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Review of 2010 NCHC HPC User Workshop

2010/11/08

In order to promote the applications of high-performance computing research, to exchange technologies, and to highlight the service effectiveness of NCHC, the NCHC organized a workshop for HPC users on November 4th. A total of 180 participants attended the meeting, as well as a number of influential high- performance computer users and authoritative figures. The workshop also showcased 49 posters detailing the research findings of HPC users. This was a wonderful occasion for participants to learn from each other.

picture of seminar participation  Posters in the hallway
―Enthusiastic participation                               ―Posters in the hallway served as a vehicle for
                                                                        learning and sharing

NCHC Director Kuo-ning Chiang said, in the opening speech, that high-performance computing is the powerful equipment for science and technology. NCHC has continuously improved computing capacity to shorten computing time. The newly deployed mainframe is capable of running at above 170 Teraflops, and the service will be available in mid 2011. Meanwhile, for the benefit of the four key industries at the top of the Taiwanese government’s agenda, NCHC has established a Cloud Project to integrate all technological components required to deploy cluster computers as the mainframes that provide Cloud Computing services. Formosa III, with the performance of 8 Teraflops, is scheduled for completion in November 2010. Formosa IV, scheduled for launch next year, will reach 50 Teraflops. NCHC will continue to deploy the Formosa series and combine them into a powerful computing resource as the solid support of high-performance computing. We believe that the future for the applications and research of high-performance computing is bright, and the belief is reinforced by the number of scholars and experts attending our workshop.

the picture of Opening Speech
―Opening Speech by NCHC Director, Kuo-Ning Chiang 

The workshop started with the keynote speech delivered by Vice President of the National Chung Cheng University, Dr. Yeau-Ren Jeng. In the speech, Dr. Jeng said that high-performance computing is not only a tool for experimentation and validation, but also a tool for discovery. He shared his thoughts regarding the developments and research projects in high-performance computing in Europe and the US over the past few years. After nanotechnology, the scientific research community in the US has been looking for the next emerging research topics, which should be an opportunity for the applied research of high-performance computing in Taiwan to initiate international cooperation and connect with the international community. Dr. Jeng elaborated on the key issues in the field of high-performance computing applications, such as how to enable researchers to utilize high-performance computing, how to facilitate multi-field research, and how to convert various calculations and time scales. Meanwhile, visualization tools remain a challenge. Finally, Dr. Jeng shared the results of a number of multi-field projects executed by the National Chung Cheng University and neighbouring teaching hospitals. 

the picture of keynote speech
―Vice President of National Chung Cheng University, Dr. Yeau-Ren Jeng, on “Computations as Tools of Development and Discovery”

After keynote speech, twelve influential users invited by NCHC shared their results in three sessions, namely, chemistry, physics, and other fields, and as these attending scholars have already published their findings in world-renowned academic journals, the discussions were vibrant and interactive. In addition to sharing their progress and research results, the users also expressed their gratitude for the high-performance computing resources provided by NCHC.

the picutre of Academician Ming-Chang Lin     the picture of Professor Shin-Pon Ju
―Academician Ming-Chang Lin sharing his research     ―Professor Shin-Pon Ju sharing his
  researchfinding in the chemistry session                     finding in a session dedicated to other domains

NCHC presented a list of its services and value-added HPC services. NCHC Researcher Jee-Gong Chang chaired a discussion on the current mechanism of service charges in response to an inquiry from the National Science Council. Major users, such as Professor Ching-Ming Wei and Academician Ming-Chang Lin, provided valuable suggestions regarding the calculation method of SRU, charging standards, and supplementary measures. NCHC will take these suggestions onboard in the formation of feasible plans. Regarding valued added services, Professor Chi-Tin Shih of Tunghai University expressed his gratitude for the assistance of DRBL in his research projects, which is evidence of NCHC’s development ability in free software. 

Finally, NCHC presented awards for best references and best posters. Professor Ching-Liang Dai of the National Chung Hsing University, Professor Yu-Chian Chen of the China Medical University, and Professor Jyi-Tsong Lin of the National Sun Yat-sen University were the winners of the best references award. After a few years absence, the awards for best posters were finally resumed this year. Judges selected a total of 22 good works as outstanding and best works from the 49 participating posters. All participating students received a thank-you letter. These posters not only serve as vehicles to learn and share, but also encouraged students to pay attention to the trend of research. 

the award for best references to Professor Ching-Liang Dai.  the award for best references to Professor Jyi-Tsong Lin
―Director Kuo-Ning Chiang presented the award    ―Director Kuo-Ning Chiang presented the award for 
  for best references to Professor Ching-Liang Dai    best references to Professor Jyi-Tsong Lin. Student
                                                                           Jia-Xian Lin accepted the award on behalf of
                                                                           Professor Lin.

the awards for good posters-part1  the awards for good posters-part2
―Deputy Director Chih-Min Yao presented awards ―Deputy Director Wei-Cheng Huang presented 
  for good posters                                                 awards for good posters
 

the awards for outstanding posters  the awards for the best poster
―Academician Ming-Chang Lin presented awards  ―Director Kuo-Ning Chiang presented awards for
  for outstanding posters                                        the best poster

 

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