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.

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.

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.

Call for Proposals for Allocations on Blue Water HPC System from Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation — 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 the call for proposals for details on how to apply for an allocation from GLCPC.

MICDE Seminar: Wolfgang Bangerth, Texas A&M, on Finite Element Methods at Realistic Complexities — Nov. 3

Finite Element Methods at Realistic Complexities 

4 – 5 p.m., November 3, 2014
EECS 1200

Abstract: Solving realistic, applied problems with the most modern numerical methods introduces many levels of complexity. In particular, one has to think about not just a single method, but a whole collection of algorithms: a single code may utilize fully adaptive, unstructured meshes; nonlinear, globalized solvers; algebraic multigrid and block preconditioners; and do all this on 1,000 processors or more with realistic material models.

Codes at this level of complexity can no longer be written from scratch. However, over the past decade, many high quality libraries have been developed that make writing advanced computational software simpler. In this talk, I will briefly introduce the deal.II finite element library (http://www.dealii.org) whose development I lead and show how it has enabled us to develop the ASPECT code (http://aspect.dealii.org) for simulation of convection in the earth mantle. I will discuss some of the results obtained with this code and comment on the lessons learned from developing this massively parallel code for the solution of a complex problem.

Bio: Wolfgang Bangerth is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Texas A&M University. He obtained a Ph.D from the University of Heidelberg. He is principal author of deal.II, a finite element software library written in C++, which is used by several hundred researchers around the world and is part of the computing industry standard SPEC CPU2006 benchmark. He is also principal author of ASPECT, and open source code for thermal convection with primary application to the simulation of convention in the Earth’s mantle.

NSFCloud Workshop on Experimental Support for Cloud Computing in Arlington, VA — position paper deadline Oct. 31

On December 11-12, a workshop is being held at the Waterview Conference Center in Arlington, VA to inform and to solicit feedback from the scientific community about experimental facilities to be developed under the NSFCloud program. This program will also offer academic researchers an opportunity to contribute to development efforts associated with the NSFCloud program.

Background: NSFCloud is a long term, comprehensive initiative funded through the CISE Research Infrastructure: Mid-Scale Infrastructure program that seeks infrastructure that will specifically enable the academic research community to (a) custom develop and experiment with novel cloud architectures and (b) to pursue architecturally-enabled novel applications of cloud computing.

NSFCloud Objectives: “While most of the original innovations supporting cloud computing came from the academic community, much of the recent innovation in cloud architectures has been driven by industry because of the infrastructure requirements. Academic researchers are now considering a new generation of innovative applications of cloud computing and cloud computing architectures, including time- and safety-critical cyber-physical applications for medical devices, power grid, and transportation, which require advances beyond the directions industry is pursuing.” (see http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13602/nsf13602.htm and http://www.nsf.gov/attachments/128999/public/transcript.pdf)

Workshop: NSFCloud Workshop: Experimental Support for Cloud Computing

When: December 11-12, 2014 [8am - 5pm December 11th, 8am - 3pm December 12th]

Location: Waterview Conference Center at 1919 N. Lynn Street, Arlington VA 22209


  • Kate Keahey, Computation Institute, University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory
  • Rob Ricci, School of Computing, University of Utah

Workshop Participation Requirements

Workshop participation will be based on the submission of a short (1-2 page) position paper describing specific experimental needs; authors of selected papers will be invited to present their ideas in a lightning talk session. Logistics of submission will be available on the workshop webpage at http://www.chameleoncloud.org/. Position papers are due by October 31st, 2014. They expect to issue invitations to authors by November 7th, 2014

If you do participate or have questions, please contact Bob Sabourin at rsabes@umich.edu .

Software quality assurance: static code analysis and coding standards (on-campus presentation by PRQA) — Oct. 29

Two tools that help finding and preventing software bugs are static code analysis and coding standards. Those tools are used in industries where reliability and flawless operation are critical, such as automotive, aerospace, and other industries where automated systems control essential operations and functions.

Programming Research (PRQA), a company that provides software-development quality-assurance tools used in automotive and aerospace industries will be giving a morning presentation on those topics and an afternoon demonstration of their tools on Wed., Oct 29, in the Duderstadt Center.

In the morning, PRQA and an industry representative will speak about existing coding standards, software quality-assurance practices, and software-engineering practices in industry.

In the afternoon, PRQA will give a product demonstration. Their software will be available for use, and participants will be able to ask questions of the PRQA engineer and the industry representative.

These topics should be of particular interest to those working in software engineering for automotive, aerospace, control systems, and other embedded systems applications.

Wednesday, Oct. 29

Morning Session: 9 – 11:30 a.m., 1180 Duderstadt Center

Afternoon Session: 1:30 – 4:30 p.m., 3358 Duderstadt Center

Open meetings for HPC users at U-M: Oct. 24, 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 2001, LSA Building, October 24, 8;30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • 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.

Workshops on GIS to begin Oct. 21

LSA IT and the Clark Library are once again teaming up to offer a series of workshops covering a broad range of GIS topics, from introductory to the advanced level.  These workshops are open to all members of the University of Michigan Community (free registration required).  The tentative list of sessions is reproduced below, or you can visit the registration page for the most up-to-date information, as well as to register for the workshops

Date Session Title (Show Descriptions)
Tue, 10/21
2-3:30 pm
Web GIS: ArcGIS Online (AGOL)
Tue, 10/21
3:30-5 pm
Intro to GIS using ArcGIS for Desktop
Wed, 10/22
10 am-noon
Georeferencing Historic Maps and Tracing Features
Wed, 10/22
2-3:30 pm
Story Maps
Wed, 10/22
3:30-5:00 pm
Mobile GIS: Collector for ArcGIS and Explorer for ArcGIS
Thu, 10/23
2-3:30 pm
Enterprise GIS Collaboration and Data Management
Mon, 10/27
3:30-5 pm
Introduction to QGIS
Wed, 10/29
3:30-5 pm
Mapping Strategies for Complex Data
Thu, 10/30
10-11:30 am
Data Visualization Strategies with R

If you have any questions, please contact Peter Knoop, LSA IT (knoop@umich.edu) or Nicole Scholtz, Clark Library (nscholtz@umich.edu).

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 (brainhack.org), 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 brainhacka2@umich.edu if you have questions, or projects you would like to propose or even lead.