Upcoming Events
Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessor Developer Training
MARCH 27, 2015

Intel is sponsoring a free one-day in-depth training on the Xeon Phi Coprocessor to be held at Perseverance Hall on March 27th, 2015 from 9:00am to 4:00pm. This training will provide software developers the foundation needed for modernizing their code to take advantage of parallel architectures found in both the Intel® Xeon® processor and the Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessor, which are currently available to Lab researchers and collaborators on the LBNL Lawrencium Cluster.

Lunch will be provided. For more information and registration, please go here. This event, hosted by the IT Division High Performance Computing Services Group, is open to all LBNL and UC Berkeley staff and faculty. Space is limited so please register early!

Past Events
Save the Date - LabTech 2014 Coming in September 2014
SEPTEMBER 10, 2014
LabTech is a free event created by and for Lab staff that focuses on computing and technology for science and operations. Modeled after UC San Diego's immensely popular Sharecase event, LabTech features technical tutorials, discussion sessions, networking opportunities, demonstrations, and more. LabTech is a multi-track conference, with tracks aimed at scientists, technologists, and support staff.  Whether you're interested in the latest tools for data management for scientists, or the newest features in LBL business systems, LabTech will have something for everyone.

Highlights of the day include our morning mini-classes, including 3 one hour sessions on getting the most out of Python in scientific computing, a 3 hour Arduino basics class, and, new this year, Intro and Advanced LabVIEW.  

The (free) Lunch and Keynote starts at noon, with an overview of what's new (and old!) from IT this year.

In the afternoon, you'll find over 30 sessions on topics ranging from Globus Online and HPC Use Cases to Video Conferencing to Excel (in short, we hope there's something for everyone).

New this year is a demo tent where LBL staff and selected vendors will show live demos of products in a more informal setting.  Plus, we'll have LBL staff and vendors at tables throughout the afternoon, to talk to you about everything from computer hardware and software to new Lab Business Systems like Work Planning and Control.

Then join us for Sangria and Snacks at 5pm on the LabTech Patio to network with your colleagues from around the Lab, visiting campus staff, staff from our sister laboratories, and more.

In short, we're hoping to bring you an interesting, fun, and productive day - and all you have to do is register and join us (Note: if you've already registered, don't worry - we've got your registration). Please go here to register.

{Open} MPI, Parallel Computing, the Universe, and Everything
NOVEMBER 7, 2013
Dr. Jeffrey M. Squyres

Thursday, November 7th, 2013 2:30pm
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Building 54 (Dining Hall) Room 130 (Perseverance Hall)

About the talk
Open MPI is a high performance, open source implementation of the MPI specification (BSD
license FTW!). It is developed by a consortium of academic, research, and industry
partners. This talk will discuss the current status of Open MPI, including some of its more
advanced features, such as the new MPI-3 "MPI-T" control and performance variables, and
the new, highly-flexible, user-specified process affinity system. This talk will also briefly
discuss the ongoing work of expanding and evolving MPI by the MPI Forum (the standards
body that controls the MPI specification).

Stay after the feature talk for a deep dive into Cisco's new ultra low latency MPI transport for Ethernet starting at 4pm.  Topics will include how the Cisco "usNIC" (userspace NIC) device uses SR-IOV to effect OS-bypass, how (for better or for worse) it is exposed to userspace via the Linux Verbs API, and some novel issues that arose while integrating the usNIC device into Open MPI.

About the speaker
Dr. Jeff Squyres is Cisco's representative to the MPI Forum standards body and is Cisco's core software developer in the open source Open MPI project. He has worked in the High Performance Computing (HPC) field since his early graduate-student days in the mid-1990's, and is a chapter author of the MPI-2 and MPI-3 standards. Jeff received both a BS in Computer Engineering and a BA in English Literature from the University of Notre Dame in 1994; he received a MS in Computer Science and Engineering from Notre Dame two years later in 1996. After some active duty tours in the military, Jeff received his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from Notre Dame in 2004. Jeff then worked as a Post-Doctoral research associate at Indiana University, until he joined Cisco in 2006.

This talk is sponsored by the High Performance Computing Services Group of the Information Technology Division.