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NERSC Data Day and NUG 2017

NERSC Data Day and the annual NERSC Users Group meeting, NUG 2017, will be held in conjunction this year Sept. 19 to 21, 2017 at Building 50 Auditorium (sept 19) and Wang Hall (LBNL Building 59, Sept 20-21), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. 

Agenda Overview

The first day (Tue, Sept. 19) will be a Data Day covering data-centric topics on machine learning, workflows, data management, and visualizations, etc. It will include tutorials and talks from scientists and demos from NERSC staff.

The second day (Wed, Sept. 20) will be a combined Data Day and NUG day.  There will be a morning data-themed hackathon of guided tutorials featuring a data competition.   The afternoon of Sept. 20 NERSC status, updates, and future plans.

The third day (Thur, Sept. 21) will be a NUG day featuring science and technology talks, NERSC achievement awards, and a keynote on exascale computing by Doug Kothe of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, who is leading the Exascale Computing Project's Application Development efforts.

Data Day

Details for Data Day on Tuesday, Sept. 19 can be found at Data Day 2017.

Data-themed Hackathon

Details on Data-themed Hackathon on Wednesday morning, Sept. 20 can be found at Data Day 2017.

Data Competition

Data Competition is a combined Data Day and NUG2017 event on Wednesday morning, Sept. 20.  Teams will be provided with a specific dataset and are encouraged to use any data analytics tools that are available at NERSC, to generate and present meaningful observations and statistics.  A winner will be selected.   For more details and a description of the challenge, please see the Data Competition page

NERSC Status, Updates, and Future Plans Meeting 

Preliminary Agenda: Wednesday, September 20, Wang Hall (LBNL Building 59), Room 3101. 

 Start Time Topic Speaker(s)
1:30 pm Welcome Sudip Dosanjh
1:35 pm The View from DOE Advanced Computing Research (slides) Dave Goodwin
1:45 pm NERSC Status and Initiatives Sudip Dosanjh
2:15 pm Innovations Past and Future on Cori and Edison (slides) Tina DeClerck and Tina Butler
2:45 pm NESAP: Next Steps in Application Performance and Portability (slides) Thorsten Kurth
3:05 pm Break    
3:20 pm NERSC Storage 2020 Vision and Roadmap (slides) Damian Hazen
3:40 pm NERSC in the Era of Big Data (slides) Prabhat
4:00 pm Allocations and Accounting Modernization (slides) Rebecca Hartman-Baker
4:15 pm High-Performance Computing and Cybersecurity (slides) Brent Draney
4:30 pm Listening to Users: Exascale Requirement Reviews and the NERSC Annual Survey (slides) Richard Gerber
4:50 pm NUGEX Feedback and General Discussions All
6:30 pm

NUGEX Executive Committee Dinner

NUGEX, speakers, out of town guests, NERSC staff


NERSC Science and Technology Day

Preliminary agenda: Thursday, September 21, Wang Hall (LBNL Building 59), Room 3101.  

 Start Time Topic Speaker(s)
9:00 am Welcome Richard Gerber, HPC Department Head, NERSC
9:10 am NERSC High Impact Science (slides) Richard Gerber, HPC Department Head, NERSC
9:40 am Enabling Applications for Cori KNL: NESAP (slides) Helen He, NERSC
10:00 am Deep Learning at 15 PFlops (slides) Thorsten Kurth, NERSC
10:15 am Masking MPI Communication via Automated Code Restructuring (slides) Scott Baden, Berkeley Lab
10:30 am Break    
10:45 am MetaHipMer: Petascale metagenome assembly (slides) Rob Egan, Berkeley Lab
11:00 am Large-Scale GW Calculations on Pre-Exascale HPC Systems (slides) Mauro Del Ben, Berkeley Lab
11:15 am Ultrahigh-order Maxwell solver with extreme scalability for electromagnetic PIC simulations of plasma (slides) Jean-Luc Vay, Berkeley Lab
11:30 am Achieving Performance with NWChem Ab-Initio Molecular Dynamics (AIMD) Simulations on the Intel Xeon Phi Processor (slides) Mathias Jacquelin, Berkeley Lab
11:45 am Celeste: Scaling Bayesian Inference to Petascale with Julia (slides) Keno Fischer, Julia Computing
12:00 pm Pick up lunch  
12:30 pm Lunch Time Plenary Talk: Exascale Applications: Status and Progress (slides) Doug Kothe, Oak Ridge National Lab
2:00 pm 2017 NERSC Science Achievement Awards (slides) Richard Gerber, NERSC
2:20 pm Award Talk 1 (Innovative Use of HPC Early Career Category): Harnessing Billions of Tasks for a Scalable Portable Hydrodynamics Simulation of the Merger of Two Stars (slides) Thomas Heller, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg
2:50 pm Award Talk 2 (High Impact Science Achievement Early Career Catecory): Atomistic understanding of reactive interfaces for energy applications (slides) Badri Narayanan, Argonne National Lab
3:20 pm Award Talk 3 (Innovative Use of HPC Open Category): Massively Parallel Simulations of Spread of Infectious Diseases over Realistic Social Network (slides) Abhinav Bhatele, Lawrence Livermore National Lab
3:50 pm Award Talk 4 (High Impact Science Achievement Open Category): Discovery of New Solar Fuels Photoanode Materials with High-Throughput Theory and Experiment (slides) Jeffery Neaton, Berkeley Lab
4:20 pm Galactos: Computing the 3-pt Anisotropic Correlation Function for 2 Billion Galaxies (slides) Brian Austin, NERSC
4:40 pm Tour of NERSC machine room and Wang Hall  


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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Wang Hall
1 Cyclotron Road, Bldg. 59
Berkeley, CA 94720
Tel: 510.486.4000

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is a multidisciplinary national laboratory located in Berkeley, California on a hillside directly above the campus of the University of California at Berkeley. The site consists of 76 buildings located on 183 acres, which overlook both the campus and the San Francisco Bay. »More Visitor Information.

Site Access

All non-LBNL participants must register to obtain a visitor bus pass or parking pass in advance.  We recommend carpooling, shuttle and taxi.  Check-in with Security and picture ID is required. The Blackberry Canyon entrance is closest to Wang Hall. The shuttle buses stop at the 65 building or main shuttle bus stop (across the street from Wang Hall).

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Parking at LBNL is limited due to a number of construction projects. We recommend car pooling, LBNL shuttle, or taxi. If you drive, a parking space may be reserved.  For those visitors who plan to drive to LBNL, we will reserve general parking near Wang Hall.

Shuttle Information

There is an LBNL shuttle bus from various locations around the City of Berkeley, including near the Downtown Berkeley BART station.  If you plan to take the LBNL shuttle, you are required to have an LBNL Visitor Bus Pass  (requires advance notice) and picture ID to show the bus driver. 

Bay Area Rapid Transit Train (BART)

The Downtown Berkeley BART station is two short blocks from the LBNL shuttle line on the corner of Addison and Shuttuck.  The LBNL Blue Shuttle Bus will take you to the Blackberry Canyon entrance and the CRT Building.  The CRT building is across the street from LBNL's main bus stop. »BART Web site


It is recommended lodging reservations be booked early.

Downtown Berkeley Inn
2001 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94720

Hotel Durant
2600 Durant St., Berkeley, CA 94705
Tel: 510.845.8981

Hotel Shattuck
2086 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
Tel: 510.845.7300
(One short block from the Downtown Berkeley BART station and LBNL shuttle stop)

LBNL Guest House
1 Cyclotron Road
Berkeley, CA 94720
Rate: $124

Courtyard Oakland Airport 
350 Hegenberger Road, Oakland, CA 94710
Tel: 510.568.7600

Additional Lodging.