• Extraordinary Impact

    The National Center for Supercomputing Applications leads the nation in computational and data analysis, transforming scientific and industrial research across the broadest range of disciplines.

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    The National Center for Supercomputing Applications leads the nation in computational and data analysis, transforming scientific and industrial research across the broadest range of disciplines.

NCSA at SC15

Visit booth #1733 at SC15 to learn more about big data, big computing, and big research at NCSA. Meet staff, see demos, and get the latest on the Blue Waters supercomputer, our collaborations with industry, the National Data Service, expanding the impact of your research through documentaries, and more.

Who We Are

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) accelerates discovery and innovation through expertise in high-performance computing, data, software, and interdisciplinary research.

Job Fair

NCSA will be at the Student Job/Opportunity Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, November 18. Talk to an NCSA recruiter about current professional openings and graduate fellowship opportunities!

Questions?

Contact NCSA Public Affairs.

NCSA Tweets

Demos

NCSA will have a variety of demos in the booth.

Solar Superstorms

Solar Superstorms
Donna Cox, Bob Patterson

Show times:

  • Monday, Nov. 16 — 7:15pm
  • Tuesday, Nov. 17 — 2:00pm
  • Wednesday, Nov. 18 — Noon
  • Thursday, Nov. 19 — 11:00am, Noon
SAGE2

SAGE2
Maxine Brown, Jason Leigh, Lance Long, Luc Renambot

Show times:

  • Monday, Nov. 16 — 7-9pm
  • Tuesday, Nov. 17 — 10am-6pm
  • Wednesday, Nov. 18 — 10am-6pm
  • Thursday, Nov. 19 — 10am-3pm
ARCTIC

ARCTIC
John Towns, Paul Morin (Polar Geospatial Center)

Show times:

  • Monday, Nov. 16 — 7:45pm
  • Tuesday, Nov. 17 — 11:00am, 2:00pm
Oculus Rift

Oculus Rift
Matt Turk, Rob Sisneros (windfarm demo)

Show times:

  • Monday, Nov. 16 — 8:15pm
  • Windfarm: Wednesday, Nov. 18 — Noon, 3:00pm
  • Thursday, Nov. 19 — 10:00am, 10:30am
Midwest Big Data Hub and National Data Service

Midwest Big Data Hub and National Data Service
Ed Seidel, Matt Turk

Show times:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 17 — 10:15am
  • Wednesday, Nov. 18 — 3:00pm
GeoDashboard

Geospatial Dashboards for Environmental Monitoring on the Web
Luigi Marini

Show times:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 17 — 10:30am
  • Wednesday, Nov. 18 — 5:00pm
The Dashboard

The Dashboard: HPC I/O Analysis Made Easy
Houng Luu

Show times:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 17 — 11:00am
Visualizing CyberSecurity with Bro

Visualizing CyberSecurity with Bro
Vlad Grigorescu

Show times:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 17 — Noon
  • Wednesday, Nov. 18 — 11:00am
PPL Fault Tolerance

Parallel Programming Laboratory Fault Tolerance
Shanna DeSouza

Show times:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 17 — Noon, 12:30pm
  • Wednesday, Nov. 18 — Noon, 2:00pm
History of HPC

History of HPC
Merle Giles

Show times:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 17 — 12:30pm
  • Wednesday, Nov. 18 — 1:00pm
NIST-CORE/ERGO

NIST-CORE/ERGO
Jong Lee

Show times:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 17 — 1:00pm
  • Wednesday, Nov. 18 — 2:00pm
PEcAN

PEcAN
Rob Kooper

Show times:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 17 — 1:30pm
  • Wednesday, Nov. 18 — 11:00am
CyberGIS

CyberGIS
Yan Liu

Show times:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 17 — 3:00pm
100,000 Cores — ISV Discussion PSP

100,000 Cores — ISV Discussion PSP
Merle Giles

Show times:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 17 — 3:00pm
  • Wednesday, Nov. 18 — 2:00pm
Brown Dog

Brown Dog
Kenton McHenry

Show times:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 17 — 4:00pm
  • Wednesday, Nov. 18 — 1:00pm
Blue Waters Grad Fellows lightning talks

Blue Waters Grad Fellows lightning talks
Scott Lathrop

Show times:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 17 — 5:00pm
Job Impact on System Monitoring

Job Impact on System Monitoring
Mike Showerman

Show times:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 18 — 10:15am, 4:00pm
Clowder

Clowder: Research Data Management for the Long Tail
Luigi Marini

Show times:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 18 — 10:00am, 4:00pm
An End-to-End Security Testbed for Cyber-Attack Replay and Analysis

An End-to-End Security Testbed for Cyber-Attack Replay and Analysis
Phuong Cao

Show times:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 18 — 10:00am
OpenStack Cloud

OpenStack Cloud
Vlad Kindratenko

Show times:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 18 — 11:00am
Ceph Storage

Ceph Storage
Vlad Kindratenko

Show times:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 18 — 1:00pm
Blue Waters

Blue Waters
Bill Kramer

Show times:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 18 — 3:00pm
Modeling of Viral Infection Propagation through Air Travel

Modeling of Viral Infection Propagation through Air Travel
Ashok Srinivasan

Show times:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 18 — 3:30pm
NVIDIA Jetson TK1 MPI Cluster

NVIDIA Jetson TK1 MPI Cluster
Vlad Kindratenko

Show times:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 18 — 4:00pm

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Technical Program

11.15.15

Effective HPC Visualization and Data Analysis using VisIt — 1:30pm-5:00pm

AUTHORS: Cyrus Harrison, David Pugmire, Hank Childs, Robert Sisneros, Amit Chourasia

11.15.15

Towards Comprehensive System Comparison: Using the SPEC HPG Benchmarks for Better Analysis, Evaluation, and Procurement of Next-Generation HPC Systems — 1:30pm-5:00pm

AUTHORS: Guido Juckeland, Ke Wang, Sandra Wienke, Oscar Hernandez, Robert Henschel, Kalyan Kumar, Wen-Mei Hwu, Mat Colgrove, Sunita Chandrasekaran, Kevin Skadron

11.16.15

Practical Fault Tolerance on Today's HPC Systems — 8:30am-12:00pm

AUTHORS: Kathryn Mohror, Nathan DeBardeleben, Laxmikant V. Kale, Eric Roman

11.16.15

Advanced MPI Programming — 8:30am-5:00pm

AUTHORS: Pavan Balaji, William Gropp, Torsten Hoefler, Rajeev Thakur

11.16.15

Second SC Workshop on Best Practices for HPC Training — 9:00am-12:30pm

AUTHORS: Fernanda Foertter, Rebecca Hartman-Baker, Scott Lathrop, Richard Gerber, Vincent Betro, Robert Whitten, Steve Gordon, Henry Neeman, Barbara Chapman, Nia Alexandrov, Jay Alameda, Maria-Grazia Giuffreda

11.16.15

ExaMPI15: Workshop on Exascale MPI — 9:00am-5:30pm

AUTHORS: Stefano Markidis, Erwin Laure, William D. Gropp, Jesper Larsson Träff, Masamichi Takagi, Roberto Gioiosa, Mirko Rahn, Mark Bull, Daniel Holmes

11.16.15

Sixth Annual Workshop for the Energy Efficient HPC Working Group (EE HPC WG) — 9:00am-5:30pm

AUTHORS: Natalie Bates, Anna Maria Bailey, Stephen Poole, Herbert Huber, James H. Rogers, Susan Coghlan, James Laros, Daniel Hackenberg, Francis Belot, Josip Loncaric, David Martinez, Thomas Durbin, Steve Martin, Ramkumar Nagappan, Nicolas Dube, Ingmar Meijer, Marriann Silveira, Andres Marquez

11.17.15

HDF5: State of the Union — 10:30am-noon

AUTHORS: Quincey Koziol, Mohamad Chaarawi

11.17.15

Operating System and Run-Time for Exascale — 12:15pm-1:15pm

AUTHORS: Marc Snir, Arthur B. Maccabe, John Kubiatowicz

11.17.15

SAGE2: Scalable Amplified Group Environment for Global Collaboration — 12:15pm-1:15pm

AUTHORS: Jason Leigh, Maxine D. Brown, Luc Renambot

11.17.15

Characterizing Extreme-Scale Computational and Data-Intensive Workflows — 3:30pm-5:00pm

AUTHORS: Edward Seidel, Franck Cappello, Tom Peterka

11.17.15

Scaling Smart Appliances for Spatial Data Synthesis — 5:15pm-7:00pm

AUTHORS: Luis Pineda-Morales, Balaji Subramaniam, Kate Keahey, Gabriel Antoniu, Alexandru Costan, Shaowen Wang, Anand Padmanabhan, Aiman Soliman

11.17.15
11.17.15

Analyzing the Performance of a Sparse Matrix Vector Multiply for Extreme Scale Computers — 5:15-7:00pm

AUTHORS: Amanda Bienz, Jon Calhoun, Luke Olson, Marc Snir, William D. Gropp

11.18.15
11.18.15

Visualization of a Tornado-Producing Thunderstorm: A Study of Visual Representation — 10:30am-noon

AUTHORS: David Bock, Leigh Orf, Robert R. Sisneros

11.18.15

Chemical Visualization of Human Pathogens: The Retroviral Capsids — 10:30-noon

AUTHORS: Juan R. Perilla, Boon Chong Goh, John Stone, Klaus Schulten

11.18.15

Reproducibility in High Performance Computing — 1:30pm-2:15pm

SPEAKER: Victoria Stodden

11.18.15

Monitoring Large-Scale HPC Systems: Data Analytics and Insights — 5:30pm-7:00pm

AUTHORS: Jim Brandt, Hans-Christian Hoppe, Mike Mason, Mark Parsons, Marie-Christine Sawley, Mike Showerman

11.19.15

Societal Impact of Earthquake Simulations at Extreme Scale — 9:15am-10:00am

SPEAKER: Thomas H. Jordan

11.19.15

Asynchronous Many-Task Programming Models for Next Generation Platforms — 10:30am-noon

PANELISTS: Robert Clay, Alex Aiken, Martin Berzins, Matthew Bettencourt, Laxmikant Kale, Timothy Mattson, Lawrence Rauchwerger, Vivek Sarkar, Thomas Sterling, Jeremiah Wilke

11.19.15

Charm++ and AMPI: Adaptive and Asynchronous Parallel Programming — 12:15pm-1:15pm

AUTHORS: Laxmikant V. Kale, Eric J. Bohm, Phil Miller

11.19.15

Procuring Supercomputers: Best Practices and Lessons Learned — 3:30pm-5:00pm

PANELISTS: Bilel Hadri, Katie Antypas, Bill Kramer, Satoshi Matsuoka, Greg Newby, Owen Thomas

11.19.15

NSF Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs — 3:30pm-5:00pm

PANELISTS: Srinivas Aluru, Chaitanya Baru, Fen Zhao

11.20.15

HPC and the Public Cloud — 10:30am-noon

PANELISTS: Kevin D. Kissell, Jeff Baxter, Shane Canon, Brian Cartwright, Steve Feldman, Bill Kramer, Kanai Pathak, Steve Scott

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About NCSA

Accelerating Science, Engineering, and Productivity

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) was founded in 1986 to provide the nation’s scientists and engineers with the supercomputing resources and expertise needed for scientific and engineering breakthroughs. Since that time NCSA has enabled researchers around the nation to help fight pandemics, improve weather forecasts, design new materials, and explore the universe.

NCSA is the home to the Blue Waters petascale computing system, which sustained performance of 1 quadrillion (or 1 million billion) arithmetic operations per second on a range of real applications and manages and analyzes truly massive amounts of data (millions of billions of bytes).

NCSA staff also lead and contribute in many ways to the National Science Foundation's Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), a nationwide virtual organization that provides digital resources, support, and expertise to help scientists, engineers, and scholars.

XSEDE's SC15 booth is directly next to the NCSA booth in location #1741. Scientists and engineers around the world use these resources and services—things like supercomputers, collections of data, and new tools—to make our lives healthier, safer, and better. XSEDE, and the experts who lead the program, will make these resources easier to use and help more people use them. You can follow XSEDE on Facebook (/XSEDEscience) and Twitter (@XSEDEscience).

In its more than 25 years of collaboration with industry, NCSA has worked with more than one-third of the Fortune50®—enabling them to use advanced computing technology to improve existing products and design new products. These companies span a number of sectors, including manufacturing, oil & gas, biomedical & life sciences, finance, and agriculture. Current partners include Boeing, BP, Caterpillar, John Deere, Dow, ExxonMobil, GE, Procter & Gamble, Rolls-Royce, and John Zink, as well as many smaller companies and technology vendors.

As part of its industrial program, NCSA deployed iforge, a high-performance computer designed to address the most pressing problems faced by NCSA’s industry partners. Industry partners can also scale up to run their codes on the Blue Waters supercomputer.

NCSA is also at the forefront of data-intensive research

  • NCSA and its collaborators provide a data management framework for the Dark Energy Survey, which is using the world’s largest digital camera to undertake the largest galaxy survey ever attempted. Scientists at NCSA use the framework to process, calibrate, and archive the massive amounts of data—quadrillions of bytes over the lifetime of the survey—that will be collected for the DES.
  • NCSA is embarking on a $10 million effort, dubbed Brown Dog, to develop software to manage and make sense of vast amounts of digital data. While technology has made it easy for everyone to create and share vast amounts of digital data—including images, video, and audio—searching, sorting, accessing and understanding that data is very challenging. Among the major issues: lack of metadata (the data about the data that describe when and how and by whom is was produced) and difficulty accessing data in outdated formats. The NCSA team will develop services to make the contents of uncurated data collections accessible.
  • The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope will use an 8.4-meter telescope and 3-gigapixel camera to produce a wide-field astronomical survey of the universe that tracks its changes over time. In addition to probing the mysteries of dark energy and dark matter, LSST is designed to detect exploding supernovae, potentially hazardous near-Earth asteroids, and distant Kuiper Belt Objects. LSST will collect tens of terabytes of data every night, which will be processed, calibrated, and archived by NCSA.

To learn more about NCSA visit www.ncsa.illinois.edu.

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About Blue Waters

Accelerating Science, Engineering, and Productivity

How do viruses spread destruction throughout your body? Why do some storms produce tornadoes and others do not? How you can prepare for earthquakes and the destruction that they cause?

The Blue Waters supercomputer at NCSA is designed to address these and many other pressing problems.

Blue Waters is a truly extraordinary computer:

  • Nearly 27,000 compute nodes and more than 4,000 NVIDIA Kepler GPU accelerators. If you could multiply two numbers together every second, it would take you 32 million years to do what Blue Waters does each second.
  • More than 1.5 petabytes of memory, enough to store 300 million images from your digital camera.
  • More than 25 petabytes of disk storage, enough to store all of the printed documents in all of the world’s libraries.
  • Up to 500 petabytes of tape storage, enough to store 10 percent of all of the words spoken in the existence of humankind.

Blue Waters, which is based on advanced technologies from Cray, Inc., was funded by a major grant from the National Science Foundation with supplemental funding from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the state of Illinois. The project is led by William T.C. Kramer.

Computing Resources for All

Scientists, engineers, educators, and companies from across the United States use Blue Waters to better understand viruses, space weather, and hurricanes, among many other projects.

  • At least 80 percent of the capacity of Blue Waters is available to scientists and engineers across the country through the National Science Foundation's Petascale Computing Resource Allocation program.
  • Up to 7 percent of Blue Waters is available to faculty, staff and students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Researchers at institutions in the Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation can apply annually for time on Blue Waters.
  • Blue Waters is available to educators and students for classes, workshops, and special projects.
  • Companies can also apply to use Blue Waters for their advanced modeling and simulation needs.

Graduate Fellowships

Applications are now being accepted for the Blue Waters Graduate Fellowships, which will provide selected PhD students with a year of support, including a $38,000 stipend, up to $12,000 in tuition allowance, a 100,000 node-hour allocation on Blue Waters, and funds to support travel to a Blue Waters-sponsored symposium. Preference will be given to candidates engaged in a multidisciplinary research project that combines disciplines such as computer science, applied mathematics, and computational science applications.

For complete eligibility and application details and to apply online, go to https://bluewaters.ncsa.illinois.edu/fellowships.

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