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.

Call for Proposals for Allocations on Blue Water HPC System — Nov. 3 deadline

The Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation (GLCPC) has been allocated 3.5 million node hours (equivalent to approximately 50 Million core hours) annually as part of the Blue Waters project. This allocation provides the GLCPC member institutions with an unprecedented opportunity to advance their programs in computation, data, and visualization intensive research and education.

GLCPC is accepting calls for proposals for allocations through Nov. 3, 2014.

Details on Blue Waters can be found on its Web site.

Please read this pdf document for details on how to apply for an allocation from GLCPC.

BrainHackEDT-A2, for brain imaging researchers, set for Oct. 18-19 at U-M Museum of Art

BrainHackEDT-A2, a regional instance of the internationally recognized BrainHack (, is scheduled for Oct. 18-19.

BrainHack is designed to be a creative, interactive, cross-disciplinary outlet for people broadly interested in brain imaging from diverse disciplines (engineering, psychology, computer science, etc) to spark new ideas and hack these out. Hacking can take the form of conversations, presentations, designing experiments, constructing and deconstructing concepts, analyzing data, forming new collaborations, and even building tools. As the event nears, organizers are interested in hearing any new ideas.

BrainHackEDT will be taking place simultaneously across academic centers in the Eastern Daylight Time zone on Oct. 18 and 19, with periodic video links. Participating institution locations include Ann Arbor, Boston, Washington DC, Atlanta, New York City, Toronto, and Porto Alegre.

BrainHackEDT-A2 will take place at the University of Michigan Museum of Art in Ann Arbor,centered in the multipurpose room (UMMA has WiFi, video capabilities, desktop workspace), but organizers also encourage attendees to take their hacking into the art space.

BrainHackEDT-A2 attendees include experts in experimental design, psychiatric and psychological research, data analysis and big data analysts, statisticians, physicists, engineers, with a range of techniques represented (MRI, EEG, fNIRS, behavioral, etc).

Contact organizers at if you have questions, or projects you would like to propose or even lead.

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.

Open meeting for HPC users at U-M — Sept. 26

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

  • Duderstadt Center Conference Room 3 (1129)  September 26th – 1:30 – 5 p.m.

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, or Jeremy Hallum ( at the Medical School.

We are planning to hold similar meetings monthly.

MICDE Seminar: Vladimir Rokhlin, Yale University — Sept. 25

Vladimir Rokhlin, inventor of the Fast Multipole Method for rapidly solving Poisson and Helmholtz partial differential equations and professor of computer science and mathematics at Yale University, will speak on campus as part of the Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery and Engineering Seminar Series.

His talk is titled “Accelerating Numerical Algorithms of Linear Algebra,” and is scheduled for 4-5 p.m., Room 1360 East Hall, Thursday, Sept. 25.

More information is available on the MICDE Web site.

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.

XSEDE accepting requests for 2015 allocations — Oct. 15 deadline

XSEDE is accepting research allocation requests for 2015. The submission deadline is Oct. 15, 2014.

There are several changes to the resources available and the application procedure, which are summarized here.

For example, XSEDE will require a section on code performance and scaling with each request, as well as disclosure of access to cyberinfrastructure resources aside from XSEDE (such as local clusters, NSF Blue Waters, or DOE INCIDE).

More information on writing a successful allocation request can be found on the XSEDE web site. For more information on XSEDE, contact U-M XSEDE Campus Champion Brock Palen or email


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.

Informational sessions: Graduate studies in computational science — Sept. 9-10

The Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery and Engineering (MICDE) is sponsoring two informational events on graduate programs that will prepare students for success in computationally intensive fields.

Session I:

Tuesday, Sept. 9
5 – 6 p.m.
3100 North Quad (Ehrlicher Room)


Session II:

Wednesday, Sept. 10
5 – 6 p.m.
1500 EECS


  • Presentation on the Ph.D. in Scientific Computing by Ken Powell, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Aerospace Engineering
  • Presentation on the Graduate Certificate in Computational Discovery and Engineering by Eric Michielssen, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Director of MICDE.
  • Questions and answers

Pizza and pop will be provided.

Please pass this information along to any potentially interested graduate students.