Kathy Yelick, NERSC Director Talks about Petascale Computing - Parallel Programming Talk #119

It’s time for another episode of Parallel Programming Talk #119– Clay and I will be talking with  our guest NERSC Director Kathy Yelick in a few minutes. But first…

What is Clay Thinking About?

·         Spelling and grammar checkers (watch the video to hear what Dr. Breshears had to say on the subject)

Now for the News

·         The Virtual School of Computational Science and Engineering (VSCSE) is offering a hands-on course for graduate students this summer:

o   Proven Algorithmic Techniques for Manycore Processors (Aug 15-19)This course will be delivered to numerous sites nationwide-including the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign-using high-definition video conferencing technologies. Students at all sites will be able to work with a cohort of fellow computational scientists, have access to local teaching assistants, and interact virtually with course instructors.


Registration for each weeklong course is $100. For students attending at NCSA/Illinois, however, the $100 fee will be waived.  Please visit www.vscse.org  for more information or www.hub.vscse.org   to register.

Siggraph 2011

·         August 7 – 11, 2011 Vancouver, BC, Canada (map) Please note the correction – in the show Kathy mistakenly  stated that this was taking place September 7-11.

Description and more information:  http://www.siggraph.org/s2011/



Of course the Intel Developer Forum is not far off – September 13-15 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco http://www.intel.com/idf/  Attend IDF San Francisco. Where Brilliant Minds Rub Elbows.



After a successful pilot program earlier this year, The Intel Academic Community will soon be hosting new rounds of microgrant funding to create parallel programming training material. As we’re taping today’s show there are no details about the program. If you’re in academia and have some ideas about teaching parallelism, keep an eye on the IAC microgrant site (http://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/parallelism-content-awards/) for more information when it’s available.

  Both students and faculty are eligible for participation.



Don’t forget – if you have comments, questions, suggestions, news items or other announcements, we’d like to hear them.  Send us an email to parallelprogrammingtalk@intel.com



Now for our Guest

Kathy Yelick is  Director of the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center.  She told us all about the Hopper Machine and Petascale Computing.

Questions Asked

1.       Could you take a few minutes and tell us about yourself?

2.       What is NERSC? What is its purpose?

3.       We contacted you after reading about your center’s new Petascale computing installation. For our audience members that might not know – What is Petascale?

4.       What kinds of problems require Petascale computers? (Can you give some examples?)

5.       Who are the users of this computer?

6.       Can you tell our audience about the Hopper computer?

7.       Now what about Exascale – is that in the future?


More info



Before we sign off today I need to tell you, this show’s on-demand video was to be released on the Intel Software Network Friday, August 5th  (was posted 8/8 due to technical difficulties) and will be our last show of the season.  Lots of vacations are putting us on hiatus for a few weeks but we will be back after Labor Day with perhaps one show before we head to IDF. Keep checking back on the community’s PPT page. Do you have comments, suggestions for show guests or topics?  please send them to us in an email ParallelprogrammingTalk@Intel .com


We wish you - Smooth sailing on the wide Concurrency of life see you next time.


More about our Guest

Kathy Yelick received her Bachelors, Masters, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1985, 1985, 1991, respectively.

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