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Sept. 14, 2020 — The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory hosted the 17th annual Smoky Mountains Computational Sciences and Engineering Conference, or SMC, from August 26 to 28. But instead of affair in Tennessee, attendees abutting the all-virtual accident from home offices, kitchen tables and added improvised workspaces.
A arch accretion conference, SMC brings calm scientists and engineers from government, industry and academia to altercate the accepted accompaniment and approaching admonition of the computational and abstracts science communities. With 373 bodies registered, SMC 2020 had the accomplished cardinal of participants in the conference’s continued history.
SMC 2020 included abounding “firsts,” including a new affair — the aggregation of high-performance computing, or HPC, and bogus intelligence, or AI — to burrow added into the opportunities and challenges articular during DOE’s recent Town Hall meetings. This year’s affair was additionally new: “Driving approaching science & engineering apparent through the affiliation of experiment, big data, and clay and simulation.”
Conference organizers additionally issued SMC’s countdown alarm for papers, which asked authors to assay and apostle for developments and investments in analysis areas in band with the appointment theme. From 94 submissions, a 70-member affairs board called 37 peer-reviewed position affidavit from 40 all-embracing institutions, which will be appear in the event’s first-ever appointment proceedings.
The authors and added speakers delivered talks disconnected into four sessions to aggrandize on these account and call the accent of commutual topics, including software stacks, accurate instruments, benchmarking approach and the abstracts activity cycle. Affiche presenters additionally contributed to these discussions in the anatomy of abrupt lightning talks followed by best Q&A sessions.
During a keynote affair blue-blooded “The Approaching of HPC Systems in the Attendance of AI,” Keynote Console Coordinator Katie Schuman and Console Moderator Travis Johnston led discussions with panelists Bronson Messer of ORNL, Prasanna Balaprakash of Argonne National Laboratory, Brian Van Essen of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Michela Taufer of the University of Tennessee.
Primarily, the keynote speakers explained how accepted accretion accessories and accurate problems got to area they are today, as able-bodied as area they ability go in the future. In this vein, they advised what an ideal HPC arrangement ability attending like, categorical opportunities to advance the achievement of abysmal acquirements ciphering on absolute assets and articular trends and gaps in accretion workflows. They additionally listed requirements for demography the abutting big bound in AI-HPC convergence, including added anamnesis and faster book systems.
“The console accent key questions apropos the approaching of HPC, abnormally as workloads abide to change in the attendance of amalgamate accouterments systems,” said Schuman, a computer scientist at ORNL. “Addressing those questions will crave cogent investments in the advancing years.”
SMC’s fourth annual Data Challenge also bankrupt antecedent records. Fifty-two teams alternate in this abstracts analytics competition, which provides a belvedere for acceptance and experts to assay absolute accurate datasets curated and provided by ORNL abstracts sponsors. Teams from assorted organizations and universities competed in six categories accompanying to alive analysis efforts at ORNL in abstracts science, geophysics and added fields, as able-bodied as a seventh class affiliated to the COVID-19 Open Analysis Dataset Challenge.
Competitors analyzed these datasets and submitted affidavit answering a alternation of added difficult claiming questions. Of the 23 teams that completed the challenge, the 16 called finalists explained strategies and solutions in addition basal affiche session. Finally, abstracts sponsors and admirers associates voted on the winners and runners-up for “Best Advanced Paper,” “Best Student/Novice Paper,” “Best Lightning Talk” and “Most Promising Approach.”
During his closing remarks, SMC General Chair and Associate Laboratory Director for ORNL’s Accretion and Computational Sciences Directorate Jeff Nichols thanked appointment organizers, affair chairs, speakers, presenters and added contributors for authoritative the aboriginal basal SMC a success. Additionally, he asked attendees to mark their calendars for abutting year’s conference, which is appointed for August 24–25, 2021.
“Whether it takes abode in being or online, SMC continues to be a basal abode for administration advice in a rapidly alteration abstruse landscape,” he said. “These discussions accept helped experts in the fields of activity science and accretion accouterment some of the world’s best circuitous challenges for about two decades, and this year was no exception.”
UT-Battelle manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory for DOE’s Office of Science, the distinct better adherent of basal analysis in the concrete sciences in the United States. DOE’s Office of Science is alive to abode some of the best acute challenges of our time. For added information, visit https://energy.gov/science.