11/11/2011 10:44 AM
BATON ROUGE – LSU’s Center for Computation & Technology, or CCT, will present research enabled through high-performance computing systems, high-speed networking, advanced software, and innovative computational applications during the annual Supercomputing Conference, Nov. 12-18, in Seattle, Wash.
The Supercomputing Conference, which originated in 1988, is the premier international conference on high-performance computing, networking, storage, and analysis. CCT will host a booth during the exhibition portion of the conference that will feature different research projects being conducted at LSU through HPC. Topics include the Louisiana Alliance for Simulation-Guided Materials Applications program, or LASiGMA; coastal research and cyberinfrastructure; Cyberinfrastructure of Reconfigurable Optical Networking, or CRON; the Nature Collaboration; Systems, Technologies, Emergent Parallelism and Algorithms Research, or STE||AR; the Ubiquitous Computing and Monitoring System project, or UCoMS; the CACTUS toolkit; and compilation and code generation research.
The LSU booth will also display three demos during the exhibition:
In addition to the exhibition activities, Kathryn Traxler, CCT education and outreach specialist, and Tyler Longwell, LSU sophomore student, will be participating in the SC11 Education Programs LittleFe Buildout Event. LittleFe is a portable mini-cluster which is small enough to fit in a shipping case. The buildout will feature v4 LittleFe units; this design utilizes dual-core Intel Atom processors with NVIDIA ION2 chipsets that support CUDA/OpenCL programming. Each buildout will consist of participants assembling their LittleFe unit from a kit, installing the Bootable Cluster CD, or BCCD, software on it, learning about the curriculum modules available for teaching parallel programming, HPC and/or CDESE, and learning how to develop new curriculum modules for the LittleFe/BCCD platform.
Professors Thomas Sterling and Steven Brandt will be presenting a tutorial, titled Basics of Supercomputing on Nov. 18. This is “the” crash course on supercomputers for those who know almost nothing but want to come up to speed fast. All the major topics are described and put into a meaningful framework including supercomputer architecture and systems, parallel programming approaches and methods, tools for usage and debugging, and classes of applications. But also presented will be the basic HPC lexicon, the players in the community, the products leading the way, and whats likely to come next.
Overall, CCT continues to be active in planning the Supercomputing Conference by filling important committee roles. This year’s committee members are Steven Brandt (deputy chair of tutorials) and Terrie Bordelon, tutorials committee; Kathryn Traxler, education committee; and Shantenu Jha and Daniel Katz, technical program committee/storage (clouds/grids).
Posted on Friday, November 11, 2011