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Indiana University at SC16: Scheduled presentations

Join us in booth #1000 to hear IU technologists and our partners present on the latest projects related to supercomputing and R&E networks

Indiana University's work in high performance computing and advanced networks will be on display at SC16, the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis taking place Sunday, November 13 through Friday, November 18 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Join us in front of the big screens to hear IU technologists and our partners present on the latest projects related to supercomputing and R&E networks.

Here is a list of presentations taking place in IU's booth, #1000.

Current trends and future challenges in high performance computing 

Monday, 7:30pm 

IU welcomes special guest and longtime collaborator Jack Dongarra for a look at how high performance computing has changed over the last 10 years. This evolution had—and continues to have—a major impact on numerical scientific software. Looking to the future, a new generation of software libraries and algorithms is needed for the effective and reliable use of (wide area) dynamic, distributed, and parallel environments. 


  • Jack Dongarra, University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory 

Jetstream: In production, supporting science, and available to everyone (including you, engineers!) 

Tuesday, 10:30am 

(Additional time: Wednesday, 2:45pm) 

The NSF-funded Jetstream cloud system is up and running and available for you to use. We will explore Jetstream’s capabilities to support live, interactive research as well as orchestrated cloud production jobs using systems like Mesos and containers like Docker. We will focus on how Jetstream can help engineers, biologists, geological scientists, economists, sociologists, and others. We’ll show how Jetstream is a great tool for engineers, with MATLAB and 50 toolkits available on the system. Most importantly, we’ll tell you how to get started! 


  • Craig Stewart, associate dean for Research Technologies, IU 
  • Jennifer Laherty, head of sciences, associate librarian, IU 
  • David Hancock, program director, Advanced Computational Systems, IU

OpenStack and HPC special event 

Tuesday, 11am 

OpenStack is the emerging standard for deploying cloud computing capabilities, and cloud-based infrastructure is increasingly able to handle HPC workloads. In this special hour-long event, members of the OpenStack Foundation Scientific Working Group will discuss how they use OpenStack to serve HPC customers. 

Presenters and topics include: 

  • John-Paul Robinson, University of Alabama at Birmingham. Augmenting traditional HPC services with an OpenStack-based cloud 
  • Jeff Adams, Intel Corporation. Extending OpenHPC to cloud environments with OpenStack 
  • Blair Bethwaite, senior HPC consultant, Monash University. Pragmatic approaches to architecting and integrating OpenStack for HPC 
  • Chris Hoge, OpenStack Foundation. Basic introduction to OpenStack controlling VMs and Bare Metal 
  • Stig Telfer, Cambridge University. OpenStack and high-performance block IO 
  • Lance Wilson, senior HPC consultant, Monash University.Cryo-electron microscopy image-processing pipeline on OpenStack HPC 

Science Gateways with Apache Airavata 

Tuesday, 1:30pm 

(Additional time: Wednesday, 4:15pm) 

Science gateways are user interfaces and user-supporting services that simplify access to advanced resources for novice users and give power users new modes of usage. Apache Airavata is open source software for building science gateways. In this presentation the IU science gateways team will provide an overview of recent developments. 


  • Marlon Pierce, director of Science Gateways, IU 
  • Surresh Marru, data science researcher, Science Gateways, IU 
  • Eroma Abeysinghe, business analyst, Science Gateways, IU 

Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative (MDPI) at IU 

Tuesday, 2:15pm 

(Additional time: Wednesday, 10:30am) 

The MDPI project is working to preserve IU’s rich audio and visual history by digitizing the university’s deteriorating media before they become unusable. This will guarantee that these offerings will be available for future generations and data analysis techniques, such as those being developed by the HathiTrust Research Center. We will give an overview of the workflow, techniques, and technology that make this massive undertaking a successful reality. 


  • Kristy Kallback-Rose, manager of research storage, IU 

HathiTrust: Unlocking insights from billions of texts through analytics and secure access 

Tuesday, 2:45pm 

(Additional time: Wednesday, 11:15am) 

Textual analytics creates opportunities to ask new questions or look at existing theories through a new lens. The HathiTrust (HT) collection makes one of the largest academic libraries in the United States available for analysis. We will discuss how a researcher can unlock many insights from this digital library while remaining within the legal 

and ethical boundaries of copyrighted content. The HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) provisions analytical access to the HT digital library and protects the data through its secure Data Capsule architectural framework. We will highlight recent developments in the HTRC Portal and Data Capsule, including enhanced workset builder functionality and improved security features. 


  • Inna Kouper, assistant director, Data to Insight Center, IU 

Pegasus Workflow Management System 

Tuesday, 3:45pm 

The Pegasus Workflow Management System (PWMS) is designed to map high-level, resource-independent workflow descriptions onto heterogeneous computational resources such as HPC clusters, high-throughput HTCondor pools, and cloud resources. Pegasus is used in scientific domains like astronomy, bioinformatics, earthquake science, and many others. We will describe a new NSF-funded project to integrate cryptographic support for data integrity into PWMS. As a result, Pegasus will automatically and seamlessly manage related workflow tasks. This collaboration also includes Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) and integration with the Open Resource Control Architecture (ORCA) to add assurances based on dynamic provisioning capabilities for isolation and confidentiality of resources. 


  • Von Welch, director, Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, IU 
  • Ewa Deelman, research professor and director, University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute (Pegasus Project Lead) 
  • llya Baldin, director, network research and infrastructure, RENCI 

GlobalNOC: So much more than just a NOC 

Tuesday, 4:30pm 

GlobalNOC at Indiana University provides carrier grade operations, tools, and network expertise, while placing a singular focus on the unique requirements of our research and education (R&E) community. The GlobalNOC’s Service Desk, Network Engineering, and Software and Systems teams ensure reliability, performance, and advanced capabilities for more than 20 projects, including the Internet2 NOC and NOAA’s N-Wave network. 

Learn how GlobalNOC evolved over 20 years to become not only a NOC, but also a leader in the field of network engineering and research. 


  • Dave Jent, associate vice president of Networks, IU 

International Networks at IU 

Tuesday, 5pm 

(Additional time: Wednesday, 2pm) 

International Networks at IU is a multi-million dollar NSF-funded program that supports the use of international links between the United States, Europe, Asia, and Africa. This talk will review our currently supported links, as well as the measurement and monitoring services deployed on the links. Application support will be discussed in detail, along with how scientists sharing data internationally can get help to do so more efficiently. 


  • Jennifer Schopf, director of International Networks, IU 

IRNC NOC Performance Engagement Team: Enabling high-speed networking for researchers 

Wednesday, 1:30pm 

With data networking becoming increasingly complex and opaque, researchers are often left unsure how to address poor performance between their endpoints. This talk will introduce the IRNC NOC Performance Engagement Team (PET) and show how it can help researchers determine the best approach to achieving their maximum bandwidth potential. 


  • Chris Robb, senior manager of network partner engineering, GlobalNOC, IU

The white coats are coming! The growth, success, and future of computing in biology 

Wednesday, 3:30pm 

(Additional time: Thursday, 10:30am) 

Biology is experiencing a huge increase in data production and demand for computational resources, especially in genomics. Sequencing costs have declined faster than Moore’s Law, dramatically changing the way biological research is done. Experts from the National Center for Genome Analysis Support (NCGAS) will discuss how HPC helped biologists save salamanders and grow better coffee, how computation is used in genomic research, and some considerations on the computing side for the continued growth of computational genomics research. 


  • Tom Doak, manager, NCGAS, IU 
  • Sheri Sanders, bioinformatics analyst, NCGAS, IU 
  • Carrie Ganote, bioinformatician, NCGAS, IU 

OpenSFS: Looking to the future 

Thursday, 11:15am 

Open Scalable File Systems (OpenSFS) is undergoing changes to move steadily forward. This talk will delve into its history and future directions, and how to help further community goals. OpenSFS continues to support the Lustre User Group (LUG) conference, the industry’s primary venue on the Lustre parallel file system, and other open source file system technologies. We’ll touch on presentation, sponsorship, and support opportunities for LUG17 May 30–June 2, 2017, at IU Bloomington. 


  • Stephen Simms, manager of high performance file systems, IU