Chameleon Changelog for May 2021

Dear Chameleon users,

Just a quick update from us, as we are hard at work researching which portable air conditioner to buy, err, I mean, prepping for the installation of a lot of fancy new hardware for you as part of Chameleon's next phase of operations.

Tell us about your publications on Chameleon! On the Chameleon user portal you can now use the Publications dashboard to upload citation information for any publications you've utilized Chameleon resources for. When requesting renewal or recharge of the allocations, we may ask you to upload this list, so keeping it up to date now can save you time later! To help you out, we added a few things this month. You can now edit or remove publications you've previously submitted, and additionally have added support for all regular BibTex publication types (go here if you're curious about what type applies to your publication.)

Chameleon on the Edge: Early User period starting this month. We are hard at work on bringing edge and IoT capabilities to the testbed in a variety of forms and will start the Early User period this month with a couple of introductory webinars. We've created an “edgy users” mailing list that you can join to follow the latest developments and announcements, get support for these preview capabilities, and generally share knowledge with your fellow researchers in the IoT and edge fields -- we hope to see many of you there! 

Chameleon User Survey. As part of Phase 3 we’re looking to improve the Chameleon experience and make the system generally better over the next 4 years. This is your chance to guide hardware purchases, influence Chameleon capabilities and change priorities in our roadmap. To help us with this effort, we would like to invite you to take this 10-15 minute survey, and share your experiences, desires, pain points and anything else to help us build a better Chameleon for you! The survey will be open till the end of June. 

Chameleon is participating in the SuperComputing '21 Reproducibility Initiative. We'd like to draw your attention to the SC21 reproducibility initiative, which encourages and rewards researchers who are able to "package" their experiments as reproducible artifacts. As users of Chameleon, you can use Jupyter and the Trovi sharing portal to package your experiment setup, as well as the execution of the experiment. For an example, see this reproducible experiment for the LinnOS storage system (and learn more from this case study previously published on our blog.) There is an upcoming webinar demonstrating these capabilities, which you can get more information about from the SC'21 site.

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