The National Institute for Computational Sciences

The University of Tennessee at SC15

Downtown Austin, Texas, skyline view of Zilker Metropolitan Park. [Photo: © Chris Boswell |]

Booth 1609

Tabitha Samuel [Photo: Scott Gibson]

Whether it’s enabling scientific discovery or providing high-performance computing tools, the University of Tennessee has the privilege of wielding the transformative power of high-performance computing (HPC) that the SC15 supercomputing conference (in Austin Texas, Nov. 15–20) so eloquently heralds.

As a vibrant member of the HPC community, UT looks forward to again participating in SC—with its unique, varied showcase of the latest not only in HPC but also in networking, storage, and analysis—and joining researchers, scientists, engineers, educators, students, programmers, system administrators, developers, and others in attendance from all over the world.

If you are going to be at SC15, we hope you'll plan to stop by UT's booth to visit with us. We'll have some great giveaways and talks, but, beyond that, we will simply enjoy chatting with you. If you cannot make it, however, check us out on Facebook and Twitter to experience a few vignettes of the conference vicariously.

Tech Talks

Opening Gala

On Monday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m., the UT booth will continue its tradition of being a focal point for excitement during the conference’s opening night when the audience will enjoy Big Orange ice cream while hearing a talk from UT Distinguished Professor Jack Dongarra. He will unveil the Top500 list of the world’s most powerful computers and offer expert insight into the current and future directions of HPC.

Jack Dongarra [Photo: Scott Gibson]

Following is the complete speaker schedule for the UT booth.

Tech Talk Schedule
University of Tennessee Booth (1609)

Time Speaker Topic
Monday, November 16
7:30 p.m.

Jack Dongarra
University of Tennessee Distinguished Professor

An Overview of High-performance Computing Today and Look to the Future
Tuesday, November 17
11 a.m. Greg Peterson
Director, National Institute for Computational Sciences
Enabling Scientific Discovery at NICS
2:30 p.m. George Bosilca
Research Director, Innovative Computing Laboratory, University of Tennessee
PaRSEC: Programming Constructs for Efficient Applications @Scale
3:30 p.m.

Piotr Luszczek
Research Director, Innovative Computing Laboratory, University of Tennessee

Modern Autotuning for Hardware Accelerators
Wednesday, November 18
11 a.m. Dwayne John
HPC Consultant, User Assistance Group, National Institute for Computational Sciences
HPC Monte Carlo Simulations of Photon Propagation in Turbid Media
2:30 p.m.

Aurelien Bouteiller
Research Scientist, Innovative Computing Laboratory, University of Tennessee

Fault-tolerant MPI Applications with ULFM
3:30 p.m.

Philip Mucci
Research Consultant, Innovative Computing Laboratory, University of Tennessee

PAPI-EX: PAPI for the Future
4:30 p.m.

Pavel Shamis
System and Middleware Software Researcher, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy

UCX: An Open Source Framework for HPC Network APIs and Beyond

Also Speaking at SC15 from UT

Reuben Budiardja of the Scientific Computing Group, National Institute for Computational Sciences, will be a co-presenter on the subject of the HPC job tracking tool called XALT. Information regarding the schedule for his talks is available here.

Tennessee Supercomputing

The Innovative Computing Laboratory (ICL) at the University of Tennessee aspires to be a world leader in enabling technologies and software for scientific computing. In addition to participating in the UT booth tech-talk speaker series again this year, ICL also will have the latest information on hand about its products, which visitors can take with them. Learn more about ICL here.

The University of Tennessee–Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Joint Institute for Computational Sciences advances scientific discovery and state-of-the-art engineering, and furthers knowledge of computational modeling and simulation. JICS seeks to lead the region and nation in scientific discovery and technological advancement. The institute's expert consultancy combined with HPC, cluster, and shared-memory computing technical resources, offers opportunities for partnerships for those in a data-driven industry or a proposal-reliant research setting. These partnerships can solve the toughest problems in science, engineering, or big data facing society. JICS' advanced computing center is the University of Tennessee’s National Institute for Computation Sciences (NICS). Learn more about JICS here.

The National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS), one of the nation’s leading academic supercomputing centers, had the distinction of deploying and managing Kraken, the first academic supercomputer to break the petaflop barrier of a quadrillion floating-point operations per second. NICS is a major partner in the National Science Foundation's eXtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment, known as XSEDE. Learn more about NICS here.