PEARC17 Conference


Monday, July 10th, 2017
New Orleans, LA, USA

We thank everyone who participated the workshop on July 10. Special gratitude is extended to ten presenters who delivered very interesting talks and lively discussions. We have 28 people expressed their interests on this topic and signed in during the workshop day. We will keep the communication channel open and actively be looking for next opportunity to move discussion and collaborations forward. We are eager to hear your suggestions and thoughts on this. We have posted the slides from presenters and some photos from the workshop below.

About The Workshop

This workshop is the first of a series to provide a forum for leaders, technology developers, and resources operators from leading international supercomputing centers to share ideas and experiences in deploying and servicing supercomputing technologies for open science users. The first workshop will have a particular focus on many-core technology development and application in China and the U.S. The development and deployment of supercomputing technologies in China have grown rapidly over the past decade. Together, China and the U.S. currently host seven out of ten of the fastest supercomputers in the world. Service providers in both countries face many similar challenges, such as large potential user communities, ever-increasing needs of high-performance computing resources, rapid hardware technology development, and evolving demands.

A primary focus of this workshop will be on how to increase the usage and efficiency of existing resources to better serve the open science communities at large to ensure broader and long lasting impact. Another key issue to be discussed at the meeting is not only the sustainability of current deployment and operation, but also the potential impact of technology advancements in the next several years. The discussion at this workshop will be beneficial for participants from both countries as well as for general participants at the conference.

Call For Participation

Managers, researchers, and engineers from multiple supercomputing centers are invited to report on the latest deployment status, share the best practices in their daily operations, explore solutions for common issues, and discuss their visions toward exascale computing in the near future. Please see a tentative agenda below for more details.

We also welcome all individuals and institutes who are interested in participating in this workshop as speakers, panelists, or general audience. To attend the workshop, participants can register for this workshop only or together with the main PEARC17 conference at If you have questions or are interested in giving a talk at the workshop, please send your inquiries to Weijia Xu.

Keynote Speakers

Dan Stanzione, Ph.D., Executive Director, Texas Advanced Computing Center

Dr. Stanzione is the Executive Director of the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin. A nationally recognized leader in high performance computing, Stanzione has served as deputy director since June 2009 and assumed the Executive Director post on July 1, 2014. Stanzione received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, and his master's degree and doctorate in computer engineering from Clemson University.

Kai Lu, Ph.D., Professor, Deputy Dean of the College of Computer Science, National University of Defense Technology, China

Dr. Lu is the associated chief designer of the Tianhe-1 (MilkyWay-1) and the Tianhe-2 (MilkyWay-2) supercomputer systems and is the leading designer of the Tianhe system software. His research interests include computer architecture and system software.Kai Lu graduated from the National University of Defense Technology with a Ph.D. in computer science and technology in 1999.

Workshop Program

9:00-10:30 Keynote 1: Dan Stanzione, Texas Advanced Computing Center - The Advanced Computing Landscape in Texas: Opportunities for International Collaborations
Keynote 2: Kai Lu, National University of Defense Technology – A Blueprint of Road to Exascale Computing in China
10:30-11:00 COFFEE BREAK
11:00–11:30 William Kramer, National Center for Supercomputing Applications - Blue Waters: A Super System for Highly Productive Frontier Science - Experiences, Best Practices and Lessons Learned
11:30–12:00 Lin Gan, National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi – The Sunway TaihuLight Supercomputer: System and Application
12:00-1:30 LUNCH BREAK
1:30–2:00 Sergiu Sanielevici, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center – Converging AI and HPC: A Strategic Reasoning Exhibition in China
2:00–2:30 Ruibo Wang, National University of Defense Technology – The State and Opportunities of HPC Applications in China
2:30–3:00 Dhabaleswar K. (DK) Panda, Ohio State University – Designing HPC, Big Data, and Deep Learning Middleware for Exascale Systems: Challenges and Opportunities
3:00-3:30 COFFEE BREAK
3:30–4:00 Paul Navratil, Texas Advanced Computing Center – Remote and In-Situ Visualization at TACC - Best Practices in the Age of Many-Core
4:00–4:30 Yifeng Cui, San Diego Supercomputer Center – Advancing Discovery and Application through HPC Collaborations
4:30–5:00 Abhinav Thota, Indiana University – A PetaFLOPS Supercomputer as a University Resource: IU's Experience


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