RMACC Offers Free Tutorial for HPC Newcomers May 18

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BOULDER, CO. – Getting started on a high performance computing cluster can be a daunting task for the uninitiated, but a hands-on free-of-charge “beginners’ tutorial” as a lead-in to the Rocky Mountain Advanced Computing Consortium’s  (RMACC) 11th Annual High Performance Computing Symposium could help smooth the pathway.

The two-hour on-line session has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 18 in advance of the May 19-20 Symposium, which also is offered on-line and free of charge.  Registration for the tutorial and HPC Symposium can be found at www.rmacc.org/hpcsymposium.

“The beginner tutorial gives new users the fundamental tools to understand and start using high performance computing resources,” said Andrew Monaghan, a member of the University of Colorado Boulder User Support Team conducting the session.  Monaghan will be joined by CU Boulder colleagues Joel Frahm and Daniel Trahan.   “The tutorial enables participants to quickly spin up on the basics of high performance computing,” Monaghan added.   “It’s kind of like taking a driver’s education course.  When you’re done, you have a license to super compute!”

Becky Yeager, RMACC executive director, said the Symposium is being offered free for the second consecutive year thanks to major sponsorship support from Intel and Dell with additional support from HPE, ARM and Cornelis Networks.  “These sponsors play a crucial role in helping the RMACC reach out to a wide audience interested in HPC.”

The diverse multi-track event includes tutorials and panel discussions on green practices in HPC; HPC for Scientific Visualization; Machine Learning; and GPU with Keynote presentations by Duke’s Dr. Amanda Randles and Oklahoma’s Dr. Amy McGovern.  A poster competition for students to showcase their research also is offered with winners earning an all-expenses trip to SC-21 in St. Louis, MO.

Primarily a volunteer organization, the RMACC – the nation’s largest consortium of its kind – is a collaboration among 31 academic and research institutions located in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. The RMACC’s mission is to facilitate widespread effective use of high performance computing throughout this 9-state intermountain region.  To learn more about the RMACC and its membership and mission, visit the website: www.rmacc.org/about/