Fourth Annual Texas A&M Research Computing Symposium

Last Updated: May 23, 2021

Symposium Details

Dates: May 24-26, 2021
Location: Zoom
Meeting ID: 983 1316 1699
Password: 049834
Questions? Call us at (979) 458-8414 or email help@hprc.tamu.edu

Texas A&M's High Performance Research Computing is hosting a two day series of talks on May 24-25, 2021 to showcase the A&M community’s work in computing and data-intensive research.

Keynote talks will be given by Dr. Dan Stanzione, Executive Director, Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), Associate Vice President for Research, The University of Texas at Austin, and Dr. Amy Friedlander, Deputy Office Director Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure, Directorate of Computer and Information Science and Engineering, National Science Foundation

In addition to talks by leading national and local computational scientists, there will be workshops on Wed May 26 on AI at Scale, using VNNI instructions to accelerate training & inference and RONIN a simple interface that empowers researchers to create and control AWS computing resources, set and monitor budgets, and forecast spend with minimal knowledge of the cloud.

Keynote Talks


Monday May 24, 2021, 11:00AM-12:00PM CDT

Advanced Computing -- for Everything, All the Time

Dan Stanzione, Ph.D., Executive Director, Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), Associate Vice President for Research, The University of Texas at Austin

Dan Stanzione

Abstract: While the “classical” HPC workload continues to be in ever-higher demand, HPC-like workloads are beginning to infiltrate many other aspects of the computing ecosystem. Model-parallel AI workloads in vision and language are exploding, as well as the need for computing in response to pandemics and natural disasters. HPC is becoming key in medical imaging and personalized medicine, in urban traffic management, in precision agriculture, and beyond. Pervasive sensors and “cheap data” is driving demand for edge computing – and for every edge device, there is a datacenter somewhere providing computing upstream. This talk will give an overview of the fast-evolving workloads, the modes of service required to support them, and what this means for underlying software and systems from the view of the Texas Advanced Computing Center. The talk will also note what resources are available to researchers at A&M from TACC and how to get them.

Bio: Dr. Dan Stanzione, Associate Vice President for Research at The University of Texas at Austin since 2018 and Executive Director of the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) since 2014, is a nationally recognized leader in high performance computing. He is the principal investigator (PI) for a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to deploy Frontera, which is the fastest supercomputer at any U.S. university. Stanzione is also the PI of TACC's Stampede2 and Wrangler systems, supercomputers for high performance computing and for data-focused applications, respectively. For six years he was co-PI of CyVerse, a large-scale NSF life sciences cyberinfrastructure. Stanzione was also a co-PI for TACC's Ranger and Lonestar supercomputers, large-scale NSF systems previously deployed at UT Austin. Stanzione received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and his master's degree and doctorate in computer engineering from Clemson University.




Tuesday May 25, 2021, 11:00AM-12:00PM CDT

Transforming Science through Cyberinfrastructure: OAC Vision and Priorities

Amy Friedlander, Ph.D., Deputy Office Director Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure, Directorate of Computer and Information Science and Engineering, National Science Foundation

Amy Friedlander

Abstract: This talk will set forth the vision and investment priorities for the NSF Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC). Advanced cyberinfrastructure (CI) systems are increasingly important to science and engineering (S&E) discovery. This talk outlines OAC’s integrative vision and holistic approach to developing, provisioning, and maintaining CI systems that balance innovation and stability to support the higher education/advanced research enterprise.

Bio: Amy Friedlander is currently the Deputy Office Director for the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure, Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE/OAC), where she has served as since November, 2014. Since joining NSF in 2010, she has led several strategic activities, including both initial coordination of the Public Access Initiative and the activities that culminated in the widely-distributed report Rebuilding the Mosaic (2011). In addition to her position in OAC, Dr. Friedlander plays a central role in NSF’s data management policies and activities that address the foundation’s policies and management of administrative data as well as the research data resulting from NSF’s investments.

Prior to her NSF appointment, Dr. Friedlander held positions in the private non-profit and for-profit sectors. Among other projects, she participated in the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access, funded largely by NSF; led the initial strategic planning for the Library of Congress’ National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NSIIPP); and served as editor-in-chief of the ACM Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage. At the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI), she was the founding editor of D-Lib Magazine (www.dlib.org) and the author of a series of studies of the historical development large-scale technology-intensive infrastructures in the U.S.

Dr. Friedlander graduated from Vassar College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She holds the M.A. and Ph.D. from Emory University and the M.S.L.I.S. from The Catholic University of America. She pursued postdoctoral work on quantitative methods and computer-assisted social science research at the Newberry Library in Chicago, IL.

Workshops

Wednesday, May 26 10:00AM-12:00PM CDT

AI at Scale, using VNNI instructions to accelerate training & inference

HPRC and Intel are offering a 2-hour workshop on Intel® AI solutions. In this workshop, students will discover how to accelerate AI and deep learning inference on the 2nd generation Intel® Xeon™ Scalable processors using Intel® DL Boost and Intel® OpenVINO™ Toolkit. Students have a hands-on session in which they will be provided access to the Intel AI DevCloud, to access the Intel® DL Boost Technology, use the capabilities of the Calibration tool and learn how to deploy an Int8 quantized model using the Inference Engine.

Topics will include:
  • Deep learning challenges and how Intel is addressing them
  • Intel deep learning software stack
  • AI Inference: using Intel OpenVINO SDK
  • Hands-on sessions using Intel DevCloud
A limited number of participants will have access to the Intel DevCloud for the hands-on exercises.

Wednesday, May 26 2:00-5:00PM CDT

RONIN

HPRC, TAMU AIP, AWS, and RONIN are offering a 3-hour workshop on RONIN, a simple interface that empowers researchers to create and control AWS computing resources, set and monitor budgets, and forecast spend—with minimal knowledge of the cloud.

Topics will include:
  • R Studio in RONIN
  • Jupyter Notebook in RONIN
  • AWS Object Storage
A limited number of TAMU participants will have access to RONIN for the hands-on sessions.

Full Schedule (All times are CDT)

Last update: May 23, 2021

Monday, May 24 Keynote and Research Talks
10:50AM - 11:00AM Opening remarks:
Prof. Mark Barteau
Vice President for Research, Texas A&M University Division of Research
Member of the National Academy of Engineering
11:00AM - 12:00PM Keynote: Advanced Computing -- for Everything, All the Time
Dr. Dan Stanzione
Executive Director, Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC)
Associate Vice President for Research, The University of Texas at Austin
12:00PM - 1:00PM Break
1:00PM - 1:30PM TAMU Virtual Data Library (TAMU-ViDaL): A Secure and Compliant Data Infrastructure (pdf)
Prof. Hye-Chung Kum, Health Policy and Management
1:30PM - 1:45PM Lightning Talk
Emerging Prospects for Combating Fungal Infections. Design and Development of Candida Sec14 Inhibitors.
Dr. Ashutosh Tripathi, Molecular and Cellular Medicine and High Performance Research Computing
1:45PM - 2:00PM Break
2:00PM - 2:30PM Impact of high-performance computational analysis on design of energy storage devices (pdf)
Prof. Perla Balbuena, Chemical Engineering
2:30PM - 3:00PM Teaching Computational Genomics: A Tale of Tables and Tests (pdf)
Prof. Rodolfo Aramayo, Biology
3:00PM - 3:30PM HPRC Maroon Galaxy (pdf)
Dr. Michael Dickens, High Performance Research Computing
3:30PM - 4:00PM Lightning Talks
Fluorescence-based Tractography for Assessing Spinal Cord Neural Circuitry
Anna Pritchard, Biomedical Engineering
Finding Supernovae in Big Data
Xingzhuo "Gesa" Chen, Physics & Astronomy
Tuesday, May 25 Keynote and Research Talks
10:50AM - 11:00AM Opening remarks:
Prof. Costas Georghiades
Senior Associate Vice President for Research, Texas A&M University Division of Research
11:00AM - 12:00PM Keynote: Transforming Science through Cyberinfrastructure: OAC Vision and Priorities
Dr. Amy Friedlander
Deputy Office Director Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure, Directorate of Computer and Information Science and Engineering
National Science Foundation
12:00PM - 1:00PM Break
1:00PM - 1:30PM Numerical Simulations of Reactive Flows: Subsonic to Hypersonic, Millimeters to Kilometers (pdf mp4)
Prof. Elaine Oran, Aerospace Engineering
Member of the National Academy of Engineering
1:30PM - 2:00PM DFT-Accurate Oxide Predominance Predictions via Machine Learning
Prof. Raymundo Arroyave, Materials Science & Engineering
2:00PM - 2:15PM Break
2:15PM - 2:45PM Modeling Climate Change – A Computational Challenge
Prof. Ping Chang, iHESP & Oceanography
2:45PM - 3:00PM Porting CESM to Grace (pdf)
Dr. Abishek Gopal, iHESP, Oceanography, and High Performance Research Computing
3:00PM - 3:30PM Quieting Supersonic Flight
Prof. Paul Cizmas, Aerospace Engineering
3:30PM - 4:00PM Closing Remarks
Wednesday, May 26 Workshops
10:00AM - 12:00PM AI at Scale, using VNNI instructions to accelerate training & inference
2:00PM - 5:00PM RONIN: a simple interface to create and control AWS computing resources, set and monitor budgets, and forecast spend.

Thanks to our Sponsors!

Symposium Sponsors

Texas A&M Research Computing Symposium is supported in part by NSF award #1925764, CC* Team: SWEETER -- SouthWest Expertise in Expanding, Training, Education and Research.