ALCF Simulation, Data, and Learning Workshop

SDL Workshop


The ALCF and our user community are driving a new paradigm for scientific computing—the convergence of simulation, data analysis, and machine learning.

From October 2–4, 2018, we will host the ALCF Simulation, Data, and Learning Workshop to help researchers improve the performance and productivity of simulation, data science, and machine learning applications on ALCF systems. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Work directly with ALCF and industry professionals during dedicated hands-on sessions
  • Learn how to use available tools and frameworks to improve productivity
  • Learn how to set up workflows and use containers
  • Test and debug your code with exclusive full-system reservations on ALCF systems
  • Get assistance with Director's Discretionary projects to help prepare for a major allocation award
  • Improve the performance of your existing ALCF project
  • Plan ahead for 2019-2020 allocation proposal submissions

Registrants will be reviewed for experience level and will be asked to provide goals for attending.




Day 1 (Tuesday, October 2)

8:30 Shuttle Departs from Guest House to TCS, Bldg. 240
9:00-9:10 Welcome - Mike Papka, ALCF
9:10-9:15 Introduction and Safety Review - Ray Loy, ALCF
9:15-10:00 Getting Started on ALCF Systems - Chris Knight, ALCF
10:00-10:30 Hands-on Session
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-11:15 Overview of Machine Learning and Deep Learning at the ALCF (including DeepHyper, UQ, DAAL) - Elise Jennings, ALCF
11:15-12:00 Deep Learning with Keras, Tensorflow, PyTorch, and Horovod on Theta - Huihuo Zheng, ALCF
12:00-1:00 ALCF Allocation Programs (working lunch) - Katherine Riley, ALCF
1:00-1:40 Using and Scaling Python - William Scullin, ALCF
1:40-2:20 Profiling Your Application with Intel VTune and Advisor - Carlos Rosales-Fernandez, Intel and Paulius Velesko, Intel
2:20-3:20 Hands-on Session
3:20-3:35 Break
3:35-4:15 Scaling Deep Learning Frameworks - Mike Ringenburg, Cray
4:15-5:00 Hands-on Session
5:15 Shuttle Departs from TCS to Guest House

Day 2 (Wednesday, October 3)

8:30 Shuttle Departs from Guest House to TCS, Bldg. 240
9:00-9:30 Getting Started with Spark on Theta - Xiao-Yong Jin, ALCF
9:30-10:10 Spark Tips and Tricks including Alchemist - Mike Ringenburg, Cray
10:10-10:40 Hands-on Session
10:40-10:55 Break
10:55-12:00 TAU Performance Analysis - Nick Chaimov, Paratools
12:00-1:00 Application Case Study (working lunch)
1:00-1:40 Debugging and Profiling with DDT and Map - Ryan Hulguin, ARM
1:40-2:20 Optimizing MPI on Theta - Sudheer Chunduri, ALCF
2:20-3:20 Hands-on Session
3:20-3:35 Break
3:35-4:15 Using OpenMP Effectively on Theta - Carlos Rosales-Fernandez, Intel
4:15-5:00 Hands-on Session
5:15 Shuttle Departs from TCS to Guest House

Day 3 (Thursday, October 4)

8:30 Shuttle Departs from Guest House to TCS, Bldg. 240
9:00-9:40 Using MKL and MKL-DDN Effectively on Theta - Mourad Gouicem, Intel
9:40-10:20 Executing Workflows including Running Ensemble Jobs Using Balsam - Misha Salim, ALCF
10:20-10:35 Break
10:35-11:15 Hands-on Session
11:15-12:00 Using Containers on Theta - Murat Keceli, ALCF
12:00-1:00 Application Case Study (working lunch)
1:00-1:45 Parallel I/O and Storage - Rick Zamora, ALCF
1:45-2:30 Visualizing Your Data - Joe Insley and Silvio Rizzi, ALCF
2:30-3:30 Hands-on Session
3:30-3:45 Break
3:45-5:00 Hands-on Session

NOTE: No shuttle to Guest House. For assistance, visit registration desk.



A block of rooms has been reserved at the Argonne Guest House at a rate of $93.70 per night ($88.40 + 6% tax).

Reservations may be made online or by phone (630) 739-6000.

When making a reservation, please specify the Argonne Contact: Teresa Rodriguez, (630) 252-4238, ALCF Division

Room block group name: SDL Workshop

Guest House website:


Argonne National Laboratory is a controlled access facility and all visitors are required to obtain a Gate Pass before entering the site.
To obtain your pass, go to the Argonne Information Center building 224 between 6:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. If the Information Center is closed, you should proceed to the gate where security will have your gate pass printed.
Remember to bring photo ID for US citizens and USCIS documents (passport, green card, visa and associated document e.g. I–94, I-20 etc.) for foreign nationals. Site access cannot be authorized without the required identification.
We’ll share your contact information with the other attendees for community building. If you don't want your contact info shared, send us an email.

To facilitate hands-on sessions, please confirm you can log in to ALCF systems prior to arrival.
Some rules that apply to on-site visitors:
You must wear your badge at all times. If you leave the site, please note you must have your badge to reenter. Any vehicle and/or person is subject to search. Prohibited items rules are enforced.
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