NCSA’s Imagination Station coming to SC18

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Can you imagine a world-changing challenge you would solve with access to advanced technology, data, and domain expertise? Maybe it’s solving the global food crisis or understanding the impact of neighborhood gun violence African-American mothers in Englewood. The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites SC18 attendees to join us in booth #3635 as we explore how researchers are leveraging NCSA resources to solve grand challenges like these. SC18, the supercomputing industry's largest conference, will take place November 11-16, 2018 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas.

"Every day for the past three decades, NCSA has partnered with visionaries to discover solutions to grand challenges for the benefit of science and society," said NCSA director Bill Gropp. "Our advanced digital resources and world-class staff push research beyond the unimaginable. We're inviting SC18 attendees to join us in imagining what challenges they could tackle with NCSA's resources and expertise."

Attendees are invited to explore the world-changing discoveries of researchers from academia, government, and industry at NCSA's Imagination Station and at the 33 talks and workshops featuring NCSA experts. NCSA will also be hosting a number of in-booth events including a happy hour to celebrate the 5-year anniversary of the Blue Waters project and a coffee hour to explore the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) project. Attendees can RSVP for NCSA's in-booth events.

NCSA@SC18 events details

Live T-Shirt Printing

Tuesday, November 13
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Booth #3635

Explore the world-changing discoveries of researchers from academia, government, and industry at NCSA's Imagination Station and receive a live printed t-shirt.

Blue Waters 5th Anniversary Happy Hour

Tuesday, November 13
4-6 p.m.
Booth #3635

Join NCSA for a happy hour to celebrate the 5-year anniversary of Blue Waters' amazing scientific breakthroughs and remarkable discoveries with drinks, snacks and conversation.

Discover LSST Coffee

Wednesday, November 14
10-11:30 a.m.
Booth #3635

Come learn about NCSA's role as the LSST Lead Data Facility, responsible for processing 15 terabytes of data that will be collected each night for the LSST project. Join NCSA and LSST researchers for a live data stream from Chile and learn about the LSST project.

NCSA @ SC18 Job Fair

Wednesday, November 14
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Rooms D163, D165, D170, D172

Looking to join our team? Come meet with NCSA's recruiters at the Student/Postdoc Job Fair to learn more about the various fellowships, internships, and other employment opportunities that NCSA has to offer.

NCSA @ Family Day

Wednesday, November 14
4-6 p.m.
Booth #3635

Calling big imaginations of all ages! Come visit our booth for some kid-friendly swag, like NCSA Legos and coloring books!

Student Cluster Competition

A team from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been invited to take place in the 16-team Student Cluster Competition! The Student Cluster Competition was developed in 2007 to immerse undergraduate and high school students in high performance computing. These student teams design and build small clusters with hardware and software vendor partners, learn designated scientific applications, apply optimization techniques for their chosen architectures, and compete in a non-stop, 48-hour challenge at the SC conference to complete a real-world scientific workload, while impressing conference attendees and interview judges with their HPC knowledge.

Discover More with XSEDE at SC18

The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), one of NCSA's major projects, will also have a booth at SC18 where conference attendees are encouraged to stop by and learn about XSEDE-enabled science and opportunities for researchers to Discover More with XSEDE. Join XSEDE in booth #3935 at the events listed below:

Breakfast with Champions

Tuesday, November 13
10-11:30 a.m.

Join us as we celebrate the Campus Champion program's 10-year anniversary! Stop by and grab breakfast, network with the Champions, and invite others to learn more about the Campus Champions community.

Discover More with XSEDE Reception

Wednesday, November 14
4-6 p.m.

Join us for chips and salsa as we celebrate the launch of our new campaign, Discover More with XSEDE! We'll have XSEDE staff members and administrators on hand to answer any questions you may have about how we can integrate HPC or our domain expertise into your research in order to Discover More.

A full list of NCSA staff presenting during the technical program of SC18 may be found on our SC18 website, www.ncsa.illinois.edu/SC18.

Follow NCSA's SC18 journey allt week on Twitter (@NCSAatIllinois), Facebook (/NCSAatIllinois), Instagram (ncsa_at_illinois), and LinkedIn (National Center for Supercomputing Applications) or the hashtag #NCSAatSC18.

About NCSA

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provides supercomputing and advanced digital resources for the nation's science enterprise. At NCSA, University of Illinois faculty, staff, students, and collaborators from around the globe use advanced digital resources to address research grand challenges for the benefit of science and society. NCSA has been advancing one third of the Fortune 50® for more than 30 years by bringing industry, researchers, and students together to solve grand challenges at rapid speed and scale.

National Science Foundation

Blue Waters is supported by the National Science Foundation through awards ACI-0725070 and ACI-1238993.

National Science Foundation

XSEDE is supported by National Science Foundation through award ACI-1053575.