UrgentHPC SC19 workshop next week: see you in Denver!

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 12 Nov 2019 | 11:11

Here in EPCC we lead a work package of the VESTEC EU FET project which is working on the fusion of real-time data and HPC for urgent decision-making for disaster response. While HPC has a long history of simulating disasters, what’s missing to support emergency, urgent, decision-making is fast, real-time acquisition of data and the ability to guarantee time constraints. Our ability to capture data continues to grow very significantly and combining high-velocity data and live analytics with HPC models can aid in urgently responding to real-world problems, ultimately saving lives and reducing economic loss.

As part of our involvement with VESTEC we are leading the organisation of a workshop at SC19 next week. Running between 2pm and 5:30pm on Sunday November 17 in room 603, the idea of this UrgentHPC workshopC is to bring together all those interested or involved in using HPC for urgent decision-making. As the major conference in the HPC community, this is a wonderful opportunity to connect with a wide variety of people and explore what they are currently doing in this space. Whether it be those developing the underlying technologies, or those who would like to actually use HPC for urgent decision-making, we are hoping that this will be a platform to coordinate our efforts around this emerging use-case.

Our keynote speaker, Dr Joaquin Ramirez (a principal consultant at Technosylva) will be joining us straight from fighting the wildfires of California to talk about the crucial role of HPC in aiding firefighters. We are really excited about this because Technosylva, a partner in the VESTEC project, is a world-leading company in high spatial resolution wildfire simulation, and its software is capable of not only predicting the spread of wildfires, but also enabling disaster response teams to explore the potential impact of different mitigation strategies. Dr Ramirez will describe the general area, exploring the important role of HPC and discussing some of the state-of-the-art challenges and how Technosylva plans to address them.

In addition to the keynote, six research papers describing the state-of-the-art in the field will be presented at the workshop (and published in IEEE TCHPC) along with a panel session. Full details of the agenda can be found on the workshop website, and it promises to be a really interesting afternoon. If you are at SC19 then it would be great to see you on Sunday!


Nick Brown, EPCC

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