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SEAIP 2011 and PRAGMA Institute Workshop and Conference Report

2011/12/09

With the support of the Department of International Cooperation, National Science Council (NSC), and the National Applied Research Laboratories (NARL), the National Center for High-Performance Computing (NCHC) hosted the “2011 Southeast Asia International Joint Research and Training Program in High-Performance Computing Applications and Networking Technology (SEAIP 2011)” and the Pacific Rim Applications and Grid Middleware Assembly (PRAGMA) workshop and conference from November 29th to December 3rd, 2011, at the Taichung Branch of the NCHC and National Taiwan University's Experimental Forest.

The recent rise of the use of cyberinfrastructures in international information communications has brought about the gradual integration of communication, networking, and computing. The applications and scale of high-performance computing and networking in science, engineering, and everyday living are showing a movement toward globalization, large-scale, complexity, automation, and multi-discipline integration and co-operation. In the Pacific Rim region, Taiwan possesses leading technical superiority in high-performance computing and networking. Working on this strength, the NCHC jointly hosted the SEAIP 2011 and the PRAGMA workshop and conference to progress technical exchanges among the Pacific Rim nations. The NCHC also plans innovative research and region-featured cooperative projects to help promote the technological development in the developing areas of Southeast Asia.

The NCHC, cooperating with PRAGMA, hosts regular PRAGMA Institute meetings where it invites leading scholars and experts to lecture on the application of advanced information technologies. The goal of these meetings is to help build a complete, mature, and stable training network in Southeast Asia, and through technical guidance, accelerate the promotion of information communication technologies and the study of applications in developing regions of Southeast Asia.

During the SEAIP 2011 opening speech, Mr. Yu-hong Shan of the Department of International Cooperation, MOST, indicated that the MOST intends to engage in ongoing collaboration with international organizations in order to sustainably radiate technological energies and help nations in Southeast Asia conduct innovative research projects. Dr. Chi-min Yao, Deputy Director of the NCHC, welcomed participants and honorable guests to the NCHC and expressed his wish that all participants' expertise would be elevated through the multi-faceted training courses offered at the meeting. Dr. Yao also encouraged participants to experience the cultural beauty of Taiwan during their stay. The PRAGMA Chairman, Dr. Peter Arzberger, also graced this year’s event with his presence and participation, while he explained the cooperative structure and contributions of PRAGMA. He also showed the results of the PRAGMA community educational programs.

the photo of Mr. Yu-hong Shan
―Mr. Yu-hong Shan of the Department of International Cooperation, NSC, speaks at the opening ceremony. 

the photo of Dr. Chi-min Yao
―Dr. Chi-min Yao, Deputy Director of the NCHC, delivers the welcoming speech.

The theme of this year's conference was “High Performance Computing for Science Discovery.” NVIDIA was invited to provide a training course on one of the most important areas of high-performance computing, the future of the GPU and the development of Compute Unified Device Architecture (CUDA) software programs. The conference also featured a technical exchange that crossed cultural and disciplinary boundaries where participants shared their recent technical developments in high-performance computing and networking. Several organizations under the NARL including the National Space Organization , the National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering , the National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction , the Taiwan Typhoon and Flood Research Institute , the Instrument Technology Research Center , and the National Center for High-Performance Computing  also showcased their research results. Some of the research demonstrated included satellite technologies, environmental monitoring, hardware development, networking technologies, and Grid applications. In addition, technology applications on cloud computing, 3D simulation technology, and interactive models used to show artifacts at Taiwan's National Palace Museum were also presented during the conference.

the photo of Dr. Yoshio Tanaka
―Dr. Yoshio Tanaka, AIST

the photo of Prof. Andy Johnson
―Prof. Andy Johnson, EVL, UIC

the photo of Dr. Uwe Woessner
―Dr. Uwe Woessner, HLRS

the photo of Prof. Shinji Shimojo
―Prof. Shinji Shimojo, NICT/ Osaka University

the photo of Dr. Simon See
―Dr. Simon See, NVIDIA

The first three days of the conference were held at the NCHC's Taichung Branch, whereas the fourth and fifth days of the event, in cooperation with National Taiwan University and with a theme of biodiversity, were conducted at the Xitou Experimental Forest. During the conference, Dr. Peter Arzberger pointed out that research could bring about favorable impacts on human lives and future societies. He also expressed his desire that developed nations extend their research efforts to developing countries and he urged developing countries to play an active role as well.

A total of 25 members from 15 academic and research organizations located in 7 different countries participated in this year’s event. Because of the cooperation with PRAGMA and National Taiwan University, a great number of people took part in this year’s conference. A total of 129 individuals from a total of 39 different research organizations in Taiwan and abroad participated. 93 of them were students, whereas 36 of them were faculty members and researchers.

the group photo of speakers and participants
―SEAIP 2011 and PRAGMA Institute group photo

 

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