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Dr. Steven Squyres from Cornell to Keynote SC19

Dr. Steven Squyres from Cornell University will keynote the SC19 conference in Denver. His talk will be entitled “Exploring the Solar System with the Power of Technology.” Steve Squyres’ research focuses on the robotic exploration of planetary surfaces, the history of water on Mars, geophysics and tectonics of icy satellites, tectonics of Venus, planetary gamma-ray and x-ray spectroscopy.

ACM Announces Winners of 2019 ACM-IEEE CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships

Today ACM announced that Milinda Shayamal Fernando of the University of Utah and Staci Smith of the University of Arizona are the recipients of the 2019 ACM-IEEE CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships. “The fellowship honors exceptional PhD students throughout the world whose research focus is on high performance computing applications, networking, storage or large-scale data analytics using the most powerful computers that are currently available. The Fellowship includes a $5,000 honorarium and travel expenses to attend SC19 in Denver, where the Fellowships will be formally presented.”

Volkov and Demmel Paper on GPUs Wins SC19 Test of Time Award

Today SC19 announced the winners of the Test of Time Award. The annual award recognizes an outstanding paper that has deeply influenced the HPC discipline. We are pleased to announce the selection of the SC08 paper, “Benchmarking GPUs to Tune Dense Linear Algebra”, by Vasily Volkov (NVIDIA) and James Demmel (UC Berkeley) as the SC19 ToTA winner.

The paper was deemed deserving of the SC19 ToTA due to its first-of-its-kind vision of GPU architectures as a vector machine. By building on this vision, Volkov and Demmel defined techniques to achieve greater efficiency and performance.

Professor Michela Taufer to Receive 2019 IBM Faculty Award

Professor Michela Taufer from the University of Tennessee has been selected to receive a 2019 IBM Faculty Award for $20,000 USD. This award is highly competitive and recognizes her leadership in High Performance Computing and its importance to the computing industry. “Dr. Taufer will lead work with IBM to bring the IBM Onsite Deep Learning Workshop on campus. As Deep learning and AI gain traction in scientific discovery, training EECS students in these disciplines will open tremendous opportunities for them in Tennessee and outside the state.”

High Performance Systems: An “Open Plan” for HPC

In this special guest feature from the SC19 Blog, Ryan Quick from Providentia Worldwide calls for a conference program that reflects more sharing across disciplines. “For me, HPC is about delivering answers to hard questions – right now. It’s about an inclusive and integrative approach to computing. And it’s exciting. If we can put aside our differences and allow ourselves to learn a little. We will gain a lot. I promise. See you in Denver.”

Women in IT Networking team to help build SCinet at SC19

Over at the SC19 blog, Christine Baissac-Hayden writes that seven candidates have been chosen for the Women in IT Networking at SC program. “Since 2015, the Women in IT Networking at SC (WINS) program has supported talented early-to-mid career women who help build the ephemeral high-speed network that powers the annual SC Conference.”

NSF Funds $10 Million for ‘Expanse’ Supercomputer at SDSC

SDSC has been awarded a five-year grant from the NSF valued at $10 million to deploy Expanse, a new supercomputer designed to advance research that is increasingly dependent upon heterogeneous and distributed resources. “As a standalone system, Expanse represents a substantial increase in the performance and throughput compared to our highly successful, NSF-funded Comet supercomputer. But with innovations in cloud integration and composable systems, as well as continued support for science gateways and distributed computing via the Open Science Grid, Expanse will allow researchers to push the boundaries of computing and answer questions previously not possible.”

Call for Papers: ISAV 2019 In Situ Infrastructures for Enabling Extreme-Scale Analysis and Visualization

The ISAV 2019 Workshop has issued its Call for Papers. Held in conjunction with with SC19, the In Situ Infrastructures for Enabling Extreme-Scale Analysis and Visualization Workshop takes place Nov. 18, 2019 in Denver. “The workshop brings together researchers, developers and practitioners from industry, academia, and government laboratories developing, applying, and deploying in situ methods in extreme-scale, high performance computing. The goal is to present research findings, lessons learned, and insights related to developing and applying in situ methods and infrastructure across a range of science and engineering applications in HPC environments.”

Call for Submissions: Deep Learning on Supercomputers Workshop at SC19

The Deep Learning (DL) on Supercomputers workshop has issued its Call for Submissions. Now in its third year, the workshop will be held with the SC19 conference in Denver on Nov 17. “This third workshop in the Deep Learning on Supercomputers series provides a forum for practitioners working on any and all aspects of DL for scientific research in the High Performance Computing (HPC) context to present their latest research results. The general theme of this workshop series is the intersection of DL and HPC. Its scope encompasses application development in scientific scenarios using HPC platforms; DL methods applied to numerical simulation; fundamental algorithms, enhanced procedures, and software development methods to enable scalable training and inference; hardware changes with impact on future supercomputer design; and machine deployment, performance evaluation, and reproducibility practices for DL applications, with an emphasis on scientific usage.”

Announcing the Student Cluster Competition Leadership List

The HPC-AI Advisory Council Dan Olds have just posted the first-ever Student Cluster Competition Leadership List. “The list is a ranking of every institution that has ever competed in a cluster competition. The teams are ranked by the number of times they’ve participated and the awards they’ve earned throughout the years. It covers every cluster competition including the ISC competition in Europe, the SC competition in the US, and the Asian competition in China.”