ScicomP 16 Updates

The latest to do with ScicomP 16.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

ScicomP Agenda Changes

On Thursday, May 13 at 4:15 p.m. we have tentatively scheduled a discussion with IBM about HPC productivity software - compilers, tools, libraries - requirements and plans. This discussion will contain proprietary information, so must already have a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) with IBM to participate.

On Friday, May 14 at 9:00 we are offering a tour of the NERSC Scientific Facility in Oakland. Please bring money to purchase BART tickets for transportation. A signup sheet will be available on the desk outside the meeting rooms.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Feedback Questions

  • What are the top 3 things IBM could do to make you more productive?
  • What's the one thing you'd like to communicate to IBM?
  • What does IBM do especially well?

ScicomP 15 / SPXXL Reorganization Proposal


Merger of SPXXL and ScicomP user groups.


Realize efficiencies through the streamlining of officers. Generate additional interest and involvement within the Applications/Programming section of the SPXXL Report to IBM. Increased focus for user support services.


The purpose of the merger is to help reduce duplication of efforts by the officers of each group when arranging the annual meetings (Winter, Summer, SC'xx). This will also allow IBM a more concentrated focus on the meeting agenda to reduce or eliminate repetition. A major component of ScicomP attendees are center staff providing consulting/infrastructure support to users. A goal of the merger is increased focus on user support services.

What changes:

The officers from the two groups will be combined to form a new "Board of Members" (BoM) comprised of the following offices:

Umbrella Organization - SPXXL/ScicomP - IBM High Performance Computing and Scientific Users Group.

  • President:
  • Vice-President SPXXL (Systems focus)
  • Vice-President ScicomP (Applications focus)
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary

Working Group Chairs: All seven current WG chairs

Additional Chairs:

Meeting/Logistics Chair: Hosting Site member or volunteer for non-hosted meeting (SC'xx), Program Chair, Membership/PR Chair,

Meeting format:

The annual SPXXL/ScicomP meeting would have a tightly integrated agenda, particularly for IBM updates. Limited separate sessions for non-NDA presentations/discussions by IBM. (For the 2010 Summer meeting this was limited to one 45-minute session for 'IBM Power-7 and beyond for HPC')

SPXXL Meeting and Report Working Group sessions do not change. A separate meeting room and agenda with ScicomP focused topics (ex.- applications, tools, user support services, etc.) will run in parallel for attendees who do not have an NDA with IBM.

What Remains the same:

No changes for SPXXL and ScicomP members with regards to separate parallel sessions, content and format of the meetings. The content and format of the SPXXL meetings will be controlled by the President, VP of SPXXL and a selected chairperson (ex. host site). Similarly the content and format of the ScicomP meeting will be controlled by the VP of ScicomP and a selected chairperson(s) (ex.- Program Chair and/or host site member).

SPXXL will continue the two yearly meetings and the SC gathering as it does now. There will be strict enforcement of the NDA policy. Attendees who do not have an IBM NDA will not be allowed to attend the restricted presentations with NDA content.


Presentations are availble from the agenda page.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Alcatraz - Social Event

Transportation from the hotel to Pier 33 for the social event leaves the hotel at 5:15 sharp. There is no food at the social event, so eat well at lunch or grab a quick bite before leaving the hotel.

There are two boats leaving Pier 33 for Alcatraz. We have 60 tickets for the 6:10 departure and 20 tickets for a 6:45 departure from the pier. Please pick up a ticket for either 6:10 or 6:45 from a conference organizer.

From Alcatraz you can return on either of the two boats. Once you are back at Pier 33, you will return to the hotel on one of two trolleys. One trolley leaves Pier 33 at 8:45 p.m. nd the second (and final) leaves the pier at 9:30 p.m. Each trolley is limited to 45 passengers. You must have a ticket for to guarantee a spot on a specific trolley. Tickets are available from the conference organizers.

Please dress warmly for Alcatraz. It may be rainy, windy and cool.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Dear ScicomP 16 attendees,

I'm looking forward to seeing all of you in San Francisco next week. The meeting seems to have gathered a lot of last-minute momentum. I hope will be fun, interesting, and productive for you.

Please check the program agenda on the meeting website for last-minute changes to the schedule:

ScicomP 16 is co-located with the 2010 Summer Meeting of SPXXL. Attendees at past ScicomP meetings asked for more combined sessions and this year we are having joint ScicomP/SPXXL presentations Tuesday morning and all day Wednesday. SPXXL is a members-only organization and private SPXXL sessions will be open only to those who registered for SPXXL. SPXXL registrants are welcome at all ScicomP talks. If your organization is a member of SPXXL and you registered for ScicomP only, we can change your registration status on site if you wish.

Past meeting attendees also suggested that we leave plenty of time for informal discussions and shorten the meeting to less than a full week. This year most morning and afternoon breaks are scheduled for 30 minutes and, where possible, talks have been scheduled for more than 30 minutes to encourage extended Q&A. ScicomP talks and presentations have been scheduled for Monday through Thursday only. We can meet Friday as you wish; perhaps for a tour of the NERSC machine room, a discussion of HPC Center services, a group excursion to visit the UC-Berkeley campus or some combination of these.

Sunday evening, May 9, from 5:00 to 7:00 ScicomP and SPXXL will host an informal reception in the Sutro Room at the hotel. Everyone is invited.

We have an evening group trip to Alcatraz Island scheduled for Monday. There will be two boardings at the waterfront; one at 6:10 p.m. and another at 6:45 p.m. Group transportation from the hotel both boardings will leave the hotel at 5:15 sharp. Further details will be provided at the meeting.

The best way to navigate San Francisco is via public transportation (and your feet!). The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) subway serves downtown San Francisco and part of the greater San Francisco Bay Area. BART connects the San Francisco International Airport and the Parc 55. The hotel is just about 1 block from the Powell Street BART station. See: The San Francisco Municipal Railway (Muni) operates trains, buses, and cable cars throughout San Francisco. See Driving and parking in San Francisco is possible, but often challenging. Taxis are usually readily available in downtown.

I hope you enjoy ScicomP 16 and San Francisco. This meeting is for your benefit, so please offer comments and suggestions at any time to IBM, ScicomP Vice-President Thomas Soddeman, or me.

We will update the meeting web site with the latest meeting news and info this weekend and throughout next week at

Finally, ScicomP gratefully acknowledges and appreciates IBM's sponsorship of, and participation in, ScicomP 16 / SPXXL Summer 2010.

Richard Gerber
ScicomP President

Richard Gerber, Ph.D.
High Performance Scientific Computing Consulting
National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Berkeley, CA

Thanks to IBM

ScicomP acknowledges and appreciates IBM's sponsorship, participation, and support of ScicomP 16 / SPXXL Summer 2010.

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