Second Annual Texas A&M Research Computing Symposium

Last Updated: June 19 , 2018

Latest News

  • Links to Research Talk and Poster/Demonstration information added to the menu bar immediately above
  • Speaker Schedule updated (not finalized, see below on this page)
  • Talk and Poster abstracts available (not finalized, access these pages through menu above)
  • Workshop added: Abaqus workshop on Monday afternoon, June 11, added.
  • Parallel track added: Amazon Web Services workshops on Tuesday afternoon, June 12 added.
  • Workshop added: Matlab workshop on Friday morning, June 15, added.

Symposium Details

Dates: June 11-15, 2018
Location: Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building, Texas A&M Main Campus, College Station, TX
Contact us at (979) 458-8414 or

Texas A&M University High Performance Research Computing is hosting a five day series of talks and workshops on June 11-15, 2018 to showcase the A&M community’s work in computing and data-intensive and research.

Keynote talks will be given by Manish Parashar, Director for the National Science Foundation Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC), and Beth Plale, Science Advisor for Public Access at National Science Foundation (NSF). In addition to local and national speakers, training workshops will be offered on computational tools for research. A reception and poster session is planned for late Wednesday afternoon.

You are invited and encouraged to participate as a speaker, poster presenter or demonstrator to share your computationally challenging research with the TAMU research computing community.  Just indicate on the registration form that you want to give a talk, present a poster, and demonstrate your research software or hardware.  We will follow up with you about your title, abstract, and other requirements. Talks will be between twenty and forty minutes, and will be given in the ILSB auditorium on Wednesday or Thursday, June 13-14.

A Reception and Poster/Demonstration Session are planned for late Wednesday afternoon.  Please plan to attend!


Keynote Talks

"Realizing a Cyberinfrastructure Ecosystem that Transforms Science"
Manish Parashar, Director for the National Science Foundation Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC)

Manish Parashar

Abstract: NSF's Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) seeks to foster the advanced cyberinfrastructure that is critical to the advancement of all areas of science and engineering research and education. For over a decade, OAC's (and ACI and OCI before it) investments have consistently enabled new innovations and discoveries. However, recent years are witnessing dramatic changes in nature and requirements of science applications, in the scale and pervasiveness of data, and in the landscape of technologies and resources. It is essential that the research cyberinfrastructure ecosystem evolve in response to these changes, and the HPC community, its campus leaders, researchers and professional experts all have important roles to play. This talk will present an overview of OAC and its programs and investments. It will also present a vision for evolving programs and priorities to transform science in the 21st century.

"Open Science and Big Data: Opportunities for Practice and Research"
Beth Plale, Science Advisor for Public Access at National Science Foundation (NSF)

Beth Plale

Abstract: Open science aims to propel science discovery forward by reducing the barriers to the use, reuse, and repurpose of data and software created as an outcome of scientific research. Researchers across the spectrum of science benefit from open science as new research directions and questions emerge that were not possible before data reaches a critical mass in age, volume, diversity, etc. But open science can challenge the individual researcher and university alike as both grapple with what to do with the data products emerging from research. Curation costs are high; tools are not so plentiful or require significant manual effort. And what to do with sensitive or restricted data? The questions are particularly vexing when datasets used or created through research are huge, requiring complex computational infrastructures.

Open science is a manifest good for science discovery, and recent developments such as the FAIR Principles (making data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Resuable) contribute to enabling new discoveries from already collected data. Driven by the need for new socio- and technical infrastructure for making data FAIR, we pose open questions for the data science researcher. Too, from aligning incentives and reducing costs to developing savvy open science researchers, the university plays a key role in open science. Data reuse has significant potential for science; stakeholders have a vested interest in reducing the barriers to realizing this potential.

Tutorials and Workshops

Monday, June 11

  • Using Abaqus CAE to build and simulate models using finite element methods
  • Using TOSCA to optimize a part’s physical shape and material propertiess

Tuesday, June 12

Friday, June 15

  • Matlab for Data Analysis


Monday, June 11 Workshops and Tutorials
1000 - 1200 Using Abaqus CAE to build and simulate models using finite element methods
1200-1300 Lunch on your own
1300 - 1500 Using TOSCA to optimize a part’s physical shape and material properties
Tuesday, June 12 Tutorials and Workshops
ILSB Auditorium (1105) ILSB 1143
0930 - 1030 Using the R Statistics Package in Research (Part 1) (blank)
1030 - 1045 Break sponsored by AWS
1045 - 1200 Using the R Statistics Package in Research (Part 2) (blank)
1200 - 1300 Lunch Sponsored by Dell-EMC
1300 - 1430 Amazon Web Services for High Performance Computing Introduction to Python
1430 - 1445 Break sponsored by AWS
1445 - 1600 Amazon Web Services for Big Data Analytics Python for Scientific Programming
Wednesday, June 13 Keynote and Research Talks
0930 - 1000 Opening remarks, Day 1 - Costas Georghiades, Senior Associate Vice President for Research, Texas A&M University Division of Research
1000 - 1100 Keynote: "Realizing a Cyberinfrastructure Ecosystem that Transforms Science", Manish Parashar, NSF
1100 - 1115 Break sponsored by Lenovo
1115 - 1200 Adnan Khaleel, Dell EMC, "How Data, Devices and Scale are driving changes in traditional HPC"
1200 - 1300 Lunch Sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise
1300 - 1430 Afternoon Session 1
  • Akram Abu Odeh, "Using Machine Learning Based Surrogate Models, Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis and Optimization Techniques to Design Road Safety Hardware"
  • Andreas Ehnbom, "Computational Chemistry: Guiding the Design of Molecular Devices"
  • Phanourios Tamamis, "Using Computers as Tools to Design Therapeutics, Materials and Elucidate the Structures of Key Biological Axes"
1430 - 1445 Break sponsored by Lenovo
1445 - 1645 Afternoon Session 2
  • Aitor Cruzado, "Microstructure-based Homogenization: FFT vs FEM"
  • Maulik Kotecha, "Mapping the stiffness distribution of solids using digital cameras, mechanics-based inverse algorithms, and high-performance computing"
  • Dunyu Liu, "Parallel Finite Element Methods to Simulate Dynamics of Earthquakes and Fracturing"
  • Mark Smith, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, "Apollo and SGI Portfolio"
1600 - 1700 Set up for poster session and demonstrations (in parallel with talks above)
1700 - 1900 Reception, Poster Session and Demonstrations in the ILSB Foyer
Sponsored by Dell-EMC
Thursday, June 14 Keynote and Research Talks
0930 - 1000 Opening remarks, Day 2 - Honggao Liu, Director, High Performance Research Computing
1000 - 1100 Keynote: "Open Science and Big Data: Opportunities for Practice and Research", Beth Plale, NSF
1100 - 1115 Break Sponsored by Intel
1115 - 1200 Michael Halpin, Intel, "Emerging use cases for Persistent Memory technology in HPC"
1200 - 1300 Lunch Sponsored by NVidia
1300 - 1430 Afternoon Session 1
  • David Toback, "Big Computing in High Energy Physics"
  • John M. Nichols, "Issues with near real time non-linear analysis of bridge data"
  • Derrell Monroe, Google, "How Google Cloud Platform works with HPC use cases"
  • Qi Zheng, “High performance computing enriches understanding of chromosome segregation”
1430 - 1445 Break Sponsored by Intel
1445 - 1645 Afternoon Session 2
  • Raymundo Arroyave, "Autonomous Computational Materials Discovery"
  • Ping Luo, "TAMU HPRC OnDemand - A Gateway to Scientific and Big Data Discoveries"
  • Yang Liu, "Experimental Serial and Parallel Algorithms for the Maximum Clique Problem"
  • Dilina Perera, "Planting spin-glass solutions for algorithms benchmarking"
1645 Closing Remarks
Friday, June 14 Matlab Workshop
1000 - 1200 Matlab for Data Analysis

Thanks to our Sponsors!

Symposium Sponsors

Now Closed: Call for Research Talks, Posters and Demonstrations

If you are interested in giving a talk, presenting a poster, or doing a demonstration about your research and its computational challenges please indicate this on the registration form.  Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Applications of High Performance Computing to solving real-world problems
  • Approaches to conducting research with "big data"
  • Life cycle aspects of research data, including open access and other data sharing issues
  • Applications of HPC in non-traditional areas, such as economics, psychology, sociology, and the humanities
  • Algorithms
  • Hardware and software architectures for HPC and data intensive computing
  • Software and middleware for scientific and technical computing
  • Education and training related to research computing and HPC

NEW THIS YEAR! Demonstrations of hardware or software developed through your research will be presented during the Wednesday late afternoon reception. Table space and AC power will be provided.