Fall Workshop 2003: High Performance Computing on A Network of Clusters
October 8 - 10, 2003, The University of Western Ontario, London, Canada 

Huron College Meeting Room (map)
The University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario
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  • General Enquries:

  • Lindsay Zajac, 
    Communications Officer 
    E-mail: lindsay@sharcnet.ca
    Tel.: (519) 661-2111 ext. 87082
    Fax: (519) 850-2500
  • Technical Enquiries:

  • HPTC hpcs@sharcnet.ca
    Tel.: (519) 661-2111 ext. 88544



    This annual workshop is primarily targeted at researchers who are currently using or interested in using the grid of high performance computer clusters at SHARCNET.  The workshop will include lectures and tutorials that will cover topics on parallel computing, programming, methods, network and storage and various applications. The workshop will also provide participants with updates on current technologies and trends in parallel and grid computing, from leading industrial HPC enablers such as Hewlett Packard, Intel and Platform Computing.

    A joint workshop on scientific computing and applications will be held on Friday and is open to all workshop participants.

    More information about SHARCNET and research highlights can be found at SHARCNET's web site.


    • High performance computing on a network of clusters
    • Algorithms, programming methods and software
    • Code and compiler optimization
    • Developing and debugging parallel code on clusters
    • Computational theory and methods for parallel computing
    • Applications
    • Distributed and parallel computing
    • Network and storage
    • Grid computing



    Wednesday, October 8, 2003
    09:30 - 09:45 Welcome and Workshop Opening
    Nils Petersen, Chair of SHARCNET Board of Directors, VP Research, UWO
    Mike Bauer, SHARCNET Lead Principle Investigator
    09:45 - 10:45 Rajeev Thakur, Argonne, MPI: Enabling portable and high-performance parallel computing.
    10:45 - 11:00 Coffee break
    11:00 - 12:00 David McCaughan, SHARCNET, Limits to parallel computing.
    Lunch Break
    13:00 - 15:30 Tutorial: MPI programming: Performance and pitfalls, Rajeev Thakur and Brian Toonen, Argonne.
    15:30 - 16:00 Coffee break
    16:00 - 17:00 Technical Seminar: MPICH-2 Implementation, Rajeev Thakur and Brian Toonen, Argonne.
    17:00 - 18:30 Opening Reception
    Thursday, October 9, 2003
    09:30 - 10:30 Steve Salkeld, Platform, e-Science meets e-Business: Exploring the convergence between research and commercial grid computing for science.
    10:30 - 10:45 Coffee break
    10:45 - 11:45 Deb Stacey, Univeristy of Guelph, CheapGRID or is there life after Globus.
    Lunch Break
    13:00 - 15:30 Tutorial: Adventures in design and performance analysis of large-scale parallel applications, Niraj Srivastava, HP
    15:30 - 15:45 Coffee break
    15:45 - 17:45 Tutorial: Intel Itanium 2 processor: Architecture overview and compiling for performance, Stephen R. Wheat, Intel.
    Friday, October 10, 2003
    09:30 - 09:45 Dean of Graduate Studies, UWO, Welcome.
    09:45 - 10:45 Hugh Couchman, McMaster, Simulating cosmic structure.
    10:45 - 11:00 Coffee break
    11:00 - 12:00 Terry Peters, Robarts Imaging, The role of HPC in image-guided surgery.
    Lunch Break
    13:00 - 14:00 Peter Forsyth, University of Waterloo, The glut in long-haul optical fibre capacity: Did we know it was going to happen?
    14:00 - 14:30 Henning Rasmussen, UWO, Introduction to the graduate program in scientific computing.
    14:30 - 16:00 Poster session


    Faculty of Science, The University of Western Ontario

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    Western Science Centre, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5B7
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