SC09 Early Adopters Ph.D. Workshop: Building the Next Generation of Application Scientists

SC09 Early Adopters Ph.D. Workshop

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Date - 20th of November 2009, Portland, Oregon, USA
Time - 10AM till 1.30PM
Location - SC09 (room D137-138)
The program committee has accepted 33 proposals for posters from students applying computational modelling, high performance computing and new architectures to a range of fields including the life sciences, geodynamics, imaging, physics, fluid dynamics, water management, aerospace engineering, seismic modelling and astrophysics. A full list of accepted papers is given below.

Accepted Posters

  1. Computational Biology and emerging HPCS languages - Josh Milthorpe
  2. Australia's geodynamic evolution and paleogeography since the Cretaceous period - Kara Matthews, Alina Hale, Michael Gurnis, Dietmar Muller and Lydia DiCaprio
  3. EXP-PAC: an e-research system for the upload, management and comparison of of microarray data - Philip Church, Andrzej Goscinski, Christophe Lefevre and Adam Wong
  4. MPI Implementation of the level set algorithm for Microwave Imaging Applications - Mohammad Reza Hajihashemi and Magda El-Shenawee
  5. Computational analysis of the wake vortex sets behind ‘High tail’ and ‘Flat tail’ aircraft - Christopher Ellis, Gregory Sheard and Kris Ryan
  6. In-silico analysis of the effect of shear on thrombus growth - Christopher J. Butler, Gregory J. Sheard and Kris Ryan
  7. Process-based Distributed Sediment Dynamic Modelling on a River Basin Scale using High Performance Computing - MD KABIR, Dushmanta Dutta and Sadayuki Hironaka
  8. Fluctuating hydrodynamics in confined suspensions of swimming bacteria - Sarah Clark and Prabhakar Ranganathan
  10. Optimizations of Common Scientific Kernels on GPU - Didem Unat and Scott B. Baden
  11. Developing Salinity Transport Model to Quantify Climate Change Impact on Coastal Zone in Bangladesh - Md. Bhuiyan and Dushmanta Dutta
  12. Collective data management strategies for loosely coupled petascale programming - Allan Espinosa
  13. An efficient approach to identify protein family in large scale metagenomics data - Changjun Wu
  14. Real-time retrieval of optical properties and bathemetry of coastline and inland waterways using parallel processing and CUDA GPU parallel computing architecture - Daniel Marrable
  16. Computational Pipe length effects on Turbulence Statistics for DNS Turbulent Pipe Flow - Cheng Chin, Andrew Ooi, Ivan Marusic and Hugh Blackburn
  17. Analysis of hemodynamic effect of suprarenal and fenestrated stents on the renal arteries in realistic aortic aneurysm models: A preliminary study - Thanapong CHAICHANA and Zhonghua SUN
  18. Computational Genomics: The Development of Multigenic Epilepsy Pharmacogenomic Models from High Dimensional Genome Wide Data - Slave Petrovski, Max Moldovan, Andrew Lonie, Richard Huggins, Melanie Bahlo and Terence O'Brien
  19. HPC in Geodynamics: an Underworld Workflow - Wendy Mason, Louis Moresi and Peter Betts
  20. Simulating the expansion of the supernova remnant SN1987A - Toby Potter and Prof Lister Staveley-Smith
  21. Constraining heterogeneous property inversions using geostatistical of the target property distribution - Antoinette Stryk, Laurent Ailleres and Peter Fullagar
  22. Computational kidney modelling - whole organ behaviour from local function - Thomas Gale
  23. Performance Gains of the GPU Implementation of ACML - Stefan Westerlund
  24. The Biological Channelling of a Reactive Intermediate - Natalie Smith, Ben Corry and Alice Vrielink
  25. Seismic Modeling and Reverse Time Migration on a GPU Cluster - Rached Abdelkhalek, henri Calandra, Olivier Coulaud, guillaume latu and jean roman
  26. Communication and IO Optimizations of SCEC AWP-Olsen Application for Petascale Earthquake Computing - kwangyoon lee, Yifeng Cui, Tim Kaiser, Philip Maechling, Kim Olsen and Thomas Jordan
  27. Towards a Mathematical Model of the Visualization Pipeline - Elena Caraba
  28. The Future of Computational Astrophysics - Benjamin Barsdell, Christopher Fluke and David Barnes
  29. The role of HPC facilies in development of a novel road safety barrier - Rory Gover
  30. Study of Wake Structures behind Tandem Cylinders near a Plane Wall - Anirudh Rao, Mark C. Thmopson and Kerry Hourigan

Abstract submission deadline extended to 24th of August 2009.

Early Adopters Ph.D. Workshop: Building the Next Generation of Application Scientists 

We cordially invite you to submit a poster paper to the Early Adopters Ph.D. Workshop: Building the Next Generation of Application Scientists. The workshop will be held on the 20th of November, 2009 at the SC09 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, in Portland, Oregon, USA.

High performance computing (HPC) has become an essential tool to study real world problems of significant scale or detail, and is now applied in a wide range of fields. However, successfully applying HPC can be a challenging undertaking to newcomers from fields outside of computing/computer science.

For example, a graduate structural biologist might not be thoroughly aware of parallelisation techniques, data management strategies or visualisation approaches.

This workshop provides graduate students who are adopting HPC an opportunity to present early stage research and gain valuable feedback. A panel of expert reviewers with significant experience will be invited to come and critique students’ work and provide constructive feedback. The goal of this workshop is to help students identify shortcomings, introduce new approaches, discuss new technology, learn about relevant literature or define their future research goals.

This workshop is relevant to a range of students, include those that:

  • Are from fields outside of computing/computer science and are applying HPC tools or techniques in their domain; or
  • Are applying HPC to a field where it has not traditionally been used; or
  • Are new to the field of HPC and wish to present their early research outcomes.

Domain-specific applications of HPC disciplines such as parallel computing, grid computing, workflows, data management and visualisation are all considered highly relevant.

Applicants are invited to submit a one page abstract for review by small program committee before the 7th of August 2009. Poster presentations at the workshop should be A1 size (or approximately 2 x 3 ft) in portrait orientation.

This workshop is an initiative of the SC Ambassador’s program, aimed to increase SC engagement from international participants.


Professor David Abramson, Monash University
Wojtek James Goscinski, Monash University
Daniel S. Katz, University of Chicago & Argonne National Laboratory

International Advisory committee

Depei Qian, Beihang University
Bernd Mohr, Juelich Supercomputing Centre
Ron Perrott, Queen's University, Belfast

Expert reviewers

Gabrielle Allen, Louisiana State University
Bill Applebe, VPAC
Mark Baker, University of Reading
Ian Foster, University of Chicago & Argonne National Lab
Karen Haines, University of Western Australia
Lindsay Hood, Cray
Amitava Majumdar, SDSC
Jarek Nabrzyski, University of Notre Dame
Radha Nandkumar, NCSA
Manish Parashar, Rutgers
Ioan Raicu, Northwestern University
Barry Schneider, NSF
Mateo Valero, Barcelona Supercomputing Centre


One page abstract in PDF format -
Submissions closed -- please submit to next years workshop! SC10 Early Adopters Ph.D. Workshop: Building the Next Generation of Application Scientists

Key Dates

Abstract submission (extension) - 24th of August 2009.
Acceptance notification - 7th of September 2009.
Workshop - 20th of November 2009, Portland, Oregon, USA\\]]