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We hope that everyone enjoyed their holiday breaks! Our team sure enjoyed a few days of time with friends and family while welcoming the new year! Our transition to SDSC completed last month with only a few more adjustments to finalize this month. We moved 20 hubs including 82 host services. We would like to thank everyone for their patience through this process and look forward to returning to work regarding some big projects that are underway. 

We are excited to begin 2020 and wish everyone a Happy New Year! 

American Association for Thoracic Surgery Adopts HUBzero® Cloud Platform


AATS Quality Assessment Program Uses SDSC’s Cyberinfrastructure Technology

The American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) has adopted an open-source, cloud-based platform led out of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) that addresses widely recognized challenges with historical platforms throughout the cardiothoracic surgical community. 

Built on the HUBzero software, the new AATS Quality Assessment Platform is a single science gateway that includes customizable dashboards and advanced data visualization while providing hospitals and physicians with unfettered access to their data and the ability to share best practices via online collaborations. 

The international AATS Quality Assessment Platform addresses the need not only for quality monitoring and quality improvement at each site, but for specialty-wide dissemination of data and for analyses and research publications to advance the field of thoracic surgery. The new AATS platform includes risk adjustment models using machine learning techniques developed in collaboration with SDSC, an Organized Research Unit of the University of California San Diego. 

“We have been planning with the AATS for 12 months to develop a real-time, collaborative analytics platform for all their specialties, including adult cardiac, thoracic, and congenital, with the goal of delivering significant improvements across the board, notably improved patient care,” said Michael Zentner, the director of HUBzero who joined SDSC as director of sustainable scientific software in June 2019 following nine years with Purdue University, where he was an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Purdue Foundry and a senior research scientist.

The ever-increasing burden of data collection for surgery outcomes reporting has become financially unsustainable for many institutions. Data collection times for the AATS quality dataset will be reduced significantly. “The use of fewer fields identified as key information for quality improvement will help efficiently capture current data from existing systems and reduce the time it takes to enter data,” said Zentner. The vision for the AATS Quality Assurance Platform was recently presented at the AATS 99th Annual Meeting and further illustrated in The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery ( Zentner adds “A significant reduction in center participation costs while providing 24-hour ability for physicians to access their own data as well as aggregated national and international data is a significant value-added proposition to the profession.”

More information about the new AATS platform can be found here.

Media Contact:  Jan Zverina, SDSC Communications, 858 534-5111 or


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PEARC20 Call for Participation

July 26-30, 2020 | Portland, OR

The Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing (PEARC) Conference Series is a community-driven effort built on the successes of the past, with the aim to grow and be more inclusive by involving additional local, regional, national, and international cyberinfrastructure and research computing partners spanning academia, government and industry. The PEARC Conferences are organized by a group of dedicated volunteers from the community and are sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society. This is an excellent conference for hub communities to submit papers and posters regarding the work you have completed or developing in 2020. Panels, Birds of a Feather Sessions, Visualization Theater, and other submission types are also accepted by the PEARC20 Program Committee. 

Key dates:

  • January
    • January 22nd: Tutorial submissions due
    • January 22nd: Workshop submissions due
  • February: 
    • February 17th: Technical track full paper submissions due
    • February 17th: Lightning Talk Abstracts submissions due
    • February 24th: Student technical track full paper submissions due
  • April
    • April 24th: Poster submissions due 
    • April 24th: Student posters submissions due 
  • May
    • May 1st: Panel submissions due
    • May 1st: Birds of a Feather (BOF) submissions due
    • May 1st: Viz Showcase submissions due
    • May 15th: All camera-ready submissions due 
Technical Tracks:
  • Advanced research computing environments – systems and system software
  • Application software, support, and outcomes
  • People involved in research computing: workforce development, diversity, and professionalization
  • Trending now – machine learning and artificial intelligence


This yearʻs theme, “Catch the Wave,” embodies the spirit of the community’s drive to stay on pace and in front of all the new waves in technology, analytics, and a globally connected and diverse workforce. Scientific discovery and innovation require a robust, innovative and resilient cyberinfrastructure to support the critical research required to address world challenges in climate change, population, health, energy, and environment. PEARC20 brings together community thought leaders, CI professionals, and students to learn, share ideas and craft the infrastructure of the future. We hope to see several hubs represented there this year!

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