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May 21-23, 2019


Oak Ridge National Lab Scientist Named To Keynote RMACC HPC Symposium; Registration Opens Feb. 18    

     BOULDER, CO – Dr. Jeffrey S. Vetter, Distinguished R&D Staff Member and founding group leader of the Future Technologies Group in the Computer Science and Mathematics Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), has been selected as the second Keynote speaker at the Rocky Mountain Advanced Computing Consortium’s high performance computing symposium in May.

     Vetter, who also is a professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, will speak on the topic, “Preparing for Extreme Heterogeneity in High Performance Computing.”  He joins Vanderbilt University research scientist Allen T. Newton in delivering the Keynote addresses at the 9th annual symposium, which is scheduled for May 21-23 at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

     Registration for the Symposium, set for the Wolf Law Building on the main campus of UC-Boulder, opens Feb. 18 and can be accessed at www.rmacc.org/hpcsymposium/registration.  *(More registration information is listed at end of this story).   

     Vetter, who holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology, joined ORNL in 2003 after a stint as a computer scientist and project leader at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.  From 2005-2015 he held a joint appointment at Georgia Institute of Technology and was the Principal Investigator of the National Science Foundation’s Track 2D Experimental Computing XSEDE Facility for large scale heterogeneous computing using graphics processors. 

       The coherent thread through Vetter’s award-winning research has been developing rich architectures and software systems that solve important, real-world high-performance computing problems. He has been investigating the effectiveness of next-generation architectures, such as non-volatile memory systems, massively multithreaded processors, and heterogeneous processors such as graphics processors and field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) for key applications.

      A frequent presenter at national conferences and symposiums, Vetter is a Fellow of the IEEE and Distinguished Scientist Member of the ACM.  His recent books, "Contemporary High Performance Computing: From Petascale toward Exascale (Vols. 1 and 2)," survey the international landscape of HPC.           

     In addition to the Keynote Speakers, the RMACC Symposium features a wide array of speakers, panel discussions and tutorial sessions from industry and educational leaders.   This year’s event has four main tracks:  Software (User Facing); Machine Learning/Big Data; SysAdmin; and HPC.

     One of the leading HPC regional events, the Symposium brings together faculty, researchers, industry leaders and students from throughout the Intermountain Region.

     The general registration fee (which includes parking, all materials, meals and breaks) is $175.  Support from industry sponsors reduces registration fees for students (graduate and undergraduate) to $35.  Postdocs can register for $95, and a Thursday “tutorials only” option is available for $110.   Student scholarships to help cover registration fees and travel costs also are available.   Again, to learn more about the HPC Symposium, how to enter a student poster competition, or to register, visit: www.rmacc.org/hpcsymposium/.