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Riley To Deliver Opening Keynote Address At RMACC High Performance Computing Symposium

     BOULDER, CO – Katherine Riley, Director of Science for the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) in Lemont, IL, will deliver the opening keynote address at the Rocky Mountain Advanced Computing Consortium’s High Performance Computing Symposium, scheduled for Aug. 7-9 at Wolf Law Building at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

       Riley will speak on behalf of Dr. Rick Stevens, originally selected to deliver the keynote but who had to withdraw due to an unexpected personal matter. 

       At the ALCF, Riley leads a team of experts in computational science, performance engineering, visualizations, and data sciences.  The team focuses on application readiness for supercomputing and co-designing supercomputers for science. Prior to joining the ALCF, she served as scientific applications engineer in the MCS division at Argonne and as a senior scientific programmer at the University of Chicago where she was a primary developer and co-architect of the FLASH multi-physics code.

       Riley will join Lorna Rivera, the second keynote presenter, at the Symposium. A Research Scientist in Program Evaluation at the Georgia Tech Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics and Computing (CEISMC), Rivera is one of the nation’s rising young voices on diversity in the high performance computing field and will speak on the topic “Breaking the Glass Ceiling:  Successfully Identifying and Addressing Selection Bias in a Student Program.”  She also plans to include preliminary findings from the study’s expansion to include members of underrepresented minorities in the HPC field.

       In addition to the keynoters, the HPC Symposium includes presentations from industry and educational leaders, and a wide array of panel discussions and tutorial sessions.  Several sessions are designed specifically for students and newcomers to high performance computing, providing the opportunity to learn about careers in the field.

      Registration (which includes parking) is $175 for all sessions, materials and meals.  Support from industry sponsors reduces registration fees for all students (graduate and undergraduate) to just $35.  Postdocs can register for $95, and a special “tutorials only” fee for Thursday’s session is $110.  All registrations include a Reception sponsored by HPE.

     The RMACC also sponsors a poster competition for students to showcase their research.  The winners receive all-expenses paid trips to the national Super Computing conference – SC18 – in Dallas, TX, in November.

To register or to learn more about the HPC Symposium, including how to enter the poster competition, visit the website www.rmacc.org/hpcsymposium.