SUG encompasses all OSC clients and receives direction from the SUG executive committee, a volunteer group composed of the Ohio university faculty who provide OSC's leadership with program and policy advice and direction to ensure a productive environment for research.
The conference featured a keynote address from Santosh Rao, senior technical director at NetApp, a hybrid Cloud data services and data management company. Santosh Rao is responsible for NetApp's Artificial Intelligence (AI) and data engineering products and solutions business. He works closely with the AI solution ecosystem across GPU, computer, software and channel partners, as well as customers worldwide.
"As NetApp is working across the industry, we are seeing the need for marketable skills that combine data science, algorithms, and the ability to take a fundamental approach around mission-critical skills and building out the ethics, the compliance, and the placeability aspects of the technology", Santosh Rao stated. "It is a pleasure and privilege to be here today because we can hopefully provide some parts that allow us to influence the programme as we go forward, knowing the next five years are going to be fundamental to how the technology rolls. The ability to produce graduates that have those marketable skills is going to be critical for the industry."
Breakout sessions provided the opportunity for OSC's hardware and software committees to meet and share ideas. Other sessions included updates on code optimization, containers, the client portal, and the OSC Campus Champions programme.
OSC Executive Director Dave Hudak addressed attendees and provided updates on the centre's direction. All the members of the OSC management team presented on client impact, service offerings, system updates and business details. Attendees also had a chance to provide constructive feedback and ask questions with experts in the room.
"The Statewide Users Group meeting is always an exciting opportunity to engage students and faculty", Dave Hudak stated. "We learn about the work they do and how OSC services help support their studies. Bringing the community together demonstrates the breadth of work on a range of areas, everything from analyzing hurricane storm surges to designing new materials."
SUG's popular poster and flash talk competitions took place in the afternoon. Participants presented nine flash talks and 17 posters, competing for a first-place prize of 5,000 resource units of time on OSC systems and a second-place prize of 2,500 resource units. All flash talk and poster competitors received 1000 resource units.
The flash talks provided SUG students and investigators with a chance to highlight current research that OSC's clients are doing at their home universities. For students, this is an opportunity to practice speaking in front of an audience, as they are judged by their peers and other conference attendees. The Ohio State University's Arif Hussain won the flash talk competition for his presentation titled "Sweeping Jet Film Cooling and Impingement Cooling for Gas Turbine Heat Transfer Application".
Taking the runner-up position, also from Ohio State, was Alexandria Volkening with "Forecasting Elections with Mathematical Models of Contagion Spread".
The poster competitors display their research and results on paper, while attendees have an opportunity to engage them in person about their research. Zhiping Zhong from the Ohio State University won first place with his poster, titled "Viruses Potentially Enhance Hosts Cold- and Salt-Tolerance". Second place went to the Ohio State University's Harper McMinn-Sauder for a poster titled "Measuring Honey Bee Utilization of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Pollinator Plantings Using DNA Metabarcoding".
The next SUG conference will take place October 17, 2019.