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organisation will also be displaying details of its HPC service provision, where it hosts machines like HECToR (the UK national supercomputing service) and the DiRAC consortium’s BlueGene/Q. However, the booth is only a small part of its involvement in the conference, with EPCC involved in other booths such as PRACE (the European supercomputing project), and joining up with its CRESTA partners to showcase European Exascale research. EPCC is also participating in a number of workshops and birds-of-a-feather sessions. www.epcc.ed.ac.uk


Georgia Tech (#2043) is one of the premier public research universities in the US, consistently ranked in the top ten by the US News and World Report. Georgia Tech’s Institute for Data and High-Performance Computing is a leader in real-world computing innovation, and its School of Computational Science and Engineering creates new expertise, technologies and practitioners in areas like HPC and cloud computing, modelling and simulation, visualisation and data analysis and mining. At SC’12, Georgia Tech HPC faculty and students will be participating in numerous presentations, workshops, posters, panels and birds-of-a-feather sessions. hpc.gatech.edu


IGI-Italian Grid Initiative (#4042) is a joint research unit that develops, manages and supports the National Grid Infrastructures for the National Scientific Research. IGI provides a set of interoperable grid and cloud services with several customisations that meet the specific needs of many disciplines and a large variety of communities. IGI enables the access and sharing of data and compute facilities thanks to its flexibility and a lower entry barrier. Part of EGI, the biggest European Grid Infrastructure, IGI is heavily involved in all relevant EU and worldwide grid-related projects, with substantial contributions. Moreover, it is moving towards environments other than research and is committed to the realisation of the Smart Communities and Cities initiative by offering a wide set of services, tools and support for the solution of everyday life issues. Open source IaaS and PaaS cloud platforms where developers essentially match with users is the main strategy of IGI Cloud Computing Technologies for a real Smart Government. www.italiangrid.org


Te mission of the InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA) and the OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) (#3630) is to drive RDMA and high-performance I/O technologies forward in the industry. RDMA continues to be a thriving,


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The University of Illinois and its National Center for Supercomputing Applications (#1030) are addressing the challenges and opportunities of parallel computing at all scales, from portable personal devices of ever-growing power to petascale supercomputers like Blue Waters. Attendees will be able to learn more about the 11+ petaflop Blue Waters system, NCSA’s big data capabilities (including a 380 PB archive), and how these resources will be harnessed to improve understanding of severe weather, astrophysics, the molecular mechanisms of disease, and much more. Visitors to the booth


crucial technology with increasing relevance and importance, and at SC’12 the IBTA and OFA will highlight recent adoptions in areas such as cloud and virtualisation, in addition to HPC. Members of both organisations will participate in a panel titled ‘Exascale and Big Data I/O’, which will take a closer look at the drivers for future I/O architectures, and discuss whether they should be open or proprietary. Te IBTA and OFA will make experts available throughout the show, focusing on topics such as HW testing/interoperability capabilities, alternatives to sockets, RDMA over WAN, storage protocols, OpenSM and much more. www.infinibandta.org


NASA’s exhibit (#831) highlights science and engineering results enabled using the agency’s world-class supercomputing resources. Cutting-edge work in aeronautics, Earth science, human space exploration and study of the universe will all be showcased at SC’12. Tis year’s slate of talks and demonstrations reveal some of the innovative technologies behind projects such as the Mars Science Laboratory’s thermal protection system; flight formation for reducing aircraſt carbon emissions and fuel consumption; research to better understand the formation of stars, planets and galaxies; the upcoming Space Launch System vehicle and launch


environment; and advanced methods for code optimisation, data analysis and visualisation. Visitors to the booth can experience spectacular scientific visualisations displayed on a new, state-of-the art hyperwall and talk to the agency’s experts. www.hec.nasa.gov


will also get the chance to play Flops Fever, the mobile game designed and programmed by University of Illinois students. www.ncsa.illinois.edu/extreme-scale


The Parallel Computing Institute (#1809) draws on the collective strength of the University of Illinois’ College of Engineering to build powerful and efficient infrastructure for computation-heavy applications. Visitors to the booth will see how PCI research is enabling the ability to read MRI results in real-time, weather and disease prediction tools, individualised genomic analysis tools for targeted treatments, design tools for new nano-scale materials, ultra- realistic video gaming and video conferencing, and other applications. One highlight at SC’12 will be the teleimmersion demos, where attendees can interact with a user in a different location in a single virtual space. parallel.illinois.edu


PRACE (#1243), the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe, is an international non- profit association based in Brussels. It has 24 member countries providing persistent world-class high-performance computing services for researchers in academia and industry. Te PRACE infrastructure is well integrated into the European HPC ecosystem and PRACE is supported by Te European Commission under grant agreement n° RI-261557, RI-283493 and RI 321763. At the supercomputing show, PRACE will be presenting its Tier-0 infrastructure of petascale systems and its services in training and supporting users in porting, scaling and optimising key applications to make effective use of the three billion core hours granted to scientists through a rigorous peer review process. www.prace-project.eu


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