9/17/2020 - 9/18/2020
Texas Advanced Computing Center

The annual 2020 TACC Symposium for Texas Researchers is a meeting of scientists, engineers, scholars, and students from across the state of Texas who use, and would like to use, the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) to advance their research goals.

This meeting will be an opportunity for you to showcase your ongoing research involving TACC resources, learn new and useful computing skills from a variety of tutorials, network with other Texas-based researchers, and hear information about the latest TACC systems and services. The meeting will be held virtually over Zoom and Slack on September 17-18, 2020.

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NOTE: TACCSTER 2020 will be held virtually over Zoom and Slack. There will be no on-site attendance this year. There is no cost to register, but registration is required to attend. Instructions for accessing the Zoom webinar and Slack channel will be provided to registrants prior to the meeting. Registration closes September 4th.

Poster Presentations


TACCSTER is accepting abstracts to be considered for poster presentation at the symposium. Abstracts should highlight original research or related activities performed on TACC systems (any field of study). To be considered for a poster presentation, please submit a title, list of authors and affiliations, and a short abstract (300 words max) describing the work in a single Word Document or PDF to taccster@tacc.utexas.edu. The deadline for submission is August 14, and presenters will be notified of acceptance by August 28. Only one submission per presenter will be considered.

FORMAT: Posters will be presented virtually in a Slack workspace dedicated to this event. Presenters will be required to upload a publication-quality PDF of their poster to a dedicated Slack channel. Presenters are strongly encouraged to upload a 2-4 minute "elevator talk" describing their poster to a general audience. Symposium attendees will have the opportunity to converse with presenters in real time by text or audio, or asynchronously. More details on this format are forthcoming. Please address questions to taccster@tacc.utexas.edu.

Lightning Talks


TACCSTER is accepting abstracts to be considered for lightning talks at the symposium. Lightning talks should highlight original research or related activities performed on TACC systems (any field of study). All are invited to apply. Students and junior-level researchers are strongly encouraged to apply. To be considered for a lightning talk, please submit a title, list of authors and affiliations, and a short abstract (300 words max) describing the work in a single Word Document or PDF to taccster@tacc.utexas.edu. The deadline for submission is August 14, and presenters will be notified of acceptance by August 28. Only one submission per presenter will be considered.

FORMAT: Lightning talks will be delivered over Zoom and no longer than five minutes. Talks will be given back-to-back in a rapid fire format. Questions will not be taken during the presentations - instead, they may be asked in Slack following the session. The host (TACCSTER Organizers) will control the slides for all the presenters. Invited presenters are required to send their slides to taccster@tacc.utexas.edu by September 14.

NOTE: If you would like to be considered for a poster presentation and a lightning talk, please mention that in your email. You may submit one abstract to be considered for both presentations. Or, you may submit two different abstracts - one for each presentation.

One-on-One Sessions with TACC Experts


There will be opportunities for registered symposium attendees to meet virtually one-on-one with TACC staff and domain experts. If you would like to arrange a meeting, please email a short summary (2-3 sentences) of your interests and what you hope to achieve from a one-on-one meeting to taccster@tacc.utexas.edu. Requests must be submitted by September 11, 2020. Meeting slots are limited and we cannot guarantee that a member of the TACC staff will be available.

Tentative Agenda


      Speakers

      Lightning Talks

      One-on-Ones

      Poster Session

      Tutorials

Day 1: Thursday, September 17, 2020
10:00am - 10:15am Welcome
10:15am - 10:45am Dan Stanzione

Executive Director, Texas Advanced Computing Center
Associate Vice President for Research, The University of Texas at Austin

10:45am - 11:15am Lauren Ancel Meyers

Cooley Professor of Integrative Biology and Statistics & Data Science
The University of Texas at Austin

11:15am - 12:30pm Zoom Break
One-on-ones with TACC Experts (by appointment)
Networking in Slack
12:30pm - 2:00pm Lightning Talks
2:00pm - 3:00pm Zoom Break
One-on-ones with TACC Experts (by appointment)
Networking in Slack
3:00pm - 3:30pm Kiran Bhaganagar

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
The University of Texas at San Antonio

Gillian Lynch

Associate Director, Research and Development; Manager, Scientific Computing; Senior Scientist II; Sealy Center for Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

3:30pm - 4:00pm Diego Donzis

Associate Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering
Texas A&M University

Karl Berg

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Day 2: Friday, September 18, 2020
10:00am - 10:15am Opening Remarks
10:15am - 10:45am Matt Lease

Associate Professor, School of Information
The University of Texas at Austin

Suman Sirimulla

Assisstant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
The University of Texas at El Paso

10:45am - 11:15am Rebecca Cordell

Assistant Professor, School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences
The University of Texas at Dallas

Franco Pestilli

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
The University of Texas at Austin

11:15am - 12:15pm Zoom Break
One-on-ones with TACC Experts (by appointment)
Networking in Slack
12:15pm - 1:15pm Poster Session  
1:15pm - 1:30pm Closing Remarks
1:30pm - 2:00pm Zoom Break
One-on-ones with TACC Experts (by appointment)
Networking in Slack
2:00pm - 4:00pm OpenMP / MPI Tutorial Containers in HPC Tutorial MATLAB Parallel Computing Toolbox Tutorial

Tutorials 


OpenMP / MPI
The most common methods on parallelizing your serial code for an HPC environment include the use of OpenMP and MPI. OpenMP allows for concurrent processing across cores on a single node where MPI provides the ability to run concurrently across multiple nodes in a cluster.

Containers in HPC
Software containers are an important common currency for portable and reproducible computing. Learn best practices on using Docker and Singularity containers on TACC HPC systems, including MPI and GPU aware containers.

MATLAB Parallel Computing Toolbox
MATLAB Parallel Computing Toolbox lets you solve computationally and data-intensive problems using multicore processors, GPUs, and computer clusters. This tutorial will demonstrate MATLAB functions and features that help you take advantage of parallel computing resources without requiring any extra coding.