PACE A Partnership for an Advanced Computing Environment

February 27, 2014

XSEDE-14 in Atlanta!

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As you know, XSEDE is an NSF-funded digital services project that helps researchers and scientists do their work more effectively and efficiently. XSEDE allows for free access to some of the nation’s fastest supercomputers and most knowledgeable help staff.

Last summer’s XSEDE’13 saw more than 700 attendees from all 50 states and 14 countries attend the conference in San Diego. We expect more in Atlanta, especially with so many great area universities, colleges and institutions. With our theme “Engaging Communities,” we encourage both traditional users of digital resources (researchers, students, post-docs in traditional sciences)  and those who haven’t historically used these resources (humanities, economics, art). Students are strongly encouraged to participate and can find various ways to engage with the conference.

The Call for Participation is out and the first deadline is fast approaching: March 15 papers and abstracts are due. Visit here for more deadlines:

February 17, 2014

Call For Papers – XSEDE14

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Greetings all,

XSEDE14 is coming up soon, and has issued their call for participation.  Please note that this conference is being held in Atlanta!

Selected papers from all tracks will be invited to extend the manuscripts to be considered for publication in a special issue of the journal of Concurrency and Computation Practice and Experience.  Papers accepted for the “Education, Outreach, and Training” track will be invited to extend the manuscripts for publication in the Journal of Computational Science Education.

Abstracts are due March 15.  Please see for further information.

October 17, 2013

CDA Lecture: Python and the Future of Data Analysis

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Speaker:         Peter Wang, co-Founder of Continuum Analytics

Date:                 Friday, October 18, 2013

Location:        Klaus 1447

Time:                 2-3pm


While Python has been a popular and powerful language for scientific computing for a while now, its future in the broader data analytics realm is less clear, especially as market forces and technological innovation are rapidly transforming the field.

In this talk, Peter will introduce some new perspectives on “Big Data” and the evolution of programming languages, and present his thesis that Python has a central role to play in the future of not just scientific computing, but in analytics and even computing in general. As part of the discussion, many new libraries, tools, and technologies will be discussed (both Python and non-Python), both to understand why they exist and where they are driving technical evolution.

Peter holds a B.A. in Physics from Cornell University and has been developing applications professionally using Python since 2001. Before co-founding Continuum Analytics in 2011, Peter spent seven years at Enthought designing and developing applications for a variety of companies, including investment bankers, high-frequency trading firms, oil companies, and others. In 2007, Peter was named Director of Technical Architecture and served as client liaison on high-profile projects. Peter also developed Chaco, an open-source, Python-based toolkit for interactive data visualization. Peter’s roles at Continuum Analytics include product design and development, software management, business strategy, and training.

August 26, 2013

COMSOL Workshop in Atlanta (9/10)

Filed under: Events — Semir Sarajlic @ 10:58 pm

Here’a note from Siva Hariharan, COMSOL Inc., which we thought you might be interested in:

You’re invited to a free workshop focusing on the simulation capabilities of COMSOL Multiphysics. Two identical workshops will take place on Tuesday, September 10th in Atlanta, GA. There will be one AM session and one PM session. 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

– Experience a live multiphysics simulation example

– Set up and solve a simulation through a hands-on exercise

– Learn about the capabilities of COMSOL within your application area



AM Session

9:30am – 10:45am An Overview of the Software

10:45am – 11:00am Coffee Break

11:00am – 12:30pm Hands-on Tutorial


PM Session

1:30pm – 2:45pm An Overview of the Software

2:45pm – 3:00pm Coffee Break

3:00pm – 4:30pm Hands-on Tutorial


Event details and registration:


Seating is limited, so advance registration is recommended. 

Feel free to contact me with any questions.


Best regards,

Siva Hariharan

1 New England Executive Park
Suite 350
Burlington, MA 01803

April 5, 2013

PACE Sponsors High Performance Computing Townhall!

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PACE sponsoring HPC Townhall

What could you do with over 25,000 computer cores? Join faculty and students at the April 30 High Performance Computing Town Hall to find out. The event will be held in the MaRC auditorium and is sponsored by PACE, Georgia Tech’s Advanced Computing Environment program.

When: April 30, 3-5pm
Where: MaRC Auditorium (Map to location)


PACE provides researchers with a robust computing platform that enables faculty and students to carry out research initiatives without the burden of maintaining infrastructure, software, and dedicated technicians. The program’s services are managed by OIT’s Academic & Research Technologies department and include physical hosting, system management infrastructure, high-speed scratch storage, home directory space, commodity networking, and common HPC software such as RedHat Enterprise Linux, VASP, LAMMPS, BLAST, Matlab, Mathematica, and Ansys Fluent. Various compilers, math libraries and other middleware is available for those who author their own codes.  All of these resources are designed and offered with the specific intention of combining intellect with efficiency, in order to advance the research presence here at Tech to the peak of its abilities.

There are many ways to participate with PACE.  With a common infrastructure, we support clusters dedicated to individual PIs or research groups, clusters that are shared amongst participants and our FoRCE Research Computing Environment (aka “The FoRCE”).  The FoRCE is available to all campus users via a merit-based proposal mechanism.

The April 30 HPC Town Hall is open to members of the Tech research community and will feature presentations on the successes and challenges that PACE is currently experiencing, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.

For more information on the PACE program, visit the official website at, and also the program’s blog at

Agenda (To Be Finalized Soon)

  • Message from Georgia Tech’s CTO Ron Hutchins
  • Message from PACE’s director Neil Bright
  • Lightning Talks By Faculty
  • Discussion around technologies and capabilities currently under investigation by PACE
  • Panel Discussion regarding future directions for PACE
  • Question and Answer Session

March 8, 2013

PACE Debugging and Profiling Workshop on 03/21/2013

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Dear PACE community,

We are happy to announce the first of the Debugging and Profiling Workshop that will take place on 03/21/2013 1pm-5pm, in the Old Rich Building Conference Room (ITDC 242).

If your code is crashing, hanging, producing inaccurate results, or running unbearably slow, you *do* want to be there. We will go over text and GUI based tools that are available on the PACE clusters, including gdb, valgrind, DDT, gprof, PAPI and TAU. There will be hands-on examples, so bring your laptop if you can, although it is not mandatory.

If you bring a laptop to follow the hands-on examples, please make sure that you have:

  • An active PACE account with access to one of the RHEL6 queues
  • Access to “GTwifi”
  • A terminal client to login (PuTTy for windows, Terminal for Mac)
  • A text editor that you are comfortable with (Vim, Emacs, nano, …)

Don’t worry if your laptop is not configured to access the PACE clusters. I will be in the conference room half an hour early to help you prepare for the session. Just show up a bit early with your laptop, and we will take care of the rest together 🙂

Please RSVP (to by 03/19/2003 and include your GT username. Your RSVP will guarantee a seat and printed out copies of the course material. You will also be able to fetch an electronic copy (including all the slides and codes) anytime by running a simple command on the cluster (we will do that during the class).

Here’s the full schedule:

  • 12:30pm -> 1:00pm : (Optional) Help session to make sure your laptop is ready for the workshop
  •  1:00pm -> 2:45pm : Debugging session (gdb, valgrind, DDT)
  •  2:45pm -> 3:15pm : Break
  •  3:15pm -> 5:00pm : Profiling session (gprof, PAPI, TAU )

The location is the Old Rich Building, ATDC conference room, #242. The google knows us as “258 4th Street“. We are right across the Clough Commons Building.

We look forward to seeing you there!

December 18, 2012

TestFlight in process of update

Filed under: Events,News,tech support — Semir Sarajlic @ 9:43 pm

We have temporarily stopped the queues for TestFlight to allow them to drain so that we may upgrade TF machines to a new stack based on RHEL 6.3. Once all machines have been upgraded, we will re-enable the queues for jobs to test the suitability of this new stack.

Should there be no major software issues, this will become the de facto OS for RHEL6 based clusters on the next maintenance day, scheduled for January 17, 2013.

September 19, 2012

Registration open for OpenACC GPU Programming Workshop

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Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment

Registration open for October 2012
OpenACC GPU Programming Workshop

One hundred registrants will be accepted for the OpenACC GPU Programming Workshop, to be held October 16 and 17, 2012. The workshop includes hand-on access to Keeneland, the newest XSEDE resource, which is managed by the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and the National Institute for Computational Sciences, an XSEDE partner institution.

Based on demand, the workshop is scheduled to be held at ten different sites around the country. Anyone interested in participating is asked to follow the link below and then register by clicking on the preferred site. Only the first 100 registrants will be accepted.

The workshop is offered by the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, the National Institute for Computational Sciences, and Georgia Tech.

Questions? Contact Tom Maiden at

Register and read more about the workshop at:

[XSEDE is supported by the National Science Foundation;,]

September 14, 2012

Free MATLAB Technical Seminars on Tuesday

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As a friendly reminder, you are invited to join MathWorks for complimentary MATLAB seminars on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 in Room 144 in Clough Undergraduate Commons.

–Register now– Register at


5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Session 1: What’s New in MATLAB?
Presented By: Loren Shure, Principal MATLAB Developer (KEYNOTE SPEAKER)

In this session, we will demonstrate workflow examples highlighting and utilizing new MATLAB features. The latest MATLAB release, R2012b, introduces a redesigned Desktop, making it easier to help both new and experienced users navigate the continuously expanding capabilities within MATLAB.

Loren has worked at MathWorks for over 25 years. She has co-authored several MathWorks products in addition to adding core functionality to MATLAB. Loren currently works on the design of the MATLAB language. She graduated from MIT with a B.Sc. in physics and has a Ph.D. in marine geophysics from the University of California, San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Loren writes about MATLAB on her blog, The Art of MATLAB.

6:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Georgia Tech Alumni Panel

Hear from a selection of Georgia Tech Alumni who now work at The MathWorks as they discuss their career paths. (Pizza will be served.)

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Session 2: Parallel and GPU Computing with MATLAB
Presented By: Jiro Doke, Ph.D., Senior Application Engineer and Georgia Tech alumnus

In this session you will learn how to solve computationally and data-intensive problems using multicore processors, GPUs, and computer clusters. We will introduce you to high-level programming constructs that allow you to parallelize MATLAB applications and run them on multiple processors. We will show you how to overcome the memory limits of your desktop computer by distributing your data on a large scale computing resource, such as a cluster. We will also demonstrate how to take advantage of GPUs to speed up computations without low-level programming. Highlights include:
· Toolboxes with built-in support for parallel computing
· Creating parallel applications to speed up independent tasks
· Scaling up to computer clusters, grid environments or clouds
· Employing GPUs to speed up your computations

Jiro joined MathWorks in May 2006 as an application engineer. He received his B.S. from Georgia Institute of Technology and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, both in Mechanical Engineering. His Ph.D. research was in biomechanics of human movement, specifically in human gait. His experience in MATLAB comes from extensive use in graduate school, using the tool for data acquisition, analysis, and visualization. At MathWorks, Jiro focuses on core MATLAB; math, statistics and optimization tools; and parallel computing tools.

March 28, 2012

Webinar: Parallel Computing with MATLAB on Multicore Desktops and GPUs

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Mathworks is offering us a very interesting webinar:

“Parallel Computing with MATLAB on Multicore Desktops and GPUs ”

Friday, March 30, 2012

2:00 PM EDT


In this webinar we introduce how using Parallel Computing Toolbox you can fully leverage the computing power available on your desktop through multicore processors and GPUs.

Through demonstrations you will learn how with minimal changes to your code you can speed up your MATLAB based data analysis, design and simulation work.

The webinar will last approximately 60 minutes. A Q&A session will follow the presentation and demos.

Register here

Mathworks contact:

Jamie Winter


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