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13th Workshop on the DOE
Advanced CompuTational Software (ACTS) Collection

Scalable and Robust Computational Libraries and Tools for High-End Computing

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

August 14-17, 2012

This workshop offers an opportunity for application developers to learn about computational techniques and work with state-of-the-art, robust, scalable and sustainable software libraries and tools.

For well over a decade, ACTS has been organizing yearly workshops that bring tool developers and users together. The workshop facilitates discussions on current computational science and engineering challenges. It facilitates discussions between high-end tool development projects and a wide range of applications being developed by research and commercial institutions.
The number of workshop attendees is limited to maximize one-to-one interactions between application and tool developers. Additionally, attendees will learn about the tool functionalities through hands-on sessions, and will have ample time for discussions on their particular computational needs.

What is ACTS?

The Advanced CompuTational Software (ACTS) Collection comprises a set of non commercial tools mainly developed at the Department of Energy's (DOE) laboratories, sometimes in collaboration with universities. These software tools aim to simplify the solution of common and important computational problems, and have substantially benefited a wide range of applications and fields in computational sciences. These benefits are accounted not only for applications running efficiently on high performing computing environments but also realizing computation that would not have been possible otherwise. Nowadays, with the introduction of hardware technologies such as of multi-core, the use of software libraries is key in the development of high end software applications. This is because libraries provide a level of software abstractions in which the robustness, scalability and portability can be easily and reliably passed into the application codes across a large class of computer platforms.
The ACTS project ensures sustain performance of the tools and long term availability in wide range of computer platforms.

About the 13th DOE ACTS Collection Workshop

The four-day workshop will present an introduction to the ACTS Collection for application scientists whose research demand includes either large amounts of computation, complex software integration, the use of robust numerical algorithms, run in a large number of cores or combinations of these. The workshop will include a range of tutorials on ACTS tools and tools developed by the DOE SciDAC Program, discussion sessions aimed to solve specific computational problems, and hands-on practices using NERSC's high performance computers.
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Who Should attend this workshop?

This workshop is opened to computational scientists from industry, academia and national labs. Registration fees are fully sponsored by the DOE's Office of Science. In addition, DOE will sponsor travel expenses for a limited number of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. This support includes round-trip transportation to and from Berkeley, local transportation in Berkeley, lodging, breakfasts, lunches and workshop materials.

The format of this workshop is tailored to the computational problems and needs of its participants and functionality available in the ACTS Collection. To effectively meet our goals, the number of participants is limited and people interested in attending must fill out an on-line application form no later than June 24, 2012. In addition, all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows applying for travel support must provide a letter of support from their advisor or supervisor. The recommendation letter must be submitted also on-line and no later than the June 24, 2012 deadline. Note that this letter is mandatory for all students (regardless if applying for funding or not) and for postdoctoral fellows applying for funding.

For more information on the workshop, please contact Tony Drummond at (510) 486-7624

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