16 Apr

This summer, as part of the HPC Summer Institute, WVU will serve as a remote host site for the 2014 Virtual School for Computational Science and Engineering. This year, the summer school will offer two multi-day intensive courses in current computational science topics. The first of these courses, “Harness the Power of GPU’s: Introduction to GPU Programming” will be held on June 16th through June 20th. The second course is the “Data Intensive Summer School” being held from* June 30th through July 2nd*. The latter of these courses will focus on tools, techniques, and method for using, managing and analyzing large datasets. The GPU course will be a hands-on intensive class in programming GPUs for scientific computations. For more information about these courses go to the XSEDE training calendar at Clicking on the title of each class will provide a short overview and an outline of the class content.
These classes are made available through video conferencing and, at WVU, will be held in room 441 of the College of Business and Economics. The courses are free, but seating is limited to 30 participants. Participants are required to bring their own laptop computers to carry out the hands-on lab exercises. Also, registration is required. This may be done by going to the XSEDE Training calendar and clicking on the “Registration” button next to the course entry for the WVU site. If you wish to participate in both courses it will require separate registrations. Note that in order to register, you will need to use an XSEDE portal account. If you do not already have an XSEDE portal account, go to and sign up for one. They are free and it just takes a few minutes to apply.

11 Apr

As part of the Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis Seminar Series, Dr. Christopher Cote will speak on April 17 at noon in Room 2094 HSC. He will present “Bacillus anthracis: spore decontamination and Burkholderia pseudomallei: animal model development”. Dr Cote is a microbiologist with the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID).

For more information or if you would like to meet with the speaker, please contact Dr. Slawomir Lukomski at 304-293-6405.

Cote Flyer
18 Mar

This week’s Learn session will be held at the CAVE in the Department of Geography and Geology in Brooks Hall.
The CAVE is a high resolution 3D immersive environment for visualizing data. The CAVE is highly immersive in that it displays data visualizations on three surrounding walls and the floor, basically enveloping observers in their data. The CAVE is also reconfigurable to create a massive data wall. In this mode, the CAVE can show complex interrelationships by simultaneously displaying multiple, linked visualizations of data.
A smaller version of the CAVE may also be demonstrated during this session.

Please sign up to attend the Lunch and Learn session on Thursday, March 20.
There will be two sessions. One at 11 AM and the other at 11:45 AM.

*There is no lunch provided this week due to the location of the session. We will offer lunch at our April 3 session which will feature the talk, “Current and Potential HPC applications” presented by Don Reynolds, Senior Executive Director,
Mantech International Corporation, April 3 11:30 AM -12:30 PM , location Monongahela Room, Mountainlair.

10 Mar

Please see the XSEDE announcement below. XSEDE will be offering a workshop on OpenACC on April 1st. This is a hands-on workshop that will be available at a select number of sites including WVU. The location of the workshop at WVU is in NRCCE room 107. There are 12 slots available for this training. Please register for the workshop through the XSEDE portal.
To participate, please log on to your portal account, find the training calendar and register for the WVU site.
If you do not have a portal account, please go to, click on “Sign in” in the upper right corner. Then follow the steps to create an account. Portal accounts are free and take about a day to get them approved.
If you have questions, please contact Lisa Sharpe at or by telephone at 304-293-6872.

XSEDE HPC Workshop: OpenACC
April 1, 2014

XSEDE, along with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois will be presenting an OpenACC GPU programming workshop on April 1, 2014.

OpenACC is the accepted standard using compiler directives to allow quick development of GPU capable codes using standard languages and compilers. It has been used with great success to accelerate real applications within very short development periods. This workshop assumes knowledge of either C or Fortran programming. It will have a hands-on component using the Blue Waters which is deployed at NCSA.

Due to demand, this workshop will be telecast to several satellite sites. This workshop is NOT available via a webcast. Please note that the hands-on accounts will be limited to 150 students, available across all sites and awarded by order of registration.

You may attend at any of the following sites:

  • Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center
  • National Center for Supercomputing Applications
  • University of Iowa
  • Purdue University
  • Clemson University
  • University of Houston Clear-Lake
  • Stanford University
  • Georgia State University
  • University of Michigan
  • Harvey Mudd University
  • West Virginia University

Please register for the site that you wish to attend:

The tentative agenda, subject to change, is below. It is designed to be time-zone friendly.

Please address any questions to Tom Maiden at Tentative Agenda Tuesday April 1 All times given are Eastern time
11:00 Welcome
11:15 Computing Environment
11:45 Parallel Computing and Accelerators
12:15 Intro to OpenACC
1:00 Lunch break
2:00 Introduction to OpenACC, con’t
4:00 Using OpenACC with CUDA Libraries
4:30 Advanced OpenACC and OpenMP 4.0
5:00 Final Notes and Adjourn

Please visit the workshop page for links to the workshop materials:

6 Mar

The West Virginia Higher Education Commission Policy is seeking news for the Spring issue of the Neuron! Please submit any stories that you would like to be considered for publication in this issue (including originally-authored work or recent press releases) via email to Amanda Ramey ( by Monday, March 24. When possible, please also send high-resolution images to accompany (copying Leigh Taylor on emails with images: If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to let Amanda know.

In case you aren’t familiar, the Neuron is a full-color quarterly magazine that features current academic research, new or ongoing initiatives in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, as well as upcoming events and news regarding technology-based economic development. Past issues are available at the following link for your reference:

25 Feb

Currently we are hosting brief one hour courses as a part of our Lunch and Learn series, including an introduction to parallel programming by XSEDE. We would like to go a step further to provide larger support for our users. In order to do this, we would like for our users to suggest seminars you would like to see in the program. Please respond to this poll, ranking some suggested seminar topics and provide others that you may also enjoy and/or increase your research productivity.

You can access the poll at the following link:

24 Feb

PBS/TORQUE/MOAB scripting and job management
Feb 27 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM, Mountain Room of Mountainlair

If you have not done so already, please register here for the class.

The following things are needed for this training:

Bring a laptop with functioning WiFi to connect to WVU’s WiFi Network
Computer can be running Linux/Mac OS X/Windows
Need a functional terminal that supports SSH connectivity. Linux and Mac OS X have built in terminals ? nothing additional required
Windows users will need to download Putty SSH Client from:
If you have any questions, please come early and someone will assist you prior to the class start.

Stay tuned for more information about the XSEDE class on March 5 & 6.

Any questions, please contact Lisa Sharpe at or by telephone at 304-293-6872.

19 Feb

Chemical Engineers Day will be held, Friday, April 4, at the Museum Education Center. A full day of events are planned to stimulate creative professional activities of future chemical engineers and showcase our educational and research efforts. The day will feature plenary talks, activities for visiting high school students, a panel discussion with chemical engineers from academia, industry, and government, and a student research poster competition.

The Call for Abstracts is now open; please see the attached flyer. Please encourage your undergraduate and graduate students to submit an abstract for presentation in Biotechnological Engineering, Chemicals and Materials, Catalysis and Reaction Engineering, or Energy/Energy-Related Technologies divisions. Prizes will be awarded for each division (1st $200/ 2nd $100).
For more information, including the tentative schedule please visit: Chemical Engineers Day

Chemical Engineers Day Flyer