PIs: Willeke Wendrich (Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA) and Ulrike Fauerbach (German Archaeological Institute Cairo)
The AEGARON (Ancient Egyptian Architecture Online) team is working to develop and publish high-quality plans and architectural drawings of ancient Egyptian buildings. Jointly funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (NEH-DFG), the project is a collaboration between UCLA and the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut Abteilung Kairo (DAIK). IDRE contact: Yoh Kawano. Project participants: Steven Davison (UCLA Digital Library Program), Chris Patterson (OIT Web Team), and [add others as desired]. Project website.
PI: Yoh Kawano (IDRE)
Bishamon is a collaborative project between Niigata University, Japan, and UCLA. Working with the communities affected by the 2011 Nuclear explosion in Fukushima, the project aims to measure radiation levels in an effort to inform citizens on the impact that the disaster has had, and continues to have on their lives. IDRE contact: Yoh Kawano. Project website.
Development of Particle-in-Cell Algorithms for Advanced Computer Architectures
PI: Viktor Decyk (Physics, IDRE)
Design of a general algorithm for Particle-in-Cell (PIC) codes to run effectively on a variety of new computer architectures including multi-core processors, Cell processors, and graphical processing units (GPUs). The first test will be an implementation on GPUs. IDRE contact: Viktor Decyk. Project website.
Bridging Campus Resources via GENI and OpenFlow
PI: Jim Davis (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
This project is establishing a live OpenFlow test bed on the UCLA campus in order to allow researchers in different disciplines to run experiments requiring high volume data exchange, intense processing, and/or seamless mobility. This project, funded by the NSF Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) program, focuses on the testing of (1) an OpenFlow architecture that allows customized management of information flows without impacting the performance of existing networks, and (2) flexible support of mobile users. Demonstrations of the OpenFlow test bed is being conducted on three applications: “Big Data” processing at various medical research centers, high speed, reliable connections to vehicles through Wi-Fi and Wi-MAX networks, and real-time exchanges of data in Smart Manufacturing (SM) systems. IDRE and OIT will be conducting the demonstrations and providing campus wide coordination with direct involvement of UCLA’s campus infrastructure services organization. IDRE contact: Lisa Snyder
PI: Todd Presner (Germanic Languages)
HyperCities is a collaborative research and educational platform for traveling back in time to explore the historical layers of city spaces in an interactive, hypermedia environment. This multi-disciplinary project showcases research from scholars around the world drawn by the platform’s ability to combine academic argument with primary and secondary resources in a spatially correct geo-temporal framework. IDRE contact: Yoh Kawano. Project participants: David Shepard (Center for Digital Humanities), Jan Reiff (History and Statistics), and [add others as desired]. Project website.
Virtual Computing Laboratory (2011)
A pilot project to deploy a cloud storage service using the open source OpenStack/swift software package. If moved into production, users would be able to upload and download data in and out of the storage unit from anywhere where network connection is available. IDRE contact: Prakashan Korambath
Scalable Storage Service Enabling Data Exploration and Management (2011)
A pilot project to develop a web-based interface to facilitate managing scientific simulation data sets. In addition to uploading, downloading and sharing data, the focus was on enabling on-line data exploration and manipulations, tailored to specific research and education needs. The system included a companion version control hosting service. IDRE contact: Shao – Ching Huang
Compostela Reconstruction (2005-2013)
PI: John Dagenais (Spanish and Portuguese)
Santiago de Compostela is one of the great pilgrimage basilicas of Europe. This computer reconstruction project shows the building as it appeared when dedicated by Bishop Pedro Muñoz on April 3, 1211 A.D. In addition to restoring the architecture of the cathedral and placing it within an urban simulation of the town, the project also offers a reconstruction of the songs and sounds typically heard in the building in the thirteenth century. IDRE contact: Lisa M. Snyder. Project participants: John Williams (University of Pittsburgh), Jose Suárez Otero (Xunta de Galicia, Spain), and Diane Favro (Architecture and Urban Design, Director of UCLA’s Experiential Technologies Center). Related links: A video of the 2011 Metropolitan Museum of Art program Celebrating the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, and the project page on the ETC website.
Development of a Scientific Workflow using Kepler Software to Design Enzymes for Reaction Catalysts in Protein Engineering (2009)
In protein engineering, scientists have successfully designed new enzymes for reactions not catalyzed by naturally occurring biocatalysts. The design process is, however, computationally intensive. This pilot project tested an implementation of a Kepler workflow software that allowed synchronization of the design process, the ability to distribute the job to multiple computational resources through UC Grid, and a reduction of the time required for future design processes from three years to three months. IDRE contact: Prakashan Korambath. Project participants: Jianwu Wang (Scientific Workflow Automation Technologies (SWAT) Laboratory, SDSC), Kendall Houk (Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry, UCLA), Seonah Kim (Post Doc, Chemistry & Biochemistry, UCLA), Scott Johnson (Graduate Student, Chemistry & Biochemistry, UCLA), Kejian Jin (IDRE), Ilkay Altinas (SWAT, SDSC), and Shava Smallen (SDSC). Related publications: Proceedings of the International Conference on Computational Science, ICCS 2010, Amsterdam, May 31-June 2, 2010 and Facilitating E-Science Discovery Using Scientific Workflows on the Grid. In X. Yang, L.Wang, W. Jie (eds), Guide to e-Science: Next Generation Scientific Research and Discovery.
Use of Cloud Computing Resources in an HPC Environment (2009)
Investigation into use of configurable and scalable virtual networks for high-performance computing. Long-term use scenarios for cloud resources include applications for extending the existing UC Grid without building out additional IT infrastructure and linking the national supercomputing centers to provide a true on-demand HPC cloud environment. IDRE contacts: Lisa Snyder and Prakashan Korambath. Related publications: A Physical and Virtual Compute Cluster Resource Load Balancing Approach to Data-Parallel Scientific Workflow Scheduling
Development of a Scalable Computational Tool for Simulation of Biomedical Flows with Complex Geometries (2009)
PI: Jeff D. Eldredge (Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering)
Implementation of a scalable algorithm for massively-parallel simulations of biomedical flow systems involving complex geometry. Designed to facilitate the construction of the computational mesh by ‘immersing’ the geometry in a Cartesian mesh and utilizing distributed forcing functions to transfer information between mesh and geometry, the study focuses on the analysis of a vitreous cutter, a biomedical device used to extract the fluid in the eyeball during eye surgery. IDRE contact: Shao-Ching Huang.
Envisioning Climate with the UCLA Hydra Visualization Cluster (2009)
PI: Alex Hall (Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
Use of the UCLA Hydra Visualization Cluster for the analysis of high-resolution regional earth system models to study climate and the evolution of climate under anthropogenic forcing. The resultant interactive visualization of the climate data on the Hydra cluster will allow greater depth of data analysis and include optional layers of related variables such as atmospheric winds, ocean currents, and marine biological productivity. IDRE contact: Scott Friedman.
Exact Many-Electron Simulation Method for Bond-Breaking Reactions in Liquids (2007)
PI: Benjamin J. Schwartz (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
Research to solve eigenvalue problem for a Sparse Matrix using Implicitly Restarted Lancoz Method to exact many-electron simulation method for bond-breaking reactions in liquids. IDRE contact: Prakashan Korambath. Project participants: William J. Glover (Student, Chemistry & Biochemistry)
High-Performance Image Processing for Cryo-Electron Microscopy (2007)
Peformance analysis and optimization to increase computing speed by performing FFT on the GPU for fast image processing and reconstruction utilizing the GPU. IDRE contacts: Scott Friedman and Shao-Ching Huang. Project faculty: Z. Hong Zhou (Director, Electron Imaging Center for NanoMachines (EICN), Professor, Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics) and Xhark Zhang (EICN, CNSI, and MIMG).
Evolution of our Solar System (2006)
PI: Brad Hansen (Astrophysics)
Implementation of an 80-core cluster in the IDRE data center to research white dwarfs, extrasolar planets, neutron stars, and black holes in an effort to determine how our own solar system may have evolved. Funded in part with a grant from the Sloan Foundation. Project participants: Steve Berukoff and Elliot Koch (Students, Astrophysics)
Digital Roman Forum (2005)
PIs: Diane Favro (Architecture and Urban Design) and Bernard Frischer (Classics)
The Digital Roman Forum project was one of the first at UCLA to explore the potential of new computing technologies for the study of the ancient world. Beginning in 1997, co-principal investigators Diane Favro and Bernard Frischer (now at UVA) worked with student modelers and teams of scholars to develop a digital model of the Roman Forum as it appeared in late antiquity. With support from the National Science Foundation, the Digital Roman Forum website was launched in 2005 to share the results of this academic project with the public. IDRE contact: Lisa M. Snyder.