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For information about RDI² seminars, please contact: 
Forough Ghahramani 
Associate Director of Administration and Partnerships
Forough.ghahramani@rutgers.edu

 

RDI²‘s distinguished seminar series regularly hosts leading researchers from academia, governments and industry. RDI² also organizes workshops and other events on important and timely topics. Events are open to everyone at Rutgers and beyond, with custom seminars also available for industry partners. The RDI² annual open house serves to introduce the community to its capabilities and expertise and to develop new collaborations

October 25, 2018
9:30 am
RDI2 Distinguished Seminars
Predictive Analytics using Amazon Web Services
Sanjay Padhi, PhD
Amazon Web Services’ Global Scientific Computing
Principal
The AWS Research Initiative with funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the domains related to the foundation and innovative tracks, as well as AWS Research Credit program will also be outlined. Dr. Padhi leads Amazon Web Service’s federal initiatives with the National Science Foundation (NSF), as well as their global HEP related activities.
Speaker
Sanjay Padhi, PhD
Principal
November 8, 2017
11:00 am
RDI2 Distinguished Seminars
Challenges of Exascale Computing
Paul Messina
Argonne National Library
Former Director of U.S. Exascale Computing
This presentation will describe the goals of the Exascale Computing Project ECP, its approach to achieving them, and its current status, with special emphasis on the challenges to be overcome, both technical and those that arise in the co-design process.
Speaker
Paul Messina
Former Director of U.S. Exascale Computing
October 27, 2016
8:45 am
RDI2 Distinguished Seminars
An Expanding and Expansive View of Computing
Jim Kurose, PhD
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Assistant Director, Computer and Information Science & Engineering (CISE)
Advances in computer and information science and engineering are providing unprecedented opportunities for research and education. Dr. Kurose's talk will begin with an overview of CISE activities and programs at the National Science Foundation and will include a discussion of current trends that are shaping the future of our discipline. He will also discuss the opportunities as well as the challenges that lay ahead for our community and for CISE.
Speaker
Jim Kurose, PhD
Assistant Director, Computer and Information Science & Engineering (CISE)
September 12, 2016
2:00 pm
RDI2 Distinguished Seminars
Data Driven Discoveries in Science
Alexander S. Szalay, PhD
Johns Hopkins University, Institute for Data Intensive Science
Distinguished Professor at John Hopkins University
Dr. Szalay will describe how science is changing as a result of the vast amounts of data we are collecting–-from gene sequences to telescopes and supercomputers. This “Fourth Paradigm of Science,” predicted by Jim Gray, is moving at full speed, and is transforming one scientific area after another. This talk will present various examples on the similarities of the emerging new challenges and how this vision is realized by the scientific community.
Speaker
Alexander S. Szalay, PhD
Distinguished Professor at John Hopkins University
April 28, 2016
3:00 pm
RDI2 Research Colloquia and Presentations
Amber Suite of Programs
David A. Case, PhD
Rutgers University, Rutgers Center for Integrative Proteomics Research
Distinguished Professor of Chemistry & Chemical Biology
Computer simulations of proteins and nucleic acids are an increasingly important tool in structural biology, but require considerable computational resources. David Case, Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, will provide an overview of the Amber suite of programs with an emphasis on performance issues on GPUs and on multi-core CPUs.
Speaker
David A. Case, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Chemistry & Chemical Biology
April 27, 2016
11:00 am
RDI2 Research Colloquia and Presentations
Communicating Data Using Visualiation
Robert Kosara, PhD
Tableau Software
Senior Research Scientist
In academia, data visualization is traditionally used for exploration and analysis of data. In the real world, the vast majority of people see a different kind of visualization use, however: presentation. In this talk, Speaker Dr. Robert Kosara from Tableau Software will show some of his recent work on the presentation of data using visualization and talk about where the field is heading.
Speaker
Robert Kosara, PhD
Senior Research Scientist
March 24, 2016
11:00 am
RDI2 Distinguished Seminars
Architecture-Aware Algorithms
Jack Dongarra, PhD
University of Tennessee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Distinguished Professor
In this talk we examine how high performance computing has changed over the last 10-year and look toward the future in terms of trends. These changes have had and will continue to have a major impact on our software. Some of the software and algorithm challenges have already been encountered, such as management of communication and memory hierarchies through a combination of compile--time and run--time techniques, but the increased scale of computation, depth of memory hierarchies, range of latencies, and increased run--time environment variability will make these problems much harder.
Speaker
Jack Dongarra, PhD
Distinguished Professor
March 10, 2016
3:00 pm
RDI2 Research Colloquia and Presentations
HPC @ Rutgers Seminar Series: Scientific Computing in the Cloud with AWS
Jeffrey Layton, PhD
Amazon Web Services
Technical Business Development Manager
HPC clusters have exploded in capability in the last decade leading to not only breakthrough discoveries like gravitational waves but also techniques that allow us to screen compounds for drug suitability and design better headlights for cars that reduce drag and silence cabin noise. We’ll show you how we build clusters on the fly, we’ll explain the SPOT market’s role in keeping them super cheap, and we'll show how it’s possible to compute at a far larger scale than you might have thought possible with small budgets, using all the same tools you’ve come to depend upon, and a few new ones to boot.
Speaker
Jeffrey Layton, PhD
Technical Business Development Manager
February 11, 2016
3:00 pm
RDI2 Research Colloquia and Presentations
HPC @ Rutgers Seminar Series
J.D. Patel, PhD
Intel Corporation
Systems Performance Architect
Attendees will learn cutting-edge code modernization and tuning techniques to maximize software performance on Intel processors and coprocessors using various tools in the Intel Parallel Studio XE 2016 tool suite. Special emphasis will be on parallel programming models to help exploit both vector/SIMD-level and thread-level parallelisms.
Speaker
J.D. Patel, PhD
Systems Performance Architect
January 28, 2016
3:00 pm
RDI2 Research Colloquia and Presentations
HPC @ Rutgers Seminar Series
Esma Yildirim, PhD
Queensborough Community College of CUNY, RDI2
Research Associate
n this introductory lecture, Dr. Esma Yildirim, RDI² Research Associate, will provide a brief history of supercomputing architecture and performance evolution. Distributed and shared memory parallel programming paradigms and their principles will be discussed based on two exemplary tools: MPI and OpenMP. Basic directives and library function calls of MPI/OpenMP will be given through examples, and a hybrid case study, which uses both paradigms collectively, will be discussed.
Speaker
Esma Yildirim, PhD
Research Associate
April 14, 2015
2:00 pm
RDI2 Distinguished Seminars
Data Science @ NIH
Philip E. Bourne, PhD
University of Virginia, NIH
Associate Director for Data Science (ADDS) - National Institute of Health
Biomedical research is increasingly a digital enterprise. As the NIH mission is to foster the best biomedical research and discovery, the NIH has an obligation to fully enable the generation, preservation, and use of these emerging digital research assets. To help bring this about, the NIH is working in partnership with the broader community to transform biomedical research into a digital enterprise by affecting the necessary scientific, technological, and social changes. The opportunities, successes and challenges will be described.
Speaker
Philip E. Bourne, PhD
Associate Director for Data Science (ADDS) - National Institute of Health
February 13, 2015
11:00 am
RDI2 Distinguished Seminars
Big Data: Data Intensive Discovery
Edward D. Lazowska, PhD
University of Washington
Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering
This talk will touch on the extraordinary progress that Computer Science has achieved to date and will survey the current decade, in which “big data” is enabling us to “put the smarts into everything”. Specifically, the discussion will take a deeper look at “smart discovery” – data-intensive discovery – through the lens of the University of Washington eScience Institute – including several examples of the science that the work is enabling.
Speaker
Edward D. Lazowska, PhD
Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering