[hpc-announce] Call for Participation: UrgentHPC workshop at SC19 (keynote announced)

BROWN Nicholas n.brown at epcc.ed.ac.uk
Sat Nov 2 04:50:28 CDT 2019

                    CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

First international workshop on HPC for Urgent Decision making (UrgentHPC)

       In conjunction with SC19: The International Conference for
       High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis,
       Sunday afternoon November 17, 2019, Denver, Colorado, USA.
         In cooperation with IEEE TCHPC.


When: Sunday 17th November, 2pm to 5:30pm
Where: Room 603 of the Colorado Convention Center, Denver

Keynote speaker announced: Wildfire Risk Modeling, simulating at the gazillion scale

Dr Joaquin Ramirez, Principal Consultant at Technosylva, will be joining us straight from fighting the wildfires of California to talk about the crucial role of HPC in aiding firefighters. Technosylva is a world leading company in high spatial resolution wildfire simulation, and their software is capable of not only predicting the spread of wildfires, but also enabling disaster response teams to explore the potential impact of different mitigation strategies. First and foremost this a technological challenge, with a significant amount of computational power required to enable the quantitative evaluations needed, furthermore there are a vast amount of data sources that must be considered and included in order to accurately the fire progression. The later is a significant challenge, because these can change dynamically, an example being the inputs from high-resolution weather models, which must be run periodically, as meteorological conditions have a significant overall impact. Dr Ramirez will describe the general area, exploring the important role of HPC and discussing some of the state of the art challenges and how they are planning on addressing these.

Workshop supporting projects & organisations
This workshop is supported by the VESTEC and LEXIS EU FET H2020 projects, along with PNNL and NCAR

The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336.

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