Seminar to discuss choosing the best supercomputer for your research

July 19, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Chuck Pavloski, R&D engineer for earth sciences at the Institute for CyberScience (ICS), will offer a seminar titled “Big Decision: Choosing Your HPC Resources Wisely” to the Penn State research community. The free seminar will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 10, in W203 Millennium Science Complex on the University Park campus of Penn State.

The seminar will help researchers who need to use high-performance computing (HPC) choose the best HPC resources to fit their needs. Choosing the right system for any given research project can be challenging, since researchers face a wide array of options, including Penn State’s Advanced CyberInfrastructure (ICS-ACI) and external supercomputing systems such as the Texas Advanced Computing Center’s Stampede and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center’s Bridges. Many external HPC systems are part of the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), a partnership of supercomputing resources across the US.

Pavloski will discuss the features of these HPC resources and more. He’ll also clarify which resources are typically optimal for various kinds of research projects, such as machine learning, data visualization, traditional modeling and large dataset analysis. He will also explain how to access these computing systems.

To RSVP for the event, click here.

Pavloski received his doctorate in meteorology from Penn State. Prior to joining ICS as the institute’s domain expert in earth sciences, he served as a senior research associate in the Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science, focusing on applying HPC to atmospheric remote sensing, weather analysis and prediction. As Penn State’s XSEDE Campus Champion, he helps Penn State researchers gain access to XSEDE resources and assists them with choosing the best resource to meet their needs.

ICS 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 ICS-ACI. 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 or email  

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Last Updated July 31, 2017