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  • 31 Jul 2019 8:11 AM | SHPCP (Administrator)

    he Society of HPC Professionals -- invites you to attend:

    Machine learning and geophysical inversion – A numerical study

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    Speaker: Brian Russell, PhD. Vice President, CGG GeoSoftware


    Title: Machine learning and geophysical inversion – A numerical study


    Abstract: Geophysicists are trained to conceptualize geophysical problems in detail. However, machine learning algorithms are more difficult to understand and are often thought of as simply “black boxes”. In this talk, a numerical example is used to illustrate the difference between geophysical inversion and machine learning inversion. In doing so, an attempt is made to demystify machine learning algorithms and show that, like inverse problems, they have a definite mathematical structure that can be written down and understood. The example used in this study is the extraction of the underlying reflection coefficients from an overlapping wavelet response that was created by convolving a reflection coefficient dipole with a symmetric wavelet. In discussing the solution to this problem the topics of deconvolution, recursive inversion, linear regression and nonlinear regression using a feedforward neural network are covered.


    Bio: Brian Russell holds a B.Sc. from the University of Saskatchewan (1975), a M.Sc. from Durham University (1978), U.K., and a Ph.D. from the University of Calgary (2004), all in geophysics. He joined Chevron in Calgary as an exploration geophysicist in 1975 and subsequently worked for Teknica and Veritas before co-founding Hampson-Russell Software with Dan Hampson in 1987. Hampson-Russell is now a subsidiary of CGG, where Brian is Vice President, GeoSoftware and a CGG Fellow.

    Brian is involved in the research of new AVO, rock physics, inversion and seismic attribute techniques as well as giving presentations on seismic theory and software throughout the world. He is a Past-President of both the SEG and CSEG and has received Honorary Membership from both societies, as well as the Cecil Green Enterprise Award from SEG (jointly with Dan Hampson) and the 1999 CSEG Medal.

    Brian is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Geoscience at the University of Calgary and is registered as a Professional Geophysicist (P.Geoph.) in Alberta. He is also currently on the Board of the Pacific Institute of Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) at the University of British Columbia and the M.Sc. in Integrated Petroleum Geosciences (IPG) at the University of Alberta.

  • 27 Apr 2019 6:28 PM | SHPCP (Administrator)

    The Society of HPC Professionals -- invites you to attend:

    A Lunch & Learn Round Table Discussion Meeting

    Hands-on demo on high performance 3D Data Visualization using ParaView



    ParaView is an open-source, multi-platform data analysis and visualization application. ParaView users can quickly build visualizations to analyze their data using qualitative and quantitative techniques. The data exploration can be done interactively in 3D or programmatically using ParaView’s batch processing capabilities. ParaView was developed to analyze extremely large datasets using distributed memory computing resources. It can be run on supercomputers to analyze datasets of petascale size as well as on laptops for smaller data, has become an integral tool in many national laboratories, universities and industry, and has won several awards related to high performance computation.

    In this hands-on presentation we will use paraview to explore a CT scan of someone's head -as it is typically done in medical industry imaging facilities- and also draw wind lines on a computational fluid dynamics simulation sample data to do a popular wind tunnel analysis for turbines.

    Speaker Bio:

    Martín Huarte-Espinosa
    University of Houston HPE Data Science Institute & SHPCP Executive Director

    Martín got an equivalent of a MSc. in Theoretical Astrophysics from the Astronomy Institute of UNAM University in Mexico City. Then he won a very competitive scholarship to pursue a Doctorate degree at the University of Cambridge, UK, where he had the opportunity of taking some lectures from Prof. Stephen Hawking and other great scientist. Martín’s Ph.D. dissertation used high performance computing (HPC) systems to model magnetized outflows like some observed to be ejected by very powerful, distant galaxies. In 2009 he was hired by the University of Rochester, Rochester NY, to co-develop the multi-physics, parallel, scalable, adaptive-mesh-refinement, HPC code called AstroBear. He had a joint appointment as Senior Scientist/Application Developer at the Institute of Optics too.  Martín’s Physics/HPC models and algorithms have produced several well cited publications in peer reviewed journals, including Science Magazine. He was elected a member of The Royal Astronomical Society of the UK in 2016, and has also being a member of The American Astronomical Society, The Association of Computer Machinery (ACM) SIGHPC Group, and The Society of HPC Professionals. Martin joined the University of Houston on July 2014 and has been working as an HPC Specialist at the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Data Science Institute. He works on consulting and training on technical/systematic computing, HPC methods for STEM research and has organized multiple workshops on HPC and Data Analytics topics as well. Martin was appointed the Executive Director of the SHPCP on January 2019 and he is leading education and business development campaigns to form a workforce prepared with solid technical computing skills, the latest high performance technology and the fastest data analytics directly driving decision making.

    Meeting was conducted at the 

    The University of Houston 
    Insperity Classroom and Business Building (CBB) Room 310 
    4742 Calhoun Rd Houston, TX 77004 



    FREE for Members
    FREE for members of UofH
    $15 for Non Members 
  • 29 Mar 2019 6:40 PM | SHPCP (Administrator)

    The Society of HPC Professionals -- invites you to attend:

    A Lunch & Learn Round Table Discussion Meeting

    Deep Learning Applications in Manned Spaceflight



    Human spaceflight is deeply rooted in close collaboration between Mission Control and flight crew. Ground control acts like a black box converting vehicle telemetry, crew natural language input, and 2D video into time management and problem-solving decisions, significantly contributing to crew and vehicle efficacy by delegating cognitive load.

    As next-generation missions take humans deeper into the solar system, signal propagation delays threaten to hamper this effectively real-time cognitive tether. Deep learning technologies running locally aboard spacecraft can produce intelligent systems capable of making inference-based decisions like Mission Control without the time delay, while also augmenting crew-computer interfaces in ways not seen before.

    This talk will discuss three applications leveraging deep learning on a first step toward this goal. The first is an Intelligent Personal Coach app for exercise feedback. The second is a neural network to identify external vehicle handrails in 2D images to assist crew members in identifying touch points suffering Micro Meteroid and Orbital Debris (MMOD) damage which threaten spacesuit structural integrity.

    Finally, a method to generate rendered image data sets for training a neural network to identify 6 degree-of-freedom pose (used by an augmented reality procedure assistant for alignment without a QR code) will be presented.


    Matthew Noyes,
    Software Lead at NASA's Hybrid Reality
    Advanced Operational Concepts Lab

    LinkedIn BIO

    Matthew Noyes is the lead software engineer and deputy lab manager of the NASA Johnson Space Center Advanced Operational Concepts Lab in Houston, Texas. His topics of research include building and deploying advanced technologies leveraging machine learning and augmented reality in future space missions to augment crew safety, human performance, and vehicle systems management.

  • 01 Mar 2019 1:31 PM | SHPCP (Administrator)

    The Society of HPC Professionals

    -- invites you to attend:

    A Lunch & Learn Round Table Discussion Meeting

    TITLE: Applications of HPC for prediction of liver cancer treatment response.

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    Curative therapies are not available to the majority of patients with liver cancer. Treatment decisions are difficult and must intricately balance treatment of the disease extent with quality of life and preservation of liver function while minimizing risk of recurrence and metastasis. As each therapeutic approach imposes significant physical, emotional, and financial impact on the patient, there is a well-recognized need for reliable methods that can predict the response to therapy. Computing requirements in developing automated methods to predict hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) response to transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (TACE) will be presented. Our approach for data curation, feature reduction, model calibration, and validation to build confidence in the model prediction accuracy will be discussed. Reliable image registration and segmentation methods are essential for repeatable extraction of quantitative image features on computed tomography.

    Presenter’s Bio:

    David T. Fuentes, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor, Department of Imaging Physics, Division of Diagnostic Imaging, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

  • 25 Feb 2019 2:57 PM | SHPCP (Administrator)
    Hewlett Packard Enterprise Data Science Institute and The Society of High Performance Computing Professionals partner to educate the next generation of data science professionals and boost Houston’s technological capabilities.


  • 11 Jan 2019 2:46 PM | SHPCP (Administrator)

    I am conducting a search for several HPC opportunities in support of our NASA Advanced Computing Services contract at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. 


    We are looking for an HPC Technical Manager; HPC Systems Engineer and an HPC Architect.  NASA does some pretty amazing work and I would truly appreciate any referrals you can provide.  I’ve included the links below for your reference and if you wouldn’t mind sharing them with your network.


    HPC Technical Manager #AFHC-2890



    HPC Architect  #AFHC-4158



    HPC Systems Engineer #AFHC-4157



    Thank you,





    Kimberly Radi
    Senior Corporate Recruiter

    m: 202-641-8170 |

    7000 Muirkirk Meadows Drive, Beltsville, MD 20705
    ASRC Federal | Customer-Focused.  Operationally Excellent.


  • 10 Oct 2018 2:35 PM | SHPCP (Administrator)

    The Society of HPC Professionals

    A Lunch & Learn Round Table Discussion Meeting

    Introduction to Pumps&Pipes

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    Pumps & Pipes is an association of medical, energy, aerospace, academic and community professionals and leaders. Founded in 2007, our core values are education, communication and collaboration. At its heart, Pumps & Pipes is an interdisciplinary endeavor, emphasizing inclusivity across nations and disciplines.

    Our guiding principle to problem-solving is “exploring your neighbor’s toolkit.”

    Mission of Pumps&Pipes

    • Provide a platform to bring together professional groups who may not otherwise have the opportunity to interact for the transfer of knowledge and technology knowhow
    • Be the leader in promoting cross-industry collaboration to solve challenging Pumps & Pipes problems
    • Help strengthen the educational offerings in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM)

    Presenter’s Bio:

    Frank D. Perez, Chief Executive Officer, Sfile Technology

    As a Serial Entrepreneur my whole career has been about automated things. When you think about every venture that I’ve ever done and every problem we try to solve, you build upon a same thing to take it to the next place. And you translate that same challenge into the challenge you’re looking at right now, and you’re figuring out how you can do even better. But now you have a second iteration, third iteration, tenth iteration to try to do it all over again.

  • 27 Apr 2018 1:42 PM | SHPCP (Administrator)

    The Society of HPC Professionals

    A Lunch & Learn Round Table Discussion Meeting

    Using FPGAs for Computation;
    An Overview of the Current State of The Art in Xilinx Chips and Tools


    In this tutorial session you will learn about the current families of Xilinx FPGAs and SOCs combining multiprocessor systems with FPGA fabric and the tools that support them. The session will cover the capabilities of the current 7 Series, UltraScale and UltraScale+ FPGAs as well as the Zynq and Zynq UltraScale+ SoCs.

    The software tools that support the chips will be covered with an emphasis on the higher level design entry tools supporting reconfigurable acceleration by creating FPGA designs from the C family of languages. Finally, we will learn about the libraries supporting FPGA based computational acceleration and the AWS FPGA instances.

    Presenter’s Bio:

    John McCaskill - President

    John McCaskill is the President and an owner of Faster Technology, LLC which is both a Xilinx Alliance Partner, and the exclusive Xilinx Authorized Training Provider for eight states. He designs FPGA based products in addition to providing training for Xilinx FPGA and software and design services for FPGA related projects.

    Mr. McCaskill has previously worked at Polycom working with audio signal processing and was granted a patent for automatic camera tracking of speakers using beam forming. Prior to that, he worked at Texas Memory Systems where he designed and wrote software for vector processors. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BS in Electrical Engineering.

  • 08 Mar 2018 11:14 AM | SHPCP (Administrator)

    The Society of HPC Professionals

     Lunch & Learn Round Table Discussion Meeting

    Datacenter Infrastructure for HPC: Site selection & special operational considerations.
    Also a post mortem on Hurricane Harvey.


    Datacenter infrastructure continues to exist as a requirement for the bottom of the IT stack in all enterprise applications, if the power is not on the machines will not work. As organizations evolve, HPC specialists continue to think about optimizing the cost of computing, which includes topics such as resource optimization, but also carry weight in conversations around compromises in uptime with mixed reliability infrastructures and build vs. buy.

    No matter where an operation is deployed, the site and operational risks must be established to properly deliver your concept of operations. This has implications on where you build, what you build, and when you build. Often times, the hardest part of engineering a datacenter is not making the electrons flow, but matching the infrastructure to the concept of operations of your specific deployment.

    This lunch and learn session will begin with an overview of the state of datacenter design as it relates to high performance computing, and mixed reliability architectures. We will then discuss key criteria for building into existing datacenters, along with specifications that are important and often overlooked for spec-built facilities. Hurricane Harvey, and generally Houston, will be analyzed as a case study for datacenter site selection and design. Finally, we will look at Build vs. buy (leasing with colocation) decision making matrices, discussing important pitfalls of both.

    Presenter’s Bio:

    Chris Hinkle – TRG Datacenters CTO

    Chief Technology Officer Chris Hinkle leads datacenter design, operations, and sales engineering for TRG. At prior datacenter companies, Chris was a key contributor in engineering efforts for Fortune 500 and Healthcare clients. He has held prior research oriented positions working on Military/DoD applications at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, and is published in the areas of power systems and sensors. While at MIT, Chris utilized HPC for geospatial analysis based on GIS integrated with LADAR. Chris obtained his BS Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech, Magna Cum Laude, and his MBA from Emory University.


  • 02 Feb 2018 12:23 PM | The Society of HPC Professionals (Administrator)

    The Society of HPC Professionals

    A Lunch & Learn Round Table Discussion Meeting

    Infinite Memory Engine® (IME®): Accelerating Application and File Systems to make Clusters More Predictable 

    Steve Crusan – DDN, System Engineer – HPC Oil & Gas 

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    An Architectural discussion about how to apply flash memory. Steve will review the architecture of IME, use cases and advantages of flash memory. He will show case studies of how flash has been used to replace spinning media to accelerate the worst kind of application I/O. 

    Presenter’s Bio:

    Steve Crusan – DDN, System Engineer – HPC Oil & Gas 
    Steve is a System Engineer at DDN focusing on high performance computing in the Oil and Gas space. Before joining DDN, Steve was an HPC Systems Engineer (and a DDN customer) for 6 years, with roles in Life Sciences/Academia, Argonne National Laboratory, and financial services.

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