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Bird of Fathers (BoF)

AMERICAS HPC Collaboration

Supercomputing Conference 2017 at Denver, Colorado, United States of America.

Tuesday  November  14, 12:15pm-1:15pm Room 507

This BoF Americas HPC Collaboration reach to present different experiences of the collaboration between XSEDE, Compute Canada and different countries in Latin America after the first meeting developed during supercomputing 2015 at Austin, Texas.  The goals of this BoF is to show the state of the art of the continental collaboration in HPC, the development of the regional HPC networks (XSEDE, Compute Canada and SCALAC) and define a new roadmap for the next two years following the experience of PRACE in Europe to create an Americas HPC Partnership. (A official letter of intention will be proposed to formalise the collaboration).   Agenda

12:15 Welcome and General presentation of the BoF by Salma Jaliffe and Carlos Barrios (SCALAC) (.pdf)

12:25-12:35 XSEDE Presentation and Vision for Americas HPC Collaboration by Nancy Wilkins (XSEDE) (.pdf)

12:35-12:45 Compute Canada Presentation and Vision for Americas HPC Collaboration by Greg Newby (Compute Canada) (.pdf)

13:45-13:00 SCALAC Presentation and Vision for Americas HPC Collaboration by Phillipe Navaux (SCALAC) (.pdf)

13:00-13:15 Questions Round and Closing Conclusions by Salma Jaliffe and Carlos Barrios (SCALAC) (.pdf)

Special Speakers

Nancy Wilkins-Diehr (San Diego Supercomputing Center, XSEDE, USA)


Nancy is a co-principal investigator on several National Science Foundation awards – XSEDE, CyberGIS and the Science Gateways Institute. She has been involved in science gateways and their interfaces to high-performance computing since 2005. Nancy co-directs the Extended Collaborative Support program in XSEDE. At same time, she support several projects of collaboration in HPC around the world and motivates the creation of regional scientific computing networks in Latin America from RedCLARA (Academic Network consortium in Latin America). Nancy received her Bachelor’s degree from Boston College in Mathematics and Philosophy and her Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from San Diego State University. She has been with SDSC since 1993 and has held a variety of management positions there. Prior to that she held engineering positions with General Atomics and General Dynamics in San Diego.

Gregory Newby (Compute Canada, Canada)


Gregory Newby is Compute Canada’s Chief Technology Officer. He has a passion for enabling diverse scientific, social and educational opportunities. He has devoted his professional career to advanced research computing. Born in Montreal, Dr. Newby received his doctorate in Information Transfer from Syracuse University and most recently completed an M.B.A. in Sustainable Systems from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute of Pinchot University. Dr. Newby also obtained a Masters in Communications from University at Albany, State University of New York. Author of several books and numerous publications, Dr. Newby was a faculty member at two major US universities where he developed and taught courses in information systems, information security, and computer technology. His most recent roles include Manager of the Supercomputing Core Laboratory at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. Dr. Newby was Director of the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he also served as a faculty member for 11 years.

Phillipe Navaux (Instituto de Informática, Universidad Federal de Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil, SCALAC)


Philippe Navaux, is professor of the Informatics Institute from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, Brazil, since 1971. Graduated in Electronic Engineering, Master in Applied Physics and PhD in Computer Science, he is one of the most important computer scientists in HPC at Latin America . Professor of graduate and undergraduate courses on Computer Architecture – High Performance Computing. Leader of the GPPD, Parallel and Distributed Processing Group, with projects financed by government agencies Finep, CNPq, Capes, and international Cooperation with groups from Europe and USA. Besides the cooperation projects with academic sector, he has conducted several research projects with private companies: Microsoft, Intel, HP, DELL and others. Member of the SBC, Brazilian Computer Society, SBPC, Brazilian Society for Scientific Progress, ACM and IEEE. Consultant to various national and international funding organizations around the world, he is one of the chairs of the SCALAC consortium.


Salma Jaliffe (Consorcio Universitario de Internet (CUDI), México, SCALAC)

Salma Jaliffe is the International Relationships Responsable of the Corporación Universitaria de Internet (CUDI) in México. She’s also leader in Latin America in the organisation of consortiums for research, development and innovation among continental organisations  in America and different collaborations around the world, mainly with the USA and Europe. Salma Jaliffe is the Administrative Chair of the SCALAC consortium. She participates in educative and scientific projects addressed to the use of supercomputing and collaborative networks using Internet facilities and also, as chair of different conferences and formation programs.

Carlos J. Barrios H. (Supercomputación y Cálculo Científico, Universidad Industrial de Santander (SC3UIS), SCALAC) 

Carlos Jaime Barrios Hernández is director of the High Performance and Scientific Computing Center (SC3UIS soon Colombia Advanced Computing Center CACC), he is associate professor of the Informatics and Systems Engineering School (EISI) of the Universidad Industrial de Santander (UIS). At same time, Dr. Barrios Hernandez is the chair of the SCALAC (Advanced Computing Systems for Latin America and Caribbean) consortium and co-chair of several academic conferences, workshops and summer schools. Research interests of Dr. Barrios are advanced and scalable architectures, performance evaluation, scientific computing linking and programming models. He participates in several projects with different countries in America and Europe. Its studies were in France (Doctor in Informatics and Computer Science (Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis, Nice) and Master in Applied Mathematics and Informatics (Université de Grenoble-Alpes, Grenoble)) and in Colombia (Systems Engineer, Universidad Industrial de Santander, Bucaramanga).

Organized by: XSEDE


Special Acknowledgments and co-organization: 


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