HPC User Forum meetings are open to anyone with an interest in high performance computing or high performance data analysis.Registration is now open for the 56th HPC User Forum, taking place April 13 to 15, 2015, at the Marriott Waterside Hotel in Norfolk, VA (

The forum offers the chance to hear top experts on high-innovation, high-growth areas of the high performance computing market.  Participants will also hear about government initiatives to get ready for future-generation supercomputers. The near-final agenda that appears below shows a powerful lineup of speakers who will be in Norfolk.

HPC User Forum meetings are open to anyone with an interest in high performance computing or high performance data analysis (big data using HPC), including users, vendors, funders and others. Attendees have described HPC User Forum meetings as providing a "fire hose" of new information and insight. To date, several thousand individuals have attended HPC User Forum meetings in North America, Europe and Asia.

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About the HPC User Forum

The HPC User Forum was established in 1999 to promote the health of the global HPC industry and address issues of common concern to users. The organization has grown to 150 members. It is directed by a volunteer Steering Committee of users from government, industry and academia, and operated for the users by market analyst firm IDC. The Forum holds two full-membership meetings a year in the United States, and also holds two meetings annually in international locations. The Steering Committee establishes the agenda topics for HPC User Forum meetings and the ongoing technical research agenda that IDC helps to pursue.

You can track the detailed agenda and register at  Questions? Send an e-mail to

Looking forward to seeing you in Norfolk in April!

Preliminary Agenda 56th HPC User Forum

April 13-15, 2015 – Norfolk, Virginia

Monday, April 13, 2015

5:00pm       Registration Starts

6:30pm        Welcome Dinner Reception and Short Vendor Technology Updates


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

7:15am       Networking Breakfast

8:15am       Meeting Welcome and Announcements

  • Chairman's and Co-chairman's Welcome, Paul Muzio and Rupak Biswas
  • HPC Market Update, Earl Joseph, Steve Conway and Bob Sorensen

Session Chair: Jack Collins

8:30am       Focus Area: HPC in the Life Sciences

  • Computational Challenges from New Instruments and Initiatives, Raul Cachau, National Cancer Institute (NCI)
  • Rock Science to Cancer – Turning DOE Research into Social Impact Projects, Dani Ushizima, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • The National Consortium for Data Science and iRODS, Ashok Krishnamurthy, Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI)

10:00am      Break

10:30am      Focus Area: HPC in the Life Sciences (Continued)

  • HPC Requirements for Bioscience, Ari Berman, BioTeam
  • Clinical Genomics and the RENCI Genomics Pipeline, Charles Schmitt, RENCI
  • NCI Pilot Program: Cancer Genomics Cloud, Devin Locke, Seven Bridges Genomics

11:45pm     Vendor Technical Update: IBM R&D Plans for HPC Going Forward

12:00pm     Networking Lunch

Session Chair: Jim Kasdorf

1:00pm       Focus Area: HPC in the Life Sciences (Continued)

  • Ebola Research Using HPC, Kevin Shinpaugh, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute
  • HPC and Alzheimer's Research, Joseph Lombardo, University of Nevada

2:00pm       Vendor Technology Update: HP R&D plans for HPC Going Forward

2:15pm       Break

2:45pm       Technology Focus Area: HPC Storage/Data Management and High Performance Data Analysis

  • The Research Data Alliance, Fran Berman, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Next-Generation Commercial Analytics: How the HPC Community Can Help, Arno Kolster and Ryan Quick, PayPal
  • NASA Earth Exchange, Rami Nemani, NASA Ames Research Center

4:30pm       HPC User Site Update

5:00pm       Networking Break

6:30pm       Special Dinner Event

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

7:15am       Networking Breakfast

8:00am       Welcome: Paul Muzio, Rupak Biswas, Earl Joseph and Steve Conway

Session Chair: Rupak Biswas

8:00am       Focus Area #2: Government HPC Updates And New Uses Of HPC:

  • DoD HPCMP Future Computing Requirements: Representative Examples, Roy Campbell, DOD HPCMP
  • HPC Usage And Future HPC Needs For Army Rotorcraft Problems, Roger Strawn, Department of Defense (AMRDEC)
  • DARPA's Work To Spur The Creation Of Scalable Software, Wade Shen, DARPA

9:30am Break

  • Complex Data Integration in Biomedical Research, Kenneth Buetow, Arizona State University
  • The Wrangler System At TACC, Dan Stanzione, Texas Advanced Computing Center
  • Bridges and the DXC, Nick Nystrom, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

11:30am      Vendor Technical Update: Lenovo R&D Plans for HPC Going Forward

11:45am      Vendor Technology Update: Intel R&D plans for HPC going forward 

12:00pm     Networking Lunch

Session Chair: Suzy Tichenor

1:00pm       Panel: The Who-What-When of Getting Applications Ready to Run On, And Across, Office of Science Next-Gen Leadership Computing Systems

  • Tjerk Straatsma, Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility
  • Speaker TBD, NERSC
  • Tim Williams, Argonne Leadership Computing Facility

2:30pm       HPC User Site Update

3:00pm       Break

3:30pm       HPC in the Cloud: Subsea Jumper Vortex Induced Vibration, Mustafa Kara, DNV GL Group (

4:00pm       CFD 2030 Project, Mujeeb Malik, NASA Langley Research Center

4:30pm       HPC User Site Update

5:00pm       Meeting Wrap-Up, Paul Muzio, Rupak Biswas, Earl Joseph and Steve Conway