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Keynote speakers announced for RMACC’s High Performance Computing Symposium

     BOULDER, CO – This year’s Rocky Mountain Advanced Computing Consortium (RMACC) High Performance Computing (HPC) symposium is set for Aug. 9-11 at the Lory Student Center on the campus of Colorado State University – Fort Collins. Open to the public, the symposium brings together administrators, researchers, and users of high performance computing systems from universities, government laboratories, and industry from throughout the 6-state Intermountain Region. The symposium features a wide array of panel discussions and tutorial sessions on research, education, and best practices in the areas of computational science and high performance networking.

    The keynote speakers are Irene M. Qualters, Division Director of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (ACI) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Arlington, VA, and Dr. Matthew Vaughn, Director of Life Sciences Computing at the University of Texas’ Advanced Computing Center (TACC) in Austin, TX.

     Qualters, who has led ACI since 2014 after a distinguished career at Cray Computing, will speak about how research Cyberinfrastructure for computational and data science is increasingly a key enabler to leadership in science and engineering research.  Her talk will focus on recent ACI investments and directions and on the future directions for NSF’s advanced computing infrastructure.

     Vaughn, who leads efforts to advance biologists’ access to and utilization of advanced computing technologies, will focus his talk on Jetstream, the new XSEDE shared cloud resource.  Jetstream cloud is a collaboration between TACC, the University of Indiana and the University of Arizona and several domain-specific partners that expands the community of users who benefit from NSF’s investment in shared computing resources.   


    Students will have the opportunity to learn about careers in the field of high-performance computing, and about interview, presentation and resumé skills in special student-focused sessions. Graduate and undergraduate students will be able to share research results with attendees by participating in the RMACC sponsored virtual poster competition. Winners of the competition will be awarded an all-expense paid trip to SC16 in Salt Lake City, enabled by the symposium sponsors.