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HPC Research and Education News for the Week of October 14, 2013 Sponsored by XSEDE

HPC Happenings

Submission and Deadline Reminders for This Week

Submission Deadline: Numerical Computations with GPUs
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 – Urbana- Champaign, Illinois

Submission Deadline: XSEDE Allocation Requests
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Paper Submission Deadline: IEEE International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposium
Friday, October 18, 2013 – Phoenix, Arizona

Submission Deadline: Scientific Visualization Submissions for SC13
Friday, October 18, 2013 – Denver, Colorado

Jack Dongarra Honored with Ken Kennedy Award for Contributions to Supercomputing

HPC luminary Jack Dongarra has been selected to receive an ACM-IEEE Computer Society Ken Kennedy Award for "his leadership in designing and promoting standards for mathematical software used to solve numerical problems common to high performance computing (HPC)." Dongarra is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Tennessee, where he is the founder and director of the Innovative Computing Laboratory. He also holds positions at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Manchester. To read further, please visit

New Video: NASA's Rupak Biswas on Role of HPC in Space Exploration

On why he attends SCxy: "This is the single venue ... where you have all of the technical people in hardware, in software, in algorithms and applications in the same place. It's also very inspiring to have the greatest minds in advanced technology converging at one place." To view the video, please visit!.

Clemson University Broadening Participation in Visualization Workshop
February 10-11, 2013 – Clemson, South Carolina
Application Deadline – November 13, 2013

Visualization plays a significant role in the exploration and Understanding of data across all disciplines with a universal goal: gaining insight into the complex relationships that exist within the data. The need to diversify a field with such far-reaching influences is imperative. The purpose of this workshop is to provide an opportunity for networking and mentoring among underrepresented groups in the field of visualization. Clemson University (CU) not only hosts the Palmetto Cluster, utilized by CU faculty to run large scale simulations that are later used in mvisualization, but also features a number of visualization labs and centers that   participants will have an opportunity to visit. The workshop, scheduled for February 2014, is designed to inform, inspire and encourage participants to engage in the multidisciplinary dynamics of visualization. Travel expenses (flight or mileage), meals and lodging costs will be provided for workshop participants. While our original funding allowed us to reimburse anyone at a US university, we are now regrettably restricted to reimbursing only US citizens. We recognize this is a serious constraint, but it is a federal regulation on the funding. Persons with their own travel funds wishing to participate in the workshop are also encouraged to apply. All interested persons are encouraged to apply at: Questions can be sent to

UCSD, SDSC & NVIDIA Host GPU Computing Event
November 5-6, 2013 – La Jolla, California

The first day of this two-day event  is in the form of a research symposium with presentations covering trends, tools, and research discoveries using GPU computing. Keynote speaker is Ian Buck, Vice President NVIDIA HPC. The second day is a workshop on GPU programming using CUDA and OpenAcc, including presentations and hands-on exercises. Participation is free but space is limited. Reservations will be granted on a first come, first serve basis. You can register for either or both days of the event. Participants must bring their own laptop for the programming workshop on the second day. To learn more about the event and to register, please visit

PRACE 8th Project Access - Call for Proposals
Submission Deadline – October 15, 2013


Allocations will be for one year starting from March 2014. The Call is intended to individual researchers, as well as multi-national research groups, asking for resources on a single or multiple machines. The 8th Call is open to academia and industry under specific mandatory conditions including that access is devoted solely for open R&D research purposes. Please carefully check the full eligibility criteria list in the text of the call for proposals. All applications, whether submitted by academia or by commercial companies, will be evaluated against the highest peer-review standards. Applications must demonstrate scientific excellence, include elements of novelty, transformative aspects and have a recognized scientific impact.  The PRACE 8th Call for Proposals can be found on the PRACE website at  For queries related to applications, please contact:

PRACE-Linksceem Winter School
February 10-13, 2014 - Tel Aviv, Israel

The unique two-part program includes:

  • Hands-on introductory workshop on using PRACE High Performance Computing (HPC) resources
  • Mini-workshop on "The Future of HPC: Israeli Innovation"

The program is free of charge (not including travel and accommodations). Applications are open to researchers, academics and industrial researchers residing in PRACE member countries, European Union Member States, Eastern Mediterranean countries and Associated Countries. The hands-on workshop is limited to 60 participants, so we encourage you to apply early. All classes and training will be in English. For more information and to register, please visit

HPC Conference Call for Participation

HASTAC 2014 Annual Conference - Call for Proposals/Papers
April 24-27, 2014 - Ministerio de Cultura, Lima, Peru

Submissions Deadline: November 15, 2013

The challenges facing the Western hemisphere are multidimensional  and complex.  Urban agglomeration, economic development, ecological crisis, military conflict, digital privacy, impediments to advanced learning, negotiations of multiple cultural and historical perspectives—these are problems with scientific and human factors that must be considered together.  HASTAC 2014 challenges participants to consider the interplay of science, technology, the social sciences, the humanities, and the arts in the context of addressing the urgent contingencies facing the evolving hemisphere.  For more information including submission guidelines, please visit

Upcoming Conferences, Workshops and Webinars

November 17 - 22, 2013 - Denver, Colorado

SC13, the premier annual international conference on high-performance computing, networking, and storage, will be held in Denver, Colorado. The Technical Papers Program at SC is the leading venue for presenting the highest-quality original research, from the foundations of HPC to its emerging frontiers. The conference committee solicits submissions of excellent scientific merit that introduce new ideas to the field and stimulate future trends on topics such as applications, systems, parallel algorithms, and performance modeling. For more information, please visit

International Symposium on Network Analysis and Mining for Health Informatics, Biomedicine and Bioinformatics Net-HI-BI-BI 2013
December 18-21, 2013, Shanghai, China
In conjunction with BIBM 2013

The advancement in technology and computational science influenced a wide range of fields, including research in clinical leading to health informatics as emerging vital research area, which is attracting more attention in academia and industry. Health informatics combines computational science and the clinical world for better treatment of patients. The target of this research track is to bring together professionals, researchers and practitioners in the area of health informatics to present, discuss, share the latest finding in the field, and exchange ideas that address real-world problems with real-world solutions. For more information, please visit

2014 IEEE International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposium
May 19-23, 2014 – Phoenix, Arizona

The 28th IEEE-IPDPS will be held 19-23 May in Phoenix at the Arizona Grand Resort, an all-suites family-friendly resort and meeting place. Phoenix has an international airport and is the hub for several US airlines. It is only a six-hour drive from Los Angeles and Las Vegas and the starting point for one-day tours of the Grand Canyon as well as other historic communities in the area. For those who come early or stay late, there are boundless Southwest tourist attractions and activities. For shorter trip times, AGR has a water-world, golf course, and hiking and riding trails on the premises and an indoor athletic club and spa for fitness training. For more information, please visit

Research Features From Across the Country and Around the World

Harvard, TACC Simulate a Bond Important for Hearing

Inner-ear mechanotransduction, whereby sound is transformed into electrical signals that can be processed by the brain, relies on fine and fragile protein filaments called "tip links." These tip links are thought to be ruptured by loud sound, thereby impairing mechanotransduction and causing temporary hearing loss. Tip links are also the target of mutations causing inherited deafness. The research team, led by Harvard Professors David P. Corey and Rachelle Gaudet, Marcos Sotomayor, used the Ranger supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) to simulate the process of tip link rupture, as well as the effect of deafness mutations on tip-link dynamics. To read further, please visit

2014 Pennsylvania State Budget Includes $500,000 for Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania budget signed by Gov. Tom Corbett on June 30 includes a $500,000 line item for PSC.  “This is very good news for PSC and for the Commonwealth,” says Ralph Roskies, scientific director for PSC, adding that the state’s return on its past investments in PSC has been excellent. “Since our inception we’ve brought over $500 million in outside funds into Pennsylvania, representing a 14:1 return on state funding for PSC.” “We’re grateful to the members of the General Assembly, and especially the Allegheny County delegation,” Roskies adds. “The bipartisan support of Senators Randy Vulakovich and Jay Costa and Representatives Mark Mustio and Joe Markosek made this possible.” The funding, says PSC’s leadership, will benefit the state’s technological and workforce infrastructures as well. To read further, please visit

Indiana University is Top Dog with Big Red II Supercomputer

Over at the Cray Blog, Jay Gould writes that Indiana University’s new Big Red II supercomputer is 25 times faster than its predecessor. Utilizing the world’s fastest university-owned supercomputer, IU will now be able address new science and technology challenges, addressing much larger and vastly more complex problems. Building on the success of the original Big Red 1 system, the Big Red II supercomputer was dedicated and opened for discovery in April of this year. The University is using Big Red II to arm its smartest computational science minds with the tools they need to lead us into the next wave of technical exploration — an investment that they estimate will pay for itself many times over in terms of economic development in Indiana — accelerating their own access to a broader realm of technical domains. To read further, please visit

University of Washington Engineers Invent Programming Language to Build Synthetic DNA

University of Washington researchers have developed a programming language for chemistry that they hope will streamline efforts to design a network that can guide the behavior of chemical-reaction mixtures in the same way that embedded electronic controllers guide devices. The language is used to write programs that direct the movement of tailor-made molecules. "The vision is that eventually, you can use this technology to build general-purpose tools," says Washington professor Georg Seelig. He notes the approach is similar to programming languages that tell a computer what to do. "I think this is appealing because it allows you to solve more than one problem," Seelig says. Although the researchers say their approach is not ready to be applied in practical medicine, future uses could include using the framework to make molecules that self-assemble within cells and serve as "smart" sensors. To read further, please visit

East Coast Universities Join IBM in Cognitive Computing Research Project
Network World

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New York University, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are working with IBM on a cognitive computing project that aims to build computers that operate in a manner closer to the human mind. IBM says the project, which will build on the technology used in its Watson computer, seeks to meet the need for additional research to identify systems and processes to support computing models that enable systems and people to work together in different domains of expertise. The researchers hope to explore how applications can boost group decision-making, how processing power and algorithms apply to artificial intelligence, how systems should be designed for more natural interaction, and how deep learning impacts automated pattern recognition in science. To read further, please visit

UC San Diego, UMD Researchers to Build ‘WIFIRE’ Cyberinfrastructure

The U.S. National Science Foundation has awarded a three-year grant to three research institutions at the University of California, San Diego for a project called WIFIRE that aims to develop a cyberinfrastructure to improve wildfire predictions and simulations. WIFIRE participants include the San Diego Supercomputer Center, the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology's Qualcomm Institute, and the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department at the university's Jacobs School of Engineering, as well as the University of Maryland's Department of Fire Protection Engineering. The cyberinfrastructure will support an integrated system for wildfire analysis, specifically for changing urban dynamics and climate. The system will merge networked observations, including heterogeneous satellite data and real-time remote sensor data, with computational techniques in signal processing, visualization, modeling, and data assimilation. WIFIRE will offer a scalable way of tracking phenomena such as weather patterns that can aid in forecasting the rate of wildfire spread. To read further, please visit

Educator Opportunities and Information

Arizona State University Masters of Natural Science Degree in Physics for High School Teachers
Registration Deadline – November 1, 2013

In-State Tuition for California

MNS is a participating program of Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP), which is open to all residents of 15 participating states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming). WRGP allows qualifying students to request the WRGP tuition rate when applying for admission directly to the graduate program. Applicants must meet all admission requirements and apply within University deadlines. Identify yourself as a "WICHE WRGP" applicant to be considered for the discounted tuition rate. Programs give a limited number of WRGP reduced tuition seats each year. Interested applicants wanting to be considered for the WRGP must have their application in no later than November 1st for summer admittance into the MNS program. The WICHE-WRGP application can be found at For more information, please visit Questions? .

CS Principles: Computation in Action for High School Educators

CS Principles: Computation in Action engages students in socially-relevant, project-based learning activities designed to foster computational thinking within the Big Ideas and Concepts of the AP CS Principles course: Creativity, Abstraction, Data, Algorithms, Programming, Internet, and Impact. Students will put the principles of CS into action by creating interdisciplinary computational artifacts that combine CS with music, art, literature, and science (life, physical, and social). AP CS Principles promises exciting opportunities for CS educators and students for broadening participation with up-to-date technologies and relevant content. Invigorate your school's CS program with the CS Principles: Computation in Action curriculum. This curriculum package includes lesson plans, activities, assessments, and projects with solutions.  For more information, please visit

Special Offer from the American Computational Science League

ACSL organizes computer science contests and computer programming contests for junior and senior high school students. This year, our 36th year of continuous operation, over 200 teams in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia are participating. ACSL is on the approved activities list of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). ACSL is also an institutional member of the Computer Science Teachers Association. Reasons to join the Computer Science League:

‪·  ACSL offers all students exposure to foundational concepts in computer science that will serve them well in current high school and future college courses.‬

‪·  ACSL enables all students to compete with others at their grade level with similar programming experience by offering a Junior, Intermediate, and Senior Division.‬

‪·  ACSL has provided newly written, never previously used, interesting short answer problems and programming problems every year since 1978.‬

‪· ACSL is administered in four local contests throughout the year at your school so that all of your students can participate either as part of their CS classes or as an extracurricular activity.‬

‪If you are interested in participating, please visit All questions about ACSL can be sent to Jerry Tebrow at

Applications Open for 2014 Aspirations in Computing Awards
Application Deadline – October 31, 2013

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing recognizes young women in high school for their computing-related achievements and interests and generates visibility for women’s participation in computing-related pursuits.  With one application, high school girls will be considered for the award on both the national and the affiliate levels. Competition for the 2014 NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing is open to any U.S. high school-level female (grades 9-12).  Application information, prizes and an educator note can be found at Winners will be announced in early December 2013.

Why Students Study STEM
Inside Higher Ed

Early exposure to math and science has a greater influence on high school students' interest in majoring in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields than does math achievement, according to a new study. Math achievement was once thought to be the biggest predictor of enrollment in STEM programs. Exposure to math and science gives students an opportunity to develop their interests and experience the wonders and joys of math and science, says University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Xueli Wang. "It's speaking to the holistic experience rather than the one-shot test score," Wang notes. However, for students from ethnic groups underrepresented in STEM, the exposure effect has a smaller impact. The study also found that male students reported more belief in their math skills than female students with comparable achievement. To read further, please visit

Student Engagement and Information

HPCAC- ISC 2014 Student Cluster Competition
Submission Deadline - November 1, 2013

The HPC Advisory Council (HPCAC), a leading organization for high-performance computing research, outreach and education, and the International Supercomputing Conference (, call on high school and undergraduate students from around the world to submit their application for the Student Cluster Competition (SCC) by November 1, 2013. Out of the received applications, 11 teams will be chosen and given the task to build a small cluster of their design and run a series of benchmarks and applications in real-time on the ISC’14 exhibition floor. The friendly competition will conclude with an awards ceremony, recognizing all teams in different categories, on the keynote stage, in front of the conference attendees. A video of the HPCAC-ISC 2013 Student Cluster Competition is available on YouTube ( Submissions details are available on the HPC Advisory Council website (, as well the ISC’14 website. For more information, sponsorship and general questions please email

UT Southwestern Summer 2014 Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program
Application Deadline – February 9, 2014

UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is sponsoring the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program. The goal of SURF is to give students an intensive, 10-week research experience in a world-class research environment. Students immerse themselves in the laboratory and work on individual research projects with UT Southwestern Graduate School faculty. Most areas of modern biomedical engineering, cancer biology, cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, immunology, microbiology, neuroscience, and pharmacology are represented. In addition to research, SURF provides seminars, optional classes in Immunology and Genetics, social events, and an end-of-program poster session. UT Southwestern has increased the number of fellowships for SURF to 85. The SURF website and online application can be found at

Open Source Comes to Campus

This organization currently coordinates weekend workshops at colleges to teach students how to get involved in open source software. Their mission is to get more college students to have the community knowledge and technical skills to participate in globally distributed software projects: big ones, like Firefox and WordPress, and smaller ones, like GNU MediaGoblin and angband. You do not need to know how to program to contribute to open source software. Open source projects need code, but they also need original art, testing, documentation, web design, bug triaging, and more. In addition, they will teach you. Please visit to see if they are coming to your campus. Feel free to use the same link if you would like to work together to run a workshop on your campus!

2014 Space Technology Research Fellowships-
Submission Deadline – November 13, 2013

The NASA Space Technology Research Grants Program plans to release its annual call for applications for the NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships this week. Applications will be accepted from students pursuing or planning to pursue masters or doctoral degrees in relevant space technology disciplines. The fellowship awards, worth as much as $68,000 per year, will coincide with the start of the fall 2014 term. NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) seeks to sponsor U.S. citizen and permanent resident graduate student researchers who show significant potential to contribute to NASA’s goal of creating innovative new space technologies for our Nation’s science, exploration, and economic future. Please direct your correspondence/inquiries, in writing, to Ms. Claudia Meyer, Space Technology Research Grants Program Executive, at For more information, visit

Career Opportunities

Louisiana State University, Center Computation and Technology

LSU is conducting a national search for the position of Director of its Center for Computation and Technology (CCT). CCT is an interdisciplinary center, which promotes high-performance computing in research, education and related economic development for the state. CCT was established in 2001 with a recurring budget exceeding $8M per year, and a mission to infuse computing and computational technologies into the research and creative activities of every traditional academic discipline. For more information, please visit

Research Asst Professor/Lead System Administrator
University of Central Florida: - Orlando, Florida

This position will be the Lead System Administrator for the University of Central Florida's (UCF) Advanced Research Computing Center (ARCC) located at the Institute for Simulation and Training (IST). This is a non-tenure earning 12-month position reporting to the Director of Research Computing at IST. The ARCC's main computational resource is known as STOKES and serves the entire UCF community. For more information, please visit

On the Lighter Side - Computational News of Interest

Now You Can Build Google’s $1M Artificial Brain on the Cheap
Wired News

Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab director Andrew Ng has released a paper aimed at making deep learning more accessible to researchers by showing how to make a neural network that costs about $20,000 using powerful but inexpensive graphics-processing units (GPUs). Deep learning relies on a combination of hardware and software to imitate the functioning of the human brain. Last year at Google, Ng built a $1-million computerized brain that detects cat videos on Youtube. Ng's system taught itself to find the videos using a 1-billion-connection network on 1,000 computers. However, Ng says some researchers wondered how they could make progress in deep learning without that level of funding. “I hope that the ability to scale up using much less expensive hardware opens up another avenue for everyone around the world,” Ng says. “That’s the reason I’m excited--you can now build a 1-billion-connection model with $20,000 worth of hardware. It opens up the world for researchers to improve the performance of speech recognition and computer vision.” To read further, please visit

Android Fingerprint Sensors 6 Months Away
USA Today

The FIDO Alliance, a group of 48 tech companies led by PayPal and Lenovo, is aggressively pushing a new standard of biometric identification for consumer access to mobile payments and other services. FIDO Alliance president Michael Barrett anticipates the rollout of Android models with FIDO-compliant biometric fingerprint sensors in six months. FIDO is designed to reduce, if not completely eliminate, the use of passwords to access accounts on mobile devices. Although the Touch ID fingerprint sensor included in Apple's latest iPhone is not FIDO-compliant, Barrett says it is a simple matter to adapt the technology to his group's standard. In the meantime, he is working to convince other hardware manufacturers and online companies to agree on common rules for enabling consumers to use their computing devices more centrally in the authentication process. "We make tradeoffs to balance security with convenience," notes RSA's Manoj Nair. "The next generation of identity protection will allow us to be more convenient and secure at the same time." To read further, please visit

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