Strata + Hadoop World big data conference — San Jose, CA, Feb. 17-20

The Strata + Hadoop World conference focused on big data is scheduled for Feb. 17-20 in San Jose, CA.

Presented by O’Reilly and Cloudera, the conference offers 10 tracks:

There are also three training courses available this year:

The conference web site provides the full agenda as well as pricing options.

Blue Waters Graduate Fellowship accepting applications — Feb. 4 deadline

Applications are now being accepted for the Blue Waters Graduate Fellowship, designed to support PhD students who are engaged in a program of study and research that is directly relevant to the use of the Blue Waters supercomputer.

Fellowship recipients will receive a stipend of $38,000 for the year-long fellowship and up to a $12,000 tuition allowance.

Fellowship applicants should be in the second or third year of their PhD program and engaged in research that can take advantage of the Blue Waters supercomputer.

Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or landed immigrants. The application deadline is February 4, 2015. More information about the fellowship can be found at:

Los Alamos National Lab accepting applications for summer workshop in computational physics — Jan. 26 deadline

Los Alamos National Laboratory is accepting applications for its Computational Physics Students Summer Workshop, which takes place from June 8 through August 14, 2015. Graduate and undergraduate students are eligible to apply.

Topics will include:

  • A Variable Density Incompressible RANS Testbed in Python (RANS)
  • Multi-Scale Materials Modeling (MultiScale)
  • Topics in Lagrangian, Compressible, Multi-Phase Flow(NextGen)
  • Warm Dense Matter Calculations using OFMD (OFMD)
  • Modeling Warm Dense Matter using Quantum-Mechanical Density Function Theory (DFT)
  • Monte Carlo Thermal Radiation Transport (MCRad)
  • Production Codes on Xeon Phi/Knights Corner (Knights)
  • Lagrangian radiation hydrodynamics (RadHydro)
  • Determining the Effectiveness of the Menikoff-Kober Crush-Out Model for Studying Lunar Crater Formation(Moon)
  • Computational Physics on Advanced Architectures using a Domain-Specific Language (DSL)
  • Advanced Mesh-Free Methods for Compressible Mechanics (MeshFree)

Fellowships, typically ranging from $7,500 to $13,000, are available.

The deadline for applying is Jan. 26, 2015. See the program web site for more information.

Supercomputing in Plain English free webcasts available starting Jan. 20

Supercomputing in Plain English (SiPE), presented by the Oklahoma University Supercomputing Center for Education and Research, will be available for viewing on the Internet starting January 20.

The weekly series, scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Eastern every Tuesday, is aimed at an audience of scientists and engineers, including undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and staff. The workshops focus on fundamental issues of high performance computing as they related to computational and data-enabled science and engineering.

Topics will include:

  • Overview: What the Heck is Supercomputing?
  • The Tyranny of the Storage Hierarchy
  • Instruction Level Parallelism
  • Stupid Compiler Tricks
  • Shared Memory Multithreading (featuring OpenMP)
  • Distributed Multiprocessing (featuring MPI)
  • Applications and Types of Parallelism
  • Multicore Madness
  • High Throughput Computing
  • Accelerators: Number Crunching in Your Graphics Card
  • Grab Bag: Scientific Libraries, I/O Libriaries, Visualization.

Visit the program’s web site for more information.

XSEDE accepting research allocation requests — Jan. 15 deadline

XSEDE is now accepting Research Allocation Requests for the period, April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016. The deadline for submissions January 15, 2015.

There have been some changes to the application procedures as well as available resources, which are summarized on the XSEDE web site.

More information on submitting successful requests for XSEDE resources is also available.

NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship Program accepting applications — Jan. 15 deadline

NVIDIA is accepting applications for the 2015-2016 academic year for its 14th Annual Graduate Fellowship Program, which awards grants and provides technical support to graduate students who are doing outstanding GPU-based research.

Up to 10 Ph.D. students from around the world will be selected to receive grants of $25,000 each for research that advances parallel computing. In addition to receiving funding for their research, award recipients will also have access to NVIDIA technology and programming talent. These grants and technical support will be awarded in the 2015 academic year.

Since its inception in 2002, the NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship Program has awarded over 100 Ph.D. graduate students with grants that have helped accelerate their research efforts. More importantly, this funding has helped some students achieve major breakthroughs in their research —breakthroughs that may not have been possible without additional funding.

The NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship Program is open to applicants worldwide. The deadline for submitting applications is Jan. 15, 2015. Eligible graduate students will have already completed their first year of Ph.D. level studies in the areas of computer science, computer engineering, system architecture, electrical engineering or a related area. In addition, applicants will have current membership on an active research team.

For more information on eligibility and how to apply, visit or email

HathiTrust Research Center seeks proposals for Advanced Collaborative Support projects — Jan. 8 deadline

The HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) is seeking proposals for Advanced Collaborative Support (ACS) projects. ACS is a newly launched scholarly service at the HTRC offering collaboration between external scholars and HTRC staff to solve challenging problems related to HTRC tools and services. By working together with scholars, the project aims to facilitate computational access to HathiTrust Research Center digital tools (HTRC) as well as the HathiTrust (HT) digital library based on individual scholarly need.

A complete copy of the RFP is available online.

RFP Schedule

RFP Available: October 28, 2014
Proposals Due: 5:00 p.m. January 8, 2015
Award Notification: No later than January 30, 2015
Proposals should be submitted electronically as a single zip file to

Program Description (see the full RFP (PDF) for more detail)

The HathiTrust (HT) is a large digitized-text corpus (> 10 million volumes) available to researchers working in a wide range of scholarly disciplines.

The HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) is a collaborative research center launched jointly by Indiana University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, along with the HathiTrust Digital Library (HT) to help meet the technical challenges that researchers face when dealing with massive amounts of digital text.

The HTRC Advanced Collaboration Support Group (ACS) engages with users directly on a one-on-one basis over extended period of time lasting from weeks to months. The ACS Group, selected from the membership of the HTRC user community, pairs the ACS awardee with expert staff members to work collaboratively on challenging problems.

Respondents are urged to contact in advance of proposal submission to discuss eligibility, project details, prerequisites, and HTRC support. 

CSCAR offering workshop on regression modeling in Python — Jan. 7 and 8

CSCAR will offer a two-part workshop on regression modeling in Python. The main focus will be on linear models and generalized linear models (logistic, Poisson, and negative binomial regression). The statistical background will be reviewed briefly, but the main emphasis will be on fitting regression models using Python and its scientific libraries. All software discussed in the workshop is free and open source, and runs on all major platforms. There is no charge to attend the workshop.

For more information, contact

Date: Jan. 7 and 8 (participants should plan to attend both days)

Time: 4 – 6 p.m.

Location: Rackham Commons Room, Lower Level.

Registration open, technical program released for SC14 in New Orleans — Nov. 16-21

Online registration for the 2014 International Conference on High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, better known as SC14, is now open on the SC14 website. SC14’s Technical Program is also now live on the website listing  panels, research papers, tutorials, and workshops.

SC14 will be held in New Orleans from November 16–21. With SC’s new theme, “HPC matters”, marking the 26th annual conference, organizers say SC14 attendees can expect a fresh look at high performance computing (HPC). SC14 will not only bring HPC’s emerging techniques and innovative applications to New Orleans, but they will also deliver a stronger message of just how much HPC impacts our lives, according to a conference press release.

Some opportunities remain for inclusion in the technical program, with a deadline of July 31 for submissions.

Open meeting for HPC users at U-M — Dec. 12

Users of high performance computing resources are invited to meet Flux operators and support staff in person at an upcoming user meeting:

  • Room 2695, SPH Building, December 12, 9 a.m. – noon

There is not a set agenda; come at anytime and stay as long as you please. You can come and talk about your use of any sort of computational resource, Flux, Nyx, XSEDE, or other.

Ask any questions you may have. The Flux staff will work with you on your specific projects, or just show you new things that can help you optimize your research.

This is also a good time to meet other researchers doing similar work.

This is open to anyone interested; it is not limited to Flux users.

Examples potential topics:

  • What Flux/ARC services are there, and how to access them?
  • How to make the most of PBS and learn its features specific to your work?
  • I want to do X, do you have software capable of it?
  • What is special about GPU/Xeon Phi/Accelerators?
  • Are there resources for people without budgets?
  • I want to apply for grant X, but it has certain limitations. What support can ARC provide?
  • I want to learn more about the compiler and debugging?
  • I want to learn more about performance tuning, can you look at my code with me?
  • Etc.

For more information, contact Brock Palen ( at the College of Engineering; Dr. Charles Antonelli ( at LSA; Jeremy Hallum ( at the Medical School; or Vlad Wielbut ( at SPH.

We are planning to hold similar meetings monthly.