IXPUG KAUST Spring Conference 2018

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IXPUG Middle East Conference 2018 at KAUST

Location: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal 23955, Saudi Arabia

Date: April 22, 2018: Welcome Reception

          April 23-24, 2018: Keynote, Technical Talks, Lightning Talks [Open to public]

          April 25, 2018: Tutorials, Economic Development Sessions [Open to public]


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Event Description: This meeting is hosted by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). The IXPUG Conference invites special focus on the areas of energy, climate simulations and analytics based on PDE’s or analytics based on geospatial statistics, in additional to the performance and programming topics traditional at the IXPUG meetings.  

KAUST will host the first Middle East meeting of the Intel eXtreme Performance Users Group (IXPUG), 22-25 April 2018. Alan Gara, Intel Fellow, will give the keynote address. Alex Heinecke (Intel), Adrian Tate (Cray), Vincent Etienne (Aramco), and Taisuke Boke (Tsukuba University) will give invited talks. Presentations describing innovative manycore computing work are solicited. Authors of the best scored abstracts will be selected for 30-minute presentations; opportunities will also be offered for lightning talks to lead off the poster session. A panel and tutorials round out the program.

Special themes include: (1) Applications in Energy and Environment, (2) Convergence of Large-scale Simulation and Big Data Analytics, (3) Co-design for Exascale: Architecture, Algorithms & Applications, and (4) From Bulk-synchronous to Dynamic Task-based Algorithm Design.

 IXPUG is a community-led forum for sharing industry best practices, techniques, and tools for maximizing efficiency on Intel platforms and products. KAUST is an international, graduate research institution addressing challenges to sustainability in energy, water, food, and the environment through interdisciplinary research and education. Located on the shores of the Red Sea north of Jeddah, KAUST offers world-class research and residential facilities. The first 50 participants to register from abroad are guaranteed accommodation at the on-campus KAUST Inn. Participants may also choose the Bay La Sun Hotel in the shoreline community at the King Abdullah Economic City, with daily bus transport provided. The KAUST campus offers stunning recreational opportunities amidst a live-work-play cosmopolitan community of over 100 nations. Participants from abroad will be invited on a tour of old Jeddah and a Red Sea sunset cruise, along with on-campus scientific and cultural activities.




Alan Gara      Dr. Alan Gara




Dr. Alan Gara is an Intel Fellow and Chief Architect of Enterprise and Government Advanced Development, within the Data Center Group at Intel Corporation.

We are seeing both the emergence of new workloads involving artificial intelligence as well as the maturation of new core technologies. These technologies and the new workloads present us with tremendous opportunities as well as challenges, for we now are architecting systems that can cover a broader range of applications. Namely, future architectures will target artificial intelligence and data analytics at scale, as well as traditional modeling and simulation applications. This talk will cover opportunities and challenges of AI and HPC and how the emerging new technologies will be developed to address the workloads and push computing into exascale in the near future.





Travel Details:

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·  Public Transportation: more information regarding transportation will be provided at a later date.

·  Hotel Recommendations: nearby hotels suggestions are listed below:  


Hotel Address Rate
Bay La Sun

183 Juman St, Bay La Sun

King Abdullah Economic City

23964, Saudi Arabia

Rate: ~$250/person/night. 30 Minute Drive to KAUST; shuttle to/from Bay La Sun provided

On the KAUST Campus

KAUST 4700

Thuwal 23955, Saudi Arabia

Rate: ~$250/person/night. Available to the first 50 participants traveling from abroad.


Main Theme: Energy and Climate Simulations and Analytics

Event Details:

Day 1: Sunday, April 22, 2018 – Welcome Reception

Start End Title Author(s) Presentation
18:30 19:00 RECEPTION

Day 2: Monday, April 23, 2018 - Keynote, Technical Talks, Lightning Talks [Open to public]

Start End Title Author(s) Presentation
7:30 8:30 Buffet Breakfast
8:30 9:00 Opening remarks
9:00 10:00 KEYNOTES: The Intertwined Futures of High Performance Computing and Artificial Intelligence Al Gara
10:00 10:30 Invited Talk #1: Big Applications for Small Matrix Multiplications and Convolutions Alex Heinecke
10:30 11:00 Coffee & Networking
11:00 11:30 Contributed Talk #1: Designing High-Performance and Scalable Collectives for the Many-core Era: The MVAPICH2 Approach Jahanzeb Hashmi
11:30 12:00 Contributed Talk #2: Real-Time Massively Distributed Multi-Object Adaptive Optics Simulations for the European Extremely Large Telescope Hatem Ltaief
12:00 13:30 Lunch
13:30 14:00 Invited Talk #2: Evaluating Data Parallelism in C++ Programming Models using the Parallel Research Kernels Jeff Hammond
14:00 14:30 Contributed Talk #3: Cholesky Factorization on Tile Low-Rank Matrices for Distributed-Memory Systems Kadir Akbudak
14:30 15:00 Contributed Talk #4: Asynchronous Task-Based Parallelization of Iterative Algebraic Solvers Amani Alonazi
15:00 15:30 Coffee & Networking
15:30 16:30

Lightning Talk:

#1: Massively Parallel Polar Decomposition on Distributed-Memory Systems

#2: Large-scale Rigid Body Dynamics Simulation on HPCs with Distributed Memory Architecture

#3: Parallel Simulation of Bloodflow in 3D Patient-specific Cerebral/Coronary Arteries

#4: Tile Low-Rank Approximations of Log-Likelihood Estimation on Manycore Architectures

#5: Benchmarking Distributed Memory Fast Fourier Transforms

#6: Big Data and HPC Convergence

#7: STARS-H: a High-Performance H-Matrix Market Library on Large-Scale Systems

#8: Decimate: a Portable and Fault-tolerant Scheduler Extension

#9: Epileptic Seizure Prediction using Rotation Forest in a Parallel Environment



Dalal Sukkari

Alexander Ukhov

Li Luo

Sameh Abdulah

 Samar Aseeri

Rashid Mehmood A

leksandr Mikhalev

Samuel Kortas

Abdulhamit Subasi


16:30 17:00 POSTERS & EXHIBITS
17:30 18:30 CONCERT
18:30 21:00 BANQUET


Day 3: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - Keynote, Technical Talks, Lightning Talks[Open to public]

Start End Title Author(s) Presentation
7:30 8:30 Buffet Breakfast
8:30 9:00 Video: KAUST's Extreme Computing
9:00 9:30 Invited Talk #3: High Performance Computing, Big Data, and Machine Learning Drivers at Cray Research Adrian Tate
9:30 10:00 Invited Talk #4: Cluster-based Supercomputers and their Performance and Applications Taisuke Boku
10:00 10:30 Contributed Talk #5: Screen-Space Normal Distribution Function Caching for Consistent Multi-Resolution Rendering of Large Particle Data Mohamed Ibrahim
10:30 11:00 Coffee & Networking
11:00 11:30 Contributed Talk #6: ALTANAL: Abstraction Layer for Task bAsed NumericAl Libraries Rabab Alomairy
11:30 12:00 Contributed Talk #7: Extreme Scale FMM-Accelerated Wave Scattering Solver for a Complex 3D Helmholtz Boundary Integral Equation Mustafa AbdulJabbar
12:00 13:30 Lunch
13:30 14:00 Invited Talk #5: Optimization of Finite-difference Kernels on Multicore Architectures for Seismic Applications Vincent Etienne
14:00 14:30 Contributed Talk #8: Sustained Petascale Direct Numerical Simulation of Secondary Flows in Square Ducts Matteo Parsani
14:30 15:00 Contributed Talk #9: Optimizations of Unstructured Aerodynamics Computations for Intel Xeon Phi (Knights Landing) Architecture Mohammed Farhan
15:00 15:30 Coffee & Networking
15:30 16:30

Site Updates

National Energy Research Scientific Computating Center (NERSC) at Lawrence Berkeley National

Laboratory Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) at Argonne National Laboratory

Joint Center for Advanced High Performance Computing (JCAHPC) at the Universities of Tsukuba and Tokyo

Richard Gerber

David Martin

Taisuke Boku

16:30 17:00 PANEL: Towards a "Saudi Top 10" List Rashid Mehmood
17:30 18:30 BOAT CRUISE
18:30 21:00 DINNER & SPEAKER


 Day 4: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - Tutorials, Economic Development Sessions[Open to public]

Start End Title Author(s) Presentation
7:30 8:30 Buffet Breakfast
8:30 9:00 Videos: KAUST and Saudi Arabia
9:00 10:30

Tutorials & Industrial Outreach [in parallel]

Tutorials: The Burst Buffer: a New Frontier in Hierarchical Memories

Industrial Outreach: How High Performance Computing Transforms Small Business


Saber Feki

David Martin

10:30 11:00 Coffee & Networking
11:00 12:00

Tutorials & Industrial Outreach [in parallel]

Tutorials: The Burst Buffer: a New Frontier in Hierarchical Memories

Industrial Outreach: How High Performance Computing Transforms Small Business


Saber Feki

David Martin

12:00 13:30 Lunch
14:00 18:30 BUS TOUR of JEDDAH
18:30 21:00 DINNER & AIRPORT RUN




Call for Presentations: IXPUG welcomes submissions on innovative work from KNL users in academia, industry and government labs, describing original discoveries and experiences that will promote and prescribe efficient use of many-core and multicore systems. The authors of the best scored abstracts and draft presentations will be selected for a full 30-minute presentations; others may be offered an opportunity to present shorter Lightning Talks.


Submission Guidelines: A short Abstract and Draft Presentation should be submitted by February 16, 2018. The Draft Presentation does not need to be complete by this date. However, along with the Abstract, it should reflect the overall intent of the presentation and contain placeholders for the remaining content to be completed by the Final Presentation Deadline on April 19, 2018. For presentation format, please refer to past IXPUG events. Submit your abstract for this conference in EasyChair.


Local Topics of interest are (but not limited to): techniques in vectorization, memory, communications, thread and process management, multi-node application experiences, programming models, algorithms and methods, software environment and tools, benchmarking and profiling tools, visualization development, convergence of large-scale simulation and big data analytics, co-design for exascale, dynamic runtime and task-based algorithm design.


Deadline Dates: 

Abstract submissions open: February 1, 2018

Abstracts due: February 16, 2018 (AoE)  DEADLINE EXTENDED: February 23, 2018 (AoE)

Presenters notified: February 23, 2018 (AoE March 2, 2018

Final presentations due: April 19, 2018 

Local Organizer: David Keyes, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., KAUST

 Planning Committee:

  • Estela Suarez, Forschungszentrum Juelich Supercomputing Centre, Germany
  • Thomas Steinke, Zuse Institute Berlin, Germany
  • David Martin, Argonne National Laboratory, US
  • John Pennycook, Intel Corporation, United States
  • Richard Gerber, National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
  • Melyssa Fratkin, Texas Advanced Computing Center, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Taisuke Boku, University of Tsukuba
  • Lisa M. Smith, Intel Corporation, United States