CUDA Research Center at Penn State
The Institute of CyberScience (ICS) at Penn State University was established in 2012 through the Office of the Vice President for Research as a means to enable research for the following institutes: Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences Material Research Institute Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment Social Sciences Research Institute ICS has a strong commitment to enable GPU-enabled research on GPU clusters. We have two GPU clusters with four NVIDIA Tesla M2070 and eight NVIDIA Tesla M2090. Our GPU clusters are used across different departments and users at Penn State. The ICS staff is responsible for supporting numerous software applications in the GPU domain that is requested from the Institutes we support. In the near future, we plan to host seminar in Introduction to OpenACC for our users to help educate our users in porting their existing applications to GPUs. We plan to host GPU-as-a-service where one of our staff will work directly with our users in developing the application on the GPU governed by the user’s requirement. The objective of this service will enable users to conduct meaningful research experiments and publish their findings in their discipline as well as GTC. Our ongoing research will be in exploring all the tunable features in OpenACC 2.0 standard that are relevant to performance optimization of the application. We intend to migrate many applications on GPUs and analyze performance improvement through our tuning engine. Currently, our tuning engine can tune gang vector parameters for a compute region in an isotropic finite different kernel for wave-propagation used in Reverse Time Migration application. About PI Shahzeb Siddiqui received MS in Computer Science from KAUST in 2013 and BS in Computer Engineering from Penn State in 2011. Shahzeb specialized in High Performance Computing in his graduate program primarily working with methods to improve tuning for OpenACC parameters. Shahzeb has published his research work in OpenACC parameter tuning at GTC, ISC, and IWAPT. Visit for more Information on the CUDA Research Center
What's beneath Hawaii's most active volcano?
Penn State professor, Christelle Wautheir, uses InSAR to study what's under Hawaii's most active volcano. Step away from the villages and idyllic beaches of Hawaii, and you may think you’ve been transported to the moon. Walking along the lava flows of the Kilauea volcano, the landscape changes from a lush tropical paradise to one that’s bleak and desolate, the ground gray and rippled with hardened lava. That’s how Christelle Wauthier, assistant professor in the Department of Geosciences and the Institute for CyberScience at Penn State, describes it, anyway. Wauthier has been studying Kilauea volcano for several years and is getting ready to start a new project at Penn State -- one using a radar imaging technique that researchers call interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) to try to peer below its surface and learn more about why the volcano is so volatile. InSAR image showing ground deformation at Kilauea. The star marks the volcano's eruption zone. Read full article on Penn State News
Big Data Center of Attention
Interdisciplinary center seeks to leverage power of big data analytics The explosive growth in big data has enabled researchers and scientists in many fields to harness information that has the potential to change the way governments, organizations, and academic institutions conduct business and make discoveries. The massive amounts of data that are being generated, however, require sophisticated algorithms, techniques and software tools to make that information useful. A new interdisciplinary center at Penn State seeks to leverage the talents of researchers across the University as part of a joint effort to maximize the potential of big data. “Data is everywhere,” said Vasant Honavar, professor and Edward Frymoyer Chair at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST). “But having this data is not enough. You have to get some useful, actionable knowledge out of it.” Honavar is the director of the Center for Big Data Analytics and Discovery Informatics, which is co-sponsored by the College of IST, the Institute for CyberScience, the Huck Institute for the Life Sciences, and the Social Science Research Institute. The goal of the center is to pursue interdisciplinary fundamental and applied research, and research-based advanced training in big data analytics and discovery informatics, covering topics in areas such as artificial intelligence, computational discovery, machine learning, and social network analytics. The center will serve as a focal point that links faculty across the campus who have an interest in research and education in the data sciences. The center will engage faculty in multiple colleges including: the College of IST, the Eberly College of Science, the College of Engineering, the College of Medicine, College of Health and Human Development, the College of the Liberal Arts, and the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. View Full Penn State News Article
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