Michael E. Papka

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Improved Cetus development system enables new HPC use cases

cetus3Mira’s testing and development system, a Blue Gene/Q called Cetus, has grown to 4 racks to allow users to debug their project code at an even larger scale before moving to Mira.

This upgrade will support new types of HPC workloads. Smaller jobs (128-2048 nodes) will now be allowed to run for up to 12 hours. Longer running jobs (128-1024 nodes) will be allowed to run for up to 7 days, which is suitable for analysis activities since Cetus and Mira share the same file system.

IEEE VIS 2015 — We have a venue!

venue2In 2015, IEEE VIS will be held in Chicago for the first time ever. One of my first duties as general chair for VIS 2015 was to help secure the venue — and I’m delighted to announce that we now officially have one: The Palmer House Hilton.

VIS is the premier annual forum for visualization advances. Chicago is a world-class city full of cultural monuments, modern spectacles, parks and promenades. I think it is the perfect spot to host one of the largest and most important annual gatherings of researchers and industry professionals who specialize in the visual analysis of data.

I’m also extremely pleased that I will be working with Maxine Brown, director of the Electronic Visualization Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Maxine has been engaged in the visualization community for decades and has co-chaired some of the most exciting advanced computing demonstrations and events in the world.

This November Maxine and I will attend VIS 2014 in Paris to fully immerse ourselves in as many sessions, presentations, and workshops as possible. Current general chair Jean-Daniel Fekete is overseeing what promises to be the highest attended VIS yet. I’ve had the opportunity to participate in several organizing committee meetings and can see the final program coming together in very exciting ways.