2014 User Meeting


This year’s IXPug meeting will focus on User experiences and the direction ahead for Xeon Phi technologies.
There will also be a training tutorial designed for both beginners and intermediate-level users.
The format will consist of invited speakers, Intel technology updates, user lightning talks, and a round table discussion,
with the following topics:

  • Application porting concepts, experiences, and scaling
  • Efficient methods and algorithms for many-core systems
  • Large-scale system installation, maintenance and resource management
  • The Phi processor architecture and technology, and beyond
  • Phi Programming needs and concerns (round table discussions—bring your wish list)


Texas Advanced Computing Center
TACC Seminar Room ROC 1.900
J.J. Pickle Research Campus
10100 Burnet Rd.
Austin, TX 78758


Directions to TACC

Main Office/ROC Map

PRC is a gated facility. You do not have to stop at the guard post. To get to the Research Office Complex (ROC), Building 196, go through the chain link gate to Road A and turn right. ROC is the last building on the right, just before the Braker exit. You may park in the covered visitor parking area or any open space in front of ROC. Go up the brick pathway to the entrance of the building. TACC is on the right as you enter the double doors. Please check in at the receptionist desk to obtain a visitor parking pass and place it on your dashboard immediately. Parking is also available around the sides of the building, as long as you have a parking pass.


The IXPug will be hosted at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) on the UT J.J. Pickle research campus in north Austin.
All components of the meeting will be held in the ROC 1.900 conference room in the TACC building.
If you are flying in on Wednesday morning, allow ~30 minutes travel time from the Austin-Bergstrom Airport.

Day 1 (Tuesday, July 8, 2014)

Click on the presenter's name to see an abstract of their talk.

TimeSpeaker/EventAbstract Title/Description
09:00 Dan Stanzione Welcome/Introductions
09:15 James Reinders Tools, Standards and Books, oh my! Compilers, libraries and VTune, oh my!
9:45 Thanh Phung Characterizing the communication profile of a large HPC workload targeted for Xeon Phi
10:15 Break  
10:45 Ravi Murty MPSS: current enhancements, plans and KNL
11:15 DK Panda MPI
11:45 Martin Berzins Large Scale Engineering Simulations on MultiCore and Heterogeneous Architectures Using the Uintah Framework
12:15 Lunch & Stampede tour  
1:15 Srinath Vadlamani Efforts of Xeon Phi use for CESM
1:45 Jim Phillips NAMD and Charm++ on Xeon Phi
2:15 Jeff Hammond NWChem: The Next Generation
2:45 Break  
3:00 Balint Joo More Lattice QCD on Xeon Phi Co-Processors
3:30 Dhananjay Brahme Application Performance Enhancement on Xeon Phi
4:00 Lightning Talks  
5:45 Bus back to Hotel  

Day 2 (Wednesday, July 9, 2014)

TimeSpeaker/EventAbstract Title/Description
08:00 DK Panda PGAS
08:30 Eric Stotzer OpenMP 4.0 Acceleration
09:00 Chris Newburn MIC SW Enhancements and Futures
09:30 Vince Betro Applications Experiences and Training on Beacon, a Cray CS300-AC Equipped with Intel Xeon Phi Co-processors
10:00 Break  
10:15 TACC Talks (by TACC Staff)
11:00 Round Table (lead by selected Intel Staff and Users)
11:45 User Group Planning (led by Kent Milfeld and Melyssa Fratkin, Bob Burroughs; and participation by all)
12:30 Lunch  
1:00 Tutorial* (presented by TACC/Staff)

*The tutorial will present the basics elements for programming Phi coprocessor in Offload mode, and Native and Symmetric non-offload modes, with interactive access to MIC nodes on Stampede. TACC staff will use tutorial materials developed for the MICs on the Stampede system.

IXPug Meeting Attendance

The user group meeting is free, but register (now or) before July 1.

Registration is just a simple form requesting personal information and institutional/user experience with Intel Xeon Phi processors. Any user many submit a Lightning Talk with a 200-word abstract. The Best Lightning Talk will receive an award. Attendance registration and optional Lightning Talk submission are on the same form. Acceptance of Lightning Talks submitted before June 10 will be announced June 13th. Lightning Talks submitted after June 10 will be considered as last-minute work and will be reviewed within 3 days after submission.

Registration Form and Lightning Talk Abstract Submission

Registration for this meeting is now closed.

Meeting Fees

There is no fee for registration or attending the tutorial. Meals and snacks will be provided.


IXPug attendees are responsible for their own travel, daily expenses, and hotel accommodations.
There are no more rooms available at the Hyatt House (where we had a block-rate). We recommend the following hotels that have very reasonable rates (we do not have a block rate at any of these hotels). These are in the "Arboretum" area of north Austin: Hampton Inn, Candlewood Suites, Homewood Suites, Spring Hill Suites, (there are others), or you can try the brand new (and very eclectic) Lone Star Court in the Domain, across the street from TACC.


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Texas Advanced Computing Center
Meeting Date(s):
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 14:00 to Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 22:30