It’s time again for the annual Cray User Group meeting. This year’s event will be hosted by the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) in the picturesque town of Lugano, Switzerland. From May 4-8 Cray users and system owners from around the world will congregate to collaborate and share their experiences. A contingent of Cray employees will join them to hear straight from the customer and to present tutorials and technical papers.
While the conference will include several interesting networking events in beautiful venues, this is first and foremost a technical conference whose goal is to facilitate collaboration and information exchange in the Cray user community. This annual conference gives CUG members the opportunity to share and discover ideas, solutions and developments in the effective use of their Cray systems. So let’s take a look at this aspect of CUG.
While most of the attendees will arrive on Sunday, May 5, many will come a day earlier to meet as a special interest group (SIG) called XTreme. This group of customers works very closely with Cray, under nondisclosure agreements, to provide valuable input into the Cray system development cycle and next-generation systems.
Monday will feature a number of half-day tutorials. Cray’s John Levesque and Heidi Poxon will lead a morning tutorial on Reveal, a new Cray tool that will help users identify and parallelize loops within their applications for optimized performance with OpenMP. Alistair Hart, Luiz DeRose and James Beyer from Cray will host a tutorial on OpenACC, a cross-vendor parallel programming model for accelerator-based systems. Additionally, tutorials from many of Cray’s partners, including Intel, Adaptive Computing and SchedMD, will introduce users to other tools and techniques.
Tuesday through Thursday will be a combination of plenary general sessions and parallel technical tracks, with Cray system users, partners and employees sharing their experiences, including:
- Oak Ridge National Laboratory representatives talking about their use of fine-grained routing on both of their Cray systems, Jaguar and Titan
- CSCS providing a facilities point of view on the installation of their Cray® XC30™ system, Piz Daint
- Versity reviewing their collaboration with Cray on Tiered Adaptive Storage
- Mississippi State University discussing the energy efficiency of their Cray® CS300-LC™ supercomputer with warm-water cooling
- The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) describing the staged expansion process of their Blue Waters Cray® XE™/Cray® XK™ hybrid supercomputer
Throughout the week, conference-goers can attend Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions for each of CUG’s SIGs and on hot topics such as Hadoop and OpenACC. One BoF session will feature an open discussion with the CUG board of directors.
Papers available to the general public
While the CUG conference is limited to CUG member organizations, the papers from each conference are made available to the general public about six months after the event. If you are interested, check out some of the papers from CUG 2013.
If you are fortunate enough to be attending CUG this year, I’ll be there, so please say hello. Otherwise, take some time to see what CUG is all about and how it can benefit you as a Cray system owner or user. And if you don’t own a Cray system yet…you have 12 months to acquire one and join us for CUG 2015.
Christy Adkinson, Corporate Marketing Director