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Tuesday, February 12
Early Bird Activities

The following tours and activities have been scheduled for those who arrive the day before the workshop begins.

3:00 pm
Tour of NCSA/University of Illinois facilities
Tour will leave from the NCSA Building at 3 p.m. Please plan to arrive before 3 in order to pick up your badge and itinerary and to board the bus.
  • Abbott Power Plant - Keith Erickson, management engineer, Facilities Planning & Programs, University Administration
    Abbott Power Plant
    1117 S. Oak St., Champaign
  • Chilled water facility - Kent Reifsteck, director of engineering, Facilities and Services, University of Illinois
    Oak Street Chiller Plant
    1305 Oak St., Champaign
  • NCSA machine room - Mike Pflugmacher, High-End Computing division director, NCSA
    Advanced Computation Building
    1011 W. Springfield Ave., Urbana
6:00 pm
Transportation will be provided to downtown Champaign, where workshop attendees have their choice of numerous restaurants and bars:

  • The Great Impasta
  • Guido's
  • Jupiter's Pizza
  • Ko-Fusion
  • Merry Ann's Diner
  • Nitaya Thai
  • Pekara Bakery & Bistro
  • Peking Garden
  • Radio Maria
  • The bus will be available to take attendees from downtown to the Hampton Inn at 1200 W. University Ave., Urbana. The Champaign County Visitors Guide offers information on taxis and other transportation.
    Wednesday, February 13
    8:00 am
    Check-in and continental breakfast
    NCSA Building
    8:30 am
    Petascale Computing Facilities at Argonne
    Ray Bair, senior computational scientist, Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago

    Abstract: Argonne National Laboratory is the site of the U.S. Department of Energy's newest high-end supercomputer facility for open computational science, the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility. In 2007, Argonne completed a new 6,000-square-foot computer room designed for petascale Blue Gene systems, taking advantage of the unique characteristics of the site.  Read more
    NCSA Auditorium
    9:15 am
    What's in Store for Next Generation High-Performance Data Centers
    William J. Kosik, PE, CEM, LEED AP, EYP MCF Inc.

    Abstract: Ongoing technological advances in high-perfomance computing continually increase the importance of reliable power and cooling for the data center. Also, as the electrical power consumption of the servers continues to grow, the cost of energy and difficulties in cooling very high-density data centers has driven a need for innovative (yet cost-effective) design solutions for the electrical and cooling systems.  Read more
    NCSA Auditorium
    10:00 am
    10:15 am
    Designing and Building a Multi-use Facility
    Dennis Cromwell, Associate Vice President, Enterprise Infrastructure, Indiana University

    Abstract: On Oct. 12, 2007, Indiana University broke ground on the construction of a new data denter with a construction budget of $38 million. IU expects to complete construction by the end of 2008.  Read more
    NCSA Auditorium
    11:00 am
    Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Experiences with Major Computing Facilities
    Jim Rogers, Director of Operations, National Center for Computational Sciences, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

    Abstract: Since 2003, Oak Ridge National Laboratory has built two high-performance computing centers totaling 70,000 square feet of raised floor space with a total of 35 megawatts of power and over 12,000 tons of chiller capacity. In this talk, I will describe the computing facilities, discuss the features we included specifically for high-performance computing, talk about trade-offs we made, and relay lessons learned.  Read more
    NCSA Auditorium
    11:45 am

    Future High Performance Computing Systems and the Supporting Facilities Infrastructure
    Ed Seminaro, chief hardware architect and engineer for IBM Power-based systems and IBM fellow

    Abstract: As the insatiable urge for computing power to solve the most difficult problems in society continues to grow, so do the complexity and power consumption of the computing systems that are deployed in the high-performance computing arena.  Read more
    1:15 pm
    Panel Discussion: Petascale Computing Facility
    This panel discussion, moderated by NCSA deputy director and Blue Waters deputy project director Rob Pennington, will give an overview of some lessons learned during the initial schematic design of the Petascale Computing Facility (PCF) that will house Blue Waters. Panelists will give a brief description of their role in the PCF project and will share insights they have gained while working on the project so far. There will be time for questions from workshop participants.

    • Keith Erickson, management engineer, Facilities Planning & Programs, University of Illinois
    • Emad Jassim, mechanical science and engineering, University of Illinois
    • Kent Reifsteck, director of engineering, Facilities and Services, University of Illinois
    • Ed Seminaro, chief hardware architect and engineer for IBM Power-based systems and IBM fellow
    • Mark Washburn, NCSA facilities engineer
    NCSA Auditorium
    2:15 pm
    2:30 pm
    55-seat shuttle to Willard Airport available


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