March 2012: HPC Workshop Tutorials

Computational Research and CyberInfrastructure Support Initiative (CR-CISI) in USC's VP Office of Research is continuing its series of High Performance Computing Workshop tutorials which are open to university personnel and their research collaborators. The topics covered include cluster computing, programming languages Fortran, C++. Matlab, parallel message passing (MPI), GPU computing, parallel Matlab, and interactive remote desktop analysis and visualization of running applications.

The next HPC Workshop Introduction to programming with C++ will be held in the Sumwalt Building, Rm 231. Though these tutorials are specifically designed for the attendees of the 2012 EPSCoR Pilot Middleware Training Program, we encourage and welcome other faculty, researchers, and students of the USC to participate. Please see the calendar of upcoming HPC Tutorials for date and time .

January - June 2012: 2012 Pilot Training Program - Middleware for Research

EPSCoR RII Track I & II Funding approved for Student Middleware Training Program for Spring/Summer 2012 to support 13 graduate research assistants and 5 undergraduate students. Middleware knowledge and experience has become necessary as computational STEM research projects outgrow desktop capabilities. This is especially true as more dynamics and higher dimensional considerations are incorporated into engineering and scientific simulations, and as more complex algorithms are devised for extracting intricate information from data. Middleware components focused upon in this program involves the basics of programming and scripting languages, cluster use and emerging computer architectures, parallel and distributed programming techniques, multi-core programming including GPGPU, and the migration of desktop computing to the national computer grid. Read More about the Pilot Program     

Initial funding for the pilot program was made available through an EPSCoR RII Track II grant to USC. Further Track I funding was made available by a competitive proposal to the State EPSCoR office as outreach to include students from Benedict College (HBCU) and Coker College (PUI). Students for the program were nominated by faculty mentors drawn from a wide variety of disciplines, ranging from tissue fabrication, geonomics, fuel cells, computational biology, image processing, analysis of sensor data, and digital humanities. Read More about the Student Research Projects     


January 2012: CR-CISI virtual hub now online
The CR-CISI virtual hub is a web browser-based virtual linux server which provides a desktop interface for USC researchers and their approved collaborators to the latest cyber resources and technologies in science, engineering and medicine. USC's hub is maintained by CR-CISI at University of South Carolina and acts as a portal to its clusters.


June 2011: Dr. Nikolai Sergueev joining the CR-CISI as a Computational Middleware Scientist
After a nationwide search, Dr. Nikolai Sergueev has accepted an offer for a scientific middleware position, which was created through a collaborative EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Initative grant between USC and the National Science Foundation. Nikolai was chosen from select candidates based upon his strong HPC experience with previous postdoctoral positions at Vanderbilt, University of Texas at Austin, and University of Michigan.    Read More  


June 2011: Planck, a hybrid CPU/GPGPU cluster, now on-line
Planck, a hybrid CPU/GPU cluster, combines a mixture of 264 Intel CPU cores, 6 M2070 and 51 M1060 Nvidia GPGPU accelerators to deliver a theoretical peak performance of 14 Teraflops in double precision. Planck has both shared and distributed memory: shared among CPU cores as well as the GPU's on each node and distributed among the nodes accessed by MPI applications using a 40 Gb Infiniband communication switch.


May 2011: Pople Computational Chemistry Cluster Awarded by NSF
NSF's Chemistry Research Instrumentation and Facilities: Multi-user Program (CRIF:MU) has awarded USC's Professor John Dawson (PI) and co-PI's Richard Adams, Sophya Garashchuk, Vitaly Rassolov and Linda Shimizu a computational cluster. Jerry Ebalunode of Cr-CISI has assisted the project to configure, procure, and install the Pople cluster, along with necessary software and external access by institutional collaborators. Participating educational institutions include Claflin University, USC Aiken, Newberry College, Allen University, Presbyterian College, and Benedict College. Read More  



November 10-16, 2012: Supercomputing 2012 Conference, Salt Lake City, UT

The international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis is one of the largest conference on supercomouting for the last 24 years. For more information please follow the official link of the conference

July 16-20, 2012: XSEDE 12 Conference, Chicago, IL

A conference hosted by the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), a national cyberinfrastructure for open scientific research in the US, addresses the challenges of designing, integrating, and using advances HPC resources to facilitate scientific discovery. For more information please follow the official link of the conference

May 14-17, 2012: GPU Technology Conference, San Jose, CA

A conference that advances awareness of the GPU computing and links all the scientists and developers who uses GPUs to get huge computing power is starting in May, 2012 in San Jose, CA. For more information please follow the official link of the conference

February 22-23, 2012: 2012 SC Project EARB Meeting and SC INBRE Scientific Symposium

For more details please follow the link to the official website of the event