Maximum computer performance and scalability to be focus of ScicomP/SP-XXL meetings

By Brian Bevirt
04/10/2006 - 12:00am


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  SCD will host concurrent meetings of ScicomP and SP-XXL at NCAR in July 2006.

In July 2006, the Scientific Computing Division (SCD) of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) will host two concurrent meetings for scientific users of IBM high-performance computing systems.

ScicomP12, scheduled for July 18–21 at NCAR, will be the twelfth in a series of meetings for computational scientists and engineers interested in achieving maximum performance and scalability on IBM HPC systems.

ScicomP12 is being combined with the summer meeting of SP-XXL, which will be held at NCAR from July 17–21. SP-XXL is a membership organization focused on systems-oriented interests in large-scale scientific computing on IBM hardware.

Dr. William Collins, a scientist in NCAR’s Climate & Global Dynamics Division, will be the keynote speaker for the concurrent meetings. Collins, who studies atmospheric radiation, has developed one of the first techniques for integrating aerosol data into global climate models.

ScicomP12/SP-XXL will feature a day of tutorials presented by IBM staff and others on topics relevant to user concerns. Students are welcome, both as regular attendees and tutorial-only registrants, at reduced rates.

Conference organizers are seeking original presentations about recent discoveries, experiences, and lessons learned on IBM HPC products. The deadline for abstract submission has been extended to May 8, 2006.

ScicomP12: Exploring high-performance IBM technologies

Important dates
April 28:  
Deadline for abstracts
May 10:  
Author notification
June 30:  
Early registration closes
July 18:  
ScicomP tutorials
July 19-21:  
ScicomP meeting

ScicomP12 will explore IBM technologies such as the POWER architecture, the Federation Switch, and BlueGene/L. The program will include presentations by HPC users and IBM R&D staff. User presentations will focus on real-world experiences in porting, maintaining, and running codes on large-scale IBM systems. Issues may include code migration, scalable algorithms, hybrid programming models, exploitation of system architectures, and frameworks for scheduling and execution. IBM staff presentations will include hardware and software roadmaps for large systems, application development support software tools, performance programming, measurement, analysis, and tuning techniques.

ScicomP is an international organization of scientific and technical users of IBM systems. The purpose of ScicomP is to share information on software tools and techniques for developing scientific applications on IBM systems, and to gather and provide feedback to IBM to influence the evolution of these systems.

SP-XXL: Examining scalable parallel IBM systems

The SP-XXL 2006 summer meeting will consist of technical sessions open to participants from SP-XXL member sites. The sessions will examine terascale scientific computing on scalable parallel IBM systems, covering topics such as applications, code-development tools, communications, networking, support, parallel I/O, resource management, system administration, and training.

SP-XXL is a self-organized and self-supporting group whose members cover their own costs for participating. Members of SP-XXL work together to increase the capabilities of IBM machines and to provide guidance to IBM on essential development and support issues.