The TACC Institute Series

Immersive Training in Advanced Computation

TACC-NAG HPC Concepts for Managers

September 11-15, 2017

The TACC-NAG High Performance Computing (HPC) Concepts for Managers institute is specifically tailored to managers and decision makers who are using, or considering using, HPC within their organizations. It is also applicable to those with a real opportunity to make this career step in the near future. Topics covered will include procurement considerations, pricing and capital expenditures, operating expenditures, and cost/benefit analysis of adding HPC to a company's or institution's R&D portfolio. A broad scope of HPC is covered from department scale clusters to the largest supercomputers, modeling and simulation to non-traditional use cases, and more.

Tentative Agenda

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:30 Registration Standing up a service - main elements Measuring performance, cost and value - overview Open Work on Case Studies
9:00 Welcome Stakeholders, requirements capture, getting ready to buy Skills, recruitment, diversity
9:15 Intro - goals, structure, speakers Key financial measures, eg TCO, ROI, …
9:30 Presentation of Case Studies
10:00 Break
10:30 Ice-breaker Procurement - RFP, technology evaluation, bid selection, contract negotiation Cost recovery and funding models External engagement Presentation of Case Studies
11:00 Intros and personal goals Judge feedback, Awards, and Close
11:30 External engagement example - TACC
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Strategy Commissioning and acceptance testing Measuring performance, cost and value - value and metrics Q&A, extra focus, etc  
2:00 Break
2:30 The market - companies Tour of machines and screens Measuring - key tools and user data analysis Intro to Case Studies and Judges
3:00 Work on Case Studies
3:15 The market - technologies
3:30 Standing up a service - staffing structures
4:00 Special guest lecture Q&A, Topics arising, Etc.
4:30 Q&A
5:00 Personal time
6:00 Networking reception including full food   Dinner (off site)    


Lucas Wilson

TACC, Director Of Training & Professional Development

Melyssa Fratkin

TACC, Industrial Programs Director

Andrew Jones

NAG Ltd/Inc., Vice-President Strategic HPC Services

Register today!

General Registration: $2000

Academic Registration: $1,000 (available soon)

  • .edu or other college/university email address required when registering

STAR Partner Registration: $1000

Cancellation/Refund Policy

You may request to cancel your registration and receive a refund (minus $50 administrative charge) up to 14 days before the event starts. Cancellation notices received less than 14 days before the start of the event will not be eligible for a refund.


Your registration fee covers daily parking expenses during the institute.


Breakfast, lunch, and mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks are all covered as part of your registration fee.