A NATURAL HAZARDS ENGINEERING RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE (NHERI)

Frequently Asked
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An expanding collection of the most frequently asked questions.


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Users and Accounts  

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Q: Who can be a DesignSafe User?
A: The DesignSafe infrastructure will provide a comprehensive environment for experimental, theoretical, and computational engineering and science, providing a place not only to steward data from its creation through archive, but also the workspace in which to understand, analyze, collaborate and publish that data. Anyone with research interests in this area should become a DesignSafe User.

Q: How do I get a DesignSafe Account?
A: It's easy to register and obtain a DesignSafe Account. Simply fill out and submit the registration form, follow the instructions in the email you will receive to confirm your account, and then login to DesignSafe.

Q: Why should I get a DesignSafe Account?
A: Researchers will want a DesignSafe Account in order to access the research infrastructure - you can store your data in the Data Depot and you can run simulations, analyze, and visualize your data in the Discovery Workspace.


Training  

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Q: Does DesignSafe provide training on how to use the Data Depot and the applications in the Discovery Workspace?
A: Upcoming training opportunities are posted in the DesignSafe Learning Center. Webinars on a variety of topics are recorded and made available online, and we have additional user support videos and documentation as well.

Q: Are training webinars recorded and available to view online?
A: Webinars on a variety of topics are recorded and made available online, and we have additional user support videos and documentation as well.


Data Depot  

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Q: What types of data can I upload to the Data Depot?
A: There are no restrictions on the type of you can upload to your My Data in the Data Depot. Whatever data you need to perform your research activities is welcomed and encouraged!

Q: How much data can I upload to the Data Depot?
A: Data storage is allocated by the gigabyte-year on a per user basis. Allocation limits are as follows:

  • Base Allocation: 50 GB
  • Startup Allocation: up to 1 TB
  • Educational Allocation: up to 1 TB
  • Research Allocation: 100 TB (negotiable)
  • Additional Allocation: XSEDE or Purchase $100/TB/year

Q: How can I upload data from my laptop to My Data in the Data Depot?
A: There are a few different ways to upload data from your laptop:

  • Drag-and-drop
  • Browse and select
  • Connect to your favorite cloud storage provider. We currently support integration with Box.com, and will be adding support for Google Drive, Dropbox and others.

Q: What is My Projects?
A: My Projects is where you can create a project and add collaborators, all of whom have access to the files and folders uploaded into the Project.  You do not need to be the PI to create the project, so EF facilities who would like to create projects for their users may do so.  You may change the name of the Project, so if the team wants to change the name at some point, they may do so. There are still many features to be added to the Projects interface, including linking the My Projects files with the Discovery Workspace, implementation of the data models, and the deployment of a publication pipeline, but this is an important step towards providing the research community with a shared workspace that supports their work.

Q: How do I connect to Box.com, Dropbox or Google Drive?
A: You can connect to Cloud Storage Providers in your Account Profile. We currently support integration with Box.com, and will be adding support for Google Drive, Dropbox and others.

Q: Where can I find the NEES Public Data that was available in the NEEShub?
A: The Data Depot holds the NEES Public Data and as projects under the new NSF Engineering for Natural Hazards (ENH) Program are completed, curated, and given a DOI those will be hosted here as well. The DOI's for the NEES Public Data resolve to the Data Depot.


Discovery Workspace  

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Q: I don't see the application I need in the Discovery Workspace. How can I get my application added?
A: Submit a ticket and we will work with you to add your application to the Discovery Workspace. We can make your application available privately to you, or if it's a widely used code we can make it publicly available to all users.


Experimental Facilities  

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Q: What Experimental Facilities are available to the natural hazards engineering community?
A: You can explore the NSF NHERI Program Experimental Facilities on our website. Research instruments at the facilities include wind tunnels, shake tables, centrifuges, wave pools, and mobile shaker trucks.

Q: How can I learn more about the research capabilities and how to gain access to the Experimental Facilities?
A: Each facility hosts workshops to provide prospective users with the knowledge of a facility's capabilities and discuss details toward developing research proposals, such as to the NSF Engineering for Natural Hazards Program.


MATLAB  

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Q: Do I need to provide my own license to run MATLAB?
A: No, you don’t need to provide your own license to run MATLAB in the Discovery Workspace. Our license with MathWorks allows for academic use and you can be from any academic institution. We have a process whereby you request access to MATLAB and we then verify you are an academic user prior to adding you to the license. Simply click on MATLAB in the Discovery Workspace to start the process of requesting access.

Q: Who can use MATLAB on DesignSafe?
A: Our license with MathWorks allows for academic use and you can be from any academic institution. We have a process whereby you request access to MATLAB and we then verify you are an academic user prior to adding you to the license. Simply click on MATLAB in the Discovery Workspace to start the process of requesting access.

Q: Why won’t my MATLAB job start and it gets stuck at Staging Inputs?
A: If you are starting up with a folder that has a large number of files and/or a significant number of MB’s, the startup may take too long and time out. Try opening MATLAB with an empty or smaller folder and then once in MATLAB you can switch directories.

Q: Where did my MATLAB job output go?
A: If you do not specify a location, the default output is shown in the grayed out text in the Job Output Archive Location field in the job submission form, which is your My Data/Archive/Jobs/YYYY-MO-DD/JobName folder.


Jupyter  

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Q: What is Jupyter?
A: The Jupyter Notebook is a web application that allows you to create and share documents that contain live code, equations, visualizations and explanatory text. A more detailed description including a list of more than 40 supported programming languages can be found on the Jupyter website.

Q: What do people do with Jupyter?
A: Many people use Jupyter in a similar fashion as they use MATLAB to analyze and plot their data. We will be sharing example Jupyter Notebooks soon that you can copy into your My Data and customize for your research. We also provide Jupyter training.


OpenSees  

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Q: What research is enabled by OpenSees?
A: The Open System for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (OpenSees) is a software framework for simulating the seismic response of structural and geotechnical systems.
A more detailed description can be found on the OpenSees website.

Q: What versions of OpenSees are available on DesignSafe?
A: OpenSeesMP and OpenSeesSP are both available in the Discovery Workspace and use TACC’s HPC resources. These are recommended for longer-running jobs. OpenSees Express performs analysis using a single tcl script, and runs on a virtual machine instead of an HPC system to avoid queue time.

Q: What is OpenSees Express?
A: OpenSees Express performs analysis using a single tcl script, and runs on a virtual machine instead of an HPC system to avoid queue time.

Q: Where did my OpenSees job output go?
A: If you do not specify a location, the default output is shown in the grayed out text in the Job Output Archive Location field in the job submission form, which is your My Data/Archive/Jobs/YYYY-MO-DD/JobName folder.


ADCIRC  

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Q: What research is enabled by ADCIRC?
A: ADCIRC is a system of computer programs for solving time dependent, free surface circulation and transport problems in two and three dimensions. These programs utilize the finite element method in space allowing the use of highly flexible, unstructured grids. Typical ADCIRC applications have included:

  • prediction of storm surge and flooding
  • modeling tides and wind driven circulation
  • larval transport studies
  • near shore marine operations
  • dredging feasibility and material disposal studies

A more detailed description can be found on the ADCIRC website.

Q: Where did my ADCIRC job output go?
A: If you do not specify a location, the default output is shown in the grayed out text in the Job Output Archive Location field in the job submission form, which is your My Data/Archive/Jobs/YYYY-MO-DD/JobName folder.


OpenFOAM  

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Q: What research is enabled by OpenFOAM?
A: OpenFOAM has an extensive range of features to solve anything from complex fluid flows involving chemical reactions, turbulence and heat transfer, to acoustics, solid mechanics and electromagnetics.

A more detailed description can be found on the OpenFOAM website.

Q: Where did my OpenFOAM job output go?
A: If you do not specify a location, the default output is shown in the grayed out text in the Job Output Archive Location field in the job submission form, which is your My Data/Archive/Jobs/YYYY-MO-DD/JobName folder.


ParaView  

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Q: What data analysis and visualization capabilities are enabled by ParaView?
A: ParaView is an open-source data analysis and visualization application. ParaView users can quickly build visualizations to analyze their data using qualitative and quantitative techniques.

A more detailed description can be found on the ParaView website.

Q: Where did my ParaView job output go?
A: If you do not specify a location, the default output is shown in the grayed out text in the Job Output Archive Location field in the job submission form, which is your My Data/Archive/Jobs/YYYY-MO-DD/JobName folder.