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CCL Workshop 2013

October 10-11th, 2013 at the University of Notre Dame

The 2013 CCL Workshop will be held October 10-11th on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. This workshop is an opportunity to learn more about scalable software from the CCL and other related projects, see how others are applying it to advance their research, and to provide some input into the direction of our research and software development. The workshop will be of interest to researchers, faculty, and students involved in either the scientific objectives or the software tools of scalable science.

The workshop will include an introduction to and tutorial on the CCL software, talks from multiple experts in scalable scientific computing, breakout sessions on technical topics, and updates from the CCL team on new capabilities and future plans.


Registration is now closed. See you on campus!

Thursday, October 10th

Room 112 Notre Dame Conference Center (McKenna Hall)

This tutorial will provide an introduction to writing scalable scientific applications that are robust, elastic, and portable across different distributed systems. We will use Makeflow and Work Queue, which are used at Notre Dame and around the world to attack large problems in fields such as chemistry, data mining, economics, biology, physics, and more.

This tutorial is accessible to students, staff, and faculty who are familiar with the Unix programming environment and have basic knowledge of programming in either Python, Perl, or C. The tutorial will consist of two 90-minute sessions, each consisting of a lecture and hands-on instruction. Please bring a laptop computer in order to participate.

  • 1:00-2:30: Lecture and Tutorial on Makeflow
  • 2:30-3:00: Coffee Break
  • 3:00-4:30: Lecture and Tutorial on Work Queue
  • Friday, October 11th

    Room 112 Notre Dame Conference Center (McKenna Hall)

    8:30 - Continental Breakfast

    9:00 - What's New in the CCL

  • Welcome and Introduction - Prof. Douglas Thain, University of Notre Dame

  • New Capabilities in Makeflow, Work Queue, Parrot, and Chirp
    Ben Tovar, Dinesh Rajan, Patrick Donnelly, and Casey Robinson
  • 10:15 - Coffee Break

    10:30 - Technical Talks

    Chair: Dinesh Rajan
  • Stash and Skeleton Key on the Open Science Grid
    Rob Gardner, University of Chicago

  • Swift+Chirp for Synchrotron Beamline Data Analysis
    Justin Wozniak, Argonne National Lab

  • Big Data and Data Science: The View from NIST
    Geoffrey Fox, Indiana University
  • 12:00 - Lunch - McKenna Hall Room 202

    Please join us for a light lunch of soup and sandwiches. We suggest that you take a brief stroll up to the golden dome and back to get some fresh air.

    1:00 - Technical Talks

    Chair: Patrick Donnelly
  • Scaling Up CMS Tier-3 Data Processing
    Kevin Lannon, University of Notre Dame

  • HotRAD: Harnessing distributed systems for population genetics sampling
    Scott Emrich, University of Notre Dame

  • Data Management Challenges in the iPlant Collaboration
    Nirav Merchant, University of Arizona

  • Massively Parallel Molecular Dynamics Using Adaptive Weighted Ensemble,
    RJ Nowling and Badi Abdul-Wahid, University of Notre Dame
  • 2:30 - Coffee Break

    2:45 - Technical Talks

    Chair: Ben Tovar
  • Weather Data Processing with Makeflow and SLURM
    Neil Best, University of Chicago

  • Using Work Queue Inside and Outside the Classroom
    Peter Bui, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

  • Systematic development of accurate model potentials using the Work Queue distributed computing environment,
    Lee-Ping Wang, Stanford University

  • Large Scale Image Processing for Biometrics
    Joseph Thompson, University of Notre Dame

  • 4:00 - Discussion

    5:00 - Adjourn


    Notre Dame is a 15 minute taxi ride from the South Bend Airport (SBN). The South Shore Line also offers rail service from downtown Chicago to the South Bend Airport. By car, Notre Dame is just off exit 77 on Interstate 80/90, about 1.5 hours from Chicago.

    Workshop Location: Notre Dame Conference Center

    Suggested Hotels:

  • Fairfield Inn and Suites
  • Ivy Court Inn
  • Inn at St. Mary's
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