Ohio supercomputing experts to leverage conference presence

November 13, 2014

State-of-the-art supercomputers, sophisticated software and high-speed research networks will be on tap as Central Ohio technology experts travel this weekend to New Orleans for SC14, the international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis.

Staff members from the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC, http://www.osc.edu), Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet, http://www.oar.net) and Ohio Technology Consortium (OH-TECH, http://www.oh-tech.org) will be attending SC14 Nov. 16-22 to promote the work of their organizations, attend educational workshops and network with their academic and industrial counterparts.

"Historically, OSC has been one of the best-kept secrets across the field of high performance computing," said Pankaj Shah, executive director of OSC and OARnet (http://www.osc.edu/staff/pankaj_shah). "But in the last few years, OSC achievements have been making impressions at international conferences, such as the SC conference, and our name is being mentioned much more frequently in wider national and international discussions involving HPC. This helps drive stronger collaborations and attract more R&D funding to Ohio."

OSC will be prominently featured at the conference, as its entry into the #HPCmatters video program was recognized as "Most Inspirational." The video series showcases researchers who use OSC systems for their computational work, including that of Kathleen Nicole, vice chair of clinical labs at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Her video can be viewed on YouTube.

To generate a greater online presence while at the conference, staff members will be participating in an Ask Me Anything forum on the social media channel Reddit Monday evening from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Central Time. Various OSC staff members will take turns answering questions from the general public about the operation of a supercomputer center.

Several additional OSC-related presentations will occur at SC14: Panda's Network-Based Computing Research Group developed and enhances MVAPICH2, the popular HPC system software package. In addition to OSC's flagship systems, Panda's communications library is powering several of the world's fastest supercomputers.

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