PACE A Partnership for an Advanced Computing Environment

March 5, 2015

International HPC Summer School 2015

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Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from institutions in Canada, Europe, Japan and the United States are invited to apply for the sixth International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences, to be held June 21-26, 2015, in Toronto, Canada. Applications are due March 11, 2015. The summer school is sponsored by Compute/Calcul Canada, the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) with funds from the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) and the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science (RIKEN AICS).

Leading Canadian, European, Japanese and American computational scientists and HPC technologists will offer instruction on a variety of topics, including:

HPC challenges by discipline (e.g, earth, life and materials sciences, physics)
HPC Programming Proficiencies
Performance analysis and profiling
Algorithmic approaches and numerical libraries
Data-intensive computing
Scientific visualization
Canadian, EU, Japanese and U.S. HPC-infrastructures

The expense-paid program will benefit advanced scholars from Canadian, European, Japanese and U.S. institutions who use HPC to conduct research. Interested students should apply by March 11, 2015. Meals, housing, and travel will be covered for the selected participants. Applications from graduate students and postdocs in all science and engineering fields are welcome. Preference will be given to applicants with parallel programming experience, and a research plan that will benefit from the utilization of high performance computing systems.

More details available at:

February 3, 2015

Free Matlab Seminars Feb 5 and 6

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MATLAB and Data Analytics Seminars at Georgia Tech

Mathworks-hosted complimentary MATLAB and Data Analytics seminars. Faculty, staff, researchers and students are all welcome to attend.

Session 1
Thursday, February 5: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m
Location: Student Success Center, Press Room A/B
Data Analysis and Visualization in MATLAB

Learn how MATLAB can be used to visualize and analyze data, perform numerical computations, and develop algorithms.

Session 2
Friday, February 6: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m
Location: Klaus 1116
Data Science/Data Analytics and Scaling to Big Data

Using Data Analytics to turn large volumes of complex data into actionable information can help you improve design and decision-making processes. However, developing effective analytics and integrating them into business systems can be challenging. In this seminar you will learn approaches and techniques available in MATLAB® to tackle these challenges

To view complete session descriptions and register, visit:

October 1, 2014

Georgia Tech’s HPCC Initiative Planning – Second Industry/Research Partnership Meeting

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For most of you receiving this email, the Technology Square Phase Two – High Performance Computer Center (HPCC) is not a new initiative. Following up on a successful first meeting this past March where Georgia Tech hosted over 100 GT faculty and industry partners, today I’m very happy to invite you to participate in the second planning meeting for the Tech Square Phase II/HPCC.  GT faculty and researchers who work in cloud computing, smart grid, building information modeling, big data and secure storage, networking (data centers as well as community networking, network virtualization, etc.) will be in attendance as well as researchers working on the model of using the data center as a key part of urban sustainability in our community (heat reuse, analytics capabilities for startup companies). Researchers and current industry partners in these areas will present their interests and capabilities in a tight 5 minute presentation format. You will have an opportunity to participate in our discussion and review the ideas which have been proposed, helping to guide us in this endeavor.

Continuing on the momentum from our first planning meeting, we are hosting this second meeting at Georgia Tech on November 11th, from 8 AM until 12 PM.  This meeting will immediately precede Georgia Tech’s People and Technology Forum, which you are invited to attend as well.

RSVP for the meeting is requested. To RSVP for this planning session click here.

If you would like to attend the IPaT Forum as well, you can register here.

As we finalize the agenda for this meeting we will follow-up with more details.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or the GT Corporate relations team directly.

See you in November!

Ron Hutchins, PhD
Associate Vice Provost for Research and Technology and
Chief Technology Officer
Office of the Executive Vice President for Research

September 17, 2014

COMSOL Multiphysics Workshop in Atlanta, GA – Wednesday, 10/15

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Dear Colleague,

You’re invited to a free workshop focusing on the simulation
capabilities of COMSOL Multiphysics(R). This event will take place
on Wednesday, October 15th in Atlanta, GA. All attendees will receive
a free two-week trial of the software.

During the workshop you will:
– Learn the fundamental modeling steps in COMSOL Multiphysics
– Set up and solve a simulation through a hands-on exercise
– Learn about the capabilities of COMSOL within your application area

*Please choose the session most convenient to you as both
workshops are identical.

AM Session:
9:00am – 10:30am An Overview of the Software
10:30am – 12:00pm Hands-on Tutorial

PM Session:
1:00pm – 2:30pm An Overview of the Software
2:30pm – 4:00pm Hands-on Tutorial

Event details and registration:

Seating is limited, so advance registration is recommended.

August 8, 2014

Matlab Seminars at Georgia Tech

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Develop your MATLAB skills by joining a MathWorks engineer for complimentary seminars to be held on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 in the Bill Moore Student Success Center, press room A.  Register in advance at:

Bill Moore Student Success Center, (behind Highland Bakery, next to the football stadium), second ‘R’ floor, press room A – August 19, 2014

Session 1: Optimizing and Accelerating your MATLAB Code
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
In this session, we will demonstrate simple ways to improve and optimize your code that can boost execution speed.  We will also address common pitfalls in writing MATLAB code, explore the use of the MATLAB Profiler to find bottlenecks, and introduce programming constructs to solve computationally and data-intensive problems on multicore computers, clusters and GPUs.

  • Leveraging the power of vector and matrix operations in MATLAB
  • Identifying and addressing bottlenecks in your code
  • Utilizing additional processing power available in multicore machines, clusters, and grids

Session 2: Advanced Programming Techniques in MATLAB
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
This master class covers two important MATLAB topics:

  • How to handle memory efficiently
  • How to choose among the rich set of function types

You will gain an understanding of how different MATLAB data types are stored in memory and how you can program in MATLAB to use memory efficiently.  We will illustrate and explore the usage and benefits of the various function types under different conditions. You will learn how using the right function type can lead to more robust and maintainable code. Demonstrations will show you how to apply these techniques to problems that arise in typical applications.

June 24, 2014

Overset Grid Symposium October 6-9

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A unique opportunity to meet in an intimate setting with the grid generation, solver, and post-processing tool developers prominent in the field! Past attendees include developers of FUN3D, OpenFoam, Overflow, Overgrid, Overture, SUGGAR++, and technical rep- resentatives from Pointwise, Intelligent Light, Celeritas, and more!

For more information, visit:


XSEDE14 comes to Atlanta (July 13-18)

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XSEDE 2014 is coming to town, and here’s their announcement (

Mark your calendars and join us in Atlanta for XSEDE14, July 13-18, 2014!

The annual XSEDE conference brings together the extended community of individuals interested in advancing research cyberinfrastructure and integrated digital services for the benefit of science and society. XSEDE14 will place a special emphasis on recruiting and engaging under-represented minorities, women, and students as well as encouraging participation by people from domains of study that do not traditionally use high-performance computing. Sessions will be structured to engage people who are new to computational science and engineering, as well as providing in-depth tutorials and high-quality peer-reviewed papers that will allow the most experienced researchers to gain new insights and knowledge.

Hotel and Registration deadlines extended!

The XSEDE14 Conference is shaping up to be an excellent conference! We are pleased to announce that the hotel has extended our room block rate until June 27. To align with the extended room block extension, the conference registration will remain at $500 for full conference participation through June 27. After June 27, the late registration fee of $600 will begin.

April 18, 2014

Linux Cluster Institute Workshop

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Please pass along to anybody you think may be interested.  You may see some familiar faces there!  😉
We haven’t flushed out all of the details yet, but registration is likely to be somewhere in the $200-$300 range – pretty reasonable for a weeks worth of training. Official announcement follows below.

–Neil Bright

Save the date and plan to attend!
Linux Cluster Institute (LCI) Workshop
August 4-5, 2014
National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
Urbana, Illinois

If you are a user of HPC or are responsible for maintaining an HPC resource, this is the workshop for you!  In just four days you will learn:

  • How to be an HPC cluster system administrator
  • How to be an effective HPC cluster user
  • The key issues of HPC
  • Current and emerging HPC hardware and software technologies

All sessions taught by some of the world’s best experts in HPC.
Program details and registration information coming soon!

March 25, 2014

Xeon Phi SW Developer Training – Atlanta – April 3rd

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This one-day training, held in Atlanta on Thursday, April 3rd, will provide software developers the foundation needed for modernizing their code to take advantage of parallel architectures found in both the Intel® Xeon® processor and the Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessor.

The session will cover:
– An overview of parallel programming frameworks and optimization guidelines for multi-core CPUs (Intel® Xeon®) and many-core coprocessors (Intel® Xeon Phi™)
– Discussions about three layers of parallelism: SIMD, Threads, Cluster environment
– Tips for quick porting/development of HPC software applications
– Real-life examples of code and optimization techniques
– Hardware solution and corresponding software implementations, APIs, and framework

Click here to register for the Atlanta event

February 27, 2014

CMG 2014 Coming to Atlanta, Calling for papers, presentations, and workshops!

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(see the end of the post regarding the call for Workshops)

The Computer Measurement Group (CMG) calls for papers and presentations for the 40th International Conference to be held November 3-6, 2014.  The 2014 CMG conference will cover all areas of systems management, including but not limited to: capacity planning, IT service management, application performance management, performance engineering and testing, as well as the latest developments in the overall field of computer performance evaluation.

CMG is the source of unbiased and objective expert information and practical, real life experiences across all computing platforms in the computer industry for over 35 years.  Share your knowledge and experiences: write a paper and submit it for presentation at Performance and Capacity 2014 by CMG.

Submissions at all levels are welcome and encouraged.  We especially encourage papers on User Experiences.  All paper and presentation submissions will be evaluated through a blind peer-referee process, and will be categorized as Introductory, Tutorial, Advanced, or User Experience.  Mentors are available for writing assistance, and should be requested early in the writing process. Editorial assistance is provided for all accepted papers.

Primary subject areas for papers, for any and all platforms, are as follows:

Subject Areas

Suggested topics (but not limited to)

IT Service Management ITIL processes and IT Service Management, asset management, BPM, BAM, corporate governance (HIPAA, HEPA, SOX), CPM, dashboards, KPIs, customer SLAs, infrastructure performance management, SaaS, Cloud Computing, etc.
Capacity Planning Capacity management issues, trending and prediction, statistics, forecasting, simulation, analytic & hybrid modeling, server consolidation, wireless capacity, etc.
Application Performance Management Data collection and reduction, monitoring, performance databases, ad hoc reporting techniques, web performance, workload optimized systems, performance visualization. Tuning of performance parameters and programs for storage, operating system, networks, software products, applications, cloud, etc.
Performance Engineering & Testing Software Performance Engineering (SPE), simulation, benchmarking, creating appropriate test loads, conducting stress tests, and evaluating the results.
Industry & Professional Trends Cybersecurity, DevOps, Big Data, Mobile Computing, Emerging Technologies, Professional Development, etc.


Important Paper Submission Dates

Request for Mentor Due

May 23, 2014

Paper Abstract Due

June 16, 2014

Paper (Draft) Due

June 16, 2014

Referee Review Period

June 17 – July 14, 2014

Author Acceptance Notification

Mid – Late July, 2014

Editorial Review Period

August/September, 2014

Final Camera Ready Copy Due
Presentation Slides Due

September 15, 2014

October 6, 2014

Please note:  The Paper Abstract Due date is the date to submit an abstract or a brief summarization of your paper.  There is no acceptance process for abstracts and no acknowledgement will be sent; your abstract simply indicates your intent to submit a paper.  The Paper Due date is the deadline for submission to the referee process.  (Note that papers, which are submitted, as slides must include, detailed speaker’s notes.)  Once a paper is refereed, accepted, and edited, the final version is due on the Final Camera Ready Copy Due date.  This is also the date when the paper must have all updates, corrections or modifications approved and ready for publication in the CMG Proceedings.

CMG will also consider papers on topics and technologies that become available later in the year.  Such papers will be considered for acceptance on a case-by-case basis by the Program Committee.

CMG will continue to use the paper submission system called EDAS (  Instructions for using EDAS can be found at the following URL under “Author and Speaker Information”:


Please direct all inquiries to:

Kathy Steffens, CMG 2014 Program Chair –



IT professionals responsible for today’s computing environments know the only constant is change.  Today’s competitive advantage will quickly become tomorrow’s legacy liability.  To apply the latest techniques, improve your skills in performance optimization, software performance engineering, load testing, benchmarking, resource management, capacity analysis, simulation and modeling, and cost management, access to knowledge from industry leaders is no longer an option, but a requirement!

CMG is the primary source of expert computer performance knowledge, capturing the collective wisdom of the very best in the industry for over 35 years.  CMG calls for Workshops to be presented the first day of the 40th Annual International Conference being held November 3-6, 2014.  We ask for Workshops that focus not only on performance and capacity issues, but also on any technologies, disciplines, techniques, and approaches related to Systems Management or Information Systems.

Submissions in the areas of big data, cloud computing, performance visualization, mobile computing, and web performance are especially encouraged.  We are looking for “How To” workshops that explain how to apply popular tools and products to important performance & capacity tasks.  “How To” workshops are meant to educate performance professionals in the application of commercially available technology.

Submissions at all levels are requested: introductory, technical, managerial and leading edge.  We require PowerPoint slides with speaker’s notes prior to the conference, in time for publication in the workshop book.  Workshops are traditionally 3 hours in length, plus a 15 minute break.


Sample Subject Areas: z/OS, LINUX/Unix/Windows, Cloud Computing, Big Data, Virtualization, Storage, Managing Big Data, Network Performance, Web Performance, Database Performance, Wireless Capacity, Future Technologies, Executive Management, Load & Stress Testing, Software Performance Engineering, Simulation and Analytic Modeling, Applied Statistics & Forecasting, ITIL, ICCP, Performance Visualization, SaaS.


Critical Dates for Workshop Submission

Title & Abstract Due

June 8, 2014

Author Acceptance Notification

Late July, 2014

PowerPoint Copy Due

September 1, 2014

Camera Ready Final Copy Due

October 5, 2014


Please note:  The Title & Abstract Due date is the date to submit a brief idea or outline of your proposed workshop.  The PowerPoint Copy Due date implies that the workshop is nearly complete, and that the presentation is ready for review by a CMG-assigned editor.  The Camera Ready Final Copy Due date occurs after the presentation has been accepted, reviewed by an editor, re-submitted with any updates, corrections or modifications, and is ready for publication in the CMG Workshop Drive.

Please direct all inquiries to:

Kathy Steffens, CMG 2014 Program Chair –


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