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.
Caltech prohibits the use, possession and storage of hoverboards, hands-free segways, and self-balancing scooters (collectively "hoverboards") on campus and in campus-owned or controlled buildings.
When safety standards can be developed and implemented by the manufacturers, this prohibition will be revisited.
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.
Caltech Human Resources is once again sponsoring the annual Adopt an Angel Program, which provides holiday gifts for children of poverty-level families in the San Gabriel Valley area.
Come to the Human Resources office between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. to pick up a decorated paper angel bearing the name of a needy child, along with his or her special wish list, age, clothing size, and interests.
Unwrapped gifts with the paper angel attached should be delivered to the Human Resources office by Friday, December 11.
The Angel Program is affiliated with the Foothill Unity Center, a nonprofit organization that provides critical support in the form of food, clothing, motel vouchers, referrals, and advocacy for people in crisis who reside in the San Gabriel Valley area.
For more information, contact Diane Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or 626-395-8055.
United Way is a nonprofit organization that creates pathways out of poverty to improve the quality of life for all in Los Angeles County.
By electing to donate, you can choose to support the following Caltech affiliates or designate an agency of your choice:
We also encourage you to explore how contributing to the United Way's "Creating Pathways Out of Poverty" fund can help those in need.
Pledge online by going to www.access.caltech.edu and clicking on "United Way"
If you need assistance with pledging or want to know the name of your department/division United Way Ambassador, email Amy Click or call (626) 395-1745.
This year's annual benefits enrollment will be from October 26 to November 13.
Please come to the annual Benefits Fair on October 28 from 8:30am to 3:00pm to get your flu shot and learn about the 2016 benefit plans we are offering to help you stay physically and financially well.
Information will be posted on the Benefits website.
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.