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.

ICPSR announces preliminary program for 2014 Data Fair — Oct. 7-9

The 2014 Data Fair held by the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is scheduled for October 7-9. ICPSR has released a preliminary program which includes sessions on its addiction and HIV archive, its arts and culture archive, disclosure risk, and teaching with data.

A complete listing is available on the ICPSR site, and webinar registration will be available in the first week of September.

Submissions invited for tour of computational modeling and simulation facilities in Northern Germany — Sept. 20 deadline

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) invites foreign researchers and administrators from universities and research institutes to participate in a tour of cutting-edge research facilities in northern Germany which specialize in the field of modeling future scenarios. The tour will cover a range of interdisciplinary topics related to the use of modeling techniques.

  • Thematic focus: issues related to computer-based modeling and simulation (e.g. maritime sciences, economics, climate change and epidemiology)
  • Target group: researchers and administrators with a strong research background and an interest in international cooperation
  • Closing date for applications: Sept. 20, 2014
  • Science Tour: Nov. 30 to 6 Dec. 6 2014
  • Please apply using their online form.

About the tour
The tour will present cutting-edge research activities in the field of computer-based modelling and simulation at facilities in northern Germany. The program will focus on current issues regarding maritime sciences, economics, climate change and epidemiology. Comprehensive information on funding opportunities for cooperation in education and research will also be provided.

Visit the program web site for more information.

Sloan Foundation seeks applications for research fellowships — Sept. 15 deadline

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is accepting proposals for its 2014 Sloan Research Fellowship Program.

Submission Deadline: September 15, 2014
Research Areas: Chemistry, Computational and Evolutionary Molecular Biology, Computer Science, Economics, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Ocean Sciences and Physics (note that these are fields, not departments)
Program Attachments and more information, including award amount: Sloan Foundation web site 
Eligibility: Within 6 years of completing PhD

For further information contact: Maureen Martin, Executive Director, Foundation Relations,

The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 126 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field. Michigan performs well in this competition. In 2014, three faculty members at Michigan received fellowships. The foundation receives about 700 applications per year and will award 126.

More information is available on applying for the fellowships from the U-M Foundation Relations.

IEEE BigData 2014 Conference: Humanities Workshop Call for Papers — Aug. 30 deadline

The 2nd IEEE workshop on Big Humanities Data will be held in conjunction with the IEEE International Conference on Big Data (IEEE BigData 2014), which takes place October 27-30 in Washington DC. The workshop will address applications of “big data” in the humanities, arts, culture, and social science, and the challenges and possibilities that such increased scale brings for scholarship in these areas.

Full papers, of up to 9 pages, should be submitted via the conference online submission system. We also encouraged submission of short papers (up to 4 pages) reporting work in progress. The submission deadline is 30 August 2014. All papers accepted will be included in the proceedings published by the IEEE Computer Society Press, which will be made available at the conference.

REMINDER: Registration open for VSCSE course in data visualization held at U-M — Aug. 25-26

Registration is open for the Virtual School of Computational Science and Engineering’s Science Visualization Course (August 25-26).

This two-day training will cover all aspects of visualizing data from a broad variety of domains. We will kick off the training with an introduction to visualization. We will follow by teaching best practices when dealing with diverse data (abstract and spatial), demonstrating a variety of methods and techniques on those data sets, and demonstrating a range of freely available software. We will take real world problems for which visualization is needed and take the attendees through the process of visualizing this data and gaining insight.

The sessions will take place at 1180 Duderstadt.

Intel developer training on Xeon and Xeon Phi processors at U-M — Aug. 14

Intel will hold a one-day training session on the U-M campus for software developers interested in learning how to take advantage of the parallel architectures found in both the Intel® Xeon® processor and the Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessor.

When: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 14 (Lunch provided)
Where: 1180 Duderstadt Center (2281 Bonisteel Blvd.)
More information: Event web page.
Registration: Required.

SDSC Summer Institute: HPC Meets Big Data — Aug. 4-8

The SDSC Summer Institute 2014: HPC Meets Big Data will be held Monday – Friday (Noon), August 4 – 8, 2014, at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) on the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) campus. Light refreshments and lunch will be provided throughout.

The first half of the SI will consist of plenary sessions covering the skills that are considered essential for anyone who works with big data. Topics include data management, running jobs on XSEDE resources, reproducibility, database systems, characteristics of big data, techniques for turning data into knowledge, software version control and making effective use of hardware.

This will be followed by a series of parallel sessions that allow attendees to dive deeper into specialized material that is relevant to their research projects, with the exact choice of topics will be based on feedback collected during registration.

For more information on the schedule and registration, please visit the SDSC Summer Institute 2014 Web site at:

Linux Cluster Institute Workshop, Urbana, IL — Aug. 4-7

The Linux Cluster Institute (LCI) Workshop is scheduled for August 4-7 2014 at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), Urbana IL.

Aimed at HPC users and those responsible for maintaining HPC resources, the workshop will address:

  • How to be an HPC cluster system administrator
  • How to be an effective HPC cluster user
  • The key issues of HPC
  • Current and emerging HPC hardware and software technologies

Deadline approaching for submission to SC14 Technical Program — July 31

The deadline is approaching for submissions to some of the technical tracks at the SuperComputing ’14 conference in New Orleans scheduled for Nov. 16-21.

The SC14 Technical Program is taking submissions for certain technical tracks. The SC Technical Committees will be taking submissions until July 31. The open conference tracks include:

Work can be submitted through the the SC14 website. Some sample submissions for  reference can be found at: More information about these tracks can also be found at: