MGHPCC Seed Fund Workshop

September 14, 2012
1:00 PM (lunch at 12:30) – 5:00 PM
Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering
Boston University, 111 Cummington Mall, Boston, MA 02215

The Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) is a collaborative effort involving Boston University, Harvard, M.I.T, Northeastern and The University of Massachusetts. In addition to working together to build and operate a state-of-the-art research computing facility in Holyoke, MA, the universities also sponsor a research consortium seed-fund program broadly in the area of high performance computing. The seed-fund program seeks to catalyze sustained cross-institution research collaborations. The seed fund supported more than $500,000 in research activities in 2011. A second-round seed-fund program is being sponsored in 2012, with approximately $500,000 of seed funding again available.

To kick off the MGHPCC seed-fund solicitation for 2012, the MGHPCC consortium is hosting a workshop on Friday September 14th, 1:00 – 5:00 PM at the Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science and Engineering on the campus of Boston University (directions). Lunch will be available to participants at 12:30 PM. The workshop program will consist of an MGHPCC overview and update, short talks by 2011 MGHPCC seed-fund recipients, and an overview and discussion of the 2012 seed-fund program. Importantly, there will also be a series of 5-minute “lightning talks” by any HPC researcher from the MGHPCC universities who is interested in presenting his/her research. These lightning talks could serve as(but are not limited to) a forum for anyone interested in the 2012 round of seed funds to describe potential projects and to foster seed-fund proposal collaboration possibilities among MGHPCC institution researchers.


12:30 Informal lunch will be provided.
1:00 Welcome and Overview  Chris Hill, MIT; Jim Kurose, U. Massachusetts Amherst. Co-Chairs MGHPCC Research, Education and Outreach committee
1:05 – 1:30 MGHPCC Overview  John Goodhue, Executive Director, MGHPCC
1:30 – 3:15 Presentations by 2011 Seed Fund Recipients (see below)
3:15 – 3:30 Coffee break
3:30 – 4:30 Lightning talks. To sign up to give a short 5-minute lightning talk about your work, please send your name and provisional talk topic to Lightning speakers can also send along a document of up to two-pages (pdf), that the workshop organizers will copy and distribute to workshop attendees.
4:30 – 5:00 2012 Research Seed Fund Presentation and Q&A
5:00 Workshop ends


Presentations by 2011 Seed Fund Recipients

Multiscale Computation of Nanomaterials
Hossein Mosallaei and Dave Kaeli, NEU, Tim Kaxiras, Harvard

Massive Genomic Data Processing and Deep Analysis
Yanlei Diao, Li-Jun Ma, U Mass Amherst, Sam Madden, MIT, Bailin Wu and Yiping Shen, Harvard Medical

Designing Green Software for High Performance Computing Clusters
Ayse Coskun and Martin Herbordt, BU, Guner Schirner, NEU

Tree- and Multipole-based Algorithms for High-Performance Computing
Lorena Barba, BU, Cris Cecka, Harvard, Hans Johnston, U Mass Amherst

High Performance Fetal Neuro-imaging
Jonathan Appavoo, BU, P. Ellen Grant, Harvard Medical/Children’s Hospital

Organic Light Harvesting Antennas: Integrated Quantum and Statistical Approaches
Alfredo Alexander-Katz, MIT, Alan Aspuru-Guzik, Harvard

MOPE- Multiscale Ocean Modelling in Support of the Pioneer Array
John Marshall and Pierre Lermusiaux, MIT, Amit Tandon, U Mass Dartmouth and Amala Mahadevan, WHOI

This workshop is being organized by the MGHPCC Research Education and Outreach Committee:

Rick Adrion, U. Massachusetts Amherst
Azer Bestavros, Boston U.
James Cuff, Harvard U.
Chris Hill, MIT; Co-chair
Dave Kaeli, Northeastern U.
Jim Kurose, U. Massachusetts; Co-chair