The Scientific Computing Student Club (SC2) is a new student organization at the University of Michigan. Our membership includes students and postdocs from many disciplines and interests, but we are united in our common problems and sometimes solutions in the broader science that is scientific computing.

Want to Join?

All of the UM community involved in scientific computing is welcome. MICDE affiliation is not required.

MEMBERSHIP: If you are a student or postdoc, you can join by filling out this form. You need to be logged in your umich account. You will automatically be added to the SC2 forum.

NEWS and FORUM: If you are a faculty member or staff that would like to receive information about the club’s activities, or to join the SC2 forum, please fill this form. If you are a student who would like to use the forum without joining the club use this form as well.

Terms and conditions.

CONTRIBUTING GROUPS: If you would like for your research group to be a Contributing Research Group for the Scientific Computing Student Club, please fill out this form.

SC2 Forum

We are still using the google forum scsquareforum@googlegroups.com, but we started testing the new forum on out site. We will keep posting updates. Please join and help us improve!

Do you have a question about FLUX? Do you need help with an error in your code? Or would you like to help answering this kind of questions? These and many other coding questions will be the focus of the SC2 forum. You can start a conversation about your topic with other club members and ARC-TS personnel.

If you are not a member of the SC2 but would like to participate, please register here  (You need to be logged into your umich account).

SC2 Goals

  • Develop a community across disciplines that fosters collaboration and peer support for scientific computing
  • Promote the best practices and standards relating to scientific computing
  • Teach and learn about computing resources, languages and environments available at the University of Michigan and at major computing resources
  • Aid in the creation and sharing of open-source projects
  • Provide a forum for the sharing of the computational triumphs of members research as well as potentially helpful developments and information learned along the way

People

Eric Harper
President
Ph.D. Candidate, Material Sciences and Engineering

Jason Luce
Vice-President
Ph.D. Candidate, Material Sciences and Engineering

Chrisy Xiyu Du
Secretary/Treasurer
Ph.D. Candidate, Physics

Events

All our events, and other related activities are in our EVENT CALENDAR

 [SC2] Launching of 2017 Visualization Challenge + Presentation: Simple Data Management with signac

Thur., Feb. 2, 2017, 4:30 p.m.
1311 EECS (1301 Beal Ave.)
The SC2, partnered with the U-M 3D Lab, MICDE and ARC-TS, will officially launch the first Student Visualization Challenge aimed for students to use the latest visualization tools and technology to show their research data in creative ways. More information, including deadlines and prizes, will be posted here soon.

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Simon Adorf (PhD Candidate, Chem. Eng.) will give a presentation about “Simple Data Management with signac” he’s been working on.

 

[SC2] 3D Lab Tour

Thurs., Feb. 16, 2017 @ 5:00 p.m.
Digital Media Commons, Duderstadt Center (2281 Bonisteel Blvd)

The 3D Lab will give a brief tour and presentation of the 3D visualization resources available to students and all researchers at U-M. Space is limited to 20 people, so register here

We’ll meet in the Central Collaboration Area at the center of the ground floor.

 

[SC2/MICDE] Joint Seminar: Eric Jankowski, Assistant Professor of Material Science and Engineering, Boise State University

Wed., March 8, 2017 @ 2:00 p.m.
2540 GG Brown (2350 Hayward St.)

Abstract: To come

Past Events

[SC2] Scientific Computing Student Club – Elections and Protocat presentation

Tue., Dec. 6, 2016, 6:00 p.m. EECS 1003

We are having elections next Tuesday! Please consider running for a position (all are available) and attending. We will have food and drinks.

We will also be having a talk from the Biological Software Team. They compete at the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Jamboree with over 300 teams from 54 countries. Last year they won a gold medal, and the prize for Best Software Project, and they would like to involve more people and get support in the development of their software for next year’s competition.

  • Please feel free to contact any of the officers if you have questions about the officer positions, etc.

[SC2] Visualizing the Zombie Apocalypse: sharing/publishing your data interactively

Tue., Nov. 22, 2016

While static journal articles may still be the most effective academic currency today, pdfs or even slide decks are far from the most effective way to share your data and results. Allowing your audience to interact with you data provides a more meaningful way to communicate and provide your audience with understanding. At this meeting we will cover some examples of interactivity using github.io.

SC2 DEMO: Visualization on remote resources

Tuesday, Oct. 25 @ West Hall 340

One of the advantages of scientific computing research is the ability to use powerful supercomputers from the convenience of your home computer, laptop, tablet, or even phone! In the next SC2 meeting club members will be demonstrating how you can use these remote resources to run and visualize simulations. Additionally, we will be demonstrating the “scientific python” stack (Python, NumPy, Scipy) to duplicate MATLAB functionality with free, open source software.

Here are some of the resources we talked about:

Example Notebooks

The Jupyter Notebooks used in the presentation are available on our club’s bitbucket repository. If you haven’t been added, please create an account and send Eric Harper an email asking to be added.

Data Visualization

Python plotting libraries:

  1. matplotlib: widely used and widely applicable, great for creating publication-quality images, a little slow for interactive visualization
  2. bokeh: newer visualization library, very useful for interactive data exploration and visualization. Not quite ready for publication quality images, but under active development (consider contributing if you’d like)
  3. Seaborn: Wraps matplotlib for more useful out-of-the-box visualization
  4. plot.ly: Multi-language plotting library (python is open-source and free).

SC2 High Performance Computing resources available to U-M students

Tuesday, Oct. 11 @ EECS 1003

Did you know that U-M has a high capacity, secure research storage and a free data science cluster? Did you know that XSEDE is a free scientific discovery infrastructure funded by NSF and available to anyone that needs it? Brock Palen, Associate Director of Advanced Research Computing-Technology Services, joined us to talk about these and all the high performance computing (HPC) resources available to U-M graduate and undergraduate students. A summary of his presentation is here.

SC2 Fall 2016 First Meeting

September 9, 2016 @ 6:00 p.m.
Met the SC2 officers and talked about our current goals. Slides here

 XSEDE Summer Boot Camp, hosted by SC2

June 14-17,  Duderstadt Center
XSEDE, along with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center will be presented a Hybrid Computing workshop.

Read more…

2016 MICDE Annual Symposium

The Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery & Engineering 2016 Symposium, its biggest event of the year, took place on April 7, 2016 in the Rackham Building. For more information, visit the Symposium page.

[SC2] Seminar: Next Generation HPC? What Spark, TensorFlow, and Chapel are teaching us about large-scale numerical computing

Tue., March 22, 2016

For years, the academic science and engineering community was almost alone in pursuing very large-scale numerical computing, and MPI – the 1990s-era message passing library – was the lingua franca for such work. But starting in the mid-2000s, others became interesting in large-scale computing on data.

Read more…

Flux Facility Tour

Thur., March 10, 2016

Are you curious about all those nodes and cores you use on a daily basis? Where are they located, how are they connected or how much energy they require? Advance Research Computing – Technology Services is hosting the SC2 for a guided tour of the facility that houses Flux and other U-M computer infrastructure.

MSC Software’s Engineering Simulation Software

Thur., February 24, 2016

MSC Software, started in 1963, is one of the oldest simulation software companies. It has an office in Ann Arbor where they develop their Adams software for the simulation of nonlinear multibody dynamics systems.

As part of the Scientific Computing Student Club activities, MSC Software representatives will be coming to campus to showcase some of their simulation tools, and talk about opportunities for summer and semester internships.

Learn more about MSC Software and its products by visiting www.mscsoftware.com

SC2 Elections and, why not? watch an episode of Silicon Valley over popcorn
Tue., February 9, 2016

SC2 Kick-off Event at Arbor Brewing Company
Fri., February 5, 2016

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