June 22–26, 2014
Leipzig, Germany

Session Details

Name: Real Life Value of HPC
Time: Thursday, June 26, 2014
09:00 am - 10:30 am
Room:   Hall 1
CCL - Congress Center Leipzig
Breaks:07:30 am - 10:30 am Welcome Coffee
Chair:   John Shalf, LBNL
Abstract:   This session covers uses of HPC to solve problems that have a direct and understandable impact on society. HPC is typically portrayed as a tool of the basic sciences. Simulation models of the birth of the universe or of the ignition mechanism provides fascinating glimpses of the inner workings of nature, but are difficult to relate back to the daily lives of those who’s taxes fund these systems. In a recent editorial, US Senator Dick Duban of Illinois said “High Performance Computing systems will have to deliver results that will get notice. We need to translate these systems into real-life value.” The audience should understand that investing in Large-Scale systems is worth the efforts of a country and industry, and deliver impacts that will directly touch their lives.
This session will cover applications of HPC to solve real-world problems that have a direct or understandable impact on people’s daily lives. We will hear from three distinguished speakers.
  • Shane Corder of Children’s Mercy Hospital of Kansas City, Missouri will talk about using HPC systems to decode the sequence of each infant’s genome to look rapidly for genetic markers of disease to save the lives of premature babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of Children’s Mercy Hospital. In his work at the Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine, they are using HPC to push the turn around time for this application from several months to just 24 hours.
  • Oliver Fuhrer of the Climatology Meteo Swiss in Zurich will discuss the societal impacts and economic benefits of weather information for the next hours, days, weeks, seasons and even years have been rapidly increasing over the past decade. His talk will cover the transformation of the COSMO model to run on hybrid computing systems to increase the speed and accuracy of these models.
  • Mauricio Araya of Shell Oil will talk about the use of HPC exploring the depths of the earth computationally to find new energy reserves to ensure our energy future. Seismic inversion poses a very different challenge when implemented efficiently on massively parallel computers from seismic processing because its statistical, non deterministic, formulation, and the HPC optimization strategies of both will be described in some detail.
Presentations: Using HPC to Decode Genomes for Customized Medicine
09:00 am - 09:30 am
  Shane Corder, Children's Mercy Hospital
Weather Prediction & High Performance Computing
09:30 am - 10:00 am
  Oliver Fuhrer, MeteoSwiss
Supercomputing Oil & Gas Reservoirs – Seismic Processing & Seismic Inversion
10:00 am - 10:30 am
  Mauricio Araya, Shell