UCF Research Computing Day at IST
February 11, 2014
8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Central Florida Research Park, Partnership II Building, Room 208
3100 Technology Parkway, Orlando, FL
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This half-day series of guest presentations by designers, managers and users of advanced computing systems demonstrated how various aspects of research computing at UCF and other institutions are changing the face of research.

Dr Reed
Daniel A. Reed, Ph.D.
Dr. Daniel A. Reed, Vice President for Research and Economic Development and University Chair in Computational Science and Bioinformatics, Professor of Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Medicine at the University of Iowa, and an innovator in cloud computing, highlighted the event.

The seminar also featured UCF professors Dr. Scott Hagen from Civil Engineering and Dr. Florencio Eloy Hernandez from Chemistry; Dr. Craig Finch from the STOKES Advanced Research Computing Center; Dr. Erik Deumens, Director for Research Computing in Information Technology at the University of Florida and David Pokorney, Chief Technology Officer and Director of Network Services at the UF Network Operations Center. Dr. Penny Beile, Associate Director of Information Services and Scholarly Communications at the UCF Library, provided results of a recent recent research data management survey.

Guest Presentation: Daniel A. Reed, Ph.D.

Technical Computing: Past, Present, Future


In science and engineering, a tsunami of new experimental and computational data and a suite of increasingly ubiquitous sensors pose vexing problems in data analysis, transport, visualization and collaboration. Supercomputers of unprecedented scale now allow us to model phenomena with a resolution heretofore unimaginable. of Cloud computing and "big data," together with our experiences with clusters and grids, are extending our notions of computational science and engineering, bringing technical, political and economic challenges.

What are the software structures and capabilities that best exploit these capabilities and economics while providing application compatibility and community continuity? What are the appropriate roles of public clouds relative to local computing systems, private clouds and grids? How can we best exploit elasticity for peak demand? How do we optimize performance and reliability? How do we provide privacy and security? How do we balance traditional HPC investments against distributed systems and big data opportunities and avoid past research infrastructure pitfalls? How do we integrate the emerging Internet of Things and ubiquitous sensors for multidisciplinary fusion, while also managing security and privacy?

Daniel A. Reed is Vice President for Research and Economic Development and University Chair in Computational Science and Bioinformatics and Professor of Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Medicine at the University of Iowa.

Previously, he was Corporate Vice President for Technology Policy and Extreme Computing at Microsoft where he helped shape the company's long-term vision for technology innovations in cloud computing and associated policy engagement with governments and institutions around the world.

Before joining Microsoft, he was the Chancellor's Eminent Professor at UNC Chapel Hill and Director of the Renaissance Computing Institute and the Chancellor's Senior Advisor for Strategy and Innovation for UNC Chapel Hill. Prior to that, he was Gutgsell Professor and Head of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign and Director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

He was also one of the principal investigators and chief architect for the NSF TeraGrid. He received his PhD in computer science in 1983 from Purdue University. Dr. Reed served as a member of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee.

Research Day Agenda

 8:00  Registration, coffee & Danish

 8:30  Welcome (Dr. Brian Goldiez)

 8:40  Overview and introduction of featured
         speaker (Dr. Joel Hartman)

 8:50  Guest Presentation (Dr. Dan Reed)
         Technical Computing: Past, Present,

 9:45  Research Computing at UCF
         (Dr. Brian Goldiez)

10:15  Sunshine State Education and Research
          Computing Alliance (SSERCA) (Dr. Erik

10:45  Florida LambdaRail, Florida's research
          network (Dave Pokorney)

11:15  Faculty presentations on UCF HPC-based

12:30  Lunch

 1:15  Tour of STOKES HPC data center
         (Brian Goldiez)

 1:45  Results of UCF research data
         management survey (Dr. Penny Beile)

 2:15  Open discussion on future research
         infrastructure and service needs


Erik Deumens, Ph.D.
Erik Deumens is a Director for Research Computing in Information Technology at the University of Florida. He is working on building cyber infrastructure in support of research that involves complex data and large amounts of computing. His current project is the SSERCA-wide project to build distributed storage for collaborative research. His research interest is in parallel software design for petascale and exascale machines and the principles of quantum mechanics.

David R. Pokorney
Dave Pokorney is Chief Technology Officer, Director of Engineering for the Florida LambdaRail, LLC network. Since the beginning of FLR he has provided leadership in the management and direction of the Network Operations Center (NOC) and Engineering team that sustains FLR's 1540 mile regional optical network. He has been involved in networking and telecommunications at the University of Florida since 1972. The FLR NOC provides support to the R&E community in their access to the National LambdaRail, Internet2 and R&E networks worldwide.

Scott C. Hagen, Ph.D., P.E., D.CE, D.WRE
Scott Hagen is a Professor of Civil Engineering at UCF. His research includes collaborative efforts to advance coastal hydroscience for small water bodies (bays and estuaries) to large-scale systems (Western North Atlantic, including the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea). He is Director of the CHAMPS Lab.




Florencio Eloy Hernández, Ph.D.
F. E. Hernández is an Associate Professor of Chemistry and Optics at UCF. His main research interest focuses on the study and understanding of the nonlinear optical properties of chiral molecules and structures with pivotal role in living systems and potential applications in asymmetric catalysis and left-handed metamaterials for optical frequencies.




Craig Finch, Ph.D.
Dr. Craig Finch is a Post Doctoral Research Associate at the Institute for Simulation & Training. He is partly responsible for operation of the STOKES ARCC cluster and conducts research in the field of computational science and engineering.





Penny Beile, Ph.D.
Penny is Associate Director for Information Services and Scholarly Communication at UCF. Her research interests mainly focus on assessing information competence in higher education and the workplace and she has served as an advisor to the National Forum on Information Literacy, Educational Testing Service, and Project SAILS to develop content and recommend cut scores for standardized assessments of information literacy.



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