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XSEDE16: HPC in the sunshine state

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  • XSEDE16 will be held in Miami from July 17-21.
  • Conference themes: Diversity, big data, and science at scale.
  • Campus Champions a linchpin for HPC access.

The summer is beginning to heat up – just in time for the hot topics at the XSEDE16 conference in Miami, FL, July 17-21, 2016.

<strong>Speaking from experience.</strong> Pamela McCauley, currently a Jefferson Science Fellow with the US Department of State, will speak at XSEDE16 about how innovation benefits from diversity and inclusivity. Courtesy Pamela McCauley-Bush.
Speaking from experience. Pamela McCauley will speak at XSEDE16 about how innovation benefits from diversity and inclusivity. Courtesy Pamela McCauley-Bush.

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The fifth annual Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) conference will showcase the work of those who use and support XSEDE resources and services, as well as other digital resources and services throughout the world.

Here’s a quick preview of a few of the events you’ll not want to miss:

Big talks

If they can find a seat, XSEDE16 attendees are in for a treat at Pamela McCauley’s plenary talk.

McCauley, director of the Ergonomics Laboratory at the University of Central Florida, will speak at 8am on Tuesday, July 19.

<strong> Change agent. </strong>Helen Turner has spent her professional life advocating for science as a vehicle for social change. Courtesy Chaminade University.
Change agent. Helen Turner advocates for science as a vehicle for social change. Courtesy Chaminade University.

McCauley's presentation will draw from real world applications such as the US State Department’s HIV/AIDS Health Care Service Delivery work.

Helen Turner is also is slated to present to lucky XSEDE16 attendees.

Turner is dean of Natural Sciences at Chaminade University, renowned for serving disenfranchised and disadvantaged students from indigenous Hawaiian and Pacific Island backgrounds. 

Turner’s talk at 1pm on Wednesday, July 20 will highlight the research that lives out the ideals of democratization, decolonization, and (re) discovery.


High-performance computing has no bigger advocates than the XSEDE Campus Champions. When not holding court at XSEDE16, Campus Champions make computationally intensive research a lot simpler.

<strong>Southbound supercomputing. </strong> This year’s theme is “Diversity, Big data, & Science at Scale: Enabling the Next-Generation of Science and Technology.” Courtesy XSEDE.

By helping local scientists and teachers locate and operate HPC resources to suit their project, Campus Champions are an important link in broadening the reach of HPC in the US and beyond.

Campus Champions now come in three flavors: 

Student champions channel the student perspective, giving budding computer scientists a glimpse into the world of digital science.

Regional champions act as a node for researchers in their vicinity, and are an important link in scaling the Champion program.

Domain champions focus their efforts on a specific scientific field, letting researchers in that domain know what XSEDE and HPC can do for them.

Want to see what all the fuss is all about? Drop by their networking event Monday, July 18 from 6:30pm to 8pm at XSEDE16 to see for yourself. 

There’s a whole lot more going on in Miami at XSEDE16, so take a look at the schedule to see which talks you can’t miss.

See you in Miami!

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