Esri Science pre-UC News

07-06-2017 05:15 PM
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Esri Science pre-UC news items:

(1) You can download a separate copy of the Esri UC Q&A item: “How is Esri advancing geographic science?” on Box at .

(2) We have over 700 RSVPed for the Esri Science Symposium on Tuesday of UC. Even if you didn’t get a chance to RSVP, you can still come at any time, especially for the beer and networking at the end. There should be enough seating in SDCC Ballroom 20A. The networking reception at 5:00-6:00, will be at the SDCC Center Terrace, outside and to the LEFT of Ballroom 20, overlooking San Diego Bay.

(3) Thanks to @[Steve Kopp] for the item below:

Regarding ArcGIS on the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE; i.e., supercomputers): the licensing for this is figured out now and plans are moving forward with allowing research and education use of ArcGIS on the NSF XSEDE supercomputer system. Final details are getting worked through and there will be a formal press release in a month or so.

If you are someone from research or academia who wants to run something really big (geoanalytics, raster analytics, geoevent), there is now a place you can do this FOR FREE, and you can run as many ArcGIS processes as you want, again, FOR FREE.

If interested and want to know more, contact Eric Shook at Univ of Minnesota  He is the GIS domain lead for XSEDE and the primary person we are coordinating through. He can help them understand XSEDE qualification requirements and how to apply for an allocation.

Esri and XSEDE will collaborate to set up ArcGIS Enterprise with big data extensions with a Jupyter sandbox later this summer where XSEDE users can easily play and get started. For those who want to run specific or larger projects they will also be able to configure and manage their own cluster.

Background: XSEDE is the eXtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment, the NSF funded collection of research supercomputer centers in the US. Their hardware includes supercomputers running special OS and middleware, as well as large windows clusters for cloud configuration, including JetStream, which has over 15,000 cores and 80Tb of RAM.

Good luck at UC!

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Dawn was appointed Chief Scientist of Esri in October 2011 after 17 years as a professor of geography and oceanography at Oregon State University. As Esri Chief Scientist, she reports directly to Esri CEO Jack Dangermond with a mission to strengthen the scientific foundation for Esri software and services, while representing Esri to the national and international scientific community. Dawn maintains an affiliated faculty appointment as Professor of Geography and Oceanography at Oregon State. Follow her on Twitter @deepseadawn. More info. also at and