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IXPUG Annual Fall Conference 2018


Conference Dates: September 25-28, 2018

Location: Intel Corporation (Jones Farm Conference Center, JFCC Building, 2111 NE 25th Avenue Hillsboro, Oregon 97124

Registration Deadline: September 11, 2018

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Cost: This is a free and open to the public training conference. The event is sponsored by Intel and all compliance certification applies: Intel is committed to compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, policies and ethics rules. This notice is intended to ensure that your participation in the IXPUG Annual Fall Conference 2018 held at Intel will not violate any such laws, regulations, policies or rules. Intel plans to serve a continental breakfast, modest lunch, and afternoon refreshment on each day of the event. Representatives of government agencies or government-funded entities such as national laboratories can pay for their meals prior to the event HERE (please follow these instructions) or onsite by credit card.  Intel seeks no promises or favoritism for itself or any of its affiliates in exchange for the hospitality provided. 
Event Description: This IXPUG conference is focused on all aspects of employing and adopting many-core processing technologies and techniques for optimal application execution, including topics that cover system hardware beyond the processor (memory, interconnect, etc.), software tools, programming models, new workloads (visualization, data analytics, machine learning, etc.) and more. The conference will provide an interactive experience focused on key topics associated with high-performance computing, artificial intelligence, data analytics, cloud computing, and more. The meeting is being co-organized by Sandia National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory, and will be held at the Intel Corporation (Hillsboro, Oregon) facility. The conference activities include a keynote, plenary sessions, 30-minute technical lectures, 10-15 minute Lightning Talks, Posters and Tutorials. Attendees will experience an open forum, where Intel and industry experts will share best practices and techniques used for maximizing software efficiency using Intel architecture with fellow application programmers, software developers, scientist, researchers, academic, students, data analyst, etc. The challenges surrounding application performance and scalability will be covered across all levels, including application tuning on large HPC systems.


Event Agenda: All events and times are subject to change.

Day 1: Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Start End Title Author(s) Presentation
08:30 09:00am Registration & Coffee/Tea    
09:00 09:15am Welcome by Host Clay Hughes and David Martin  
09:15 10:15am Keynote Al Gara, Intel  
10:15 10:45am

Site Updates and/or Early Science Update

10:45 11:00am



Lightning Talks 1: Optimization

11:00 12:00pm

-Exploiting many core technology for accelerating IP over Intel® Omni-Path fabrics 

-Intel(R) Omni-Path Architecture Performance Optimization

-Exploring a nontrivial upper bound for pipelined double-precision FMA instructions on Knight’s Landing

-Understanding System Performance using Intel® VTune™ Amplifier’s Platform Profiler 

-James Wright 

-James Erwin

-Damon McDougall and John McCalpin

-Munara Tolubaeva and Bhanu Shankar

12:00 13:00pm



Technical Session 1: Tools

13:00 13:30pm

Flipping Tables: Favoring computation over memoization for performance

 Jason Sewall  
13:30 14:00pm

Analyzing OpenMP and TBB task graphs using Intel® Advisor – Flow Graph Analyzer (FGA)

Vishakha Agrawal, Mark Lubin, Pablo Reble, Vasanth Tovinkere, and Mike Voss  
14:00 14:30pm

Optimizing Iso3DFD with Intel® Advisor and Intel® VTune™ Amplifier

Kevin Oleary  
14:30 15:00pm

Configuration-Free Profiling at Scale

Carlos Rosales-Fernandez, Bei Wang, and Dmitry Prohorov

15:00 15:15pm



Technical Session 2: Optimization

15:15 15:45pm

Designing High Performance MPI Libraries for the Multi-/Many-core Era

Jahanzeb Maqbool Hashmi, Sourav Chakraborty, Mohammadreza Bayatpour, Hari Subramoni, and Dhabaleswar Panda  
15:45 16:15pm

Address Hashing in Intel KNL and SKX Processors

John McCalpin  
16:15 16:45pm

Optimization of TensorFlow Serving Application on Intel Xeon Scalable Processors

Vamsi Sripathi and Vikram Saletore

16:45 17:00pm

IXPUG Day 1 Closing Remarks (Day 1 Recap & Day 2 Agenda)

Hai Ah Nam and Clay Hughes



Day 2: Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Start End Title Author(s) Presentation
08:30 09:00am Registration & Coffee/Tea    
09:00 09:15am Day 2 Agenda Review Hai Ah Nam and Clay Hughes  
09:15 10:15am SPARTA Heterogeneous Full Trinity Runs: Successes and Challenges Stan Moore  
10:15 10:30am Break    
    Technical Session 3: Application Experience    
10:30 11:00am

Using MPI+Kokkos to Portably Extend Uintah to Many Core Systems

 John Holmen  
11:00 11:30am

DM-HEOM: A Case Study in Performance Portability

 Matthias Noack  
11:30 12:00pm

Optimization of the Model for Prediction Across Scales: Ocean Core targeting Production Scale Use of Knights Landing Processor Architecture

William Arndt  
12:00 13:00pm



Lightning Talks 2: Applications

13:00 14:00pm

-Enabling ocean modeling code MPAS-Ocean on Intel® Xeon®

-Improved threading performance of Quantum ESPRESSO

-Performance Optimization Techniques for Accelerating WRF Physics Codes on Intel Micro-Architectures

-Application Study of Gyrokinetic PIC codes on Intel KNL architecture

-Nitya Hariharan, Jason Do, Mark Roger Petersen, and Phil Jones

-Ye Luo

-Timbwaoga Ouermi, Robert M. Kirby, and Martin Berzins

-Brian Mackie-Mason, Paulius Velesko, Robert Hager, C-S Chang, and Timothy J. William


Technical Session 4: Machine Learning

14:00 14:30pm

Distributed Training of 3D Generative Adversarial Networks for Fast Detector Simulation on Intel® Xeon® HPC Cluster

Vikram Saletore, Sofia Vallecorsa, Damian Podareanu, Federico Carminati, Valeriu Codreanu, Gulrukh Khattak, and Hans Pabst  
14:30 15:00pm

Performance Optimization of Multi-scale CNN Training with High Content Cellular Imaging on Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors

Kushal Datta, Sun Choi, Vikram Saletore, and Kyle Ambert

15:00 15:15pm


 15:15  15:45pm

A Machine Learning Framework for Large-Scale Weather and Climate Prediction using Exact and Approximate Linear Algebra Computation

Sameh Abdulah, Hatem Ltaief, Ying Sun, Marc Genton, and David Keyes  
15:45 16:15pm

Training speech recognition models on Intel® Xeon HPC Infrastructure

Deepthi Karkada, Aishwarya Bhandare, and Vikram Saletore   
16:15 16:45pm

Fast and Accurate Training of an AI Radiologist With Deep Learning on Intel Xeon-based DellEMC Supercomputers

Vikram Saletore, Valeriu Codreanu, and Damian Podareanu

16:45 17:00pm

IXPUG Day 2 Closing Remarks (Day 2 Recap & Day 3 Agenda)

Hai Ah Nam and Clay Hughes



Day 3: Thursday, September 27, 2018

Start End Title Author(s) Presentation
08:30 09:00am Registration & Coffee/Tea    
09:00 09:15am Day 3 Agenda Review Hai Ah Nam and Clay Hughes  
    Lightning Talks 3:    
9:15 10:15am

-Project DisCo: Physics-based discovery of coherent structures in spatiotemporal systems

-Optimization strategy for MASNUM surface wave model

-Improving Oil and Gas Extraction Simulation Performance using Intel® Xeon® and Xeon Phi™ Architectures

-OpenMP for Reconfigurable Heterogeneous Architectures

-Adam Rupe, Nalini Kumar, Karthik Kashinath, James P. Crutchfield, Ryan G. James, Mr. Prabhat, and Victor Lee

-Zhenya Song

-Matheus Serpa, Eduardo Cruz, and Philippe Navaux

-Marius Knaust and Florian Mayer

10:15 10:30am Break    
    Technical Session 5: Vectorization    
10:30 11:00am Intel Vector Math Libraries – Features, Usage, and Performance Improvements Marius Cornea, Cristina Anderson, Robin Gilbert, Ahmet Akkas, and Andrey Kolesov  
11:00 11:30am SIMD-vectorization in VASP Florian Wende  
11:30 12:00pm OpenMP SIMD support for both Inclusive and Exclusive Scans Anoop Madhusoodhanan Prabha and Nikolay Panchenko  
12:00 12:15pm IXPUG Day 3 Closing Remarks    
12:15 13:00pm Lunch    
    Tutorials 1 (2 Tracks)    
13:00 15:00pm Performance Profiling in the Cloud Jennifer DiMatteo  
13:00 15:00pm Forwarding Mindset Csaba Keszei  
15:00 15:15pm Break    
    Tutorials 2 (2 Tracks)    
15:15 17:15pm How to rapidly develop high-performance stencil code via the YASK framework (a tutorial) Charles Yount and Joonmoo Huh  
15:15 17:15pm Verificarlo: Floating point computing validation on new architecture and large scale systems Eric Petit, Pablo de Oliveira Castro, and Yohan Chatelain  


Day 4: Friday, September 28, 2018

Start End Title Author(s) Presentation
08:30 09:00am Registration & Coffee/Tea    
    Tutorials 3 (2 Tracks)    
09:00 11:00am Intel Omni-Path Architecture Fabric Introduction Michael Savasta and Lester Dimit  
09:00 11:00am Optimizing for Multi/Manycore (SKX/KNL): Multithreading with OpenMP


W Cyrus Proctor and Antia Lamas-Linares


    Meeting End    


 Travel Information:

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  • Transportation and Parking: Check out the Travel Document for transportation details (nearby airport, etc.), fun facts about Oregon and Intel Corporation's campus.

  • Lodging: Nearby hotel suggestions are listed below.

Hotel Address
 Larkspur Landing Hillsboro  3133 NE Shute Rd, Hillsboro, OR 97124; (503) 681-2121
 Residence Inn by Marriott Portland Hillsboro/Brookwood  3160 NE Brookwood Pkwy, Hillsboro, OR 97124; (503) 844-7777
 Holiday Inn Express Portland West/Hillsboro  5900 NE Ray Cir, Hillsboro, OR 97124; (503) 844-9696
 Comfort Inn   3500 NE Cornell Rd, Hillsboro, OR 97124; (503) 648-3500
 TownePlace Suites by Marriott Portland Hillsboro  6550 NE Brighton St, Hillsboro, OR 97124; (503) 268-6000
 The Orenco, Boutique Hotel   1457 NE Orenco Station Pkwy, Hillsboro, OR 97124; (888) 503-7094
 Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Hillsboro, Oregon  20001 NW Tanasbourne Dr, Hillsboro, OR 97124; (503) 718-0007
 Courtyard by Marriott Portland Hillsboro  3050 NW Stucki Pl, Hillsboro, OR 97124; (503) 690-1800
 SpringHill Suites by Marriott Portland Hillsboro  7351 NE Butler St, Hillsboro, OR 97124; (503) 547-0202
 Holiday Inn Hillsboro  2575 NW Aloclek Dr, Hillsboro, OR 97124; (503) 640-1745
 Residence Inn by Marriott Portland Hillsboro  18855 NW Tanasbourne Dr, Hillsboro, OR 97124; (503) 531-3200
Extended Stay America - Portland - Hillsboro  19311 NW Cornell Rd, Hillsboro, OR 97124; (503) 439-0706
Extended Stay America - Portland - Beaverton/Hillsboro - Eider Ct  18665 NW Eider Ct, Beaverton, OR 97006; (503) 439-1515
Aloft Hillsboro-Beaverton  1705 NW Amberglen Ct, Hillsboro, OR 97006; (503) 277-1900


Call for Abstracts: IXPUG is soliciting submissions for technique presentations on innovative work using Intel architecture from users in academia, industry, government/national labs, etc. describing original discoveries, experiences and methods for obtaining efficient and scalable use of heterogeneous systems. IXPUG welcomes technical submissions that cover 30 minute lectures, 10-15 minute lightning talks and/or 120 minute tutorials. Please notice, tutorials should be interactive focusing on key topics of high-performance computing, interconnects, artificial intelligence, cloud or performance evaluation.
Abstract Submission Guidelines: A short abstract should be submitted by July 13, 2018 and the content should reflect the topics of interest that is listed below. Please use the Abstract Template, as you convey your content and submit your abstract to IXPUG EasyChair. All final presentations are due by September 24, 2018. We would like you to include keywords that pertain to the Techniques, Intel Products and associated Domains that pertain to your technical work. Please see the full list below:
  • Techniques: Algorithms & Methods, Compiler Flags, Software Environment & Tools, Libraries, Parallel- Programming (Communications, Thread & Process Management Experience, All), Multi- node, Memory, Vectorization
  • Products: Intel® Xeon Phi™ Co/Processor, Intel® Xeon Processor Family, Intel® Omni Path Fabric, Intel® FPGA, Intel® SSDs/NVMe Solutions, Intel® Lustre Software, Visualization Technology, Intel® SW Tools
  • Domains: Artificial Intelligence (Machine Learning/Deep Learning), Astrophysics, Bioinformatics, Chemistry, Climate & Weather, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Data Analytics, Energy/Oil & Gas, Financial Services, Geophysics, Libraries & Tools, Life Sciences, Material Science, Medical imaging, Molecular Dynamics, Nanotechnology, Physics, Visualization, etc.
Topics of Interest:
  • Implication of workload behavior on system design at extreme scale (Power, Reliability, Scalability, Performance, Processor Design, Memory System, I/O)
  • Software environments and tools for computing at extreme scale (Instrumentation, Debugging/Correctness, Thread and Process Management, Libraries and Languagle Development)
  • Experience using extreme scale systems (Usability, In-situ Visualization, Programming Challenges, Algorithms and Methods)
  • Application characterization on emergining technologies (Novel Memories (HBM and NVM)), processors (Xeon, Xeon Phi, Xeon+FPGA, Cloud Computing, etc.) 
Important Dates:
Abstract Submission Timelines  March 14, 2018 - July 13, 2018
Final Date to Submit  July 13, 2018
Acceptance Notification  July 27, 2018
 Agenda Posted  August 6, 2018  
Registration Deadline  September 11, 2018 
Speaker's Final Presentations Uploaded to EasyChair  September 24, 2018


Event Planning Team:

Name Institute
Clay Hughes Sandia National Laboratory  
Hai Ah Nam  Los Alamos National Laboratory
John Pennycook Intel Corporation
Lisa M. Smith Intel Corporation
Melyssa Fratkin Texas Advanced Computing Center



Abstract Review Committee:

Name Institute
Clay Hughes Sandia National Laboratory
David Keyes King Abdullah University of  Science & Technology
David Martin Argonne National Laboratory
Estela Suarez Forschungszentrum Juelich / Juelich Supercomputing Centre
Fabio Affinito CINECA
Hai Ah Nam  Los Alamos National Laboratory
James Lin Shanghai Jiao Tong University
John Pennycook Intel Corporation
Kent Milfeld Texas Advanced Computing Center
Melyssa Fratkin Texas Advanced Computing Center
Richard Gerber National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Taisuke Boku University of Tsukuba, Japan
Thomas Steinke Zuse Institute Berlin, Germany
Vit Vondrak VSB - Technical University of  Ostrava, Czech Republic