CISL booth stands tall at SC15

By AJ Lauer
12/08/2015 - 12:45pm

2015 marked the 27th year of the annual Supercomputing Conference - “the international conference for computing, networking, storage and analysis.” This year’s gathering, known as SC15, was held at the Austin Convention Center and boasted a record-breaking 12,903 attendees. Award-winning actor and science advocate Alan Alda gave the keynote address, which focused on the need to effectively communicate about the role of science in our society and the intersection of science and computing.

Panoramic view of SC15 exhibit area
A panoramic view of part of the SC15 Exhibit floor. (Photo: Marijke Unger)

CISL has represented that intersection at the conference since the first Supercomputing gathering. CISL’s annual participation in the SC Exhibit fair gives us an opportunity to showcase atmospheric and computational research made possible through the use of our computing resources.

New NCAR Booth stands tall at SC15
NCAR's new booth, at SC15. (Photo: Marijke Unger)

The theme of SC15 was “HPC Transforms.” In keeping with that theme, NCAR introduced a new exhibit booth design, which was quite the transformation from the previous model, now over five years old. The new booth provides a better visual representation of the important research conducted at NCAR. Marijke Unger led the design team. Other CISL staff on the team included Steve Geinosky, Matt Rehme, Elizabeth Chapin, Amy Moore, and retired staffer Kristin Mooney. They received additional valuable input from UCAR SciEd, Comms, EOL, HAO, and CISL Council.. CISL Director Al Kellie said, “The "towering" presence of the the new NCAR SC15 booth and intimacy of the setup makes the new NCAR Booth a welcoming space amongst the chaos of the large busy exhibit hall.”

This year, SIParCS alum Adnan Haider received a First Place award in the undergraduate category for his poster presentation entitled “Lessons from Post-Processing Climate Data on Modern Flash-Based HPC Systems.” During his time at NCAR in the summer of 2015, he worked with mentor John Dennis on the project that he later did his poster about. Adnan was also a backup member of the SC15 Student Cluster Competition and is studying on a full scholarship through the CAMRAS program.

Negin Sobhani presents about Peformance Analysis of the WRF Model
Negin Sobhani presents about her SIParCS research at SC15. (Photo: Marijke Unger)

Every year CISL hosts a series of talks at the SC booth. This year’s goal was to highlight student research programs and projects. Rich Loft spoke about the importance of students having the opportunity to participate in research with strong mentors who are known in their fields. He presented information about the SIParCS program. Many of the other presenters were SIParCS alumni.

Students’ topics ranged from “Performance Analysis and Optimization of the WRF on Intel Multicore and Manycore Architectures” (Samm Elliott, University of Colorado) to “Estimating the Accuracy of User Surveys for Assessing the Impact of HPC Systems” (Melissa Rishel, University of Northern Colorado). We also had guest speakers from Colorado State University. Susmit Shannigrahi and Christos Papadopolous spoke about their “Named Data Networking” architecture. For a full listing of the presentations, please click here

Another important part of CISL’s participation at SC15 was the Student-Postdoc Job & Opportunity Fair. Over 800 students passed through the job fair, where we distributed information about the SIParCS program, as well as other NCAR/UCAR internships and full-time positions. Many thanks to those who helped staff the Job Fair table, which included: Rich Loft, Raj Kumar, AJ Lauer, Marijke Unger, John Clyne, and University of Wyoming student Ye (Delilah) Feng.

CISL looks forward to participating in discussions about how HPC Matters at SC16 in Salt Lake City, Utah.