Houston – February 19, 2018
By Wendy Petruzzi
Interested in the progress that High Performance Computing (HPC) is enabling in the Oil & Gas (O&G) industry? Join us on March 12-13 at Rice University when the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology presents our 2018 Rice Oil & Gas HPC Conference. The 2018 conference will continue the Ken Kennedy Institute’s emphasis on being a catalyst for IT research collaboration across conventional boundaries. To that end, several hundred attendees from the academic/research community, the IT industry, and the O&G industry will come together to learn, assess industry needs/trends, and foster relationships across all three disciplines in an ideal, small venue where meaningful conversation occurs. Attracted by the impressive technical quality of the conference, a rich mix of leaders, practitioners, planners, influencers, developers, decision makers and students will engage in discussions about HPC and IT in O&G at the two-day conference.
Conference components range from invited keynote speakers, plenary speakers, selected abstracts and panels to parallel technical sessions, tutorial/workshop, scheduled breaks/receptions for networking and a student poster session. In the Exhibit Hall, numerous industry vendors will share their products and technologic advances.
One of this year’s main conference themes will address the emergence of exascale performance in HPC (10^18 calculations per second), surpassing today’s petascale systems. What is the potential impact of exascale’s computational power in the O&G industry? Jan Odegard, Executive Director of the Ken Kennedy Institute, asks, “Will exascale be a commercially viable product? Is it good enough to just build capable hardware, or do we need to do a better job providing software and tools that will enable developers to efficiently leverage performance for Oil & Gas applications?” Monday’s opening keynote speaker, Doug Kothe of Oak Ridge National Lab and Director of the Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project (ECP), will speak about the status and future of the ECP. Monday afternoon’s moderated panel discussion will expand the conversation about exascale in O&G and provide opportunity to engage panelists and ask questions.
Other themes discussed this year will include data science and cloud computing in HPC; and performance and programming models. Tuesday morning’s keynote speaker, Ahmed Hashmi, Global Head of Upstream Technology for BP, will address how High-Power Algorithms and Data Analytics are enabled by HPC. Google’s Kevin Kissel, Cloud Office of the CTO, will discuss New Paradigms for Large Scale Computing on the Google Cloud Platform as Tuesday afternoon’s closing keynote.
Supporting graduate fellowships in computational science & engineering and HPC-related fields is one of the less obvious benefits of attending the conference. Revenue from the conference, along with direct sponsorship from industry, helps the Ken Kennedy Institute award a significant number of fellowships to both recruit high quality students to Rice, and to recognize current outstanding students whose interests in applied math, computer science, earth science, statistics, physics and other fields are broadly relevant to HPC and O&G. A Student poster session will conclude the conference on Tuesday afternoon and provide employers an opportunity to meet and mingle with these students who, upon graduation, will be in high demand as part of the skilled computing workforce.
Conference location: Rice University’s BioScience Research Collaborative (6500 Main Street, Houston, TX 77030.) Cost: regular conference attendance $150 with an additional fee for workshop/tutorial. For Rice faculty/students/staff, regular attendance $25.
Conference registration http://rice2018oghpc.rice.edu/registration/
For additional information about the 2018 Rice O&G HPC Conference, contact Victoria Langlais at email@example.com or 713-348-5823.
The Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology is dedicated to the advancement of research in the fields of computing, data science and information technology. Our goal is to provide broad support for a strong community of research experimentation that challenges traditional disciplinary limits. We see our most important role as being a catalyst for research collaboration across the conventional boundaries of school, department, center and laboratory. We work to encourage partnerships with industry, government and other universities to help solve real-world problems. From our roots in Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computational and Applied Mathematics, and Statistics, we have grown to encompass faculty from all the schools at Rice spanning engineering, natural sciences, humanities, social sciences, business, architecture and music.