VSCSE Summer Courses: HPC Performance Tuning (Aug. 17-21) and Science Visualization (Aug. 24-25)

Supercomputing for Everyone Series: Performance Tuning Summer School, Aug. 17-21, 

For detailed information on this course, please see: Supercomputing for Everyone and Indiana University .

Learn how to analyze and improve the performance of scientific applications on high performance computing systems.

Class topics:

  • Motivating the need for performance considerations.
  • Establishing a common performance vocabulary.
  • Learning standard situations and parameters.
  • Getting to know the tools that provide insight.
  • Establishing a higher throughput of experiments.
  • Running bigger experiments.

VSCSE Science Visualization, Aug. 24-25

This two-day training covers all aspects of visualizing data from a broad variety of domains. The training kicks off with an introduction to visualization followed by best practices when dealing with diverse data (abstract and spatial), demonstrating a variety of methods and techniques on those data sets and demonstrating a range of freely available software. Real world problems for which visualization is needed will be demonstrated and attendees will be taken through the process of visualizing this data and gaining insight. Presented by TACC. On-site attendance and registration is available at https://portal.xsede.org/web/xup/course-calendar​ .

SC15 Doctoral Showcase Program — July 31 deadline

The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis will return to Austin, Texas-U.S. for its 27th annual conference, SC15. As part of the Technical Program, the Doctoral Showcase provides an opportunity for students near the end of their Ph.D. to present a summary of their dissertation research in the form of short talks and posters.

Unlike technical paper and poster presentations, the Doctoral Showcase highlights the entire contents of each dissertation, including previously published results, to allow for a broad perspective of the work. Authors of accepted submissions will be invited to present their work at the conference.

Deadline: Friday, July 31
Email Contact: doc-showcase@info.supercomputing.org
Web Submissions:

Click here for more on Doctoral Showcase Program.

Flux Summer 2015 Outage — July 31 through Aug. 7

Flux, Flux Hadoop, and their storage systems (/home, /home2, /scratch, and HDFS) will be unavailable starting at 7 a.m. Friday, July 31st, returning to service on Friday, August 7th.

  • During this time, the following updates have been planned:
  • OS and supporting software updates for the cluster.  This will be a minor update to the currently installed RedHat version (RHEL 6.5)
  • Cluster management software will be updated and reconfigured onto new hardware
  • Networking for the HPC and Hadoop clusters and the supporting compute servers will be reconfigured.  Due to these changes, some hostnames will change.  We will update everyone when those new names become definitive.
  • Updates to the Lustre filesystem /scratch (both configuration and software)
  • Updates to some default software versions and retirement of some older software packages and/or versions.
  • Software updates to the Hadoop cluster

Status updates will be posted on the ARC-TS Twitter feed (https://twitter.com/arcts_um).

XSEDE15 conference seeks student participation

High school and college students are encouraged to participate in the XSEDE15 Student Program.

XSEDE15, the fourth conference of XSEDE, the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment, will be held July 26-30, 2015, at the Marriott Renaissance Grand Hotel in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. XSEDE15 will showcase the discoveries, innovations, challenges and achievements of those who utilize and support XSEDE resources and services, as well as other digital resources and services, throughout the world.

By participating in the Student Program, high school, undergraduate, or graduate students can:

  • Meet computational and domain scientists from around the country who use high-performance systems in their research.
  • Compete in a student poster contest that shares your research involving advance cyberinfrastructure.
  • Attend introductory tutorials tailored for students new to computational science or more advanced tutorials designed to help you get the most out of XSEDE resources.
  • Present your research by submitting a paper to the XSEDE15 Technical Program.
  • Compete in a team-based student modeling and simulation challenge.

Pending final approval, the National Science Foundation may provide limited funding to support student travel, lodging, and/or registration costs for attending XSEDE15.

For details on the Student Program, see the Call for Participation:

To apply for travel funding, see the XSEDE15 Student Travel Grant Application:

To submit your poster or paper, see the XSEDE15 website:

Please contact Jenett Tillotson, XSEDE15 Student and EOT Program Chair at jtillots@iu.edu if you have questions.

Intel is presenting workshops on Parallel Programming and Optimization with Xeon Phi Coprocessor — July 21-23

Intel is offering an updated and expanded series of software developer trainings in parallel programming using the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors.

This series of offerings provides software developers the foundation needed for modernizing their codes to extract more of the parallel compute performance potential found in both Intel Xeon processors and Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors. The courses contain material appropriate for beginning developers as well as for HPC experts.

See the event flyer for more information. The event is sponsored by Intel and Colfax Customized Solutions.

Flux has a pilot program for Xeon Phis.

NSF seeks career development proposals from junior faculty — July 21 deadline

The Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (ACI) invites proposals from junior faculty within the community of scientists, engineers, and educators involved with cyberinfrastructure research to apply to the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. ACI’s research interests include use-inspired and/or applied multidisciplinary research. Additional context for ACI’s interests in this solicitation can be found in “Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CIF21)”. These proposals are due this year on July 21, 2015 and next year on July 20, 2016.

CAREER is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Such activities should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research.

REMINDER: U-M to host XSEDE Boot Camp on MPI, Open MP, OpenACC, and more — June 16-19

XSEDE, along with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois will be presenting a Hybrid Computing workshop.

This 4 day event will include MPI, OpenMP, OpenACC and accelerators and run June 16-19. We will conclude with a special hybrid exercise contest that will challenge the students to apply their skills over the following 3 weeks and be awarded the Second Annual XSEDE Summer Boot Camp Championship Trophy.

Due to demand, this workshop will be telecast to several satellite sites, including U-M. This workshop is NOT available via a webcast. The workshop will be telecast at 1255 North Quad.

Registration is required: visit the XSEDE registration site.

Agenda (all times Eastern):

Tuesday, June 16
11:00 Welcome
11:15 Computing Environment
11:45 Intro to Parallel Computing
12:30 Intro to OpenMP
1:30 Lunch Break
2:30 Exercise 1
3:15 More OpenMP
4:30 Exercise 2
5:00 Adjourn

Wednesday, June 17
11:00 Intro to OpenACC
12:00 Exercise 1
12:30 Introduction to OpenACC (cont.)
1:00 Lunch Break
2:00 Exercise 2
2:45 Introduction to OpenACC (cont.)
3:00 Using OpenACC with CUDA Libraries
3:30 Advanced OpenACC
4:00 OpenMP 4.0 Sneek Peek
5:00 Adjourn

Thursday, June 18
11:00 Introduction to MPI
1:00 Lunch break
2:00 Intro Exercises
3:10 Intro Exercises Review
3:15 Scalable Programming: Laplace code
3:45 Laplace Exercise
5:00 Adjourn

Friday, June 19
11:00 Laplace Exercise Review
12:30 Laplace Solution
1:00 Lunch break
2:00 Advanced MPI
3:00 Outro to Parallel Computing
4:00 Hybrid Computing
4:30 Hybrid Competition
5:00 Adjourn

Symposium on Big Data, Human Health and Statistics, June 25-26, Ann Arbor — June 15 registration deadline

The U-M Department of Biostatistics is holding a two-day Symposium on Big Data, Human Health and Statistics on June 25-26 as the closing event of its summer institute on Transforming Analytical Learning in the Era of Big Data.

Scheduled speakers are:

  • Susan Murphy, Statistics, Psychiatry, and Institute for Social Research, U-M
  • Jeremy M.G. Taylor, Biostatistics, Radiation Oncology, U-M
  • Goncalo Abecasis, Biostatistics, U-M
  • Jenna Weins, Computer Science and Engineering, U-M
  • Todd Mostak, MapD
  • Rachel Schutt, News Corp., Columbia University

For a detailed agenda and to register, visit the symposium website. The registration deadline is June 15.

CSCAR Python workshop on Regression — June 11-12

CSCAR is offering an upcoming workshop on Python. Registration is not required.

Python Regression Workshop
June 11-12
2-4 p.m. each day
4th Floor East Conference Room, Rackham Building

The workshop will focus on the use of Python and the Statsmodels library for regression analysis.

Participants should be familiar with basic Python or at minimum with another data-oriented programming language such as R. The CSCAR Python data management workshop would provide useful background in preparing your data for analysis.

Background materials are available on the workshop website.