[NMC PRObE] URGENT: PRObE Publication Request

Andree Jacobson andree at newmexicoconsortium.org
Thu May 15 11:38:16 MDT 2014

Dear PRObE users,

  As stated in an earlier announcement sent out on Apr 30th, the PRObE
Management Group is requesting citations to your published or submitted
work that references PRObE. While use of PRObE is free of charge, we do
require research conducted on PRObE resources to appropriately acknowledge
us as specified in our publication policy. This year the NSF has asked us
to submit our annual report a month earlier - which means that it's due at
the end of May. We need to include references to your research in this
report and it's a vital ingredient to the continued availability of PRObE.

So, don't wait - submit your citations to us by emailing
probe at newmexicoconsortium.org *right away!*

PRObE Publication Policy: http://www.nmc-probe.org/policies/publication

Thank you to those of you who have already submitted your work.

  Andree (on behalf of the PRObE Management Group)


*Andree JacobsonComputer and Information Systems Manager*

*PRObE Project Manager*

*New Mexico Consortium4200 W Jemez Rd, Ste. 301Los Alamos, NM 87544*

*Phone: (505) 412-4180, Fax: (505)
212-0049Email: andree at newmexicoconsortium.org
<andree at newmexicoconsortium.org>*
*-- Previous request sent: Apr 30, 2014 --*

*Dear PRObE users of Kodiak, Marmot, and Susitna!It's that time of the year
again - The time when we ask you to let us know how you've been using
PRObE! Also, this is your chance to tell us how to destructively test
Kodiak (more on this toward the end).First, we would like to thank all of
you who diligently show up to our BoFs at various conferences around the
country. It's your participation, use of the PRObE resources, and feedback
through public forums and support request emails that makes PRObE what it
is and what it will become. Thank you!To help us continue to offer new
resources, we would appreciate your assistance with the following:  1)
Please send a list of any publications, posters, presentations, or other
work (web pages, code repos, etc...) that was based on the use of PRObE
resources to probe at newmexicoconsortium.org <probe at newmexicoconsortium.org>.
Our current list is here:http://www.nmc-probe.org/research/publications
<http://www.nmc-probe.org/research/publications>. We ask for your help to
make it as complete as possible.  2) Some of the pioneer PRObE projects
have their own wiki page and we invite you to create your own for your
project to share with the community and elaborate on how PRObE is a
resource for you. The wiki is located
at: https://www.nmc-probe.org/wiki/Projects
<https://www.nmc-probe.org/wiki/Projects> and you can use your Kodiak
credentials to log in to edit the wiki and create your own page. Should you
need assistance, please let us know, we're happy to help you create the
wiki page. If needed, please send an email to help at nmc-probe.org
<help at nmc-probe.org> with the name of your project and a request for a wiki
page creation.Your assistance with the above two requests is greatly
appreciated and will help us plan for the future.Speaking about the
future... You may have noticed that the Kodiak node count is on a decline.
This is because machines are starting to fail after almost two years of use
in PRObE. The good news is that we are building two new machines to replace
Kodiak. "Nome" will have 512x 16-core nodes, 32GB RAM/node with DDR
infiniband and dual Ethernets. Nanek, will have 1176x 4-core nodes, 16GB
RAM/node and two Ethernet networks. We're hoping to have a majority of the
nodes in both machines available by the end of the summer, but nodes might
start to be available for testing earlier. We will keep you up to date!Now
for the fun part!Since we need the space that Kodiak is currently occupying
for the new machine, Kodiak will need to be decommissioned. As part of our
promise to the community, we will soon be soliciting ideas for how to
destructively test Kodiak and how to get useful information out of the
experiment. The best proposal will win, and will get dedicated time before
we shut the system down for good. Perhaps we should wrap the racks in
plastic wrap and see what happens when they overheat? We'll soon put out an
official request for proposals but wanted to give you something to think
about and look forward to!Thank you for your time and attention. We look
forward to hearing from you with your updates!*

*  - Andree*
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