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Rice Oil & Gas Conference in March to look for ways to meet HPC Demand

Rice University’s Ken Kennedy Institute will host the 12th annual Rice Oil and Gas High Performance Computing Conference (OGHPC) in Houston, Texas on March 4 – 6, 2019.

With the end of Moore’s law, challenges are mounting around a rapidly changing technology landscape,” said Jan E. Odegard, Executive Director of the Ken Kennedy Institute. “The end of one era is an opportunity for advancements and the beginning of a new era – a renaissance for system architectures that highlights the need for investments in workforce, algorithms, software, and hardware to support system scalability. These technology changes combined with demands for digital transformation across the oil and gas sector makes the theme for this year’s convergence super relevant.”


With plans for multi-disciplinary discussion, this year’s conference theme, “Challenges for meeting computing-capacity demand in the energy industry for the next decade,” will highlight cutting-edge research and trends in oil and gas. In addition to an engaging program, pre- and post-program mini workshops will span the spectrum of workforce diversity, best practices in systems management, singularity containers, and code parallelization.

Several hundred participants from the IT and energy industries, along with participants from universities and national labs, will come together to network, learn, assess needs, and foster relationships. Speakers include:

  • Detlef Hohl, Chief Scientist at Shell, will open the conference with an energy-industry perspective on High Performance Computing and High Performance Data Analytics, and will forecast what O&G will do with it in the next 10 years
  • Forrest Norrod, Senior Vice President of AMD
  • Brent Gorda of Arm
  • Lori Diachin providing an update on the Exascale Computing Project
  • Trish Damkroger of Intel
  • Dan Stanzione at the Texas Advanced Computing Center
  • Toni Collis from Appentra and Women in HPC
  • Andrew Jones from NAG will moderate an “Early Career” panel
  • Satoshi Matsuoka from RIKEN will segue into the poster session with his closing keynote presentation on the Post-K Computer and an overview of computational science and engineering research.

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