Innovative ‘Debate’ and live performance ‘Bella Gaia’ Highlight 7th Annual HPC Symposium, Aug. 15-17

BOULDER, CO – “The Future of HPC Architecture” is the topic of an innovative “Keynote Debate,” which will be the first of two keynotes at the Rocky Mountain Advance Computing Consortium’s 7th annual High Performance Computing Symposium, Aug. 15-17 on the CU-Boulder East (Research) Campus.

This year’s Symposium – recognized as one of the nation’s leading regional events in the HPC field – will be held at CU-Boulder’s Sustainability, Energy & Environment Complex (SEEC).  Registration is $150, which includes all conference materials and meals plus a Reception.  The Student registration fee is just $30, and Post-Doc students can sign up for $75 thanks to support from the many event sponsors. For those only able to attend the Aug. 17th Tutorials, registration will be $100.

Information about the Symposium, including the program schedule and registration information can be found at the website:

The Keynote Debate will be a moderated debate featuring industry, national labs and educational leaders in the ever-growing high performance computing field.  The second keynote features New York filmmaker, composer and director (and CU-Boulder graduate) Kenji Williams, who will present a live performance of the globally touring NASA-powered data visualization spectacle - BELLA GAIA.  Williams’ unique storytelling method utilizes both performance and research materials combined with a stunning video presentation. 

The technical program features six concurrent tracks that cover a wide range of advanced computing topics, with a particular emphasis on data analytics and visualization.  The tutorial sessions feature the acclaimed "Supercomputing in Plain English" series by Henry Neeman, in addition to classes on python, R, and singularity taught by experts from around the region.  Other technical presentations will cover HPC-related resources such as Globus, the Open Science Grid, Amazon EC2, and BRO.

    The annual symposium brings together faculty, researchers, industry leaders and students from throughout the Rocky Mountain Region. Special beginner level tutorials and workshops are included for those new to the HPC field and for students who wish to learn how to use a variety of advanced computing skills in their research. Another feature for students is a poster competition with winners receiving an all-expenses paid trip to SC17 in Denver.

      Symposium sponsors are led by Intel (Diamond), Dell (Platinum) and NVIDIA (Reception).   Hewlett Packard Enterprise, PureStorage, Mellanox Technologies and DDN Storage are Gold sponsors, and Lenovo, Allinea, Silicon Mechanics and Sentinel Techologies are supporting at the Silver sponsor level.   

       The Rocky Mountain Advanced Computing Consortium is collaboration among academic and research institutions located throughout the intermountain states. The RMACC mission is to facilitate widespread effective use of high performance computing throughout the Rocky Mountain region. Membership is made up of the major research universities in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Utah and New Mexico as well as the research agencies – NOAA, NCAR, The U.S. Geological Survey, and NREL.  To learn more about the RMACC visit: