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ICDS Events

ICDS hosts a wide range of events, from training sessions on using our high-performance computing system to seminars about the latest topics in computational research. Here, you will find a list of upcoming ICDS events, as well as other events that may be of interest to the computational and data sciences community. Sign up for our mailing list to receive alerts about our events.

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PEARC 2020

Date: Sunday, July 26–Thursday, July 30

Location: Portland, OR

The Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing (PEARC) Conference Series is a community-driven effort built on the successes of the past, with the aim to grow and be more inclusive by involving additional local, regional, national, and international cyberinfrastructure and research computing partners spanning academia, government and industry. The PEARC Conference Series is working to integrate and meet the collective interests of our growing community by providing a forum for discussing challenges, opportunities and solutions among the broad range of participants in the research computing community. The PEARC Conferences are organized by a group of dedicated volunteers from the community and are sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society.

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Workshop on Knowledge Guided Machine Learning (KGML)

Date: Tuesday, August 18–Thursday, August 20

Location: Online

Registration deadline: Aug 11, 2020. Registration is free! First-come-first serve (500 slots).

This workshop is part of a 2-year conceptualization project funded by the NSF's Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR) program involving researchers from the University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin, Penn State, Colorado State University, and the University of Virginia. This project aims to develop a framework that uses the unique capability of data science models to automatically learn patterns and models from data, without ignoring the treasure of accumulated scientific knowledge. Specifically, the project builds the foundations of knowledge-guided machine learning (KGML) by exploring several ways of bringing scientific knowledge and machine learning models together using pilot applications from four domains: aquatic ecodynamics, climate and weather, hydrology, and translational biology. For more information, please see the project website.

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iASK Helpdesk Virtual Office Hours

Date: Monday, September 28

Time: 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

The iASK Center will be holding weekly virtual office hours via Zoom on Monday, September 28th, 3:00p.m. -5:00p.m. Users can “pop” on line during our online office hours, ask a quick question, and go back to work. Use this Zoom link to stop by: https://psu.zoom.us/j/807398754

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Intermediate HPC Training

Date: Tuesday, September 29

Time: 11:00 a.m.

Location: Online

Users will dive deeper into working with the ICDS-ACI system, including:

  • Version control
  • Compilation automation
  • Diagnosing bottlenecks
  • Scaling studies
  • Basic optimization techniques
  • I/O management

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iASK Helpdesk Virtual Office Hours

Date: Thursday, October 8

Time: 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

The iASK Center will be holding weekly virtual office hours via Zoom on Thursday, October 8th, 1:00p.m. -3:00p.m. Users can “pop” on line during our online office hours, ask a quick question, and go back to work. Use this Zoom link to stop by: https://psu.zoom.us/j/807398754

Debugging and Optimizing Codes with Arm Forge

Date: Wednesday, October 14

Time: 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Location: Online

In this training session organized by the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS), engineers from Arm will introduce Arm Forge, an integrated environment for debugging and optimizing parallel codes at any scale. The session will provide hands-on demonstrations of how Arm Forge reduces development time, simplifies debugging, and ease application performance enhancement. This training session will focus primarily on two tools, Arm DDT and Arm MAP, both of which are available on ICDS-ACI. Arm DDT: Using sample codes, Arm engineers will walk through the major capabilities of the debugger to illustrate how DDT can debug applications ranging from a single thread to large scale (MPI debug examples used throughout).

  • How to use sparklines to visualize variable values across processes
  • Using semantic analysis tools to catch bugs before you even run the code
  • Illustrate memory debugging to trap array out of bounds errors and memory leaks
  • Using the array viewer to visualize multi-dimensional variables
  • Using watchpoints to stop execution dependent upon expression values
  • Offline debugging for large scale debugging, catching non-deterministic errors and continuous integration
  • Trace points, a flexible and deterministic printf alternative
  • Debugging on a GPU
  • Debugging Python
Arm MAP: The presenters will illustrate how, in a matter of minutes, you can understand the nature of your application’s performance through visualization
  • Isolate workload imbalance issues in codes at any scale
  • See how the amount of time spent in memory operations varies over time and processes
  • Determine how well your application is vectorized
  • Characterize file IO behavior
  • Review profiling capabilities with Python
Attendee Prerequisites: Programming experience in C, C++, Fortran, or Python

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iASK Helpdesk Virtual Office Hours

Date: Friday, October 16

Time: 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

The iASK Center will be holding weekly virtual office hours via Zoom on Friday, October 16th, 9:00a.m. -11:00a.m. Users can “pop” on line during our online office hours, ask a quick question, and go back to work. Use this Zoom link to stop by: https://psu.zoom.us/j/807398754

2020 ICDS Symposium

Date: Wednesday, October 21–Thursday, October 22

Location: Virtual (Online)

With advances in computational science, researchers are finding new solutions to major societal problems. This conference, and hosted by the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences, will focus on innovative computational research across a diverse set of disciplines. Come hear nationally renowned speakers and be part of the discussion.

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iASK Helpdesk Virtual Office Hours

Date: Monday, October 26

Time: 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

The iASK Center will be holding weekly virtual office hours via Zoom on Monday, October 26th, 3:00p.m. -5:00p.m. Users can “pop” on line during our online office hours, ask a quick question, and go back to work. Use this Zoom link to stop by: https://psu.zoom.us/j/807398754

AIM Workshop: Analysis on the hypercube with applications to quantum computing

Date: Monday, June 7–Friday, June 11

Location: San Jose, California

This workshop, sponsored by American Institute of Mathematics and the National Science Foundation, will be devoted to analysis on the hypercube. The set of vertices of a unit cube is called the hypercube. It consists of vectors with coordinates zeros and ones. Series of open questions in computer science, especially in quantum computing such as Aaronson-Ambainis conjecture, can be formulated as mathematical problems on the hypercube which do not require any a priori knowledge of computer science to start solving them. It turns out that these questions have certain Fourier-analytic nature if one considers the hypercube as a Cantor group equipped with uniform measure. Unlike the classical case of the unit circle, many fundamental results in classical Fourier analysis and approximation theory, including Markov-Bernstein type inequalities, are not yet developed well enough to solve the problems raised in computer science. The goal of the workshop is to bring researchers with different backgrounds, including analysis, probability, combinatorics, and computer science, in order to introduce them to open problems on the hypercube, give lectures on the subject, strengthen the bridges between fields that overlap with the hypercube, and describe the recent results in this area This event will be run as an AIM-style workshop. Participants will be invited to suggest open problems and questions before the workshop begins, and these will be posted on the workshop website. These include specific problems on which there is hope of making some progress during the workshop, as well as more ambitious problems which may influence the future activity of the field. Lectures at the workshop will be focused on familiarizing the participants with the background material leading up to specific problems, and the schedule will include discussion and parallel working sessions. Space and funding is available for a few more participants. If you would like to participate, please apply by filling out the on-line form no later than December 7, 2020. Applications are open to all, and we especially encourage women, underrepresented minorities, junior mathematicians, and researchers from primarily undergraduate institutions to apply. Before submitting an application, please read the description of the AIM style of workshop. For more information email workshops@aimath.org

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