Tackling problems on Blue Waters, the fastest supercomputer on a university campus
09 Jul 2014 - 09 Jul 2014

This ADSC – A*CRC joint seminar aims to present NCSA's and A*CRC's facilities, the applications running on the machines and their impact on the HPC scene in US and Singapore.

Date9 July 2014, Wednesday
Time: 2.30 pm – 5.00 pm
Venue: Level 17, Charles Babbage Room, 1 Fusionopolis Way, Connexis South, Singapore 138632

Speaker: Dr Cristina Beldica, Associate Director at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), United States of America

Abstract
Science and engineering research has been revolutionized by computation, and opportunities abound for revolutionizing data-driven science. A new generation of supercomputers is providing scientists and engineers with the ability to simulate a broad range of natural and engineered systems with unprecedented fidelity. Established in 1986, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has a rich tradition in leading the transformation of all research disciplines and society itself through a comprehensive set of hardware, software, and algorithmic tools and environments supporting research, education, and collaboration across disciplines. NCSA is the home of the Blue Waters computing system that is capable of sustained performance exceeding one quadrillion calculations per second on a broad range of science and engineering applications. This computer has been configured to enable it to solve the most compute-, memory- and data-intensive problems in science and engineering. NCSA also leads NSF’s Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), which unites skilled staff and powerful resources across the country. XSEDE assists digital research at all levels, creating on-ramps for more campuses, more investigators and scholars, and more students. The National Center for Supercomputing Applications has strategic investments in data and information science and technology. NCSA works with researchers to aggregate distributed, highly heterogeneous datasets at all scales, analyze them to obtain reproducible results with scalable, maintainable software pipelines on optimized computational data platforms in highly efficient, secure collaborative environments. Through its Private Sector Program, NCSA plays a leading role in transferring knowledge to the private sector and helping industry partners take advantage of advanced computing and digital ecosystems to enhance their competitiveness.

Agenda

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm Registration
2:45 pm – 3:30 pm “Tackling problems on Blue Waters, the fastest supercomputer on a university campus” - Dr Cristina Beldica, Associate Director at NCSA
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm “A*STAR Computational Resource Center (A*CRC)” - Dr Marek Michalewicz, Senior Director at A*CRC
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Q & A
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Guided tour of A*CRC facilities

Biography

Dr. Cristina Beldica is Associate Director at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. She serves as the Executive Director and co-principal investigator of the $360M NSF-funded Blue Waters Petascale computer project. The Blue Waters system is capable of sustained petaflop performance and designed to meet the compute-intensive, memory-intensive, and data-intensive needs of a wide range of science and engineering applications. Prior to joining Blue Waters project, she worked on other large cyber infrastructure projects like the Dark Energy Survey (DES), Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), and the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES). Dr. Beldica began her career at NCSA as a research scientist for Computational Structural Mechanics. Her research interests include characterization of finite elements, meshless methods for computational mechanics, viscoelastic materials, linear and nonlinear stress analysis, fracture properties of reinforced composites. Dr. Beldica holds a Ph.D. degree in Engineering Mechanics, a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration.

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