Ohio Supercomputer Center hosts Statewide User Group

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On April 19, researchers gathered at the Ohio Supercomputer Center for the Statewide Users Group (SUG) spring conference to collaborate and share ideas with peers and OSC staff.

SUG encompasses all OSC clients and receives direction from the SUG executive committee, a volunteer group composed of the Ohio university faculty who provide OSC’s leadership with program and policy advice and direction to ensure a productive environment for research.


  • Keynote address from Santosh Rao, senior technical director at NetApp. Rao is responsible for NetApp’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) and data engineering products and solutions business. He works closely with the AI solution ecosystem across GPU, computer, software and channel partners, as well as customers worldwide. “As NetApp is working across the industry, we are seeing the need for marketable skills that combine data science, algorithms, and the ability to take a fundamental approach around mission-critical skills and building out the ethics, the compliance, and the placeability aspects of the technology,” Rao said.
  • Breakout sessions provided the opportunity for OSC’s hardware and software committees to meet and share ideas. Other sessions included updates on code optimization, containers, the client portal, and the OSC Campus Champions program.
  • SUG’s popular poster and flash talk competitions took place in the afternoon. Participants presented nine flash talks and 17 posters, competing for a first-place prize of 5,000 resource units of time on OSC systems and a second-place prize of 2,500 resource units. All flash talk and poster competitors received 1,000 resource units. The flash talks provided SUG students and investigators with a chance to highlight current research that OSC’s clients are doing at their home universities. For students, this is an opportunity to practice speaking in front of an audience, as they are judged by their peers and other conference attendees.

Ohio State University’s Arif Hussain won the flash talk competition for his presentation titled “Sweeping Jet Film Cooling and Impingement Cooling for Gas Turbine Heat Transfer Application.”

The next SUG conference will take place Oct. 17, 2019.

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