDR leaf switches with FDR leaf switches and replacing and upgrading cabling. These upgrades should greatly increase the throughput and reliability of our IB fabric.

Due to the major changes involved in this upgrade, we will be closely monitoring the performance of parallel jobs running on the Infiniband fabric following the upgrade.

You will not be able to log in, run jobs or transfer files during the maintenance window. From December 1st we have been hourly reducing the maximum run time in order to completely drain the cluster's running jobs by December 14th. If your job requests more than this maximum time, it will not start. All jobs (queued or running) at the time of this outage will be killed; affected users will have to resubmit their jobs after the outage. Please plan your runs accordingly. If you have any questions regarding this maintenance, please submit a ticket to our support site:

Thank you, 

Hoffman2 Team 
IDRE Research Technology Group

INK Kiosk Available for Testing 

The UCLA Library currently does not have a solution allowing for printing from user-owned devices such as personal laptop, tablets and cell phones. Survey data and anecdotal evidence suggest that some of our laptop lending can be attributed to students simply needing to print. The Library currently supports printing from CLICC and Library-owned devices but a system like INK allows for greater user options like scanning and faxing.

The INK kiosk is currently in Powell 320C and is live for our testing needs. In other words, anyone could set up an INK cloud account and come by to use the kiosk. We can also demo it with some pre-paid account cards that we have from the vendor.

Space around the kiosk is limited so I invite you to drop-by and test it at your convenience.

Thank you, 

Jessica S. Mentesoglu, Ph.D.
UCLA Library, Digital Initiatives and IT

UCLA Extension - Architecting Cloud Solutions Using AWS 

A few months ago, I introduced you to our new course, CMPSCI X 460.1 Architecting Cloud Solutions Using AWS. I am happy to announce that we will be offering this course again for the Winter 2016 quarter, with the starting date of Monday 1/4/2016. We are a part of the beta AWS Academy program and use official AWS content as course material. At the completion of this course, all students are provided with a 50% discount voucher (normally $150, now $75) to take the certification exam at the AWS Certified Solutions Architect-Associate level.

Please keep in mind that this is an intermediate to advanced level course so incoming students are expected to have basic knowledge in application development, databases, data centers, networking, scripting and configuration management, security, and servers and systems.

All UCLA career staff receive 25% discount to take UCLA Extension courses. Here is the reduced fee form to enroll. This however does not include the $75 AWS certification exam fee as that fee is charged separately by AWS. 

Please feel free to forward this to anyone else who may be interested to enroll and contact me if you have any questions.

Thank you for your attention,

Gary Cheung
Program Manager - Information Systems 
UCLA Extension Department of Engineering and Technology 

IDRE-related Lectures, Seminars & Colloquia

Modeling and Treating Human Diseases with Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

Seminar series on Clive Svendsen's lab studies on neurodegenerative diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Huntington's disease, spinal muscular atrophy, Parkinson's disease and Allan-Herndon-Dudley syndrome, using stem cells as a disease treatment as well as a tool for modeling these diseases in vitro.

Clive Svendsen, Ph.D.
Director, Regenerative Medicine Institute
Professor of Biomedical Sciences, Medicine
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Co-sponsors: The UCLA CTSI and the Eli & Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research.

For additional information, please contact:
Mark Weiner,

Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 12:00-1:00 PM in the UCLA Neuroscience Research Building Auditorium.

IDRE-related Workshops & Events

IDRE Stat Consulting Group 

The goal of the UCLA IDRE Statistical Consulting Group is to help UCLA faculty, staff, and graduate students perform top-notch research, with the greatest emphasis on data analysis related to grants and publications, but also including dissertation research. We provide advice and resources to enable you to develop and/or extend your statistical computing skills, helping you to independently use common statistical packages for the analysis of your research.

Walk-in consulting will be closed during finals week, Monday, December 7 through Friday, December 11. Consulting will be open from Monday, December 14 through Thursday, December 17 and will be closed from Monday, December 21 through Friday, January 1, 2016. Consulting will reopen on Monday, January 4, 2016 with our regular walk-in hours: Monday through Thursday, 1 to 4 PM.

Walk-in consulting is in Math Sciences 4919. See our online schedule for days and hours.

Grant & Funding Opportunities

UCLA Office of Information Technology
Institute for Digital Research and Education
310-825-6635 |
5308 Math Sciences
Box 951557, Mail Code 155705
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1557

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