The HiPC Industry, Research, and User Symposium (IRUS) aims at bringing together the users-practitioners of HPC, including both commercial and non-commercial users, and giving them a platform where they can share their challenges and successes and discuss relevant technology issues.
There will be two IRUS Sessions at HiPC 2014, to be held on Days 2 and 3 of the conference. They are described below. For Speaker Profiles, see this page.
IRUS1: Computational Atmospheric and Climate Science in HPC: Methods being developed to tackle the performance issues
Understanding the Ocean-Atmosphere Climate System is central to Weather and Climate Forecasting and Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP), which in recent years has emerged as an important discipline that requires increased computing power and accurate modeling and is regarded as a part of the Grand Challenge application that requires ExaFlop capabilities. The rapid advent in the techno-scientific research related to high resolution downscaling/forecasting of the weather in the last few decades has led to the development of complex mathematical models for several spatio-temporal scales of evolution of the atmosphere. To keep abreast of the latest developments in forecasting capabilities and to establish a self-reliant base, India has initiated a wide range of computational Earth projects under the Ministry of Earth Sciences and has installed a close to Peta flop capable system at IITM, Pune and IISC, Bangalore for conducting studies and improving the models to predict Indian weather and climate. C-DAC, using PARAM Yuva, also has a team of scientists working on various performance studies of Global Models. The Computational Atmospheric Sciences (CES) group is engaged in the application of HPC to Atmospheric, Oceanic and Environmental Sciences. Indian Earth science teams are involved in research and technology that provides a complete computational environment, including modeling and simulation services and data analysis and processing tools in the atmospheric science domain to support HPC scientists developing new models as required by Indian Monsoon. This symposium will host speakers who are working in all of these areas and using Peta class systems in their research. Those scheduled to participate include:
Confirmed speakers include:
Prof. Ravi Nanjundiah, Head of Department, Centre for Atmospheric Sciences, IISC, Bangalore
Dr. Surya Rao/Ashok Kumar, Scientist F, Indian Tropical Metrology, Pune
Prof. Santosh Ansumali, Associate Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru Center for Advanced Scientific Research
Ms. Akshara Kaginalkar, Associate Director and Head of the Atmospheric Group of C-DAC
IRUS2: Life Science & HPC: Issues in computer science, applied mathematics, scientific data management, visualization, and informatics
Numerical simulation on high-performance computers enables the study of complex systems and natural phenomena that would be too expensive, too dangerous, or even impossible to study by direct experimentation. Such simulation is critical to accelerate progress in scientific programs of Global interest, which will lead to new ways of tackling Worlds Resource challenges that are not possible through traditional experimentation alone. In particular, these efforts save time and money, significantly improve the likelihood of breakthroughs and useful advances, and reduce the risks and uncertainty that are often barriers to industry adopting new and innovative technologies. This IRUS session is expected to spotlight the Challenges faced by the scientific simulation users of HPC and highlight their experiences in using HPC, including limitations, expectations and collaboration opportunities. The speakers scheduled to participate include:
Confirmed speakers include:
Prof. Shyam Sunder, Professor, Computer Science Department, TATA Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
Dr. Rajendra Joshi, Well-known industry research expert, currently working at C-DAC as associate Director of Bio Informatics group involved in several projects from Cloud Services to cancer research using HPC
Prof. U.S. Bhalla, Professor and Dean of National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), TIFR, Bangalore
Prof. Pushan Majumdar, Professor and Senior Research Scientist from Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Kolkata