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Annual HPC Symposium Features ‘Keynote Debate’ on Future of HPC Architecture

BOULDER, CO – An innovative “Keynote Debate” on the future of HPC architecture and featuring leaders from 4 major high performance computing companies, highlights the Rocky Mountain Advanced Computing Consortium’s 7th annual High Performance Computing (HPC) Symposium in August.


The Aug. 16th debate will be the first of two keynote sessions during the Aug. 15-17 Symposium, scheduled for the CU-Boulder East (Research) Campus. The second keynote features New York filmmaker, composer and director Kenji Williams presenting a live performance of the globally touring NASA-powered data visualization spectacle - BELLA GAIA.


Debate participants will be Marc Hamilton, Vice President of Solutions Architecture and Engineering at NVIDIA; Mike Vildibill, Vice President of Exascale Development Programs at Hewlett Packard Enterprise; Jerry Lotto, Director HPC and Technical Computing at Mellanox; and William Magro, Chief Technologist for HPC Software at Intel. Dr. Thomas Hauser, Director of Research Computing at CU-Boulder and Chair of the 20-member RMACC, will act as debate leader, and Tiffany Trader, Managing Editor of HPCwire, the nation’s leading news and information resource for high performance computing, will serve as debate moderator.


The Symposium will be held at CU-Boulder’s Sustainability, Energy & Environment Complex (SEEC). Registration is $150, which includes all conference materials and meals plus a Reception. The Student registration fee is $30, and Post-Doc students can sign up for $75, thanks to support from the many event sponsors (listed below). For those only able to attend the Aug. 17th Tutorials, registration will be $100.


The Symposium’s technical program features six concurrent tracks covering a wide range of advanced computing topics, with a particular emphasis on data analytics and visualization. Tutorial sessions feature the acclaimed "Supercomputing in Plain English" series by Henry Neeman, in addition to classes on python, R, and Singularity taught by experts from around the region. Other technical presentations will cover HPC-related resources such as Globus, the Open Science Grid, Amazon EC2, and BRO.


The annual symposium– recognized as one of the nation’s leading regional events in the HPC field – brings together faculty, researchers, industry leaders and students from throughout the Rocky Mountain Region. Special beginner level tutorials and workshops are included for those new to the HPC field.
The Rocky Mountain Advanced Computing Consortium (RMACC) is a collaboration among the major research universities in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming, and the government research agencies NOAA, NCAR, The U.S. Geological Survey, and NREL. The RMACC mission is to facilitate widespread effective use of high performance computing throughout the Rocky Mountain region. Visit the website www.rmacc.org/about to learn more about the RMACC and its member institutions.