Keynote by GORDON BELL, HPC Pioneer
“Man vs. Machine: The Challenge of Engineering Programs for HPC”

The first era of scientific computing was defined by Seymour Cray computers hosting single memory FORTRAN programs. In 1993, the first multicomputer with a thousand independent and interconnected computers outperformed mono-memory supercomputers at 60 gigaflops. In 2019, supercomputers have millions of processing elements and operate at hundreds of petaflops. This performance gain of over a factor of two million changes not only the nature and scale of the science being simulated or analyzed but also the algorithms, design, and maintenance of the programs.

ABOUT THE INSTITUTE
The goal of the institute is to teach the participants to scale their computational codes to leadership-class computing systems. The content is targeted for individuals conducting research and scholarship in all disciplines, including graduate and undergraduate students, postdocs, faculty, researchers, scholars, educators, and practitioners in academia, industry, and government agencies. The institute will be beneficial to research teams that are preparing to scale their codes to petascale-class resources, as well as people who are working on parallel codes or have a need to scale up computational codes and/or data analysis programs. Individuals who are current or pending users of large-scale HPC systems will benefit the most from this institute.

ABOUT THE SIMCENTER
The SimCenter is designated as a host site with 15 participant spaces. At the host sites, participants will be able to verbally ask questions of the presenters through two-way video conferencing. Participants will receive training accounts on the available HPC systems. Staff will be available at each site to assist during hands-on sessions. As noted, seating at each site is limited, and registration will be handled on a first-come-first-served basis.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE
The SimCenter is designated as a host site with 15 participant spaces. At the host sites, participants will be able to verbally ask questions of the presenters through two-way video conferencing. Participants will receive training accounts on the available HPC systems. Staff will be available at each site to assist during hands-on sessions. As noted, seating at each site is limited, and registration will be handled on a first-come-first-served basis.

PARTICIPANT PREREQUISITES
Participants are expected to have the following background, knowledge and experience:

  • Familiarity with programming in Fortran, C, C++, Python, or a comparable language
  • Familiarity with Linux
  • Familiarity with use of clusters and/or HPC systems

LINK TO REGISTER
https://portal.xsede.org/course-calendar/-/training-user/class/1277/session/2561

Registration Deadline: Aug. 5, 2019 (15 spots)

For more information about agenda, locations, and how to register, visit the website at:

https://bluewaters.ncsa.illinois.edu/petascale-computing-2019

ORGANIZING PARTNERS: Argonne National Laboratory, the Blue Waters project at NCSA, the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, SciNet at the University of Toronto, and the Texas Advanced Computing Center.

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