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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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SEA’s Improving Scientific Software Conference 2020

Date: Monday, April 27–Friday, May 1

Location: NCAR Center Green Campus, Boulder, CO

The 2020 annual SEA’s Improving Scientific Software conference will take place in Boulder, CO at the NCAR Center Green Campus from the afternoon of Monday April 27th to Friday May 1st

We are soliciting talks, tutorials and papers on Improving Scientific Software related to any of the following: Influence of computer architecture on scientific software design, including but not limited to:
  •  Modern architectures (such as GPU, ARM, etc)
  • Post-modern architectures (such as Quantum Computing, Neuromorphic, etc)
  • Extreme Heterogeneity (intra-node and inter-system)
  • Edge computing
  • Communication/computation overlap
  • Performance, Portability & Productivity
  • Modern tools for
  • Data Analysis, Processing and Visualization
  • Scientific Workflows: Purpose and Product Review.
  • Machine learning for Scientific Computing
  • Containers in scientific software
  • Leveraging Cloud Computing Resources for HPC Development and Operations

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XSEDE HPC Workshop: Summer Boot Camp

Date: Tuesday, June 2–Friday, June 5

Location: Online (Zoom)

XSEDE, along with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center is pleased to present a Hybrid Computing workshop. This 4 day event will include MPI, OpenMP, GPU programming using OpenACC and accelerators. This event will conclude with a special hybrid exercise contest that will challenge the students to apply their skills over the following 3 weeks and be awarded the Annual XSEDE Summer Boot Camp Championship Trophy.  In addition, an XSEDE Badge will be available to those who complete the Challenge. This workshop will be remote to desktop only due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  When the registration has filled, there will be no more students added due to our current limits. Questions? Contact Penn State's XSEDE campus champions, Diego Menéndez ( and Jeff Nucciarone (

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New User Training

Date: Thursday, June 4

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Learn the basics of working in the ICDS-ACI environment.

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Getting Your Software Running on ICDS-ACI

Date: Thursday, June 11

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Learn the basics of using your software in the ICDS-ACI environment. Note: This training is available only via Zoom video conferencing.

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IBM AC922 Workshops – Visual Insights and Visual Inspector

Date: Thursday, June 18–Friday, June 19

Location: Online

ICDS will be hosting a workshop delivered by IBM engineers on the new functionality of the IBM AC922 system. The AC922 powers the world's fastest two supercomputers, Summit and Sierra, located in U.S. national laboratories. ICDS operates an AC922 system in a test environment of ICDS-ACI. The sessions will be set up as a demonstration on the vision aspects of the upgrade and will cover both the Visual Insights and Visual Inspector functionality. There will be separate workshops on June 18 and 19, and you can sign up for one or both simultaneously when you register. After you register, you will receive a link to access the session via Zoom.

Thursday, June 18, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  • Categorizing and tagging dataset
  • Training AIVision Model
  • Auto labeling a dataset
  • Overview of Inference using WebUI and Shell Scripts
About Visual Insights: Previously known as PowerAI Vision, Visual Insights lets users train highly accurate models to classify images and detect objects in images and videos without deep learning expertise. Learn more about IBM Visual Insights.

Friday, June 19, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  • Overview of IBM Visual Inspector
  • Integrating iOS devices for Inference
About Visual Inspector: This technology is a native iOS/iPadOS mobile app designed to enhance the capabilities of IBM Visual Insights by rapidly enabling visual inspections when devices are handheld or mounted in fixed locations, such as production lines. Learn more about IBM Visual Inspector. (Image courtesy of IBM)

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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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