ALCF Simulation, Data, and Learning Workshop

SDL Workshop


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

From February 27–March 1, 2018, we will host the ALCF Simulation, Data, and Learning Workshop to help users prepare to use Theta, our new KNL system, to advance research in these three areas of scientific computing. Attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Get dedicated hands-on time with ALCF and industry professionals
  • Learn about using Theta and available tools and frameworks for your science projects involving simulation, data, and learning
  • Test and debug as you go with exclusive full-system reservations on Theta
  • Prepare for proposals to the Aurora Early Science Program for Data and Learning and the ALCF Data Science Program, as well as the INCITE and ALCC programs.

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




Day 1 (Tues, Feb 27)

9:00-9:15 Welcome to the SDL Workshop - Mike Papka, ALCF
9:15-10:45 Getting Started on Theta - Graham Fletcher, ALCF
10:45-11:00 Break
11:00-11:45 Using Math Libraries effectively on KNL - Khang Nguyen, Intel
11:45-12:15 Overview of Machine Learning and Deep Learning at the ALCF - Elise Jennings, ALCF
12:15-1:30 Simulation and Data Science Case Studies
  • GAMESS threading on Theta - Yuri Alexeev, ALCF
1:30-2:15 Optimizing MPI on Theta - Peter Mendygral, Cray
2:15-3:00 Using OpenMP Effectively on Theta - Carlos Rosales-Fernandez, Intel
3:00-3:15 Break
3:15-4:00 Using and Scaling Python - William Scullin, ALCF, and Oleksandr Pavlyk, Intel
4:00-5:00 Hands-on

Day 2 (Wed, Feb 28)

9:00-9:45 Profiling your application with Vtune and Advisor - Carlos Rosales-Fernandez, Intel, and Paulius Velesko, Intel
9:45-10:30 Executing Workflows including running ensemble jobs - Tom Uram, ALCF
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-11:45 Debugging and Profiling with Allinea DDT and MAP - Ryan Hulguin, ARM
11:45-12:15 Hands-on
12:15-1:15 ALCF Allocation Opportunities
  • Aurora Early Science Program for Data and Learning  - Tim Williams, ALCF
  • ALCF Data Science Program Overview - Elise Jennings, ALCF
1:15-2:00 Profiling with Craypat - Peter Mendygral, Cray
2:00-3:00 Scaling Deep Learning Frameworks - Peter Mendygral, Cray
3:00-3:15 Break
3:15-4:00 Using Containers on Theta - Taylor Childers, ALCF
4:00-5:00 Hands-on

Day 3 (Thurs. Mar 1)

9:00-10:00 Parallel I/O and Storage - Paul Coffman, ALCF
10:00-10:45 Using Spark - Mike Ringenburg, Cray
10:45-11:00 Break
11:00-11:45 Visualizing your Data - Joe Insley, ALCF, and Silvio Rizzi, ALCF
11:45-1:00 Vendor talks: Scaling Similation, Data, and Learning - Mike Ringenburg, Cray
1:00-5:00 Hands-on


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Argonne Guest House at a rate of $88.40/night.

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: ALCF

Note: The Argonne Guest House is undergoing maintenance through Feb 5. There may be delays in communication prior to that date.