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 http://research.nvidia.com/relevant/graduate-fellowship-program or email fellowship@nvidia.com.

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 htrc.acs.awards@gmail.com

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 htrc.acs.awards@gmail.com in advance of proposal submission to discuss eligibility, project details, prerequisites, and HTRC support. 

REMINDER: XSEDE training on OpenACC at U-M — Dec. 4

XSEDE, along with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois will be presenting an OpenACC GPU programming workshop on December 4. U-M will host a telecast in the Erlicher Room, 3rd Floor, North Quad. To register, visit the XSEDE User Portal. The tentative schedule is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

OpenACC is the accepted standard using compiler directives to allow quick development of GPU capable codes using standard languages and compilers. It has been used with great success to accelerate real applications within very short development periods. This workshop assumes knowledge of either C or Fortran programming. It will have a hands-on component using the Blue Waters which is deployed at NCSA.

This workshop will be telecast to several satellite sites. This workshop is NOT available via a webcast. Please note that the hands-on accounts will be limited to 200 students, available across all sites and awarded by order of registration.


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 meetings for HPC users at U-M: Nov. 14, Dec. 19

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

  • Room 2036, Palmer Commons, November 14, 9 a.m. – noon
  • Room 2695, SPH Building, December 19, 1 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 (brockp@umich.edu) at the College of Engineering; Dr. Charles Antonelli (cja@umich.edu) at LSA; Jeremy Hallum (jhallum@umich.edu) at the Medical School; or Vlad Wielbut (wlodek@umich.edu) at SPH.

We are planning to hold similar meetings monthly.

Seminars: The Future of Social Science Research — Nov. 17 & 24

Three talks on the Future of Social Science Research are being offered by the Emergent Research Working Group and the Social Sciences Team (University Library) on the following dates and times:
  • Event #1: Monday, Nov 17 from 10-11:30am in the Hatcher Library Gallery: The Future of Social Science Research, with Brian Nosek
    Psychologist Brian Nosek, University of Virginia, discusses his perspectives on the future of social science research, with attention to his experiences working within his discipline as well as his work with the Center for Open Science, Project Implicit, and the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS).
  • Event #3: Monday, Nov 24 from 10-11:30am in the Hatcher Library Gallery: The Future of Social Science Research, with George Alter, Nick Ellis, and Michelle McClellan
    Panelists offer their perspectives on the future of social science research, with attention to historical and emerging trends. The ways in which social scientists conduct, discuss, and share research is changing. Among other things, social science research is increasingly more interdisciplinary and team-based, more global, and more data-driven.

Webinar: XSEDE New User Training — Nov. 14

The XSEDE new user training is a 90 minute webinar providing general
overview and reference information for first-time users of XSEDE
resources at any of XSEDE’s service providers. This session is
particularly targeted at users who have just received their first
allocation on XSEDE. It is not intended to teach programming, numerical
methods, or computational science, but rather to provide a quick tour of
what XSEDE has to offer.

Topics covered will include:
Overview of XSEDE resources and services How to sign on to / access XSEDE
systems and the Common User Environment Moving data in and out of XSEDE
Basics of running jobs The XSEDE User Portal Training and documentation
resources How to get help Extended and Collaborative support Software
availability Allocations

Significant time will be allotted for Q&A. This webcast is free, and open
to all users or prospective users of XSEDE resources.

Participants will receive instructions via email on how to access the

This particular session will begin at 3 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, November 14

Please register at the following link:


MICDE Seminar: Andrew Siegel, Argonne National Lab: “Trends in Next Generation HPC Architectures” — Nov. 14

As part of the MICDE Seminar Series, Andrew Siegel, Computational Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, will deliver a talk titled “Trends in Next Generation HPC Architectures and Their Impact on Computational Methods for Nuclear Reactor Analysis.”

The talk will take place at White Auditorium (G906, Cooley Building) at 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 14.

Webinar: Heterogeneous CPU+GPU Molecular Dynamics Engine in CHARMM with Biofuels Applications — Nov. 11

Antti-Pekka Hyninen and Michel Crowley, both from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, will present a webinar providing a first snapshot of the heterogeneous CPU+GPU Molecular Dynamics (MD) in CHARMM, highlighting its performance and accuracy.

GPU is used only for the direct part of forces; CPU computes all other contributions (reciprocal, bonded, SHAKE, etc.). The GPU code was implemented natively in CHARMM using CUDA C. The MD engine is built around the DOMDEC domain decomposition code and therefore naturally enables MD simulations on multiple CPU+GPU nodes. The webinar will present discoveries that used features implemented in DOMDEC_GPU, showing the current usefulness of the code and GPUs for biomolecular simulation, advanced sampling techniques, and for enabling DOE/NREL efforts toward affordable consumer biofuels.

The one-hour webinar will start at noon EST. Visit the registration site for more information and to register.

REMINDER: MICDE Symposium speakers include Ed Seidel, Leslie Greengard and Marc Snir — Nov. 6

The Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery and Engineering Fall 2014 Research Computing Symposium will feature leaders in research computing, as well as preeminent University of Michigan scientists engaged in computationally intensive research.

Scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 6, in the Rackham Building, the symposium is the continuation of Cyberinfrastructure (CI) Days, which has been held at U-M since 2010.

Scheduled speakers are:

  • Edward Seidel, Director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    The Data-Enabled Revolution in Science and Society: A Need for National Data Services and Policy
  • Marc Snir, Director of the Mathematics and Computer Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory
    High Performance Computing: Exascale and Beyond
  • Leslie Greengard, Director, Simons Center for Data Analysis, Simons Foundation; Professor, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University
    Fast, Accurate Tools for Physical Modeling in Complex Geometry
  • Gonçalo Abecasis, Chair of the Biostatistics Department and Felix E. Moore Collegiate Professor of Biostatistics, U-M
    Biostatistics: Bringing Big Data to Genetics, Biology and Medicine
  • Sharon Glotzer, Stuart W. Churchill Collegiate Professor of Chemical Engineering; Professor of Material Science and Engineering, Macromolecular Science and Engineering, and Physics, U-M
    Discovery and Design of Digital Matter
  • Scott Page, Leonid Hurwicz Collegiate Professor of Complex Systems and Political Science; Professor of Economics; and Director, Center for the Study of Complex Systems, U-M.
    Diversity + Ability

Lunch will be provided; registration is highly recommended (seating is limited).

The event will also include a poster session, with a $500 first-place prize and two $250 honorable mention prizes, as voted on by attendees. Participants must sign up when they register for the symposium. Printing costs at Groundworks in the Duderstadt Center will be covered by MICDE. Details will be emailed to poster presenters. Posters from previous conferences can also be used.


8:30 – 9 a.m. Registration
9 – 9:15 a.m. Opening Remarks, Eric Michielssen, Associate Vice President – Advanced Research Computing
9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Edward Seidell, Director of NCSA
The Data-Enabled Revolution in Science and Society: A Need for National Data Services and Policy
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Marc Snir, Argonne National Laboratory
High Performance Computing: Exascale and Beyond
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Lunch and Poster Session
1 – 2:15 p.m. TEDx-style talks by leading U-M researchers:

Gonçalo Abecasis, Felix E. Moore Collegiate Professor; Chair of the Biostatistics Department, School of Public Health
Biostatistics: Bringing Big Data to Genetics, Biology and MedicineSharon Glotzer, Stuart W. Churchill Collegiate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Professor of Material Science & Engineering, Macromolecular Science and Engineering, and Physics
Discovery and Design of Digital MatterScott Page, Leonid Hurwicz Collegiate Professor of Complex Systems and Political Science, professor of Economics, and Director of the Center for the Study of Complex Systems
Diversity + Ability
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Leslie Greengard, Simons Center for Data Analysis and NYU
Fast, Accurate Tools for Physical Modeling in Complex Geometry
3:30 p.m. Closing Remarks and Announcement of Poster Winners, Krishna Garikipati, Associate Director for Research, MICDE; Professor of Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering

For more details, visit the Research Computing Symposium page.