Purdue to have big presence at supercomputing conference

At the upcoming SC17 supercomputing conference, which will be held in Denver Nov. 12-17, Purdue’s new Brown community cluster will be announced as one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers, according to the TOP500 list. Purdue's Conte cluster remains on the current list as well, giving Purdue the best supercomputing infrastructure for use by researchers on a single campus in the U.S.

ITaP staff at SC17 will be keeping busy, presenting in a variety of workshops about high-performance computing (HPC), ensuring the conference’s network runs smoothly, and running Purdue’s booth on the exhibit floor, which will host talks by Purdue faculty and staff and outside experts throughout the week.

ITaP director of data networking Jeff Schwab is the chair of SciNet, SC17’s powerful network that needs to accommodate the needs of more than 11,000 attendees. ITaP network engineer Tania Jareen was one of six women chosen to participate in the Women in IT Networking (WINS) program at SC, and will help build SciNet as a member of the routing team.

The leaders of Purdue’s Women in HPC (WHPC) group, ITaP senior scientific applications analyst Gladys Andino and program manager Marisa Brazil, will present at the SC17 Women in HPC Workshop, along with WHPC members Jieyu Gao, an Emerging IT Leader who works for Research Computing and Songhui Ryu, a master’s student in computer and information technology.

Andino is also an organizer of the SC17 Early Career Program, which provides a series of sessions targeting early career researchers, and a mentor in the Mentor-Protégé Program. Ryu’s poster, “Comparisons of Machine Learning Algorithms and Their Ensembles for Botnet Detection” is entered in the ACM’s Student Research Poster competition.

Research Computing staff members will also give talks in workshops about HPC User Support Tools, Best Practices in HPC Training and HPC Systems Professionals, the latter of which is co-organized by ITaP research data specialist Alex Younts.

A team led by Samuel Midkiff and Charles Bouman, both professors of electrical and computer engineering, is a finalist for the Association of Computing Machinery’s Gordon Bell Prize for their work developing a much faster image reconstruction algorithm. Midkiff and Bouman will give a presentation about their work and will also speak at the Purdue booth at 10 a.m. MST on Wednesday, Nov. 15.

Other activities held in the Purdue booth (#1571) include a birds-of-a-feather “Big Data and Digital Agriculture” session organized by ITaP manager of high-performance computing services Betsy Hillery, a talk by Sandra Gesing, a research assistant professor at the University of Notre Dame, about the Science Gateways Community Institute Incubator, in which Purdue is a partner, and a talk by ITaP senior research scientist Carol Song about how Geospatial Data Analysis Building Blocks (GABBs) modules can be leveraged to build geospatial data tools. A complete schedule of the events taking place in the Purdue booth can be found here.

The Purdue booth will also feature the Envision Center’s HTC VIVE virtual reality headset, and conference attendees are welcome to stop by any time and try out a virtual reality drug discovery game and a Martian habitat simulation the center developed in collaboration with Purdue faculty and students.

Two Research Computing volunteers have assisted the Harrison High School student supercomputing team, helping them get ready to face off against 15 college teams in the Student Cluster Competition. ITaP scientific applications analyst Stephen Harrell is the competition’s chair.

Writer:  Adrienne Miller, science and technology writer, Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP), 765-496-8204, mill2027@purdue.edu

Last updated: Nov. 13, 2017

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