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: arc-ts.umich.edu/hadoop-workshop

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

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.)

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.

Registration: https://www.xsede.org/web/xup/course-calendar/-/training-user/class/420/session/701

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​ .

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: arc-ts.umich.edu/hpc470

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


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.

REMINDER: 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).

SC15 conference seeks posters and student research competition posters — July 31 deadline

The SC15 conference, scheduled for Nov. 15-20 in Austin, Texas, is soliciting submissions for Posters and Student Research Competition Posters that display cutting-edge research and work in progress in high performance computing, storage, networking and analysis.

Posters provide an opportunity for short presentations and informal discussions with conference attendees. Posters will be prominently displayed for the duration of the Conference, giving presenters a chance to showcase their latest results and innovations. A Best Poster Award will also be presented based on quality of research work and quality of poster presentation.

This year, SC15 is encouraging authors to explore the integration of remotely hosted multimedia elements accessible through embedded QR codes into the poster. The goal of the embedded multimedia elements should be to enhance the presentation of research in the poster.

Click here for more information on Posters.

Applications due: July 31, 2015
Web Submissions: https://submissions.supercomputing.org/
Email contact: posters@info.supercomputing.org

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.