PASC19 Conference Keynote to Feature Gordon-Bell-Prize-Winner on Ai-Powered Genomics

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Deborah Weighill from ORNL was part of . a team that won the ACM Gordon Bell Prize.

Today the PASC19 conference team announced that Gordon Bell Prize-winner Deborah Weighill will keynote the show with a talk entitled: Investigating Epistatic and Pleiotropic Genetic Architectures in Bioenergy and Human. The event takes place June 12-14, 2019 in Zurich, Switzerland.

The new CoMet application consists of implementations of the 2-way and 3-way Proportional Similarity metric and Custom Correlation Coefficient using native or adapted GEMM kernels optimized for GPU architectures, and received the 2018 Gordon Bell Prize. Nearly 300 quadrillion element comparisons per second and over 2.3 mixed precision ExaOps are reached on Summit by use of Tensor Core hardware on the Nvidia Volta GPUs. These similarity metrics form the major parts of large-scale Genome-Wide Epistasis Studies (GWES) and pleiotropy studies. These efforts seek to identify genetic variants that contribute to individual phenotypes, including susceptibility (or robustness) to disease. We are using CoMet to investigate the genetic architectures underlying complex traits in applications from bioenergy to human clinical genomics.

Deborah Weighill is currently completing her PhD at the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education, a joint program of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and expects to graduate in May of 2019. Her computational biology research in Dan Jacobson’s lab focuses on the analysis and integration of large scale ‘omics datasets. She was a member of the team which won the 2018 Gordon Bell Prize.

PASC19 is the sixth edition of the PASC Conference series, an international platform for the exchange of competences in scientific computing and computational science, with a strong focus on methods, tools, algorithms, application challenges, and novel techniques and usage of high performance computing. PASC19 is co-sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the PASC structuring project.
The conference is managed by the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS). The local host of PASC19 is ETH Zurich, one of the two Federal Institutes of Technology in Switzerland coordinated by Swiss universities.

As usual, PASC19 takes place the week prior to ISC 2019 in Frankfurt. Attendees from the USA are encouraged to attend both of these high-quality shows to get the most from their HPC travel dollars.

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