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:
Web Submissions:

Click here for more on Doctoral Showcase Program.

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 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 2255 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

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.

Webinar on new XSEDE HPC resource Comet — June 3

The San Diego Supercomputer Center is offering a webinar on June 3, 2015 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Eastern time. The webinar will provide an introduction to Comet, the new XSEDE HPC resource hosted and operated at SDSC. Detailed information will be provided on the Comet system architecture, including compute and GPU nodes, InfiniBand topology, performance storage, and virtualization.

During the training, participants will see examples with user information on:
1) Using the compute nodes, including examples on MPI, OpenMP, hybrid (e.g. MPI+ OpenMP), local scratch (SSD/flash memory), and Hadoop jobs;
2) Using the GPU nodes with examples on using MVAPICH2-GDR (uses GPU Direct), CUDA, and OpenACC programming.

An overview of the special features on Comet including high performance virtualization and gateway hosting options will also be provided.

This webinar is free, and open to all users or prospective users of XSEDE resources. Registrants through the XSEDE Training portal will receive instructions via email on how to access the webinar.

Date: June 03, 2015
Time: Noon – 1:30 p.m. (ET)
Level: Beginner

ARC/ICOS Big Data Summer Camp — June 1-4 & 11

This year, the Interdisciplinary Committee on Organizational Studes (ICOS) and ARC are again offering a one-week “big data summer camp” for doctoral students in the social sciences interested in organizational research, with a combination of detailed examples from researchers; hands-on instruction in Python, SQL, and APIs; and group work to apply these ideas to organizational questions.

The dates of the camp are all day June 1-4 and the afternoon of June 11 for group project presentations. Enrollment is free, but students must commit to attending all day for each day of camp, and be willing to work in interdisciplinary groups.

To sign up for camp, visit the registration page.  Please note that space is limited, and we will be accepting people on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no pre-requisites, but we will expect all participants to complete some online instruction prior to camp and to bring a laptop to class with all the relevant programs and files loaded and ready.

A summary of last year’s boot camp is available on the ARC web site.

SC15 conference seeks student volunteers — June 1 application deadline

The SC15 conference in Austin, Texas, in November is taking applications for student volunteers. The deadline to apply is June 1.

Conference organizers say they are accepting an increased number of students from the U.S. and internationally. Student volunteers can attend tutorials, technical talks, panels, poster sessions, and workshops.

For information on how to apply, visit the SC15 Student Volunteer web page, or email