Second Annual Texas A&M Research Computing Symposium

Last Updated: May 23, 2018
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Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/vwVPC6hddN1Nu1Kq1

Dates: June 12-14, 2018, Add to your calendar: Add to Local Calendar
Location: Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building, Texas A&M Main Campus, College Station, TX
Contact us at (979) 458-8424 or help@hprc.tamu.edu

Texas A&M University High Performance Research Computing is hosting a three day series of talks and workshops on June 12-14, 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 Thursday afternoon.  Please plan to attend!

Open 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.

Talks

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.

Research Talks

  • Coming soon

Posters and Demonstrations

  • Coming soon

Tutorials and Workshops

Schedule

Last update: May 23, 2018

Tuesday, June 12 Workshops and Tutorials
0930 - 1030 Using the R Statistics Package in Research (Part 1)
1030 - 1045 Break
1045 - 1200 Using the R Statistics Package in Research (Part 2)
1200 - 1300 Lunch (Sponsored by )
1300 - 1430 Introduction to Python
1430 - 1445 Break
1445 - 1600 Python for Scientific Programming
Wednesday, June 13 Keynote and Research Talks
0930 - 1000 Opening remarks, Day 1
1000 - 1100 Keynote: "Realizing a Cyberinfrastructure Ecosystem that Transforms Science", Manish Parashar, NSF
1100 - 1115 Break
1115 - 1200
1200 - 1300 Lunch (Sponsored by )
1300 - 1330
1330 - 1400
1400 - 1430
1430 - 1445 Break
1445 - 1515
1515 - 1600
1600 - 1700 Set up for poster session and demonstrations
1700 - 1900 Reception, Poster Session and Demonstrations in the ILSB Foyer
Thursday, June 14 Keynote and Research Talks
0930 - 1000 Opening remarks, Day 2
1000 - 1100 Keynote: "Open Science and Big Data: Opportunities for Practice and Research", Beth Plale, NSF
1100 - 1115 Break
1115 - 1200
1200 - 1300 Lunch (Sponsored by )
1300 - 1330
1330 - 1400
1400 - 1430
1430 - 1445 Break
1445 - 1515
1515 - 1545
1545 - 1615
1615 - 1630 Closing Remarks