2011 NCSA Private Sector Program Annual Meeting


2011 NCSA Private Sector Program Annual Meeting


All activities will be held at the NCSA Building, 1205 W. Clark St., Urbana, Illinois, unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday, May 3

Jam Sessions (aka: brainstorming and more!)

7:30 a.m.
Check-in and contintental breakfast
8:30 a.m.
Welcoming remarks
Merle Giles — Director, Private Sector Program & Economic Development, NCSA
8:45 a.m.
Performing high performance
Guy Garnett — Associate Director for Research, eDream Institute, University of Illinois
What does music have to do with HPC, and what can it teach us? We'll present an unusual approach to highly-parallel, continuous, real-time, fine-timescale user interactions by using a violin to drive a simulation running on a high performance computing system.
9:15 a.m.
Defining virtual realism
Paul Fussell — Senior Manager of the Mathematical Modeling Group, Boeing Technology
What is "virtual realism" and why should we strive for it? We'll discuss how exponential improvements in resolution, scope, uncertainty, validation and verification, and other aspects of modeling and simulation are critical to driving industrial competitiveness in the 21st century.
9:45 a.m.
Multiscale and multiphysics
Arif Masud — Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois
The mathematical underpinnings of current numerical methods date to the era of scalar machines and codes. But now, massively parallel HPC platforms are challenging mathematical thinking to leap forward. We'll discuss this unique challenge, and the issue of scale in multiphysics environments.
10:15 a.m.
Real-time genomics — distant reality or right around the corner?
Victor Jongeneel — Sr. Research Scientist, NCSA & Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois
Sequencing a patient's genome to help clinicians make informed therapeutic decisions is a reality today. It is still a slow and cumbersome process, however, including from a computational viewpoint. We'll discuss where the bottlenecks are and how they may be resolved in the near future.
10:45 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
Performance modeling for systematic performance tuning
Torsten Hoefler — Lead, System Performance Modeling & Simulation, NCSA Blue Waters Project
How can we model and optimize every aspect of system and application performance? How can we use these models to guide design decisions and re-engineering efforts to adopt applications to changing platforms (e.g. GPU or multicore computing) and better estimate the costs of problem solving?
11:30 a.m.
Virtual duty cycle analysis
Mohamad El-Zein — Manager, Metals & Mechanics, Moline Technology Innovation Center, John Deere
The promise of temporal modeling is slowly but surely coming to bear. But how can we progress from today's modal superposition methods to tomorrow's full transient analyses with rich, virtual terrains? We'll discuss temporal modeling's current bottlenecks and what is needed to overcome them.
1:00 p.m.
The HPC of cancer research
Jack Collins — Director, Advanced Biomedical Computing Center, U.S. National Cancer Institute
The science, data, and computing challenges of cancer research are immense. What will it take to prepare the HPC community to aggregate talent, allocate computational resources, and collaboratively educate users? Which HPC strategies can deliver life-saving breakthroughs?
1:30 p.m.
Advancing clinical and research MRI with computational tools
Brad Sutton — Professor, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science & Technology, University of Illinois
A better MRI exists that offers order-of-magnitude improvements in image resolution, signal to noise, and scan time. Image reconstruction demands, however, prevent us from using these techniques. We'll discuss how GPUs and new software can meet this challenge and help enable better MRI diagnostics.
2:00 p.m.
End-to-end product design exploration
Christopher Jian — Director, Simulation Technology Solutions Group, John Zink
The rapid advancement of HPC brings the opportunity to transform the process of engineering. How can we accelerate product development and system integration through HPC, large data transfer, and real-time, interactive visualization? What does the transformation look like?
A streaming video is available (Apple QuickTime .mov file)
2:30 p.m.
Industrial HPC resolution challenges
Shyam Neerarambam — Team Lead, Aerothermal Methods, Rolls-Royce
Manufacturers must balance complex and competing requirements from multiple engineering disciplines to deliver products that meet quality, schedule, and cost expectations from customers. We'll discuss the simulation and HPC challenges of this process, and the opportunities for breakthroughs.
3:00 p.m.
3:15 p.m.
Variability and uncertainty quantification
Keven Hofstetter — Research Program Manager, Virtual Product Development Technology, Caterpillar
A keen understanding of variability and uncertainty propagation has become vital to manufacturers in their product development and virtual realism efforts. What are the hurdles to better incorporating these concepts into modeling and simulation solutions, and what does the ideal solution look like?
3:45 p.m.
Data challenges for the Dark Energy Survey
Don Petravick — Project Manager, NCSA Dark Energy Survey
The Dark Energy Survey aims to deliver new insights about the expansion of the universe. But the task of quickly transporting and analyzing enormous amounts of small data files at various locations is significant for DES and other communities. We'll discuss this distinct challenge and plans for success.
4:15 p.m.
Operational cybersecurity in shared HPC environments
Brad Sheafe — Deputy Director of the Cybersecurity Directorate & Chief Security Officer, NCSA
Often, conventional cybersecurity tactics don't translate well to HPC environments. So, in that setting, how should we think about "data security"? We'll discuss how security experts can best protect industrial assets through collaboration with key personnel and understanding HPC data and users.
4:35 p.m.
HPC market gaps
Merle Giles — Director, Private Sector Program & Economic Development, NCSA
Today, industrial users can chose from a variety of technical computing options. But how can companies know which modeling and simulation resources to use, and when? How must the HPC community adapt to meet the end-to-end needs of the modern HPC user?
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Reception & Poster Session
NCSA Atrium
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
VIP dinner
**By invitation only**

Wednesday, May 4

Keynotes, Presentations, and Panels

7:30 a.m.
Check-in and continental breakfast
8:30 a.m.
Tuesday recap
Merle Giles — Director, Private Sector Program & Economic Development, NCSA
A streaming video is available (Apple QuickTime .mov file)
8:45 a.m.
Keynote: Watson and the IBM Jeopardy! Challenge
Tim Alpers — Product Manager, IBM Systems & Technology Group
Improvements in question-answering technology will increasingly help a variety of professions with critical and timely decision making. IBM created "Watson" for that purpose, and to even play a little "Jeopardy!" We'll discuss how these grand challenges help advance computer science and society.
9:45 a.m.
Keynote: A decade of industrial disruption — the movement from analog to digital
Bill Ruh — Vice President & Global Technology Director, GE Software Center of Excellence
The movement this decade from analog to digital capabilities will become even more disruptive for a variety of industrial sectors. But what are the challenges and implications associated with this shift? We'll discuss these issues, with an emphasis on hardware and software capabilities needed by industry.
10:30 a.m.
10:45 a.m.
Software panel discussion
Tim Alpers — Product Manager, IBM Systems & Technology Group
Brett Bode — Software Development Manager, NCSA
Andrew Jones — Vice-President HPC Business, NAG Group
Sanjay Kale — Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois
John Salomon — Engineering Specialist, Virtual Product Development Technology, Caterpillar
Barbara Hutchings — Director of Strategic Partnerships, ANSYS
Moderated by Rick Arthur — Manager, Advanced Computing Lab, GE Global Research
What are the unique and most significant software challenges facing today's HPC "power users"? What are the common boundaries of existing codes, and how do we push past them?
A streaming video is available (Apple QuickTime .mov file)
11:30 a.m.
Petascale data and beyond
Michelle Butler — Technical Program Manager & Director of Storage Systems, NCSA
NCSA will grow from hosting fewer than 10 petabytes of storage today to more than 500 petabytes in the next five years. How can we intelligently scale, store, and share such an extraordinary collection of information? How will the Blue Waters project inform the leap to exascale data in the decade ahead?
12:15 p.m.
1:15 p.m.
Keynote: Computational engineering challenges
Norm Egbert — Vice President, Engineering & Technology, Rolls-Royce Corporation
What will it take for the industrial engineering community to fully embrace virtual reality? We'll discuss the past, present, and potential future of virtual realism, including the challenges that lie ahead. We'll also touch on what academia can do to help us change the way we do business in the 21st century.
2:00 p.m.
Petascale software challenges
Bill Gropp — Deputy Director for Research, NCSA & IACAT
How do we prepare software to make effective use of petascale systems such as Blue Waters? How can we identify performance and scaling issues for systems with 300,000 to over one million cores? What alternatives exist to using the Message-Passing Interface (MPI) in building massively parallel codes?
2:45 p.m.
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Blue Ribbon Panel
Thom Dunning — Director, NCSA & IACAT
Bill Gropp — Deputy Director for Research, NCSA & IACAT
Bill Kramer — Deputy Project Director, NCSA Blue Waters Project
Bob Miesner — Deputy Director of Advanced Simulation and Computing, U.S. Department of Energy
José Muñoz — Chief Technology Officer, U.S. National Science Foundation
Rob Rutenbar — Chair of Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois
Moderated by Tom Lange — Director of Modeling & Simulation in Corporate R&D, Procter & Gamble
What grand challenges lie ahead with regard to data, science, and computing? How can academia, industry, and government collaborate effectively to overcome these hurdles? This year's Blue Ribbon panel will discuss these topics, with a focus on the next decade of petascale and even exascale HPC.
A streaming video is available (Apple QuickTime .mov file)
5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Reception & Dinner
Colonnades Room, Univ. of Illinois Memorial Stadium

**Shuttles will be provided from NCSA to Memorial Stadium. If you choose to drive, metered parking is available near Memorial Stadium at the Activities and Recreation Center, 201 E. Peabody Drive.**

Thursday, May 5

8:00 a.m.
Check-in and continental breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
PSP Advisory Council Meeting
**By invitation only**
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Tours of the National Petascale Computing Facility

**Open to all attendees; contact Trish Barker for more information**