Institute for CyberScience hosts high-performance computing workshops

Julian Fung
January 05, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State Institute for CyberScience (ICS) is hosting a series of free training workshops on high-performance computing (HPC) techniques. These workshops are sponsored by the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE). The first workshop will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m on Jan.17 in 118 Wagner Building, University Park.

HPC involves computers far more powerful than typical desktop machines, with tens of thousands of processors, compared to four or eight in a normal computer. Using HPC techniques, researchers can perform tasks in hours that a desktop computer would take weeks or months to complete.

The Jan. 17 workshop will present an introduction to Open Multi-Processing (OpenMP), a programming interface that allows users to execute tasks using multiple processing cores at once, speeding up the rate at which the tasks can be completed.

The workshop is open to all Penn State faculty and students. Participants should possess basic experience working in a Linux-based HPC environment and will need to bring a laptop to the workshop. Registration for the workshop is available here. A free XSEDE account is required to participate, and can be obtained here.

XSEDE is a national partnership of universities and research centers devoted to providing HPC resources and training. The partnership results from a five-year, $121-million project supported by the National Science Foundation. ICS plans to host XSEDE workshops on HPC topics monthly. The second workshop will be held on Feb. 10 and focus on Big Data.

Please direct questions about ICS XSEDE workshops to Penn State’s XSEDE Campus Champion, Chuck Pavloski, at cfp102@psu.edu.

The Institute for CyberScience is one of the five interdisciplinary research institutes under the Office of the Vice President for Research, and is dedicated to supporting cyber-enabled research across the disciplines. ICS builds an active community of researchers using computational methods in a wide range of fields through co-hiring of tenure-track faculty, providing seed funding for ambitious computational research projects, and offering access to high-performance computing resources through its Advanced Cyber Infrastructure. With the support of ICS, Penn State researchers harness the power of big data, big simulation, and big computing to solve the world’s problems. For more information, visit https://ics.psu.edu or email ics@psu.edu.  

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Last Updated April 21, 2017