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Workshop: The Future of SCEC Research Computing

Conveners: Phil Maechling, Yifeng Cui, Christine Goulet, and Tran Huynh
Dates: July 29 - 30, 2019
Location:  San Diego Supercomputer Center
Participants: 35
Report: Download PDF

SUMMARY: SCEC researchers make extensive use of research computing tools and methods including high-resolution earth models, observational and simulated data, high-performance and cloud computing, open-source scientific community software, and complex research computing software stacks. This workshop is motivated by the recognition that both (1) SCEC’s scientific research goals and (2) NSF/USGS/DOE open-science research computing environments are changing. This workshop will bring together geoscientists, engineers, computer scientists, and software developers to help SCEC develop a research computing plan that anticipates and accommodates these ongoing changes. Goals for this workshop are:

  • Assess the current and future research computing needs of the SCEC community.
  • Prepare SCEC researchers for future NSF and DOE computing environments.
  • Design a research computing organization that will support future SCEC research.
  • Initiate future collaborative SCEC research computing projects.

We plan to summarize the workshop proceedings in a white paper that describes the research computing needs of SCEC and outlines a plan for meeting these needs.

To promote discussion and due to logistics, the workshop is limited to 30 participants. Limited funds are available for travel support, with priority for invited presenters, students, early career scientists.

Presentation slides may be downloaded by clicking the links following the title. PLEASE NOTE: Files are the author’s property. They may contain unpublished or preliminary information and should only be used while viewing the talk.

MONDAY, JULY 29, 2019

08:30 - 09:00 Workshop Check-In  
09:00 - 09:15 Introductions and Workshop Objectives and Key Questions (PDF, 126KB) Phil Maechling
  SESSION 1: What is SCEC Research Computing?
Moderator: Yehuda Ben-Zion and Recorder: Fabio Silva
09:15 - 09:35 Summary and Impact of SCEC Research Computing (PDF, 2.8MB) Christine Goulet
09:35 - 09:55 SCEC Research Computing Sustainability Strategies (PDF, 2.0MB) Phil Maechling
09:55 - 10:15 Group Discussion All
10:15 - 10:30 Break  
  SESSION 2: What research computing capabilities are needed to support SCEC research activities?
Moderator: Christine Goulet and Recorder: Tran Huynh
10:30 - 11:00 Vision for Future SCEC Research Computing and Data Projects Yehuda Ben-Zion
11:00 - 12:00 Group Exercise — Session moderator will describe specific SCEC research activities and ask participants to identify what kinds of computing capabilities and approaches will advance these activities. All
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch  
  SESSION 3a: What are the emerging technologies to consider in research computing?
Moderator: Tom Jordan and Recorder: Scott Callaghan
13:00 - 13:20 Machine Learning in Seismology Greg Beroza
13:20 - 13:30 Group Discussion All
13:30 - 13:50 Community earth system modeling and analytics in the Exascale era: Challenges and Opportunities (PDF, 3.9MB) Rich Loft
13:50 - 14:00 Group Discussion All
14:00 - 14:20 Knowledge Networks, ModelCommons, and Beyond... (PDF, 584KB) Chaitan Baru
14:20 - 14:30 Group Discussion All
14:30 - 14:50 Computational Research On a Leadership-Class Supercomputer Greg Bauer
14:50 - 15:00 Group Discussion All
15:00 - 15:30 Break  
15:30 - 15:50 The Changing Landscape for Scientific Computing at NSF and DOE (PDF, 1.4MB) Mike Norman
15:50 - 16:00 Group Discussion  
  SESSION 3b: What new scientific or computing activity will benefit SCEC in the next 5 years?
Moderator: Phil Maechling and Recorder: Christine Goulet
16:00 - 17:00 Lightning Presentations (5 minutes each, including Q&A)  
  New and Advanced Capabilities of Pegasus-WMS (PDF, 1.9MB) Rafael Ferreira da Silva
  Operational Earthquake Forecasting (PDF, 839KB) Kevin Milner
  Future Broadband Developments (PDF, 652KB) Fabio Silva
  Future Hercules Developments (PDF, 443KB) Doriam Restrepo
  Future CyberShake Directions (PDF, 1.3MB) Scott Callaghan
  Multi-Surface Plasticity in Wave Propagation Simulations (PDF, 1.1MB) Daniel Roten
  Seismic Waveform Data in AWS Open Data Set (PDF, 25KB) Ellen Yu
  Future SCEC Community Information System (PDF, 1.3MB) Edric Pauk
  Earthquake Simulators and Seismic Hazard Maps (PDF, 1.1MB) Bruce Shaw
  Future CSEP Developments Bill Savran
  Machine Learning in Seismology (PDF, 966KB) Zach Ross
  Integrated Development of Physics-based Earthquake Forecasting Models (PDF, 2.1MB) Tom Jordan
  RSQSim-CyberShake PSHA (PDF, 1.4MB) Kevin Milner
  Near Real-Time, On-Demand Estimation of Earthquake Ground Motion (PDF, 9.9MB) Kim Olsen
  Using Animations to Build Public Understanding of Ground Motion Intensity (PDF, 192KB) Phil Maechling
17:30 Workshop Day 1 Ajourns  
18:30 - 20:30 Group Dinner at La Jolla Shores Hotel  


TUESDAY, JULY 30, 2019

  SESSION 4: What new avenues will and should SCEC research computing take?
Moderator: Bill Savran and Recorder: Kevin Milner
09:00 - 09:20 Enabling Exascale Earthquake Data and Software Yifeng Cui
09:20 - 09:40 Pegasus-WMS Overview (PDF, 4.1MB) Rafael Ferreira da Silva
09:40 - 10:00 Group Discussion  
10:00 - 10:15 Break  
  SESSION 5: How should SCEC developing opportunities and research computing initiatives?
Session to discuss future SCEC Research Computing initiatives; what resources and programs should we target; how we form effective collaborations; and planning a SCEC research computing whitepaper.
Moderator: Yifeng Cui and Recorder: Edric Pauk
10:15 - 10:30 Developing Productive SCEC Research Collaborations (PDF, 1.0MB) Christine Goulet
10:30 - 11:00 Group Discussion  
11:00 - 11:15 Developing a SCEC Research Computing Whitepaper (PDF, 823KB) Phil Maechling
11:15 - 12:00 Group Discussion and White Paper Outline Development  
12:00 Workshop Ajourns  

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