PACE A Partnership for an Advanced Computing Environment

January 14, 2013

Symposium: Integrating Computational Science into your Undergraduate Curriculum

Filed under: News — Semir Sarajlic @ 5:04 pm

Clemson University (Clemson, SC) is hosting a symposium on February 11, 12, and 13.
The topic is “Integrating Computational Science into your Undergraduate Curriculum”
The workshop, symposium and training are open at no charge to all interested faculty and students who register to attend.
Financial assistance for primarily undergraduate faculty is available to cover travel costs.

See the Symposium website for the agenda and registration information.

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.

October 17, 2012

NSF’s Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)

Filed under: News — Semir Sarajlic @ 7:57 pm

Program Name: Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program

Program Website

A copy of this solicitation is available at:

Purpose of the Program: the MRI program assists with the acquisition or development of shared research instrumentation that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs. Instruments are expected to be operational for regular research use by the end of the award period. For the purposes of the MRI program, proposals must be for either acquisition or development of a single instrument or for equipment that, when combined, serves as an integrated research instrument (physical or virtual).  The MRI program does not support the acquisition or development of a suite of instruments to outfit research laboratories/facilities or to conduct independent research activities simultaneously.  Further guidance on appropriate requests can be found in the MRI Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) at

An institution may be either a lead or a sub in up to 3 proposals. Since Georgia Tech anticipates having 3 lead proposals, proposals as subs will only be considered should we fall short of the 3 leads. Deadline for submission to NSF is January 24, 2013 by 5:00 p.m. EST.  However, the internal deadline is Friday, November 9, 2012.

Internal Process

If you would like to submit an MRI proposal on behalf of Georgia Tech, please submit a 4-page white paper via T-Square by November 9, 2012.  Submission instructions:

1. Log on to

2. Under the “My Workspace” tab, click on the “Membership” sidebar.

3. Click on “Joinable Sites” and join “MRI Submissions.”

4. Submit your paperwork as one pdf using the Drop Box tool.

5. Direct any questions to Gail Spatt: 404.385.8334 or


Please use the following format for your white papers:

Pages 1-3

  • ACQUISITION or DEVELOPMENT (clearly indicate)
  • Project Title
  • Principle Investigator(s) and Project Director(s)
  • Project Description to include: research activities enabled; description of the research instrumentation and needs; impact on research and training infrastructure; and management plan.

Page 4

  • Budget and justification
  • Cost-sharing – note that cost-sharing at 30% is required for the MRI program; contributions may be from any non-Federal source, including non-Federal grants/contracts, and may be in cash or in-kind (see Section V. B. Budgetary Information of the Program Solicitation for full details).

As always, this information is also available at this website:


September 19, 2012

Registration open for OpenACC GPU Programming Workshop

Filed under: Events,News — Tags: , , , — Semir Sarajlic @ 1:47 pm

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

Filed under: Events,News — Tags: , — Semir Sarajlic @ 6:43 pm

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.

September 7, 2012

RFI-2012, a competitive vendor selection process

Filed under: News — admin @ 2:29 pm

Greetings GT community,

PACE is in the midst of our annual competitive vendor selection process. As outlined on the “Policy” page of our web site, we have issued a set of documents to various state contract vendors. This time around we have Dell, HP, IBM and Penguin Computing. Contained within these documents are general specifications based on the computing demand we are anticipating coming from the faculty over the next year. I’ve included a link to the documents (GT login required) below. Please bear in mind that these specs are not intended to limit configurations you may wish to purchase, but rather to normalize vendor responses and help us choose a vendor for the next year.

The document I’m sure you will be most interested in is a timeline. The overall timeline has not been published to the vendors, and I would appreciate if it was kept confidential. The first milestone, which obviously has been published, is that responses are due to us by 5:00pm today. The next step is for us to evaluate those responses. If any of you are interested in commenting on those responses, please let me know. Your feedback is appreciated.

Please watch this blog, as we will post updates as we move through the process.  We already have a number of people interested in a near-term purchase.  If you are as well, or you know somebody who is, now is the time to get the process started.  Please contact me at your convenience.


Neil Bright
Chief HPC Architect

August 9, 2012

Call for Proposals for Allocations on the Blue Waters High Performance Computing System

Filed under: News — admin @ 8:17 pm

FYI – for anybody interested in applying for time on the petaflop Cray being installed at NCSA.

Begin forwarded message:

From: “Gary Crane” <>
Sent: Thursday, August 9, 2012 10:51:37 AM
Subject: Call for Proposals for Allocations on the Blue Waters High Performance Computing System
The Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computing (GLCPC) has issued a call for proposals for allocations on the Blue Water system. Principle investigators affiliated with a member of the Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation are eligible to submit a GLCPC allocations proposal. SURA is a member of the GLCPC and PIs from SURA member schools are eligible to submit proposals. Proposals are due October 31, 2012.

The full CFP can be found here:


Gary Crane
Director, SURA IT Initiatives
phone: 315-597-1459
fax: 315-597-1459
cell: 202-577-1272

December 20, 2011

PACE coverage during winter break

Filed under: News — admin @ 9:37 pm

Greetings all, and happy holidays!

As I’m sure you are all acutely aware, campus will be closed next week! This includes us as well.

If you have troubles, please submit tickets as usual – preferably using our script!  (See  We will get to these as soon as things get back to normal in January.

If there is an immediate problem, please call OIT operations at (404) 894-4669 and leave a message.  One of the operators will be checking in occasionally and they have contact information for the PACE team.

Have a good break!

November 8, 2011

PACE staffing, week of November 14

Filed under: News — admin @ 3:30 pm

Greetings all,

As I’m sure some of you are aware, next week is the annual Supercomputing ’11 conference in Seattle.  Many of the PACE staff will be attending, but Brian MacLeod and Andre McNeill have graciously agreed to hold the fort here.  The rest of us will be focused on conference activities but will have connectivity and can assist with urgent matters should it be required.

October 7, 2011

PACE passes 10,000 CPU core milestone

Filed under: News — admin @ 4:27 pm

As we are making progress with the installation of our latest round of faculty purchases, we have now passed a significant milestone – 10,000 CPU cores managed by the PACE team.  Woohoo!  Along with all of those processors, we are also managing over half a petabyte of storage across the faculty project space, infrastructure and backups, plus a couple more hundred terabytes on our high-performance filesystems.

Given the amount of spending we have in progress at the moment, it’s very likely that we will surpass the 15,000 CPU core mark by the end of the calendar 2011.  We’ll also likely get close to a petabyte of storage.




I’d like to take a moment and thank all of you for placing your trust in us.  On behalf of myself and the entire PACE team, I look forward to helping you take Georgia Tech to even higher levels in the future.



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