PACE A Partnership for an Advanced Computing Environment

January 26, 2012

XSEDE12 conference Call For Participation, due Apr 13, Apr 25

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Tutorial and Panel proposals due Fri Apr 13 2012

Paper and Poster submissions due Wed Apr 25 2012


The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) invites participation in its inaugural conference in the form of papers, panels, posters, visualizations, Birds of a Feather sessions, and tutorials.

The Call For Participation, including submission guidelines and key dates, is at:

XSEDE12 — “Bridging from the campus to the extreme and beyond” — builds on the success of the recent TeraGrid conferences, offering a full agenda, networking opportunities, and all that the host city of Chicago has to offer.

The conference is located at the InterContinental Chicago (Magnificent Mile) and runs from July 16-19, 2012, with XSEDE meetings to follow on July 20.

Conference information is available at:

Registration opens in May.

We look forward to your participation.


Susan McKenna
Media Communications Coordinator for XSEDE
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
1008 NCSA | 1205 W. Clark St. | Urbana, IL 61801
Skype: smckenna111

January 19, 2012

Upcoming quarterly maintenance – 1/18/2012 – We’re back

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Some of the Vmware performance improvements didn’t go well, so we’ve reverted those and will do some debugging offline.

The scratch space is now 215 TB, but of course 61% full.  The 60 day expiration policy is still in place.  😉

As usual, please let us know via if you notice anything odd.

January 12, 2012

Upcoming quarterly maintenance – 1/18/2012

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This is a reminder that all PACE-managed clusters will be shutdown on January 18 (Wednesday next week) for regular maintenance.

All currently running jobs will complete before the shutdown.  Any jobs submitted to the scheduler between now and maintenance day will either complete before the shutdown or wait until after maintenance to start.

Major items on the list this time around are:
– Improving scratch filesystem performance
– Increasing scratch filesystem size
– Complete the migration of our server infrastructure to VMs
– Further redundancy improvements to core of the HPC network
– Adjustments to VM hypervisors which hopefully improve login node performance
– Install a new binary for the scheduler to remove a limit to the number of queues (this shouldn’t change anything else, but mentioning it just in case..)
– integration of some new clusters into the Infiniband fabric (again, doing this on maintenance day just in case something bad happens)

For updates about maintenance, please check the PACE blog at

If you have questions or concerns, please send a note to

January 9, 2012

TACC-Intel Highly Parallel Computing Symposium

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Tue Apr 10 – Wed Apr 11 2012

Texas Advanced Computing Center, Austin, Texas

Submissions due Wed Feb 15 2012



The TACC-Intel Highly Parallel Computing Symposium will take place on Tuesday April 10th – Wednesday April 11th 2012 at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) in Austin, TX.

In the past year, the Intel MIC program has advanced forward towards the first commercial many-core co-processor, code named Knights Corner.

Accordingly, this symposium will expand to have two major focus areas: the Many-core Applications Research Community (MARC) for the Single-Chip Cloud Computer (SCC) experimental architecture, and the emerging community around the forthcoming Intel Many Integrated Core (MIC) architecture family of products for productivity solutions.

In April, researchers from different fields will present their current and future work.

For SCC the focus will be advanced hardware architecture concepts implementation and how to use the SCC to explore tools and software that take advantage of the finer granularity data flow.

For Intel MIC the focus is on programming productivity for highly parallel applications.

The host site, TACC, will be the site of the first large scale supercomputer system based on Intel MIC in January 2013.

Interested researchers are invited to submit unpublished reports, both on work in process or new results regarding software for novel many-core hardware architectures.

While the Intel Single-Chip Cloud Computer (SCC) has served as common research platform for most MARC members, recent availability of the development kits for the Intel MIC family of products has expanded the community for many-core applications research.

Some of the concepts of the SCC will be realized in production form when the Intel MIC product line becomes available. Other interesting research on next generation many-core platforms is also relevant for this event.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Operating system support for novel many-core architectures
  • Dealing with legacy software on novel many-core architectures
  • Traditional and new programming models for novel many-core hardware
  • Experiences porting, running, or developing applications
  • New approaches for leveraging on-die messaging facilities

All authors are invited to submit original and unpublished work as either regular papers (maximum 6 pages) for oral presentation or short papers (maximum 4 pages) for poster presentation. Papers describing work-in-progress are also welcome.

Paper submission is possible through EasyChair at

Submissions are due Wednesday February 15th, 2012.

For additional information please check the event website:


Dan Stanzione, PhD
Deputy Director
Texas Advanced Computing Center, The University of Texas at Austin, 512-475-9411

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