Conference to offer scientists, researchers a look into the future of parallel processing

Columbus, Ohio -- March 14, 1997 -- Researchers from across the country will come to Ohio on April 2-3 to learn how to enhance their use of parallel processing, one of the latest forms of computing.

The conference, Parallel Computing: the T3D and Beyond, will focus on different ways to use the Cray T3D supercomputer to perform computational research, and what the future holds for parallel computing. Parallel computing involves using more than one computer, or processor, to solve a problem. These processors can work on the same instructions simultaneously or execute different instructions, communicating through some type of network.

"This conference offers computational researchers the opportunity to not only learn more about what their colleagues are doing, but how to select the best parallel architectures for their field of study," said Steven Gordon, conference coordinator.

Parallel Computing: the T3D and Beyond is open to anyone with experience or interest in the field of computational research. Session topics include simulating a DNS-based fluid flow on the Cray T3D; using the T3D to implement a code for adaptive finite element methods; parallelization of codes for atomic physics calculation; and performing Lattice QCD on the Cray T3D/E.

Those attending the conference are encouraged to present papers on topics related to parallel computing.

Parallel Computing: the T3D and Beyond is sponsored by the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, Arctic Region Supercomputing Center and the Ohio Supercomputer Center. The three centers are a part of PhAROh, a National Science Foundation (NSF) Metacenter Regional Alliance. Partial funding for the conference is provided by the NSF through the Metacenter Regional Alliance Program.

The PhAROh MRA is a natural alliance between centers with similar and compatible computational facilities and operational philosophies. All of the centers have Cray T3D systems and share documentation and information resources through e-mail and World Wide Web applications. By pooling resources, the PhAROh MRA centers effectively share developing expertise and understanding of the T3D environment, share code porting strategies and performance analysis tools, and co-develop outreach training, and remote user service programs.

For more information on the conference, contact Steven Gordon at (614)292-4132 or send e-mail to sgordon@osc.edu.

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