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Maryland HPC

User Group 2019

@ University of Maryland

MAY 15





We are very excited to be hosting the third annual Maryland HPC User Group at the brand new Iribe Center in College Park. None of this would be possible without the extensive help provided by the UMD Division of Information Technology (DIT) and Institute of Advanced Computing Studies (UMIACS), and we are very appreciative of their collective efforts.


This year’s event is slightly different than previous years as there will be a ZFS workshop in the morning that will be taught by BioTeam, a co-sponsor of this year’s User Group. We are thrilled to include this more technically focused and hands-on session in the agenda and hope that the community finds it valuable. There will be limited registration for this morning session to keep the student to teacher ratio low, and for the rest of the event, we expect the majority of attendees to arrive after lunch.


Our afternoon plan will be an expanded version of past years’ afternoon plans with three rounds of sessions running from 2:00PM to 5:00PM. We built the afternoon agenda to be appealing to both HPC administrators as well as a more general audience by distributing the more technical sessions as much as possible. We think this year’s content is the best yet and we hope that you are able to join us on May 15th in College Park!


PS – Co-founder of Oculus VR and UMD alumnus, Brendan Iribe, generously donated $31 million to the University in 2014 to help fund the construction of this facility. If you’d like to read a little bit more about Brendan Iribe’s donation to UMD, please check out this link:

Morning Schedule

Morning Session Schedule

MAY 15, 2019

NOTE: There is limited seating for the Morning Session.


Prior to the session on Wednesday morning, you will need to download the VirtualBox OVA file, and the “STEPS.zfs” file for the workshop from either:


(Under Auditorium)

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

ZFS Storage Training with BioTeam

Hands-on workshop focused on ZFS
Teachers: Aaron Gardner (BioTeam), Markus Dittrich (BioTeam), & Mark Miller (JHU School of Public Health)

Ground Floor
Theater Seating
Reg - Morning

NOTE: There is limited seating for the Morning Session.

Afternoon Session Schedule

MAY 15, 2019

Afternoon Schedule
Antonov Auditorium
Room #0324

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Welcome &

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Introduction & Welcome by UMD

Jeff Hollingsworth (CIO, UMD),
Tripti Sinha (UMD & Mid-Atlantic Crossroads),
& Derek Yarnell (UMIACS)

2:00 PM - 2:55 PM

NVIDIA Presentation

NVIDIA Technology Updates
Presenter: Ronak Shah (NVIDIA) & Brad Palmer (NVIDIA)

3:05 PM - 4:00 PM

Storage Discussion

Moderators: Kevin Hildebrand (UMD), Derek Yarnell (UMD), & Keith Manthey (Dell)

4:10 PM - 5:00 PM

Research Data

Starfish Storage: Updates, Demo & Discussion
Presenter: Peter Galvin (Starfish Storage)

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM 

Cocktail Hour
+ Food

Gannon Lecture Hall
Room #0318

2:00 PM - 2:55 PM

HPC Portal

Open OnDemand Demo and Discussion
Presenter: Kevin Hildebrand (UMD)

Browser Sessions for RStudio & Jupyter Notebooks
Presenter: Ryan Bradley (JHU MARCC)

2:55 PM - 3:05 PM


3:05 PM - 4:00 PM

Demo & Discussion

Presenters: Virginia Tech & Cambridge Computer

4:00 PM - 4:10 PM


4:10 PM - 5:00 PM

AI Presentation
& Discussion

Presenter: Aaron Vose (Cray)

Ground Floor
Theater Seating

4:10 PM - 5:00 PM


Group discussion comparing onsite vs. public resources
Moderators: Jaime Combariza (HU MARCC) & Gary Jackson (JHU APL)

Reg - Afternoon


Iribe Center

8125 Paint Branch Drive

First Floor

College Park, MD 20742

A striking presence at the corner of Baltimore Avenue and Campus Drive, the Brendan Iribe Center will be a hub for technology at the heart of a new innovation district, among high-tech companies, government agencies and institutional colleagues.

Bringing together the university's top-ranked Department of Computer Science and its renowned Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS), the building's six floors of specialized labs will support groundbreaking research in virtual and augmented reality, artificial intelligence, robotics, computer vision, algorithms, programming languages and systems.

Students and faculty alike will experiment and create in open work areas and makerspaces filled with natural light. Flexible classrooms will promote teamwork and active learning. And welcoming common areas - including an expansive green space along Baltimore Avenue - will extend the collaborative environment to the broader community.


Regents Drive Garage

200 Regents Drive

College Park, MD 20742

The Visitor Parking is located on the top level of the garage. It is $15 for the day.


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Maryland HPC User Group 2019

@ University of Maryland


Maryland HPC User Group


May 15, 2019


Iribe Center

8125 Paint Branch Drive

First Floor

College Park, MD 20742

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