[web-team] feedback from SVLUG website

Joyce Cao Traugott joyce at TerraLuna.Org
Wed May 21 20:18:30 PDT 2003

Hi Jim,

I believe you can come to the meeting and do an announcement before the
meeting, but you need to confirm with the president or the officers of
the group first.  I am copying this to the officers list.


Jim Kostecka wrote:
> Dear SVLUG,
> Bruce Moxon, whom I believe uses your website resources frequently, is
> going to be teaching a class on Parallel and Distributed Computing for
> Bioinformatics (using Linux).  He recommended that I contact your
> organization to help get the word out about the class, which is
> scheduled to start July 1st at UCSC Extension.  Please let me know the
> best way to reach those members of your group who may be interested.
> For your review I have included the course information below.
> Thank you for your time and attention.  Any assistance you can provide
> will be greatly appreciated.
> Sincerely,
> Jim Kostecka
> Program Representative
> Bioinformatics Program
> UC Santa Cruz Extension
> (408) 861-3863
> ====================================
> U N I V E R S I T Y O F C A L I F O R N I A E X T E N S I O N , S A N T
> A C R U Z
> Parallel- and distributed-computing approaches have been instrumental in
> accelerating the rate of discovery in the fields of genomics and
> proteomics. Hundreds of thousands of hours of CPU time were used to
> assemble the human genome alone. This massive scale of computation would
> have been impossible just a few years ago. But recent advances in
> parallel and distributed computing and the availability of inexpensive
> supercomputer hardware
> have not only made these approaches possible, but have placed them at
> the heart of discovery in the post-genomic era.
> Meanwhile, new computational challenges have arisen that will dwarf the
> effort used to assemble the genome. High-profile biopharmaceutical
> companies employ massively parallel-instrumentation technologies,
> including microarrays, mass spectrometry, x-ray crystallography, and
> bead-labeling and detection systems that generate very large datasets
> (terabytes per day). More sophisticated computational models are
> continually being developed to explore and explain the interactions of
> proteins and their roles in cell metabolism. Contributing to the
> advancement of this science is the widespread availability of
> high-performance computing components. Cluster-computing solutions
> employing high-performance networks and scalable storage components can
> be built today through the ?click-and-order? of components from computer
> vendors? Web sites. However, effectively harnessing the resources of
> these Beowulf systems can remain a challenge for many organizations.
> This course explores the basic principles of parallel- and
> distributedcomputing systems, including shared- and distributed-memory
> architectures and programming approaches. Case studies illustrating how
> these systems are used effectively in bioinformatics applications are
> presented. In addition, a range of approaches developed recently,
> including distributed-component, Web services and shared-storage models
> are covered. Through structured laboratory activities and student
> projects, the theories presented are applied to real-world problems on
> current parallel- and distributed-computing hardware and software
> platforms.
> Prerequisite: Experience with UNIX/Linux or Windows development
> environments (including shell scripting and Perl); completion of
> ?Bioinformatics Tools, Databases, and Methods,? ?Introduction to
> Programming for Bioinformatics II? or similar work experience. Consent
> of the instructor is mandatory for students who have not completed the
> two prerequisite courses.
> REQUIRED TEXT: Beowulf Cluster Computing with Linux, Sterling, Thomas,
> MIT Press.
> X466.1 Computer Science (2)
> www.ucsc-extension.edu
> The Instructor
> BRUCE MOXON is a technology consultant specializing in the adoption and
> deployment of strategic information technologies in largescale
> information management and analysis solutions (an area he has termed
> ?high throughput
> computing?). He has successfully applied this approach to largescale
> gene-expression analysis, protein-function annotation and development of
> Perlegen Science?s 100+ TB human-genome-variation (SNP) repository. Mr.
> Moxon has worked with numerous high-profile commercial and
> biopharmaceutical clients, including IBM, Bank of America, NASA,
> Affymetrix, Celera Genomics, and Rosetta Inpharmatics, and is recognized
> as a technology thought leader by prominent industry executives.
> General Information
> Fee: $645 ($710 if registering after June 17).
> Location: UCSC Extension, Lab 139, 10420 Bubb Rd., Cupertino.
> Date: 9 meetings: Tuesdays, 6-8:30 pm, July 1-August 26.
> EDP 031X96 (use this EDP code to enroll)
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