Nikolas Provatas To Be Plenary Speaker at HPCS 2014

Montreal, may 26 2014 — From June 25 to 27, 2014, Canadian and international researchers across six disciplines will be talking about their discoveries using High Performance Computing in Halifax. Co-­‐hosted byCompute Canada and its Atlantic Canadian regional partner, ACEnet, the annual High Performance Computing Symposium is Canada’s largest national forum for discussing advanced computing applications in research.

Among the plenary speakers will be Nikolas Provatas, Professor of Physics at McGill University and holder of a Canada Research Chair in Computational Materials Science. Mr. Provatas is also Scientific Director of McGill University’s centre for High Performance Computing (HPC), one of Calcul Québec’s five supercomputing sites.

Now in its 28th year, HPCS is a multidisciplinary conference where computational researchers from all disciplines, industry, government, HPC practitioners and vendors exchange new tools, techniques and discoveries.

This year’s symposium is being held at the Westin Nova Scotian in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Six conference streams are planned under the umbrella theme of HPC Serving Society. These are: Computational Chemistry; Computational Materials Chemistry; Big Data & Analytics; Bioinformatics; Ocean Modelling & Climate Change; and Oil & Gas Reservoir Modelling.

Other plenary speakers include Gilbert Brunet from the UK Meteorological Office (Ocean Modelling & Climate Change), Frank Dehne and Ashkan Golshani from Carleton University (Bioinformatics), Axel Becke from Dalhousie University (Computational Chemistry) and K. Sampath from Hibernia Management & Development (Oil & Gas Reservoir Modelling).

These plenaries will be followed by parallel sessions that include Invited Talks by key speakers, Contributed Talks that have been selected through a submission process, several sessions around data visualization rooms, and a Technology & Infrastructure section.

HPCS 2014 will also include a panel discussion by the Digital Infrastructure Leadership Council, a session on High Performance Computing usage in industry, a Poster Session and a TECH Lounge, where industry and career-­‐seekers can mingle. Two days of technical tutorials for HPC practitioners will precede the main conference.

The conference is made possible through the support of a number of sponsors, including Data Direct Networks, IBM, HP, Xyratex, Canarie, and Bell Aliant.

Details of the conference, as well as speaker bios, topics and other information can be found on the HPCS 2014 website at http:2014.hpcs.ca. Follow HPCS 2014 on Twitter at @HPCS2014.

WHAT: Canada’s largest advanced computing research conference, HPCS2014
WHEN: June 25th to 27th, 2014
WHERE: Westin Nova Scotian, Halifax, Nova Scotia
WHO: Nikolas Provatas and Canadian researchers across six disciplines, industry representatives, government agencies
WHY: Accelerating discovery through HPC.