Workshop on High Performance Computing for Industry
PROVIDING A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE TO INDUSTRY
THROUGH HIGH-PERFORMANCE COMPUTING
Accomplishments and a Path Forward
October 26-28, 2011

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street, Troy, NY

Program

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Technical Session
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm Lunch
Russell Sage Dining Hall
12:45 pm – 1:00 pm Registration
Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS)
1:00 pm – 1:10 pm Welcome to the Workshop Introduction to the Technical Sessions
Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS)
1:10 pm – 3:00 pm Getting the Early Applications Going Session Chair: Tom Furlani, University at Buffalo
Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS)
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Break
Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS)
3:30 pm – 5:10 pm Future of Industrial Access to High Performance Computing Systems Session Chair: Tim Lance, NYSERNet
Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS)
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Dinner Introduction: Speaker:
Russell Sage Dining Hall
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Technical Session
Thursday, October 27, 2011
7:30 am – 8:00 am Breakfast
Russell Sage Dining Hall
8:00 am – 10:30 am Highlight Examples of Industry Use of HPC Session Chair: Jim Myers, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS)
10:30 am – 10:50 am Break
Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS)
10:50 am – 12:30 pm Industry/University/Laboratory/Government Collaborations Session Chair: Michael McGuigan, Brookhaven National Laboratory
Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS)
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch Introduction: Speaker:
Russell Sage Dining Hall
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Panel Discussion: Where Does the Software Come From Panel Moderator: Kirk Jordan, IBM
Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS)
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Break
Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS)
4:00 pm – 5:15 pm Making the Business Case for Industrial Use of HPC Session Chair: Mark Shephard, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS)
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Dinner Introduction:
Fran Berman, Vice President for Research, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Speaker: Screening:
Molecularium clips
Russell Sage Dining Hall
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Executive Session
Friday, October 28, 2011
7:00 am – 8:00 am Continental Breakfast
Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), Evelyn’s Café
7:00 am – 8:00 am Continental Breakfast for Panelists
Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), Green Room, Level 6
8:00 am – 8:20 am Welcome and Introduction Introductory Remarks
Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), Concert Hall
8:20 am - 9:15 am Panel on Competitiveness Moderator: Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Experimental Media & Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), Concert Hall
9:15 am – 9:45 am Break
Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), Evelyn’s Café
9:45 am - 11:00 am Future Opportunities Panel Moderator: Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Experimental Media & Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), Concert Hall
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Closing Remarks
Experimental Media & Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), Concert Hall

Areas to be addressed include:

Access to Cost Effective Massively Parallel Computing: The level of parallel computing typically being used in industry is either taking advantage of multi-core CPU’s and/or clusters of no more than a few hundred processors. However, the continued advancement in parallel computers is providing systems with orders of magnitude more processors that are cost effective in terms of dollar per gigaflop, power consumption and operation. In addition to discussing the advances in massively parallel systems, consideration will be given to gaining access to these systems.

Available Software: The national labs and universities have been actively developing new generations of software that can effectively operate on massively parallel computers and maintain excellent scaling to hundreds of thousands of processors. Although the open source nature of this software is attractive, the majority of these simulation tools are not industrial grade, not integrated into industrial workflows and lack the support systems needed by industry. Approaches to address the software needs and the status of their development will be discussed. Consideration will also be given to addressing the licensing, support and Intellectual Property (IP) issues associated with combining both open source and proprietary software components from multiple sources.

Business Case: Making the business case requires consideration of the advantages gained by the application of more computational intensive simulations and the cost of doing those simulations. Examples of the advantages gained to be discussed will include being able to simulate processes that could not be simulated before, increasing the fidelity and confidence in the simulation results obtained, and obtaining useful simulations results with a fast enough turn around cycle to lead to better product designs. Consideration must also be given to the cost of running massively parallel simulations. Historically Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) employed pricing policies that are simply not realistic for use by industry on problems requiring massively parallel computation. This situation is changing as a number of ISVs have introduced more effective pricing policies.

Getting Started: The complexity of the computing and application environments still present major hurdles as an enterprise incorporates massively parallel simulation in product and process design. Activities have been initiated in response to the need. An example of such an activity is the High Performance Computing Consortium (HPC2), supported by the New York State’s Division of Science Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR). A central focus of this workshop will be discussing the activities of HPC2 and investigating how to increase its reach into industry.

updated: 2011-06-30