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Bernstein Network - Simulation Lab Neuroscience HPC Workshop

04.Jun.2014 12:00
05.Jun.2014 13:00
Jülich Supercomputing Centre, Rotunda, building 16.4, Room 301

Neuroscience today is attacking problems of increasing complexity and scale, as exemplified by projects as the Human Brain Project. The application of large data sets to computationally intensive theoretical simulations and analyses requires the adaptation of software and theory from local clusters to high-performing computational systems (HPC). Large capacities at centres such as the Jülich Supercomputing Centre exist, but haven't yet been fully exploited by the neuroscience community.

In order to bring together computational scientists with experience in HPC Neuroscience research with the Bernstein Network community of researchers, the Simulation Laboratory Neuroscience - Bernstein Facility for Simulation and Database Technology ( of the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) is holding a workshop for neuroscientists with an interest in developing petascale simulations and analyses. This workshop will be focused on finding ways to make JSC resources available to the community by expanding projects to current supercomputer scales, exploring new problems which may be amenable to methods available at this scale, and catalyzing collaborations with the SimLab Neuroscience.

Members of the SimLab will be presenting the currently available resources at the JSC and on-going projects that leverage those resources. Workshop participants will also present current Neuroscience problems that they are interested in exploring using the larger computational resources available in Jülich. Mature software packages that may need porting to larger clusters, new problems that are intractable at smaller scales and "Big Data" analyses requiring greater resources are all welcome.

The JSC of the Forschungszentrum Jülich participates in a number of computer-time granting consortia (such as NIC and GCS) with a common application cycle. The next deadline is August 29th. Significant resources will be available on multiple architectures such as the specialized JUQUEEN environment and the commodity cluster JUROPA (Supercomputers). One focus of the workshop will be exploring opportunities for developing grant applications for those resources, which will then be available over the following year, in addition to exploring projects for other grant cycles and granting organizations.

The meeting will be held on June 4th and 5th at the Forschungszentrum Jülich in Jülich, Germany. Please contact by May 18th to register and for further information. Please include a proposed workshop talk title in your registration email. Active participants ranging from graduate students to PIs are welcome.

Agenda:  Programme of the "Bernstein Network - SimLab Neuroscience" HPC Workshop (PDF, 91 kB)

Participants are kindly asked to book hotel rooms on their own. A number of hotel rooms at Jülich has been reserved till May, 23rd. Please refer to "HPC Workshop" during the reservation process.
A shuttle service from Forschungszentrum Jülich to the hotels in the evening of the June 4th and back to Forschungszentrum in the morning of June 5th will be provided.

Hotel rooms have been reserved at two different hotels in Jülich:
Hotel am Hexenturm
Hotel Kaiserhof

Venue and travelling
The workshop will be held at the Rotunda (building 16.4) of Jülich Supercomputing Centre at Forschungszentrum Jülich. Once you arrive at the main entrance of Forschungszentrum Jülich, you have to register at the reception ("Besucheranmeldung"). Please note that this may take some minutes, and will require a valid identification card (Personalausweis, Passport, ...) which contains a picture of yourself.

How to reach us

Local organizers:
Anne Do Lam-Ruschewski, Anna Lührs, Abigail Morrison, Boris Orth, Alexander Peyser and Wolfram Schenck
JSC and SimLab Neuroscience: Bernstein Facility for Simulation and Database Technology