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Join us TODAY Thursday February 7, 2013 from 1:00 - 4:00 PM EST (18:00 - 21:00 UTC) via free LIVE WEBSTREAM for the  Advanced Networks and High Performance Computing: The Big Data Challenge Virtual Symposium.


LIVE WEBSTREAM: To view the FREE live webstream of all sessions including breakouts simply go to: and click on "live videos". No registration is required to watch the live web streams. Please note: If you are behind a firewall and having problems viewing the webstream you may need to open port 1935 TCP for to work properly. If you continue to have problems with the webstream, contact your firewall administrator.

Remote viewers of the live webstream may send in questions or comments during the program via twitter to @magpik20 using hashtag #magpi_hpc or via our Facebook page at

About the Advanced Networks & High Performance Computing: The Big Data Challenge Virtual Symposium
Advanced research and education networks, such as Internet2, offer researchers and higher education faculty opportunities to connect to a diverse array of resources and "Big Data" and to work with collaborators around the world toward some of the biggest challenges of our time across disciplines including genomics, bioinformatics, physics, and more. 
The MAGPI Advanced Networks and High Performance Computing: The Big Data Challenge Virtual Symposium aims to present current areas of research, pedagogy, and information technology best practices to higher education and research faculty, staff and administrators. The keynote and breakout sessions during this half-day symposium are designed to demonstrate to faculty and practitioners the range of HPC projects and resources that exist and how advancements in the HPC space can be applied to their own teaching and research activities. 

Advanced Networks and High Performance Computing:The BIg Data Challenge 
Virtual Symposium Schedule

1:00 1:10 PM EST 
Welcome and Introductions 
Greg Palmer, Executive Director, MAGPI

1:10 - 1:50 PM EST  
Keynote Address - High Performance Computing at NOAA: Successes, Challenges, and Insights
Ron Bewtra, Technology Advisor, Head of IT Services, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Recently the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) embarked on a transformation of its Research and Development High Performance Computing Systems. These systems are leveraging Petascale computing systems in a distributed environment while taking on some of the most challenging big data problems of today. This talk will discuss current computing capability, the challenges of 50 petabytes of active data, large data movement, distributed computing, and how NOAA will have to transform in the future. 

2:00 - 2:50 PM EST 
Making Molehills Out of Mountains: Remote Visualizations and HPC
Mike Chupa, Manager of Research Computing, Lehigh University 

The "Big Data Challenge" has captured the public's imagination, and figures prominently in IT industry publications. However, the root challenges of Big Data have a long history in HPC. Remote visualization tools provide a viable solution to the data movement problem by vastly diminishing data movement requirements while still providing effective visualization capabilities required to understand and generate insights from large engineering and scientific datasets. Chupa will describe remote visualization capabilities at national sites (XSEDE, NERSC) and how they can be leveraged by institutions like Lehigh University to improve research productivity in the era of Big Data.

3:00 - 3:50 PM EST 
The Computational Needs of Modern Genomics
Jeffrey Rosenfeld, Senior Scientific Programmer, University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey

Since the introduction of high-throughput sequencing machines, the amount of data produced by genetic experiments has exploded. Each run of a machine produces hundreds of gigabytes of data which must be stored and analyzed. This has greatly increased the computational requirements and a substantial amount of computational power is required to perform even a small-scale experiment. In this talk, Dr. Rosenfeld will give an introduction to the data requirements of what is generally known as next-generation sequencing (NGS). He will illustrate this through a discussion of the 1000 Genomes and ENCODE Projects which are produced by major international consortia. In addition, he will discuss the ways in which this data is dealt with by smaller labs.

Supercomputing for Atmospheric Sciences
Anke Kamrath, Director, Operations and Services Division, Computational & Information System Laboratory

NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research) completed construction of its new “green” datacenter, NWSC (NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center) in 2011 and during 2012 deployed a new supercomputing resource to support the needs of atmospheric sciences researchers from across the U.S. This presentation will focus on this new supercomputing system, Yellowstone, its supporting storage and interconnect components, the early scientific computing efforts on Yellowstone, and finally the key energy efficient innovations for the NWSC will be presented.


Please feel free share this information with anyone you think might be interested in your communities. Thank you! 


Jennifer Oxenford
Manager, Member Relations & Communications
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