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Texas Advanced Computing Center Collaborates with C-DAC, India to Organize the First Workshop on Software Challenges in Supercomputing

Published on December 8, 2017 by Ritu Arora

The SCEC17 workshop was organized to foster collaborations across the HPC and the advanced software engineering disciplines, and to exchange knowledge on developing scalable and efficient software for latest HPC platforms.

The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) in the U.S. - a renowned world leader in supercomputing – is collaborating with the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) in India to host a workshop on the "Software Challenges to Exascale Computing (SCEC17)" on December 17th, 2017, from 9 AM to 7 PM at the Hotel Royal Orchid, in Jaipur. The main goal of this workshop is to foster international collaborations in the area of software for the current and next generation supercomputing systems.

At the workshop, exciting talks on advanced software engineering and supercomputing will be delivered by world leaders from the National Science Foundation in the U.S. (, leading academic institutions in India, Japan and the U.S., R&D organizations, and industry. In line with the 2015 "National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI)" of the U.S. government, and the "Skill India" campaign of the Government of India, the workshop includes training on using supercomputing resources to solve problems of high societal impact, like earthquake simulation studies and drug discovery efforts. (Additional details on the workshop can be found at:

"I am delighted to collaborate with our colleagues at C-DAC and contribute towards developing a skilled workforce and a strong community in the area of high-level software tools for supercomputing platforms," said Dr. Ritu Arora, the SCEC17 workshop chair and a scientist at TACC. "Without a concerted effort in this area, it will be hard to lower the adoption barriers to supercomputing and to make it accessible to the masses, especially the non-traditional users of the supercomputers."

Intel and Nvidia, two key industry players in the supercomputing sector, are generously supporting the workshop. The workshop will provide a forum through which hardware vendors and software developers can communicate with each other and influence the architecture of the next-generation supercomputing systems and the supporting software stack. By fostering cross-disciplinary associations, the workshop will serve as a stepping-stone towards innovations in the future.

About TACC: The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at the University of Texas at Austin, United States, is a leading advanced computing research center in the world. TACC provides comprehensive advanced computing resources and support services to researchers across the USA. The mission of TACC is to enable discoveries that advance science and society through the application of advanced computing technologies. TACC staff members conduct research and development in applications and algorithms, computing systems design/architecture, and programming tools and environments.

About C-DAC: Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) is the premier R&D organization of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) for carrying out R&D in IT, Electronics and associated areas. Different areas of C-DAC, had originated at different times, many of which came out as a result of identification of opportunities.


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