UMTRI Transportation Safety Research Symposium — Oct. 15

The U-M Transportation Research Institute is hosting a day-long symposium on transportation safety research.

Panel discussion topics include advanced human modeling and big data.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Grant Baldwin, Ph.D., MPH, Director, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC.

The symposium will take place Oct. 15 at the Michigan League Ballroom.

For more information, visit the UMTRI website. Registration is free.


Hadoop Workshop — Oct. 9

Registration is now open for a Hadoop Workshop offered by ARC-TS.

Time/Date: 1 – 5 p.m., October 9, 2015

Location: Room B250, East Hall, 530 Church Street

Instructors: Brock Palen, Advanced Research Computing – Technology Services

Overview: Learn how to process large amounts (up to terabytes) of data using SQL and/or simple programming models available in Python, Scala, and Java. Computers will be provided to follow along with hands-on examples; users can also bring laptops.

More information and registration:

Space is limited, so sign up as soon as possible to reserve your spot.

Symposium: Computational Discovery in Complex System Biology — Sept. 22, Rackham Building

Title: Computational Discovery in Complex Systems Biology

Time/Date: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 22

Location: Fourth Floor, Rackham Building, 915 E. Washington St.


  • Speakers including:
    • David Odde, Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota
    • Tim Elston, Pharmacology, University of North Carolina
    • Jay Humphrey, Biomedical Engineering, Yale University
    • Andrew McCulloch, Bioengineering & Medicine, University of California, San Diego
    • Barry Grant, Computational Medicine & Bioinformatics, University of Michigan
    • Jennifer Linderman, Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan
    • Daniel Forger, Mathematics, University of Michigan
  • Poster session

Registration: Required, but free.

Sponsors: Center for Systems Biology; Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery and Engineering (MICDE); Complex Systems


Michigan State University hosting Frontiers in Computing and Data Science workshop — Sept. 16-17, East Lansing

To inaugurate its new Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering (CMSE), Michigan State University is holding a two-day workshop titled “Frontiers in Data Science and Computation.”

The workshop will take place at the Kellogg Center at MSU in East Lansing on Sept. 16 and 17. The workshop will bring together speakers who are intellectual leaders in computational science and their application to interesting scientific problems. The areas of focus will be topics in scientific computing and Data Science, their applications, challenges and open problems

Scheduled speakers on Sept. 16, focusing on scientific computing:

  • James Amundson, Head, Scientific Software Infrastructure Department; Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
  • George Biros, Professor, Mechanical Engineering; W. A. “Tex” Moncrief, Jr. Simulation-Based Engineering Science Chair; University of Texas (UT)
  • Richard Brower, Professor, Physics, and Electrical & Computer Engineering; Boston University
  • Keith Cartwright, Research Physicist; Sandia National Laboratories
  • Bjorn Engquist, Director, ICES Center for Numerical Analysis; UT
  • Jeff Hittinger, Group Leader, Center for Applied Scientific Computing; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • George Em Karniadakis, Charles Pitts Robinson and John Palmer Barstow Professor of Applied Mathematics; Brown University
  • Eric Michielssen, Professor, Electrical Engineering; Assoc. VP for Advanced Research Computing; University of Michigan

Scheduled speakers on Sept. 17, focusing on data science:

  • Chidanand (Chid) Apte, Director, Mathematical Sciences and Analytics; IBM Research Division
  • Gunnar Carlsson, Anne and Bill Swindells Professor of Mathematics; Stanford University; co-founder, Ayasdi
  • Vanja Dukic, Associate Professor, Applied Mathematics; University of Colorado Boulder
  • Piotr Indyk, Professor, Theory of Computation Group, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory; MIT
  • Mario Juric, Washington Research Foundation Data Science Professor of Astronomy; University of Washington
  • Mauro Maggioni, Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science, and Electrical and Computer Engineering; Duke University
  • Jianchang (JC) Mao, Distinguished Engineer, Head of Advertising Relevance & Revenue and Marketplaces Development; Microsoft
  • Wotao Yin, Professor, Department of Mathematics; UCLA

For more information and to register, visit

Fall schedule for on-campus HPC workshops: Sept. 14 – Oct. 8

The fall schedule has been set for on-campus high performance computing workshops sponsored by ARC.

HPC100 — Introduction to the Linux Command Line for HPC
Monday, Sept. 14, 9 a.m. – noon
Monday, Sept. 21, 9 a.m. – noon
Thursday, Sept. 24, 1 – 4 p.m.

All sessions in B250 East Hall

This course will familiarize students with the basics of accessing and interacting with high-performance computers using the GNU/Linux operating system’s command line. For more information, and to register, visit this page. (Please sign up for only one session.)

HPC101 — High Performance Computing Workshop
Monday, Sept. 21, 1 – 5 p.m., B254 East Hall
Friday, Sept. 25, 1 – 5 p.m., B254 East Hall
Thursday, Oct. 1, 1 – 5 p.m., B250 East Hall
This course provides an overview of cluster computing in general and how to use the Flux cluster in particular. (Prerequisite: HPC 100 or equivalent.)
For more information, and to register, visit this page. (Please sign up for only one session.)

HPC201 — Advanced High Performance Computing Workshop
Friday, Oct. 2, 1 – 5 p.m., B250 East Hall
Monday, Oct. 5, 1 – 5 p.m., B254 East Hall
Thursday, Oct. 8, 1 – 5 p.m., B250 East Hall
This course will cover some more advanced topics in cluster computing on the U-M Flux Cluster. Topics to be covered include a review of common parallel programming models and basic use of Flux; dependent and array scheduling; advanced troubleshooting and analysis using checkjob, qstat, and other tools; use of common scientific applications including Python, MATLAB, and R in parallel environments; parallel debugging and profiling of C and Fortran code, including logging, gdb (line-oriented debugging), ddt (GUI-based debugging) and map (GUI-based profiling) of MPI and OpenMP programs; and an introduction to using GPUs. (Prerequisite: HPC101 or equivalent.)
For more information, and to register, visit this page. (Please sign up for only one session.)

Introduction to Python — Sept. 14 – 21

Emanuel Gull, assistant professor of physics, is offering an Introduction to Python mini-course from Sept. 14-21. The target audience is incoming graduate students in physics, but students from other disciplines are welcome.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, Sept. 14, 8:30 – 10 a.m.: Welcome & Getting Started (
  • Tuesday, Sept. 15, 8:30 – 10 a.m.: Numbers, Strings, Lists, Dictionaries, Tuples, Functions, Modules, Control flow
  • Wed., Sept. 16, 8:30 – 10 a.m.: Useful Python libraries (part I): numpy, scipy, matplotlib
  • Mon., Sept. 21, 8:30 – 10 a.m.: Useful Python libraries (part 2): 3d plotting in matplotlib and exercises

The course will be held in the Clarence Cook Little building, Room 1505. Visit this web page for more information and details.


Microbiome Symposium — Sept. 10

Cayman Chemicals and the departments of Pathology and Immunology and Microbiology are sponsoring a one-day Microbiome Symposium.

Time/Date: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 10

Location: Kahn Auditorium in the Taubman Biomedical Sciences Research Building, 109 Zina Pitcher Place.

Speakers: Speakers will include six internationally recognized experts researching aspects of the human gut microbiome and its role in health and disease, including digestion, allergy and cardiovascular disease.



Attendance will be limited to seating capacity. There is no charge to attend.

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​ .

HPC 470: Parallel Programming Workshop — Aug. 10-14

Registration is now open for a five-day workshop on advanced parallel programming sponsored by ARC.

Time/Date: 10 – 5 p.m., August 10-14, 2015

Location: Room 2615, School of Public Health I, 109 S. Observatory

Instructors: Dr. Charles J. Antonelli, Advocacy and Research Support, LSA Information Technology
Mark Champe, Advocacy and Research Support, LSA Information Technology
Bennet Fauber, Advanced Research Computing – Technology Services
Nancy Herlocher, Advocacy and Research Support, LSA Information Technology
Seth Meyer, Advocacy and Research Support, LSA Information Technology
Todd Raeker, Advanced Research Computing – Technology Services

Overview: This workshop will cover parallel programming in various languages, including MATLAB, R, Python, C and Fortran, using both MPI and Open MP models on CPU, many-core, and GPGPU architectures. Some conceptual lecture material will be provided, but the focus of this workshop will be on learning practical programming concepts using sample programs, and most of the workshop will be spent in designing, running, debugging, and analyzing the performance of code.  Sample programs will be provided, or, better, bring your own programs to class, and we’ll practice parallelizing them. This course consists of ten sessions.  Please see our session grid for the complete list of sessions and more details on each.  All participants should sign up for Sessions 1, 9, and 10. You may sign up for any of the other sessions that interest you.  We encourage you to sign up for all sessions!

More information and registration:

Space is limited, so sign up as soon as possible to reserve your spot.


Student travel grants for SC15 conference available

The SIGHPC Grant application process is now open for applications, and offers full-time students the chance to fund a portion of their travel to SC15 in Austin, Texas. In addition to a maximum of $600 to travel from within North America, or $1200 to travel from outside of North America, grant awardees will receive complimentary technical program registration. Attending SC15 as part of the travel grant program opens many professional opportunities. And awardees are not expected to “figure it out” on their own! Each grant recipient is assigned his or her own mentor based upon interests identified in the grant application. While at the conference, awardees will have the opportunity to learn about fellowships and grants in their fields of interest, and to interact with professionals and other students who share those interests.

If you are interested in applying for a SIGHPC Travel Grant for SC15, the application is available at To apply you must be a member of SIGHPC, provide some basic information, and explain your motivation in high performance computing and desire to attend the SC15 conference. Your advisor must provide a letter of recommendation.

Applications are due by September 3, 2015.