Georgia Tech Advances High-Performance Computing at Supercomputing ’15

Monday, November 9, 2015

A contingent of more than 50 faculty, researchers and students from the Georgia Institute of Technology will showcase recent scientific advances and technical applications at Supercomputing ’15 (SC’15), to be held Nov. 15-20 in Austin, Texas.

“This is an especially important time for high-performance computing (HPC) because Big Data is the epicenter in the next thrust of scientific progress,” says David A. Bader, chair of the School of Computational Science & Engineering at Georgia Tech’s College of Computing. “We’ve long believed that high-performance computing can deliver the guidance needed to solve large-scale, societal problems, and now we’re seeing new national interest in merging that capability with capacity.”

Georgia Tech recently was selected as one of four regional centers for big data analysis under the National Science Foundation’s Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs initiative. Georgia Tech and the University of North Carolina Renaissance Computing Institute will jointly manage the South Big Data Regional Innovation Hub (South BD Hub) for 16 states and the District of Columbia. Stakeholders in the initiative – including Georgia Tech’s Srinivas Aluru, professor and co-director of South BD Hub – will lead a 90-minute discussion at SC’15 about this new, national strategy.

Other activities at SC’15 by Georgia Tech include:

  • Georgia Tech, the University of Tennessee - Knoxville, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Lab will launch a new initiative called “EMBRACE.” Created to better understand and ultimately produce forward-looking benchmarks of how high performance computers perform, the initiative will guide how researchers and industry approach and invest in the next generation of computing infrastructures. EMBRACE begins with a Bird of a Feather session on Thurs., Nov. 19.
  • Bader will be one of six selected panelists at the Wed., Nov. 18 discussion “Supercomputing and Big Data: From Collision to Convergence.”
  • Georgia Tech contributes to the eleventh announcement of The Graph 500 – a measurement of the performance of large-scale data analytics applications – to be be announced at SC’15.
  • Georgia Tech’s Aluru will be one of four presenters at the “Introduction to HPC Research” session on Tuesday, Nov. 17, and PhD candidate Patrick Flick will be one of five panelists at the “Graduate Student Perspectives” workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 18. Both events are part of a broader effort at SC’15 to engage undergraduate students.
  • Research by Georgia Tech students represents two of the four papers selected as finalists for the “Best Student Paper Award.” The papers examine how to quickly distribute and parallelize the indexing of full genomes or other large datasets, and separately, a new framework for graph computation when graphs exceed a device’s internal memory capacity.
  • In all, six research papers will be presented at SC’15 by Georgia Tech’s faculty, students and researchers.

A complete schedule of Georgia Tech’s activities at SC’15 activities can be found at http://sc.bigdata.gatech.edu