Fall schedule for on-campus HPC workshops: Sept. 14 – Oct. 8

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The fall schedule has been set for on-campus high performance computing workshops sponsored by ARC.

HPC100 — Introduction to the Linux Command Line for HPC
Monday, Sept. 14, 9 a.m. – noon
Monday, Sept. 21, 9 a.m. – noon
Thursday, Sept. 24, 1 – 4 p.m.

All sessions in B250 East Hall

This course will familiarize students with the basics of accessing and interacting with high-performance computers using the GNU/Linux operating system’s command line. For more information, and to register, visit this page. (Please sign up for only one session.)

HPC101 — High Performance Computing Workshop
Monday, Sept. 21, 1 – 5 p.m., B254 East Hall
Friday, Sept. 25, 1 – 5 p.m., B254 East Hall
Thursday, Oct. 1, 1 – 5 p.m., B250 East Hall
This course provides an overview of cluster computing in general and how to use the Flux cluster in particular. (Prerequisite: HPC 100 or equivalent.)
For more information, and to register, visit this page. (Please sign up for only one session.)

HPC201 — Advanced High Performance Computing Workshop
Friday, Oct. 2, 1 – 5 p.m., B250 East Hall
Monday, Oct. 5, 1 – 5 p.m., B254 East Hall
Thursday, Oct. 8, 1 – 5 p.m., B250 East Hall
This course will cover some more advanced topics in cluster computing on the U-M Flux Cluster. Topics to be covered include a review of common parallel programming models and basic use of Flux; dependent and array scheduling; advanced troubleshooting and analysis using checkjob, qstat, and other tools; use of common scientific applications including Python, MATLAB, and R in parallel environments; parallel debugging and profiling of C and Fortran code, including logging, gdb (line-oriented debugging), ddt (GUI-based debugging) and map (GUI-based profiling) of MPI and OpenMP programs; and an introduction to using GPUs. (Prerequisite: HPC101 or equivalent.)
For more information, and to register, visit this page. (Please sign up for only one session.)

Introduction to Python — Sept. 14 – 21

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Emanuel Gull, assistant professor of physics, is offering an Introduction to Python mini-course from Sept. 14-21. The target audience is incoming graduate students in physics, but students from other disciplines are welcome.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, Sept. 14, 8:30 – 10 a.m.: Welcome & Getting Started (hello.py)
  • Tuesday, Sept. 15, 8:30 – 10 a.m.: Numbers, Strings, Lists, Dictionaries, Tuples, Functions, Modules, Control flow
  • Wed., Sept. 16, 8:30 – 10 a.m.: Useful Python libraries (part I): numpy, scipy, matplotlib
  • Mon., Sept. 21, 8:30 – 10 a.m.: Useful Python libraries (part 2): 3d plotting in matplotlib and exercises

The course will be held in the Clarence Cook Little building, Room 1505. Visit this web page for more information and details.

 

Michigan State University hosting Frontiers in Computing and Data Science workshop — Sept. 16-17, East Lansing

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To inaugurate its new Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering (CMSE), Michigan State University is holding a two-day workshop titled “Frontiers in Data Science and Computation.”

The workshop will take place at the Kellogg Center at MSU in East Lansing on Sept. 16 and 17. The workshop will bring together speakers who are intellectual leaders in computational science and their application to interesting scientific problems. The areas of focus will be topics in scientific computing and Data Science, their applications, challenges and open problems

Scheduled speakers on Sept. 16, focusing on scientific computing:

  • James Amundson, Head, Scientific Software Infrastructure Department; Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
  • George Biros, Professor, Mechanical Engineering; W. A. “Tex” Moncrief, Jr. Simulation-Based Engineering Science Chair; University of Texas (UT)
  • Richard Brower, Professor, Physics, and Electrical & Computer Engineering; Boston University
  • Keith Cartwright, Research Physicist; Sandia National Laboratories
  • Bjorn Engquist, Director, ICES Center for Numerical Analysis; UT
  • Jeff Hittinger, Group Leader, Center for Applied Scientific Computing; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • George Em Karniadakis, Charles Pitts Robinson and John Palmer Barstow Professor of Applied Mathematics; Brown University
  • Eric Michielssen, Professor, Electrical Engineering; Assoc. VP for Advanced Research Computing; University of Michigan

Scheduled speakers on Sept. 17, focusing on data science:

  • Chidanand (Chid) Apte, Director, Mathematical Sciences and Analytics; IBM Research Division
  • Gunnar Carlsson, Anne and Bill Swindells Professor of Mathematics; Stanford University; co-founder, Ayasdi
  • Vanja Dukic, Associate Professor, Applied Mathematics; University of Colorado Boulder
  • Piotr Indyk, Professor, Theory of Computation Group, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory; MIT
  • Mario Juric, Washington Research Foundation Data Science Professor of Astronomy; University of Washington
  • Mauro Maggioni, Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science, and Electrical and Computer Engineering; Duke University
  • Jianchang (JC) Mao, Distinguished Engineer, Head of Advertising Relevance & Revenue and Marketplaces Development; Microsoft
  • Wotao Yin, Professor, Department of Mathematics; UCLA

For more information and to register, visit www.egr.msu.edu/fcds2015/

Microbiome Symposium — Sept. 10

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Cayman Chemicals and the departments of Pathology and Immunology and Microbiology are sponsoring a one-day Microbiome Symposium.

Time/Date: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 10

Location: Kahn Auditorium in the Taubman Biomedical Sciences Research Building, 109 Zina Pitcher Place.

Speakers: Speakers will include six internationally recognized experts researching aspects of the human gut microbiome and its role in health and disease, including digestion, allergy and cardiovascular disease.

Details: www.caymanchem.com/app/template/symposia,Microbiome2015.vm

Registration: www.caymanchem.com/Microbiome2015

Attendance will be limited to seating capacity. There is no charge to attend.

Student travel grants for SC15 conference available

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The SIGHPC Grant application process is now open for applications, and offers full-time students the chance to fund a portion of their travel to SC15 in Austin, Texas. In addition to a maximum of $600 to travel from within North America, or $1200 to travel from outside of North America, grant awardees will receive complimentary technical program registration. Attending SC15 as part of the travel grant program opens many professional opportunities. And awardees are not expected to “figure it out” on their own! Each grant recipient is assigned his or her own mentor based upon interests identified in the grant application. While at the conference, awardees will have the opportunity to learn about fellowships and grants in their fields of interest, and to interact with professionals and other students who share those interests.

If you are interested in applying for a SIGHPC Travel Grant for SC15, the application is available at http://www.sighpc.org/resources/travel/sighpc-travel. To apply you must be a member of SIGHPC, provide some basic information, and explain your motivation in high performance computing and desire to attend the SC15 conference. Your advisor must provide a letter of recommendation.

Applications are due by September 3, 2015.