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Free COMSOL Multiphysics workshop at BU on Thursday March 6th

COMSOL Multiphysics workshop

We invite students, faculty, and staff who are interested in COMSOL Multiphysics to a local event and encourage them to share information on this potentially great learning experience with students.

COMSOL is used by to engineers, chemists, physicists, biologists, and anyone else interested in modeling and simulation of real-world multiphysics systems: simulations that involve multiple physical models or multiple simultaneous physical phenomena. For example, combining chemical kinetics and fluid mechanics or combining finite elements with molecular dynamics. The product line includes a suite of discipline-specific add-on modules for Structural Mechanics, High and Low Frequency Electromagnetics, Fluid Flow, Heat Transfer, Chemical Reactions, MEMS, Acoustics, and LiveLink products for CAD software that deliver a seamless integration between COMSOL Multiphysics simulations and CAD models.

Details on the event:
It is our plan to have Dr Jinlan Huang as speaker, who has a PhD from BU (Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering).

Location:
Boston University Life Science Engineering Building 24 Cummington Mall, basement rooms B03 and B04 Boston, MA 02215

AM Session:
* 10-12.30 Introduction to COMSOL and Hands-on session

PM Session:
* 1.30-4.00 Acoustics and Structural Mechanics and Hands-on session

To register, please visit http://www.comsol.com/events/cmw/29227.

Register Now for Upcoming IS&T Tutorials

IS&T is now offering training on the following topics. View the schedule and register!

* BUworks (SAP)
* Blackboard Learn (Learning Management System)
* Classroom Technology Equipment (Audio/Visual instruction for faculty)
* Department Security Administrator (DSA) (restricted)
* Echo360 (Classroom Recording)
* NVivo (Qualitative Data Analysis)
* Qualtrics (Surveys)
* Read Write Gold (Learning Aid)
* Turning Point (Audience Response System)
* WordPress (Publishing Websites and Blogs)
* Scientific Computing (Research Data, Statistical and Mathematical tools, Perl, Python, Linux/Unix, and more!)

Our free tutorials are generally one to three hours in length and are offered throughout the year. Hands-on exercises, offered in most classes, help reinforce the material. Detailed information on class meeting times, descriptions, prerequisites, room locations and online registration is available at www.bu.edu/tech/training/classroom.

To ensure a place in the session, advance registration is highly recommended. Although seats do become available for walk-ins, registration through the website is the only way to guarantee your place in a particular class.

We look forward to seeing you at these upcoming tutorials. If you require assistance or have any questions, please contact the IT Help Center. Please note that online training is also available.

Boston University Information Services & Technology
IT Help Center
(617)353-HELP (4357)
ithelp@bu.edu
www.bu.edu/tech

Scientific Computing and Visualization Spring 2014 Tutorial Series

January 22, 2014 - February 12, 2014

The Scientific Computing and Visualization (SCV) group, part of Boston University Information Services & Technology, will offer a series of tutorials on programming, high performance computing, and scientific visualization. These tutorials are free and open to all members of the Boston University community.

In addition to covering concepts, techniques, and tools which researchers may use in their own computing environments, these tutorials are designed to help you make effective use of the Boston University Scientific Computing Facility and its related scientific visualization resources. Faculty may contact us about custom tutorials for classes or research groups.

Learn more and register

BU's College of Engineering, the Center for Computational Science (CCS), Information Systems & Technology (IS&T) and the Bioinformatics Program announce significant expansion to research computing facilities


From left to right: Prof. Claudio Rebbi, CCS; Prof. Richard Brower, ENG ECE and Physics; Bryan Marler, HP; Prof. Lorena Barba, ENG ME; Marc Hamilton, HP; Glenn Bresnahan, IS&T SCF; Daniel Kamalic, ENG IT

Colleagues,

We wish to tell you about an exciting new computing facility.

BU's College of Engineering, the Center for Computational Science (CCS), Information Systems & Technology (IS&T) and the Bioinformatics Program are introducing a significant expansion to the facilities for research computing with the acquisition of a 160 GPU-accelerated cluster. At 80 teraflop/s in peak double-precisionperformance, this system will be the fastest ever deployed at BU.

The new computing resource was made possible by the investment of IS&T funds, a contribution from the CCS and a donation by Hewlett Packard of the 160 GPU cards, valued at $320,000.

It was also made possible by the catalyzing effect, and strengthening of a community, started by a few researches at Boston University. Over the past four years, experiments with GPU hardware were seeded by an NSF ARRA stimulus grant to build a prototype "Experimental GPU Cluster for Fundamental Physics" awarded to Professor Richard Brower as principal investigator, Lorena Barba and Claudio Rebbi, as co-principal investigators.

The new system represents a build-out from the EAGER-supported BUNGEE (Boston University Networked GPU Experimental Environment) cluster. The new donation from HP was motivated by the expertise that was developed over the past years thanks to the EAGER seed grant and the BUNGEE cluster.

"We are extremely happy that our experimental GPU project has brought us to the stage where we are able, in partnership with IS&T, to bring this technology to the whole university" said Prof. Brower.

The system, to be named BUDGE (Boston University Distributed Gpu Environment) is being installed now, and consists of 20 HP 12-core Intel Xeon servers with 48GB of RAM each (soon to be doubled to 96GB), with eight NVIDIA Tesla M2070 GPU accelerators, each with 6GB RAM per accelerator, for a total of 160 GPUs in the deployment. Network is provided by a Cisco 3500 gigabit ethernet switch on the front end and a Mellanox QDR Infiniband 40 gigabit switch on the back end.

To receive updates about its status as well as other GPU initiatives at Boston University, please see our web site at http://blogs.bu.edu/gpu, where you can also subscribe to the gpu@bu.edu mailing list.

Yours,

Rich Brower, Lorena Barba, Claudio Rebbi and Glenn Bresenham

Tutorials in BUworks, Blackboard Learn, WordPress and Outlook

BU Information Services & Technology

Don't miss our upcoming tutorials in BUworks (SAP), Blackboard Learn, WordPress and Outlook!

View the schedule and register.

IS&T's free tutorials are generally one to three hours in length and are offered throughout the year. Hands-on exercises, offered in most classes, help reinforce the material. Detailed information on class meeting times, descriptions, prerequisites, room locations and online registration is available at www.bu.edu/tech/training/classroom.

To ensure seating and handout availability, advance registration is highly recommended for all tutorials. Although seats do become available for walk-ins, registration through the website is the only way to guarantee your place in a particular session.

We look forward to seeing you at these upcoming tutorials. If you require assistance or have any questions, please contact the IT Help Center at 617-353-HELP (4357) or ithelp@bu.edu.

Please note that online training is also available. In addition, Teaching Tech Talks are available to faculty and academic staff through the Center for Excellence & Innovation in Teaching.

Boston University Information Services & Technology
IT Help Center
ithelp@bu.edu
617-353-HELP(4357)
www.bu.edu/tech

IS&T has procured an AppleCare OS Support – Preferred Plan support contract

AppleCare OS Support delivers phone and email support for integration, migration, and advanced server operation issues. This includes AppleCare Help Desk Support, an annual technical support plan that covers an unlimited number of help desk-level support incidents for hardware and software diagnosis and troubleshooting and issue isolation for Apple-based solutions. Products covered include, but are not limited to, iPads, iPods, all Mac hardware, Mac OS X, iOS, Final Cut Express, and the iLife suite.

Why did we purchase this plan?

  • The Apple platform has a strong presence on campus and it continues to grow. IS&T has heard from you, our partners, and our clients that true solutions to enterprise issues are desired. This plan will help facilitate accomplishing this, and IS&T has purchased it in response to your feedback.
  • Apple mobile devices (iPads, iPhones) are rapidly growing in popularity across campus. They are being purchased and used in innovative ways in offices, in meetings, and in the classroom. The Preferred Plan will assist IS&T and its partners in providing support for these devices.
  • The rise of iPads and iPhones on campus has also demonstrated the need for the adoption of a Mobile Device Management tool/software package to assist in deploying and managing these devices. The Preferred Plan will allow us to look to Apple for assistance in supporting and integrating this tool.
  • Boston University is participating in Apple’s App Store Volume Purchasing Program. This is Apple’s solution to allow tax exempt institutions such as BU to purchase apps for iOS devices without paying sales tax. There is an additional benefit to this program as a volume discount on some apps is offered through the App Store when purchased in quantities of 20 or more. This program will likely encourage students, faculty, and staff to utilize Apple mobile devices even more than they already have, as schools begin to offer or require apps for classes. Again, this means BU will greatly benefit from the Preferred Plan, as a faster response time and no limitation on number of incidents that can be submitted will be key for technology that is becoming crucial in the classroom for education.

What’s the process for getting support?

You can create a ticket by calling the IT Help Center (353-4357), submitting information via TechWeb, or by sending an email to ithelp@bu.edu. Alternatively, partners already using ServiceNow can create a ticket within the tool and assign it to the assignment group “Service Desk.” When the Help Center receives the ticket it will evaluate whether the issue appears to be infrastructure/systems related. If it does, the ticket will be escalated to Systems who will then initiate contact with Apple. If it does not, the IT Help Center will initiate the ticket with Apple.

Please feel free to share this communication with your colleagues.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Stacy

Stacy Gianoulis
Director, IT Help Center
Information Services & Technology
T (617) 353-6884
stacyg@bu.edu
www.bu.edu/tech

Faculty & Staff Transitioned to Exchange or BU Google Mail

In consultation with the Communication & Collaboration technology governance committee and various student and faculty representative groups, Information Services & Technology has developed a new email strategy that will be implemented this year. Student email services will move “to the cloud”; faculty and staff email will move to the latest Microsoft platform – Exchange 2010.

The student announcement will be made today: students may opt-in to a Beta version of BU Google Apps, a suite of services that includes BU Google Mail. All student email will be moving to the cloud over the next several months so that the student email transition is completed before the start of school in September 2011. In addition to Google Apps’ many useful features, this change also allows BU to offer another benefit: graduating students will be able to keep their login@bu.edu email address indefinitely.

The faculty and staff email transition will begin as early as June when we will transition faculty and staff currently using Exchange 2007 to a new Exchange 2010 platform. When this upgrade is complete, we will begin working with schools, colleges and departments to move faculty and staff who are currently on the ACS platform to Exchange 2010. One of the main benefits of moving all faculty and staff to Exchange will be the ability to schedule inter-departmental meetings and reserve conference rooms; another benefit is Exchange’s enhanced features and security. We anticipate that the move to Exchange will be completed in the spring of 2012, enabling the retirement of the ACS email service in September 2012.

In conjunction with the development of these plans, we reviewed regulations related to the privacy, security, and retention of email. SecureMail should continue to be used for sending email containing confidential or restricted use information, including HIPAA and FERPA data and social security numbers. For business and compliance reasons, we strongly encourage faculty and staff to migrate to Exchange as soon as it is offered to your department.

If you do not wish to use Exchange, and your administration does not require you to use it for calendaring or collaboration purposes, we recommend that you use BU Google Mail instead of forwarding BU email to a consumer service. This will let us provide you with enhanced services and helps meet compliance requirements.

The BU Google Apps collaboration services – BU Google Mail, BU Google Calendar, BU Google Docs, and BU Google Sites – are available to all faculty and staff. Instructions for enabling your BU Google Apps account are available on our website.

Please contact us with any questions or comments at 617-353-4357 or ithelp@bu.edu. We look forward to working with you to make this transition a smooth one.

Boston University Information Services & Technology
IT Help Center
ithelp@bu.edu
617-353-HELP(4357)
www.bu.edu/tech

College of Engineering SharePoint

https://share.bu.edu/sites/eng is the home for all College of Engineering SharePoint sites.

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