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Cluster 2013 Keynotes

May 23, 2013 - IEEE Cluster 2013 conference organizers today announced that two pioneering computer scientists are the featured speakers at this year's event, September 23-27 at the Hilton Hotel in Indianapolis.

David E. Keyes, professor of applied mathematics and computational science at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia, will be the keynote speaker. Thomas Sterling, professor of informatics and computing at Indiana University and executive associate director of IU's Center for Research in Extreme Scale Technologies, will deliver the closing address.

David E. KeyesDavid E. Keyes

Keyes is the founding dean of KAUST's division of Computer, Electrical, and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering. He is also an adjunct professor in applied physics and applied mathematics at Columbia University, and an affiliate of several laboratories of the US Department of Energy. Keyes' work focuses on the algorithmic interface between parallel computing and the numerical analysis of partial differential equations, with an emphasis on scalable solvers for emerging extreme architectures that require drastic reductions in communication and synchronization.

For his algorithmic influence on scientific simulations, Keyes has been recognized as a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and of the American Mathematical Society. Keyes' other honors include the IEEE Computer Society's Sidney Fernbach Award, the Association for Computing Machinery's Gordon Bell Prize, and the 2011 SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession.

Thomas SterlingThomas Sterling

Best known as the "father of Beowulf," Sterling developed groundbreaking research that dramatically reduced the cost and increased the accessibility of supercomputers. Sterling has performed applied research in parallel computing system structures, semantics and operation -- in industry, government labs and higher education. In 1997, he and his collaborators received the Gordon Bell Prize.

Currently, Sterling's research focuses on the ParalleX execution model for extreme scale computing, with the goal of devising a new model of computation to guide the development of next-generation exascale computing systems. ParalleX is the conceptual centerpiece of the XPRESS project, sponsored by the US Department of Energy Office of Science X-stack program. Sterling holds six patents, and is co-author of six books.  Thomas will also participate on the panel:  Clouds and Clusters - the Walmart effect?

Indiana University's Pervasive Technology Institute is hosting the IEEE Cluster 2013 conference. Organizers are currently accepting proposals for technical papers, posters, panels, visualizations, workshops and birds of a feather. The submission deadline for technical papers is May 25, but a one-week extension until June 1 will be automatically granted upon submission of an abstract by May 25. 

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Cluster 2013 Plenary Speakers

Jessie J. Walker

Jessie Walker is Coordinator of Computer Science at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, a small HBCU located in the Arkansas Delta. Over the last six years he has helped HBCUs and teaching-oriented institutions within Arkansas to leveraged HPC resources/training as a core component of undergraduate education. He has also helped to develop a unique organization within Arkansas known as the Arkansas Minority Cyberinfrastructure Training, Education Consortium (AMC-TEC), with the major goal of empowering HBCUs, and teaching-oriented institutions in Arkansas to acquire, utilize cyberinfrastructure resources both locally and nationally as an essential element of their undergraduate curriculum. As a result of these activities, HBCUs within Arkansas have developed curriculum, which integrates new innovative undergraduate courses in bioinformatics, computational sciences, data analytics, simulation/modeling, and digital humanities. A recent result of these activities has been the development of computational communal research/education labs at HBCU campuses in Arkansas, and the recent acquisition of a HPC and visualization center at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Jay Boisseau

The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) designed the Stampede supercomputing system to be one of the most powerful production clusters in the world—and added an innovative new technology, the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors, to add even more computational power. However, Stampede was designed for more than raw performance: it presents a comprehensive science environment to researchers, with a variety of integrated capabilities. Both its scale and its comprehensive capabilities benefit from the continuing advances of x86/Linux cluster technologies, and have helped make Stampede the most widely used petascale computing system in the world. Jay will present the design decisions that went into Stampede, discuss the deployment challenges leading up to production, and showcase many of the research projects in the ‘stampede of science’ now being enabled by this world-class cluster. Jay will also participate on the panel:  Clouds and Clusters - the Walmart effect?