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Apply Now for 2018 International HPC Summer School

Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from institutions in Canada, Europe, Japan and the United States are invited to apply for the ninth International HPC Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences in the Czech Republic July 8-13, 2018. “Hosted by the IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Centre, the summer school in Ostrava is organized by the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE), the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science (RIKEN AICS), and the SciNet HPC Consortium.”

PEARC18 Conference Announces lineup of Keynote Speakers

The PEARC18 Conference has announced its lineup of Keynote Speakers. The event takes place July 22-27 in Pittsburgh. “PEARC18 is for everyone who works to realize the promise of advanced computing as the enabler of seamless creativity. Scientists and engineers, scholars and planners, artists and makers, students and teachers all depend on the efficiency, security, reliability and sustainability of increasingly complex and powerful digital infrastructure systems. If your work addresses these challenges in any way, PEARC18 is the forum to share, learn and inspire progress.”

Comet Supercomputer Assists in Latest LIGO Discovery

This week’s landmark discovery of gravitational and light waves generated by the collision of two neutron stars eons ago was made possible by a signal verification and analysis performed by Comet, an advanced supercomputer based at SDSC in San Diego. “LIGO researchers have so far consumed more than 2 million hours of computational time on Comet through OSG – including about 630,000 hours each to help verify LIGO’s findings in 2015 and the current neutron star collision – using Comet’s Virtual Clusters for rapid, user-friendly analysis of extreme volumes of data, according to Würthwein.”

Call for Contributions: PEARC18 in Pittsburgh

The PEARC18 Conference has issued its Call for Contributions. The conference takes place June 22-27 in Pittsburgh. “The Practice & Experience in Advanced Research Computing (PEARC) annual conference series fosters the creation of a dynamic and connected community of advanced research computing professionals who advance leading practices at the frontiers of research, scholarship and teaching, and industry application.”

Exploring Evolutionary Relationships through CIPRES

Researchers are exploring the Tree of Life with the help of the CIPRES portal at the San Diego Supercomputer Center. “As a community-built resource, CIPRES addresses what the scientists really want and need to do in the real world of research,” said Mishler. “Aside from increasing our understanding of the evolutionary relationships of this planet’s diverse range of species, the research also has yielded results of critical importance to the health and welfare of humans.”

Fighting the West Nile Virus with HPC & Analytical Ultracentrifugation

Researchers are using new techniques with HPC to learn more about how the West Nile virus replicates inside the brain. “Over several years, Demeler has developed analysis software for experiments performed with analytical ultracentrifuges. The goal is to facilitate the extraction of all of the information possible from the available data. To do this, we developed very high-resolution analysis methods that require high performance computing to access this information,” he said. “We rely on HPC. It’s absolutely critical.”

How Extreme Energy Jets Escape a Black Hole

Researchers are using XSEDE supercomputers to better understand the forces at work at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. The work could reveal how instabilities develop in extreme energy releases from black holes. “While nothing – not even light – can escape a black hole’s interior, the jets somehow manage to draw their energy from the black hole.”

New XSEDE program makes HPC expertise more accessible

Today XSEDE announced a pilot-phase program meant to give users ready access to HPC expertise. Called ECSS (Extended Collaborative Support Services), ECSS service allows researchers with XSEDE supercomputer allocations to collaborate with HPC experts to enhance their project workflow and hopefully get better results more efficiently. “The Affiliates program will provide a vehicle for including qualified contributors on projects, expanding the impact of ECSS and also bringing us expertise in new areas,” said ECSS Affiliates program lead and XSEDE co-PI Nancy Wilkins-Diehr. “The program provides opportunities for Affiliates to get involved in cutting edge projects that they may not see at their own institutions, and it gives ECSS a way to bring in additional expertise.”

Micron Foundation Supports PEARC17 Student Program with STEM-Trek

Today the STEM-Trek nonprofit announced that donation from Micron Foundation will make it possible for more scholars to participate in the PEARC17 conference and student program. The Practice & Experience in Advanced Research Computing conference will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, July 9-13, 2017.

“We’re delighted to support STEM-Trek and the PEARC17 Student Program,” said Dee Mooney, Micron Foundation Executive Director. “It’s a great opportunity for students to learn in a professional engineering conference environment and engage with industry icons. As they prepare to fill the STEM pipeline, professional development and networking experiences will strengthen their success in the microelectronics industry and beyond,” she added.

PEARC17 Extends Technical Paper Submission Deadline to March 13

Today the PEARC17 conference extended their Technical Paper Submission Deadline to March 13, 2017. Formerly known as the XSEDE Conference, PEARC17 will take place July 9-13 in New Orleans. “PEARC17 is open to professionals and students in advanced research computing. The PEARC17 Call for Participation contains details about each of the four technical tracks of papers. The technical track paper submissions may be full papers (strongly preferred) or extended abstracts.”