Georgia Tech Enters the Spotlight at Supercomputing Conference

November 11, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


GEORGIA TECH ENTERS
THE SPOTLIGHT AT SC08

Panel discussions,
workshops, technical papers and creative booth displays round out significant
presence at leading high-performance computing conference

ATLANTA – November
11, 2008 – The Georgia Institute of
Technology, an emerging leader in high-performance computing research and
education, will
command a significant presence at next week's SC08, the international
conference on high-performance computing, networking, storage and analysis scheduled
for Nov. 15-21, 2008,
at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas.
Georgia Tech will co-chair one workshop, participate in four panel (or "Birds-of-a-Feather")
discussions, present three technical papers and one research poster, and host
16 booth presentations and video interviews on emerging high-performance
computing projects and application areas.

"At Georgia Tech, we believe a strong and
expansive high-performance computing research community drives the bigger
scientific discoveries and better engineering capabilities at the heart of
human progress," said Dr. Mark Allen, senior vice provost for Research and
Innovation at Georgia Tech. "Through this premier industry event, researchers,
academics and industry professionals have the opportunity to discuss and
demonstrate new innovations and breakthroughs in high-impact areas such as
biomedicine, nanoscience, astrophysics and exascale computing. Georgia Tech
welcomes SC08 attendees to visit our booth, meet our researchers, observe our
work and understand our mission to positively affect quality of life through advanced
computing capabilities."

Technical
Workshops/Panels/Birds-of-a-Feather

Technical workshops, panels and
Birds-of-a-Feather discussions featuring research experts from Georgia Tech's College of Computing include (activities listed in
date/time order):

  • WORKSHOP:
    Supercomputing, Multicore Architectures and Biomedical Informatics – Monday,
    Nov. 15, from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    in Room 15
    Georgia
    Tech's David A. Bader, professor and executive director of high-performance
    computing at Georgia Tech, is co-chairing this workshop to begin building a
    community of researchers with shared interests in understanding the impact of
    emerging architectures on computationally demanding biomedical applications.

  • WORKSHOP:
    Bridging Multicore's Programmability Gap – Monday, Nov. 15, from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. in Room 16A/16B
    Georgia
    Tech's David A. Bader is a speaker in this workshop to address the emerging "Programmability Gap" between multicore-based systems and current languages,
    compilers and software development techniques.

  • PANEL:
    Can Developing Applications for Massively Parallel Systems with Heterogeneous
    Processors Be Made Easy(er)? – Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. in Ballroom G
    Georgia
    Tech's David A. Bader is a speaker on this panel that will look at what needs
    to be done in order to make the application development for massively parallel
    systems with heterogeneous processors easier.

  • BIRDS-OF-A-FEATHER:
    Exascale Software Challenges - Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. in Room 19A/19B
    Georgia
    Tech's David A. Bader will participate in this Birds-of-a-Feather discussion to
    focus on understanding challenges and developing promising approaches in
    developing robust, scalable and efficient software to run at exascale.

  • BIRDS-OF-A-FEATHER:
    Unleashing the Power of the Cell BE for HPC
    Applications – Wednesday, Nov. 19, from 12:15
    p.m. – 1:15 p.m. in Room 18A/18B/18C/18D
    Georgia
    Tech's David A. Bader is leading this Birds-of-a-Feather session to stimulate
    an open discussion on the techniques and tools that can enable HPC applications to exploit the power of the
    Cell/B.E. multicore processor.

Technical
Papers/Poster Sessions

Technical papers and poster sessions featuring
researchers from Georgia Tech include (activities listed in date/time order):

  • TECHNICAL
    PAPER: Wide-Area Performance Profiling of 10GigE and Infiniband Technologies –
    presented on Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 2 p.m
    – 2:30 p.m. in Ballroom F
    Georgia
    Tech's Jeffrey S. Vetter is a co-author on this paper that presents an
    experimental study of two solutions to throughput challenges for wide-area
    high-performance applications.

  • TECHNICAL
    PAPER: Dendro: Parallel Algorithms for Multigrid and AMR
    Methods on 2:1 Balanced Octrees – presented on Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 2:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. in Ballroom E
    Georgia
    Tech's George Biros and Rahul S. Sampath are co-authors on this article that
    presents Dendro, a suite of parallel algorithms for the discretization and
    solution of partial differential equations involving second-order elliptic
    operators.

  • TECHNICAL
    PAPER: Early Evaluation of BlueGene/P – presented on Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 4 p.m – 4:30 p.m. in Ballroom E
    Georgia
    Tech's Jeffrey S. Vetter is a co-author on this paper that reports on the
    scalability and performance of the BlueGene/P – the second-generation BlueGene
    architecture from IBM.

  • POSTER: Modeling Assertions for
    Petascale Applications and Systems – presented on Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 5:15 p.m. – 7 p.m in the Rotunda
    Lobby
    Georgia Tech's Jeffrey S. Vetter is
    a co-author on this poster that addresses programming and scaling challenges to
    emerging Petaflops platforms at the DOE leadership computing sites.

Booth
Events and Activities

Georgia Tech researchers and staff will be on
hand at Booth 2821 to demonstrate and discuss the latest innovations in
high-performance computing research. The Georgia Tech research display will
feature live research presentations, video conversations with Georgia Tech experts
in high performance computing, and an interactive display unlike any other – a virtual field trip to the
world’s largest aquarium, the Georgia Aquarium. Utilizing a high bandwidth
(1Gbps) channel connecting the Aquarium to the SC08 show floor, visitors to the
Georgia Tech booth will be able to interact with researchers, fish and other
marine creatures live through this one-of-a-kind tradeshow experience. Additional
events and activities include:

  • PRESENTATION: Sony-Toshiba-IBM Center of Competence for the Cell Broadband
    Engine Processor – presented by David A. Bader on Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 1 p.m.
    – 2 p.m. at Booth 2821
  • PRESENTATION: High Performance
    Computing and Grid Computing for Large Scale Data Analysis and Integration –
    presented by Joel Saltz, Tony Pan, Tashin Kurc and Ashish Sharma on Tuesday,
    Nov. 18, from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
    at Booth 2821
  • PRESENTATION: Financial Modeling on
    the Cell Broadband Engine – presented by Virat Agarwal on Tuesday, Nov. 18,
    from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. at
    Booth 2821
  • PRESENTATION: Concurrent
    Collections: A Model for Parallel Programming – presented by Aparna Chandramowlishwaran on Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. at Booth 2821
  • PRESENTATION: Dynamics of
    Inextensible Vesicles Suspended in a Two-Dimensional Stokes Flow – presented by
    Abtin
    Rahimian on Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 5 p.m. – 6
    p.m. at Booth 2821
  • PRESENTATION: On the Design of Fast
    Pseudo-Random Number Generators for the Cell Broadband Engine and an
    Application to Risk Analysis – presented by Aparna Chandramowlishwaran on Wednesday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Booth 2821
  • PRESENTATION: Dendro: Parallel
    Algorithms for Multigrid and AMR
    Methods on 2:1 Balanced Octrees – presented by Rahul Sampath on Wednesday, Nov.
    19, from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Booth 2821
  • PRESENTATION:
    Optimizing Discrete Wavelet Transform on the Cell Broadband Engine – presented
    by Seunghwa Kang on Wednesday, Nov. 19, from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. at Booth 2821
  • PRESENTATION:
    Kernel-Independent Fast Multipole Method with Scalable Octree Construction –
    presented by Ilya Lashuk on Wednesday, Nov. 19, from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. at Booth
    2821
  • PRESENTATION:
    Numerical Relativity and XiRel: One SC Application – presented by Deirdre Shoemaker
    on Wednesday, Nov. 19, from 2 p.m. – 3
    p.m. at Booth 2821
  • PRESENTATION: Large-Scale Graph
    Problems on the Cray XMT – presented by David Ediger on Wednesday, Nov. 19,
    from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. at
    Booth 2821
  • PRESENTATION: Multi-Threaded Maximum
    Flow Algorithm on Shared-Memory Platforms – presented by Bo Hong on Wednesday,
    Nov. 19, from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. at Booth 2821
  • VIDEO INTERVIEW: Jeffrey Skolnick,
    professor and director, Center for the Study of Systems Biology talks about his
    team's development of tools for the prediction of protein structure and
    function from sequence, functional genomics, automatic assignment of enzymes to
    metabolic pathways, and prediction of protein structure and folding pathways.
  • VIDEO INTERVIEW: Haesun Park,
    professor and associate chair, Division of Computational Science and
    Engineering, discusses her work in massive data analytics as part of the $3
    million Foundations of Data and Visual Analytics (FODAVA) award Dr. Park and
    her team won from the National Science Foundation and the Department of
    Homeland Security.
  • VIDEO INTERVIEW: Uzi Landman, Regents'
    professor and Fuller E. Callaway Chair in Computational Materials Science, will
    talk about his work at the nanoscale.
  • VIDEO INTERVIEW: Pablo Laguna,
    professor and director, Center for Relativistic Astrophysics, shares the
    importance and impact of supercomputing on the study of black holes in order to
    prove Einstein’s theory of relativity.
  • VIDEO INTERVIEW: Karsten Schwan,
    professor and director, Center for Experimental Research in Computer Systems,
    will talk about the emergence and impact of exascale computing both directly
    and indirectly on everyday life.

SC08 Leadership Activities

  • Georgia
    Tech's David A. Bader is co-chairing the SC08's Biomedical Informatics
    Technology Thrust with Joel Saltz of Emory
    University. 
  • David
    A. Bader, Kalyan Perumulla (Adjunct of the Computation Science and Engineering
    (CSE) division), Ada Gavrilovska, and Karsten Schwan, serve on the SC08
    Technical Program Committee.  
  • Jeffrey
    Vetter is a member of the SC08 Tutorials Committee and Disruptive Technologies
    Committee. 
  • Thomas
    Zacharia is the Invited Speakers chair.
  • Four
    Georgia Tech CSE graduate students are serving as SC08 Student Volunteers:
    Swathi Bhat, Aparna Chandramowlishwaran, Manisha Gajbe, and Seunghwa Kang.
     
  • CSE
    Visiting Professor Zhihui Du (Associate Professor, Tsinghua University, China),
    awarded a conference participation grant through the SC08 Broader Engagements
    (BE) Program

About the Georgia Institute
of Technology

The Georgia
Institute of Technology is one of the nation's premier research universities.
Ranked seventh among U.S.
News & World Report's
top public universities, Georgia Tech's
more than 19,000 students are enrolled in its Colleges of Architecture,
Computing, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Management and Sciences. Tech is among
the nation's top producers of women and African-American engineers. The
Institute offers research opportunities to both undergraduate and graduate
students and is home to more than 100 interdisciplinary units plus the Georgia
Tech Research Institute.

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For more information, contact:

Stefany Wilson

Georgia Tech
College of Computing

404.894.7253

stefany [at] cc [dot] gatech [dot] edu