XSEDE Campus Champion Marcus Bond blogs about ISC High Performance

In this blog, Marcus Bond, an XSEDE Campus Champion and professor of inorganic chemistry and x-ray crystallography at Southeast Missouri State University, shares his experience at the International Supercomputing Conference, ISC High Performance. Bond’s first ISC blog post was featured in HPCwire on June 26, 2018. All photos by Bond.

ISC Tutorial Day: Sunday

Knowledge. As a relative newcomer to the field of high performance computing (HPC), this is primarily why I attend. The last few years have been a flurry of HPC conferences, workshops, and Linux Cluster Institutes as I try to educate myself and become more conversant about supercomputing. Repetition is helpful, since it is easy to forget from one conference to the next, …

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CERN’s Maria Girone: “We explain the magic!”

Originally featured in TOP500 on June 26, 2018

The International Supercomputing Conference (ISC18) kicked off on Monday, June 25 in Frankfurt, Germany, with Maria Girone, Chief Technology Offier of CERN openlab delivering the opening keynote address. She explained how CERN’s needs will drive exascale computation and data science innovation in the future.

Founded in 1954, CERN straddles the Franco-Swiss border, and has an annual operating budget of one billion Swiss francs. With 22 member-states, its resources support 15,000 scientists around the world, and employs 2,500 at Swiss and French sites. CERN is home to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator.

In addition to probing the fundamental structure of our universe, understanding the very first moments of our universe after the big bang, and searching for dark matter, CERN technicians and scientists are always developing new technologies for accelerators and detectors. Its instrumentation advances …

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ISC High Performance Reflections of a Newbie

Dear Elizabeth,

First of all, thank you so much for finding a donor for my flight from Gaborone to Johannesburg. Please extend my gratitude to the wonderful people at South Africa’s Airlink Airlines!

Many thanks to ISC Marketing & Communications Manager Nages Sieslack, ISC Student Program Coordinator Colleen Sheedy and the ISC High Performance conference for the travel grant award! I appreciate STEM-Trek’s help covering up-front costs until ISC could make a reimbursement from my grant, and for the pocket euros. If not for everyone’s unwavering and collaborative support, it would have been difficult for me to attend the conference. People like you are rare, and worthy of being celebrated. You are my heroes!

My favorite part of the conference was the “Deep Learning Demystified” tutorial by NVIDIA and Leibniz Supercomputing Center. I was excited to experiment with Deep Learning models to do Object Detection on ocean shots, generate heat …

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International School of Crystallography, Ettore Majorana Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture

In this blog, Marcus Bond, an XSEDE Campus Champion and professor of inorganic chemistry and x-ray crystallography at Southeast Missouri State University, shares his experience at the International School of Crystallography at the Ettore Majorana Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture in the mountaintop village of Erice, Sicily, June 1-10.

This crystallography school has been held annually since 1974. Program themes change each year, and there is usually a single topic. However, this year two distinctly different themes were presented simultaneously: Electron Crystallography and Quantum Crystallography. While attendees of both met jointly for a few lectures, each held separate sessons and workshops. Everybody came together informally for meals, social events, excursions or just …

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Xiaoxiang Zhu Receives the 2018 PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC

Featured in HPCwire on June 13, 2018

Xiaoxiang Zhu (朱晓香) who works for the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and Technical University of Munich (TUM), was awarded the 2018 PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC for her outstanding contributions in the field of high performance computing (HPC) in Europe.

Dr. Zhu is a professor of Signal Processing in Earth Observation (SiPEO) at TUM and head of the Department EO Data Science at the DLR Remote Sensing Technology Institute.

This was the third year that the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) issuedthe Lovelace Award, and it was presented to Zhu on May 28 during the PRACEdays18 conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia, by Sinéad Ryan who chairs the PRACE Scientific Steering Committee.

I caught up with Dr. Zhu in Ljubljana, and she agreed to this interview.

Dr. Zhu, EO research is important to many disciplines, but it is complex and I imagine few understand how it is applied. How would you describe it to a layperson?

 “Urbanization is one of the most important megatrends of global change. Currently 55 percent of the world’s population lives in urban communities, and that percentage is ticking upward; in 1950, 30 percent lived in cities, but by …

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European HPC Summit Week and PRACEdays 2018: Slaying Dragons and SHAPEing Futures One SME at a Time

Featured in HPCwire on June 20, 2018

The University of Ljubljana in Slovenia hosted the third annual EHPCSW18 and fifth annual PRACEdays18 events which opened May 29, 2018. The conference was chaired by PRACE Council Vice-Chair Sergi Girona (Barcelona Supercomputing Center), and officially opened by PRACE Managing Director and Chair of the EHPCSW & PRACEdays OPC Serge Bogaerts. An official welcome was provided by PRACE Council Chair Anwar Osseyran (Dutch National HPC Center, SURFsara); and University of Ljubljana Minister of Education, Science and Sport Maja Makovec Brenčič.

With 343 registered attendees from Europe, Australia, Asia and the United States who represented a wide range of disciplines, EHPCSW18, with many co-located meetings, was a monumental feat of execution. Much of the credit goes to local organizers, contracted consultancies and volunteers who serve on planning committees. I was especially grateful for the opportunity to work closely with the communication team …

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HPC Knowledge Meeting’18 in Barcelona June 21-22: Register by June 20!

I’m looking forward to the HPC Knowledge meeting in Barcelona, only two weeks from today. There are a still a few registration fee waivers available, so please register before the June 20 deadline!

HPCKM has a great agenda planned!

In addition to 16 amazing talks, they’re planning a tapas dinner, and a “beer and food pairing,” (forget the diet). Additionally, the entire group will have the privilege of visiting the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, home of MareNostrum 4, Spain’s fastest supercomputer at 11.1 Petaflops. It’s one of thirteen in the Spanish Supercomputing Network and one of seven capacity systems in the European cyberinfrastructure known as PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe). Barcelona has the most beautiful data center in the world, hands down!

I’m especially eager to hear HPCNow! Chief Technology Officer Jordi Blasco Pallares’ talk titled,

“Dynamic Provisioning with sNow! Cluster Manager.” 

sNow! …

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Young Researcher from Nepal and Student from Botswana Receive ISC Travel Grant

By Nages Sieslack, ISC Marketing Communications Manager

FRANKFURT, Germany, June 07, 2018 –  ISC High Performance is very pleased to announce that Raksha Roy, a researcher from the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Nepal, and Badisa Mosesane an undergraduate student at the University of Botswana, have been selected as the ISC Travel Grant recipients this year. They have been chosen out of 16 regional and international applications.

The ISC High Performance Travel Grant Program (ISC Travel Grant), was introduced this year to enable university students and young researchers who are interested in acquiring high performance computing knowledge and skills, but lack the necessary resources to obtain them, to be a part of the ISC High Performance conference.

Both Ms. Roy, 28, and Mr. Mosesane, 26, will each be awarded a grant of 1500 euros. ISC High Performance will also provide …

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URISC@SC17 and the Longest Last Mile

A multinational delegation recently attended the Understanding Risk in Shared CyberEcosystems workshop, or URISC@SC17, in Denver, Colorado. URISC participants and presenters from 11 countries, including seven African nations, 12 U.S. states, Canada, India and Nepal, also attended SC17, the annual international conference for high performance computing (HPC), networking, storage and analysis that drew nearly 13,000 attendees. Von Welch (Indiana University), who directs the Center for Trustworthy Scientific Cyberinfrastructure, provided expert oversight for the URISC program. Welch invited nine specialists who presented open-source tools and cybersecurity best practices.

URISC Presenter Nick Roy, Director of Technology and Strategy for Internet2’s InCommon Federation, explained eduGAIN and its benefits to the global research community. “From a local management standpoint, eduGAIN saves managers time and effort because home credentials provide authentication and access to resources, instrumentation and data that are physically located at institutions in in 48 member countries that comprise an …

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Apply by March 15 for the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) Student Volunteer Program!

Here’s your chance to visit Frankfurt, Germany, and learn how technical conferences are managed! ISC provides student lodging and meals, and it’s early enough to raise funds for a flight. You’ll need another $200 to $2,000 out-of-pocket, depending on how far you’ll need to travel.

How can you do this?

Volunteer to work overtime! Check with your dean; your university might offer partial, or full support. Watch STEM-Trek; we might receive donations that are earmarked for this type of student travel.

From the ISC website via Colleen Sheedy:

“If you are a student pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in computer science, or any STEM-related fields, and high performance computing (HPC) is on your radar, volunteering at ISC 2018 can help steer your future career in the right direction.

We are looking for enthusiastic and reliable young people to help us run the conference. In return we offer you …

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