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Indiana University touts Big Red 200 and artificial intelligence at international supercomputing conference

Event to feature booth presentations on high-performance computing tools and ceremony naming IU Distinguished Professor Geoffrey Fox as Ken Kennedy Award recipient

News and events Research and discovery Nov 12, 2019

DENVER—Big Red 200 will be the fastest university-owned artificial intelligence supercomputer in the nation when it is installed at Indiana University in January.

Named in honor of the university’s 2020 bicentennial, Big Red 200 is just one of many high-performance computing tools and resources on display at the 31st annual International Conference for High-Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis November 17-22 in Denver.

IU’s Pervasive Technology InstituteGlobal Research Network Operations Center, and the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering (SICE) will team up to host an IU Bicentennial- and artificial intelligence-themed booth (#643), showcasing current research and educational initiatives. As one of the world’s largest HPC events, SC attracts thousands of scientists, researchers, and IT experts from across the world.

Biggest event in high-performance computing

The conference attracts around 11,000 attendees each year.

This year, Geoffrey Fox, a distinguished professor at SICE, has been named the 2019 recipient of the Association for Computing Machinery IEEE Computer Society’s Ken Kennedy Award. Fox was honored for foundational contributions to parallel computing methodology, algorithms and software, and data analysis, and their interfaces with broad classes of applications. The award will be presented at the SC19 awards plenary session Tuesday, November 19.

Artificial intelligence will take center stage in the IU booth, thanks to a $60 million naming gift from alumnus and tech pioneer Fred Luddy to establish a multidisciplinary initiative in artificial intelligence. Announced in October, the gift will fund the creation of six endowed chairs, six endowed professorships, and six endowed faculty fellowships, as well as graduate and undergraduate scholarships, including scholarships for high-achieving Hoosier students.

In addition, the IU booth will feature the following expert presentations:

  • Research Security Operations Center: The NSF Collaborative Security Response Center, by Von Welch, IU executive director for cybersecurity innovation, 11am, Nov. 19.
  • Automatic recognition of frog calls: AI for everyone, by Tenecious A. Underwood, Livingstone College, N.C., Jetstream Research Experience for Undergrads participant at IU, 1:30pm, Nov. 19.
  • Teaching machine learning to domain scientists: supporting newcomers to AI on HPC systems, by Sheri Sanders, bioinformatician, National Center for Genome Analysis Support, 2:15pm, Nov. 19.
  • HPC everywhere—lowering barriers to supercomputing with web portals, by Michael D. Young, principal developer/analyst, Scalable Compute Archive, and Ray Perigo, senior analyst/programmer, Scalable Compute Archive, 3pm, Nov. 19.
  • HPC, AI, and biomedical research, by Craig Stewart, executive director, Pervasive Technology Institute, 3:30pm, Nov. 19.
  • Science Gateways: AI as a service, Marlon Pierce, director, Cyberinfrastructure Integration Research Center, and Suresh Marru, deputy director and chief architect, Cyberinfrastructure Integration Research Center, 11am, Nov. 20.
  • PTI at 20—two decades of success, by Craig Stewart, executive director, Pervasive Technology Institute, 1:30pm, Nov. 20.
  • National and local impacts of programmable cyberinfrastructure using Jetstream, by David Hancock, principal investigator, Jetstream and program director of advanced cyberinfrastructure, Research Technologies, 2:15pm, Nov. 20.
  • What does OpenACC mean for parallel programming? by Jeff Larkin, senior DevTech software engineer, NVIDIA, 3pm, Nov. 20.

For more information on IU’s SC19 presence, please visit booth #643.

About the Pervasive Technology Institute
IU’s Pervasive Technology Institute is a collaborative organization with seven affiliated research and development centers, representing collaboration among the IU Office of the Vice President for IT and CIO (which leads the effort), University Information Technology Services, the Maurer School of Law, the Kelley School of Business, the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, and the College of Arts and Sciences at IU. Its mission is to transform new innovations in cyberinfrastructure and computer science into robust tools and support the use of such tools in academic and private sector research and development. IU PTI does this while aiding the Indiana economy and helping to build Indiana’s twenty-first century workforce.

About the Global Research Network Operations Center
The Global Research Network Operations Center (GlobalNOC) supports advanced international, national, regional and local high-performance research and education networks. GlobalNOC plays a major role in transforming the face of digital science, research, and education in Indiana, the United States, and the world by providing unparalleled network operations and engineering needed for reliable and cost-effective access to specialized facilities for research and education. 

About the IU Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering
The Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering’s rare combination of programs—including informatics, computer science, library science, information science, and intelligent systems engineering—makes SICE one of the largest, broadest and most accomplished of its kind. The extensive programs are united by a focus on information and technology.

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