UMass HPC Day
Organized by the CSCVR

High performance computing (HPC) is becoming evermore necessary in today's simulation-rich research arena. The physical construction and deployment of compute cluters and data centers, and the software development that accompany such platforms is a pressing need in modern research.

The UMass system is a leader in computationally intensive research. This conference will showcase and highlight ongoing state-of-the-art HPC projects that are molding tomorrow's research landscape.

The conference will take place on November 14, 2014 from 9am-6pm at the ATMC, 151 Martine Street, Fall River, MA 02723. The ATMC is located in the South Coast Research and Technology Park.

The poster announcement for the event is here: PDF

The following speakers are confirmed for UMass HPC day:

  • Krista Gile (UMass Amherst)
  • Eric Polizzi (UMass Amherst)
  • Gabriel Ghinita (UMass Boston)
  • Seung Woo Son (UMass Lowell)
  • Juan Pablo Trelles (UMass Lowell)
  • Alan Ritacco (UMass Medical School)
  • Yanlai Chen (UMass Dartmouth)
  • Bob Fisher (UMass Dartmouth)
  • Firas Khatib (UMass Dartmouth)
  • Mehdi Raessi (UMass Dartmouth)
  • Peter Tang (Intel)
  • Kirk Jordan (IBM)

The schedule for UMass HPC day is as follows:

November 14, 2014 — ATMC
Time Title/Description Speaker Affiliation
9:00-9:30 Breakfast and registration
9:30-9:45 Opening Remarks
9:45-10:30 A Framework for Low-Communication 1-D FFT Peter Tang Intel
10:45-11:15 Coffee break and poster session
Session 1 — 11:20-12:20
11:20-11:40 "HPC Simulations of Exploding Stars: Computational Astrophysics in a Post-Millennial Era" Robert Fisher UMass Dartmouth
11:40-12:00 "Network-Based Inference Using High-Performance Computing" Krista Gile UMass Amherst
12:00-12:20 "What HPC can do for my research" Alan Ritacco UMass Medical School
12:30-1:30 Lunch Break

Lunch will be served, courtesy of UMass Dartmouth Vice Chancellor for Research, Dr. Louis Goodman

Special program for students: Dr. Robert Panoff (Shodor) on the Blue Waters Internship Program
Session 2 — 1:30-4:00
1:30-1:50 "Crowd Computing: Scientific discoveries by protein folding game players" Firas Khatib UMass Dartmouth
1:50-2:10 "Hardware Acceleration of Private Information Retrieval Protocols Using GPUs" Gabriel Ghinita UMass Boston
2:10-2:30 "Simulation of Non-Equilibrium Flows: Plasma Turbulence and Radiation Transport" Juan Pablo Trelles UMass Lowell
2:30-2:50 "The FEAST eigensolver with application to electronic structure calculations" Eric Polizzi UMass Amherst
2:50-3:20 Coffee break and time for collaborations and posters
3:20 - 4:00 "Solving High Performance Computing Problems Requires Systems that Optimize the Workflow" Kirk Jordan IBM
Session 3 — 4:00-5:20
4:00-4:20 "Model reduction that you can rely on" Yanlai Chen UMass Dartmouth
4:20-4:40 "HPC simulations of multiphase flows with applications in energy" Mehdi Raessi UMass Dartmouth
4:40-5:00 "Scalable I/O Software Stack for Big Data" Seung Woo Son UMass Lowell
5:00 - 5:20 Closing remarks and poster awards

Students are welcome at UMass HPC Day. We will have a student poster competition, judged by the speakers, with separate undergraduate and graduate categories if necessary. State in your registration that you are presenting a poster, along with a title. If you are doing so as part of a group, each registrant should state so in their registration. Book and software prizes will be presented, made possible by generous donations from


If you plan to attend UMass HPC day, please register online at the following link: Registration.

Registration is free. If you intend to present a poster, please indicate so on the registration form.

Organizing Committee

  • Sigal Gottlieb and Gaurav Khanna (UMass Dartmouth)
  • Hans Johnston (UMass Amherst)
  • Jeff Dusenberry (UMass Boston)
  • Kavitha Chandra and Vinod Vokkarane (UMass Lowell)
  • Konstantin Zeldovich (UMass Worcester)
  • Doug Banks and Ralph Zottola (UMass President's Office)