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Georgia Tech Leads the Way into Supercomputing ‘17 with HPC Experts

A team of Georgia Tech high-performance computing (HPC) experts is heading to Colorado next week to take part in the HPC community’s largest annual event, the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis. This year’s conference, known as SC17, opens Sunday in Denver at the Colorado Convention Center and runs through Nov. 17.

As it has in the past, Georgia Tech is boasting a large presence at SC17. This year, the Institute has over three dozen attendees, including faculty, staff, and students. Along with staffing a booth (335), Georgia Tech is participating in a broad array of events showcasing recent technical applications and advances in HPC.

“The power to apply the latest computation-based innovation is vital in today’s marketplace. HPC and data sciences, from analytics to machine learning, at Georgia Tech goes well-beyond merely keeping pace with market trends,” said David Bader, chair of the School of Computational Science and Engineering (CSE).

“As we continue to attract the best and the brightest student, faculty, and research minds in HPC, we are pushing forward on what is possible and delivering results that can lead to groundbreaking advances in cancer research, cybersecurity and other areas of vital importance to our nation and the world.”

The six-day SC17 affair includes invited talks, panels, research papers, tutorials, workshops, posters, and Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions. Participants include leading HPC networking, storage, and analysis experts from industry, academia, and government.

One of the workshops will feature keynote remarks from School of Computer Science Professor Vivek Sarkar. During a session on memory centric programming for HPC. Sarkar will present, Compiler and Runtime Challenges for Memory Centric Programming, which begins at 9:10 a.m. on Nov. 12.

Another expected highlight at SC17 is a panel discussion featuring Debra Lam – Managing Director of Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation for Georgia Tech – is participating in HPC Connects Plenary: The Century of the City, Nov. 13 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Along with two other HPC experts, Lam will discuss emerging needs and opportunities suggesting an increasing role for HPC in cities, with perspectives from city government, planning and design, and embedded urban HPC systems.

One of the most anticipated events at SuperComputing each year is the annual announcement of the Graph500 list. Developed by Bader and a small cadre of well-known supercomputing experts, the Graph500 is recognized as a leading indicator of global HPC development and investment, and often reveals trends regarding which technologies are popular in the machines. This year, the 15th Graph500 List will be announced during a BoF session, which is set for Nov. 15 at 12:15 p.m.

The conference agenda also includes awards, an evening gala, exhibit hall, and the Students@SC mission.

The mission encompasses development programs, opportunities to learn from mentors, and engagement with Sc’s technical sessions for the HPC student community at both graduate and undergraduate levels.

The mission also organizes the Student Cluster Competition (SCC), Beginning early on Nov. 13, the SCC is a non-stop, 48-hour HPC multi-disciplinary challenge, in which student teams demonstrate their abilities to build, maintain, and utilize a computer.

This is the first year a Georgia Tech team will be participating in the SCC. Known as Team Swarm, the team of six students is advised by Research Scientist Oded Green, and co-advised by Ph.D. student Chirag Jain and CSE Research Technologist Will Powell.

Additional Georgia Tech participation includes:

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