Colorado State University helps explore trends in high-performance computing at RMACC Symposium Aug. 12-13

Both the continuing growth and future of high-performance computing will be the focus of the Rocky Mountain Advanced Computing Consortium’s  (RMACC) fourth annual High-Performance Computing Symposium, Aug. 12-13 at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

The event, open to the public, will be held at the Wolf Law Building on CU-Boulder’s main campus. 

The RMACC symposium, recognized as one of the top regional events on high-performance computing, brings together faculty, researchers, industry leaders and students from throughout the Rocky Mountain region. The six-state Consortium includes academic and research institutions in Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, New Mexico, Montana and Utah.

Patrick Burns, vice president for Information Technology – High Performance Computing at Colorado State University, serves as a member of the executive committee.

“We have always done things, particularly big groundbreaking things, better together than separately and individually,” Burns said. “The RMACC is an exemplar in this respect, and allows us to gain knowledge and perform better in all areas of research computing due to this very effective collaboration with our distinguished partner institutions.”

The symposium will open with a keynote address from Irene M. Qualters, division director of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure at the National Science Foundation, who will speak on “Highly Collaborative Cyberinfrastructure for Grand Challenge Communities.”

Rajeeb Hazra, vice president of the Intel Data Center Group and general manager for Intel’s Technical Computing Group, will open Session II with his address, “It’s Here…The Transformation of HPC.” 

In addition to the keynotes and other presentations from industry and educational leaders, the symposium features a wide array of panel discussions and exciting tutorial sessions.

The RMACC symposium also features sessions designed specifically for students, who will have the opportunity to learn about careers in the field of high-performance computing, and about interview, presentation and resumé skills.  Special beginner-level tutorials are included for students who wish to learn how to use a variety of advanced computing skills in their research.

The registration fee is $150, which includes all sessions, materials and meals. Thanks to a wide array of corporate and industry sponsors, students will be able to register for just $30. 

Platinum sponsors include Mellanox Technologies, Intel, Globus, Micron, Nvidia, HP and Dot Hill.  Gold sponsors are Cray, IBM and Cisco, and Silver sponsor is Rogue Wave.

RMACC also will be sponsoring a student poster competition with winners receiving a paid trip this fall to New Orleans to attend SuperComputing 2014. 

To learn more about the symposium or to register, visit the symposium website at