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04/04/2016

Don't let ransomware disrupt or destroy your work

Ransomware is a category of malicious software that is becoming increasingly widespread.  It differs from other kinds of malicious software in that its primary purpose is to render the victim's data files unusable (typically by encrypting them) until a "ransom" in difficult-to-trace virtual currency such as Bitcoin is paid. Organizations all over the world, including hospitals, police departments, and universities, have fallen victim to ransomware attacks. Affected systems to date have included Windows workstations and servers, Macs, linux workstations and servers, unpatched wiki or blog software, Android phones, and any data volumes these devices are able to access (e.g., external hard drives, network drives or file servers).

For advice on how to protect yourself from ransomware, please visit http://imss.caltech.edu.

03/21/2016

Amazon Web Services event on April 13th

Save the date for an Amazon Web Services (AWS) event on Wednesday, April 13th from 9:30AM to 11:30 AM in Beckman Institute Auditorium. IMSS will be hosting representatives from AWS to speak about how to cost effectively add more compute resources. RSVP HERE

AWS SPOT: Cost Effectively Add More Compute Resources 

With Amazon Web Services (AWS), you can spin up EC2 compute capacity on demand with no upfront commitments. You can do this even more cost effectively by using Amazon EC2 Spot Instances to bid on spare Amazon EC2 computing capacity. This allows users to get 90% off on demand prices (often as little as 1c per core hour) and has helped them run very large scale workloads cost effectively. For example, at USC a computational chemist spun up 156,000 core in three days. Also, with the recent release of the Spot fleet API, a researcher or scientist can easily have access to some of the most cost effective compute capacity at a very large scale. Learn how to effectively use these tools for your research needs.

When: April 13, 9:30-11:30am.  (Option to schedule office hours afterwards to discuss your particular workload.)
Where: Beckman Institute Auditorium
 
Speaking:
John Lilley, IMSS Lead System Administrator, will talk about how he uses the Spot market for Caltech research workloads
Dmitry Pushkarev, CTO of EC2 Spot for AWS
Boyd McGeachie, EC2 Spot Business Development Manager
 
RSVP HERE

01/26/2016

February 1: Credit Cards Accepted for Dining and Store Purchases

Beginnning February 1 Chandler Café and the convenience store will be accepting credit cards. Café at Broad and the Red Door will be forthcoming. Stay tuned!

The following cards will be accepted:

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Discover
  • American Express

International cards will also be accepted, so long as they are Visa or Mastercard.

Charges under $25 will not require a signature.

12/22/2015

Are You Ready to Weather the Storms?

The forecasted El Niño is expected to bring plenty of wet weather and stormy conditions.  Over the next few months, an abundance of rain may produce flooding, mudslides and power outages throughout Southern California.

Now is the time to get yourself and your family prepared.

Visit Caltech's Emergency Preparedness Website for tips on how to prepare yourself and your family, register for city emergency alerts, and find out what resources are available in your community.

12/13/2015

Totem Contest

Totem—Caltech's literary and visual arts magazine—is having a contest! The deadline is January 8, 2016, and the contest theme is dreams (interpret how you would like). We are accepting all literary and visual art.

There will be two winners—one for visual, one for literary. Each winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card, as well as publication in Totem and The Tech.

This contest is separate from our general call for submissions for the magazine during third term. However, feel free to submit contest entries also to the magazine—we accept magazine submissions all year.

Entries from anyone affiliated with Caltech—students, faculty, staff, postdocs, alumni—are welcome.

Please send questions and submissions to totem@caltech.edu.

12/02/2015

Caltech Spirit Photo Contest

Keeping an Ion your Caltech spirit!

Submit a photo to show us your Caltech spirit—however you want to define it—and you might win a grab bag of Caltech-themed prizes. This contest will run from November 30 until end of day Monday, January 4.

The winning photo will be published in the January 11 issue of Ion Caltech.

  • Only Ion Caltech subscribers are eligible to participate.
  • Multiple submissions per person are welcome.
  • The contest will run until 5 p.m. January 4.
  • The winning name will be revealed in the January 11 newsletter.
  • The contest's winner will be determined by a judging panel.
 

10/04/2015

Call for Nominations: Richard P. Feynman Prize for Excellence in Teaching

The Feynman Prize is endowed through the generosity of Ione and Robert E. Paradise, with additional contributions from a local anonymous couple, to honor annually a professor who demonstrates, in the broadest sense, unusual ability, creativity, and innovation in undergraduate and graduate classroom or laboratory teaching. 

Nominations for the Feynman Teaching Prize are welcome from faculty, students, postdoctoral scholars, staff, and alumni.

Guidelines for the prize, as well as past recipients, can be found on the provost's website at http://provost.caltech.edu/FeynmanTeachingPrize/.

Please submit detailed nomination packages to the Provost's Office by December 15, 2015.

09/20/2015

IMSS Offer High Performance Cloud Computing Service

IMSS offers an affordable, on-demand High Performance Computing (HPC) service. This cloud-based service provides faculty and research groups the opportunity to run HPC simulations on an IMSS-supported platform without expending the resources required to build and maintain dedicated, physical HPC infrastructure.

On-demand HPC features include:

  • Access to 4000+ cores
  • Over 60 HPC applications installed (FEA, CFD, Life Sciences, Weather forecasting and more)
  • Non-virtualized "bare-metal" execution for optimal performance
  • Fast CPUs and GPUs

For more information, see https://www.imss.caltech.edu/help/hpc.

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