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August 19 — 23, 2019

Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), the Blue Waters project at NCSA, the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, SciNet at the University of Toronto, and the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) are organizing a free, week-long Petascale Computing Institute 2019. The goal is to enable computational and data-enabled discovery in all fields of study by teaching the participants to scale their computational codes to leadership-class computing systems

Recordings of each presentation are embedded in the daily schedule accessible via the "AGENDA" menu item on the left side of this page.

Keynote by Gordon Bell

Gordon Bell

Gordon Bell is a Microsoft Researcher (ret). He spent 23 years at Digital Equipment Corporation as Vice President of R&D, responsible for the first mini- and time-sharing computers and DEC's VAX, with a 6 year sabbatical at Carnegie Mellon. In 1987, as the first NSF Assistant Director for Computing (CISE), he led the National Research and Education Network panel that became the Internet. Leaving NSF, he established the Gordon Bell Prize to acknowledge outstanding efforts in computing. Bell maintains three interests: computing, startup companies, and lifelogging. He is a member or Fellow of the ACM, AMACAD, IEEE, FTSE (Australia). NAE, and NAS. He received The 1991 National Medal of Technology. He is a founding trustee of the Computer History Museum, Mountain View, CA. and lives in San Francisco.

About the Institute

The institute will be broadcast to host sites using full-duplex audio/video connections and to Youtube using a one-way audio/video. Participants at local host sites will receive training accounts on HPC systems, on-site mentoring, and the ability to ask questions of the presenters orally and via online chat. Participants watching the Institute online will be able to post questions to the presenters via YouTube chat.
Participants must register to attend one of the host sites or to watch the sessions on YouTube. Recordings of the presentations will be made publicly available after the institute is completed.


The institute is free and open to everyone. The content is targeted to individuals conducting research and scholarship in all disciplines, including graduate and undergraduate students, postdocs, faculty, researchers, scholars, educators, and practitioners in academia, industry and government agencies.

The institute will be beneficial to research teams who are preparing to scale their codes to petascale-class resources, people who are working on parallel codes, or have a need to scale up computational codes and/or data analysis programs. Individuals who are current or pending users of large-scale HPC systems will benefit the most from this institute. People who do not have access to research codes, such as those using commercial packages, are not likely to benefit from the institute.

Computing Resources

The institute will provide training accounts to participants who register to attend at one of the Host Sites. Training accounts will be provided on multiple HPC systems which are described in the Resources tab in the left menu bar.

Participants watching the YouTube live webcast will not be provided with training accounts, due to security policies and procedures for setting up training accounts.

Participant Prerequisites

Participants are expected to have the following background, knowledge and experience:

  • Familiarity with programming in Fortran, C, C++, Python or a comparable language
  • Familiarity with Linux
  • Familiarity with use of clusters and/or HPC systems

How to Participate

Participants may attend the institute at one of the Host Sites to receive full support during the institute. At these sites, participants will be able to verbally ask questions of the presenters through two-way video conferencing facilities. Participants will receive training accounts on the available HPC systems. Staff will be available at each site to assist during hands-on sessions. Seating at each site is limited, and registration will be handled on a first-come first-served basis.

Alternatively, participants may view the live presentations via YouTube, but with a significantly reduced level of support. Participants will be able to submit written questions through social media tools provided by the institute. Due to account allocation policies, participants will NOT be able to receive training accounts on the institute computing systems. Everyone wishing to view the YouTube live session must register.

How to Register

Registration for the Host Sites is closed. You may register to view the sessions via YouTube live by registering. Register for the YouTube webcast by following this link or use the "Registration" menu bar to the left.


See the sidebar to the left for the Agenda for the institute.

Organizing Partners

Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), the Blue Waters project at NCSA, the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, SciNet at the University of Toronto, and the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC).