First Data Vortex User Group Meeting to be Hosted by PNNL

September 5, 2017

On Sept. 11 and 12, 2017, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s High Performance Computing group will host the inaugural Data Vortex User Group meeting, providing a forum for users of this distinct congestion-free computing network to examine how different research groups are taking advantage of such technology.

Data Vortex Jolt System

Dr. Coke Reed, founder and inventor of the Data Vortex network, will open the meeting with a discussion about “The Spirit of the Data Vortex.” Over the course of the two-day session, invited attendees from other national laboratories and academia will participate in a series of tutorials and talks related to programming, software, and architecture explicitly for the Data Vortex. Speakers will relate their experiences using the network and porting applications to these systems. Throughout the meeting, there also will be opportunities for attendees to discuss specific points or address questions.

Currently, PNNL hosts three Data Vortex systems onsite: Pepsy, Jolt, and Mountain Dao (online soon).

“We are excited to host the first Data Vortex User Group meeting here in Richland,” said Roberto Gioiosa, a research scientist with PNNL’s HPC group and a primary Data Vortex user who is hosting the user meeting. “We hope to build a vibrant research community around this technology—this meeting is the first step. We have invited researchers from around the world to share their experiences and look ahead at potential applications. It also will be an ideal forum to highlight PNNL’s work with the Data Vortex.”

The two-day meeting will culminate with a guided tour of LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, a national facility for gravitational-wave research operated by the California Institute of Technology and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Hanford, Washington.