9/26/2019 - 9/27/2019
Texas Advanced Computing Center
Pickle Research Campus | Austin, TX

The annual 2019 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, attend and participate in Birds-of-a-Feather panel discussions, 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 on September 26-27, 2019 at the Texas Advanced Computing Center in Austin, Texas.

Registration Closed

LODGING: TACCSTER will be held in the ACB building on the J.J. Pickle Research Campus (PRC) of The University of Texas at Austin at 10100 Burnet Road, Austin, TX, 78758. Lodging recommendations can be found at: tacc.utexas.edu/about/hotels (hotels on Domain Dr. close enough to walk).

Download full schedule, speaker, tutorial, and poster details: TACCSTER Pocket Guide

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 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 16, and presenters will be notified of acceptance by August 30. Only one submission per presenter will be considered.

New this year, we are offering poster presenters the opportunity to deliver a lightning talk. Abstracts submitted for poster presentation will be assessed on their overall content, impact, and relevance to TACC. Limited exceptional submissions will be invited to give a lightning talk in addition to a poster. Lightning talks will be no longer than five minutes and five slides (slides must be e-mailed to taccster@tacc.utexas.edu by September 23). Independent of lightning talks, poster presenters will be evaluated by a panel of judges on their overall content, impact, relevance to TACC, and the effectiveness of their communication. Select posters will be highlighted on the TACC website following the symposium.

One-on-One Sessions with TACC Experts

There will be opportunities for registered symposium attendees to meet 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 13, 2019. Meeting slots are limited and we cannot guarantee that a member of the TACC staff will be available.

Tentative Agenda



          ACB 1.104 

          ROC 1.900

Day 1: Thursday, September 26, 2019
8:00am - 10:00am Registration / Hang Posters
8:00am - 9:40am Tutorial: An Introduction to Power Python, Pandas, and Data Science
9:30am - 10:00am Coffee Break
10:00am - 10:15am Matt Vaughn

Director of Life Sciences Computing
Texas Advanced Computing Center
The University of Texas at Austin

TACC Welcome

10:15am - 11:00am Dan Stanzione

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

11:00am - 11:45am Keynote Speaker: Ellen Rathje

Janet S. Cockrell Centennial Chair in Engineering
Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

11:45am - 12:00pm Donnita Branch

Strategic AI/HPC Customer Collaboration Program Manager
Intel Corporation

12:00pm - 1:00pm Break for Lunch
1:00pm - 1:45pm One-on-one with TACC Experts (by appointment)
Lightning Talks
1:45pm - 2:15pm Karl Gebhardt

Professor of Astronomy
The University of Texas at Austin

2:15pm - 2:45pm Perla Balbuena

Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering
Texas A&M University

2:45pm - 3:00pm Coffee Break
3:00pm - 4:15pm Panel: Modern Data Science
Tutorial: OpenMP / MPI
One-on-ones with TACC Experts (by appointment)
4:15pm - 5:15pm Poster Session 1
Day 2: Friday, September 27, 2019
8:00am - 9:00am Registration
Tutorial: Getting Started and Instructional Allocations
9:00am - 9:30am Adam Rabinowitz

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

9:30am - 10:00am Kiran Bhaganagar

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

10:00am - 10:15am Coffee Break
10:15am - 10:45am Lindsay Cowell

Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

10:45am - 11:15am Benjamin Kirk

NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center

11:15am - 12:15pm Poster Session 2
12:15pm - 1:15pm Break for Lunch (TACC Provides)
1:15pm - 2:15pm Panel: TACC Experts
One-on-one with TACC Experts (by appointment)
2:15pm - 2:30pm Coffee Break
2:30pm - 3:30pm Tutorial: Singularity and RGC
2:30pm - 4:30pm Tutorial: Interactive Parallelization Tool
3:30pm - 4:30pm Tutorial: Tapis App Development
4:30pm Meeting Close


An Introduction to Power Python, Pandas, and Data Science
Data science has become a very ambiguous phrase, mainly because data is everywhere, is quite abundant, and valuable. Having vast amounts of data makes accessing and analyzing the data difficult. There are techniques in Python which can make accessing and analyzing data more effective. This tutorial will walk users through a general discussion of data science then launch into a hands on session using Jupyter notebook, with exercises in Python and Pandas to efficiently analyze a given dataset.

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.

Getting Started and Instructional Allocations
This tutorial covers TACC account creation, PI eligibility, project creation and allocation request types (startup,research,instructional,educational). We will also cover managing your project including adding users, sharing project files, allocation renewals and increases and citations.

Interactive Parallelization Tool
Parallel programming is critical for efficiently using not only the current and future generation large-scale supercomputing platforms, but also the now ubiquitous manycore and multi-core processors found in commodity hardware. In this 2-hour, beginner-level tutorial on parallel programming, we will introduce you to the parallel programming concepts, OpenMP, and MPI using the Interactive Parallelization Tool (IPT). Prerequisites: familiarity with C/C++ and Linux is required. Participants would need to bring their laptop to participate in the hands-on session.

Singularity and RGC
Containers are a useful method for isolating applications from the host environment, distributing applications with all of their dependencies, and promoting scientific reproducibility. TACC clusters support the fast, secure, and performant Singularity container platform. This tutorial introduces attendees to Singularity best practices in a high performance computing environment, and it highlights the "Rolling Gantry Crane" tool which exposes over 14K biocontainers to researchers on TACC clusters.

Tapis App Development
The Tapis Platform is an open source, science-as-a-service API platform for powering your digital lab. Tapis allows you to bring together your public, private, and shared high performance computing (HPC), high throughput computing (HTC), Cloud, and Big Data resources under a single, web-friendly REST API. This tutorial will be a brief overview of how to use Tapis to: Run code, manage data, and collaborate meaningfully on scientific challenges.


Modern Data Science
Data science is evolving quickly with the development of new methods, software, and hardware. It has permeated all scientific domains and now plays a very important role in understanding the story inside the data. This panel will bring together leading experts in data science to discuss what data science is, the current state-of-the-art, as well as forward-looking perspectives.

TACC Experts
With all the advanced computing resources available at TACC, its number one resource is its people. This panel is designed to introduce you to team members at TACC, their backgrounds and their vision about TACC's future. They each represent different groups at TACC and they will share their insights on the roles these groups fill, and how these roles may help integrate advanced computing resources into your workflow.