Submit proposals focused on the bioinformatics community by March 1st.
With DOE investments in graphical processing unit (GPU)-based high-performance computing resources, an upcoming hackathon led by the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), NVIDIA, and the Department of Energy (DOE) Joint Genome Institute (JGI), a DOE Office of Science user facility, aims to explore applications in the life sciences that can be ported to the GPU architecture. A GPU hackathon is a five-day coding event that offers participating teams the opportunity to either jumpstart acceleration or optimize their code on GPUs.
While the OLCF is organizing nearly a dozen hackathons around the world in 2019, only the JGI hackathon is particularly focused on developing bioinformatics applications instead of on simulation codes.
“JGI is one of the largest producers of environmental genomics data and has a strong reputation in the community,” said JGI Chief Informatics Officer Kjiersten Fagnan of the upcoming event. “The tools we use to process and analyze these data are diverse and porting these codes to GPUs present unique challenges for the community. JGI is partnering with NVIDIA and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to make sure our computational workload can leverage future HPC systems – our data and compute challenges aren’t getting any smaller and we need to keep pace with changes in industry/DOE Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) facilities. It’s a leadership opportunity for us where we can ensure that critical codes are ported to the architectures we will have available.”
A maximum of six teams will be hosted at the Hackathon, with 1-2 mentors per team. Participants will be expected to have some experience with OpenACC or CUDA – links to training materials will be sent out. The main benefit is professional growth and development for the developers, and the code owners will be able to get assistance from mentors and a team to port their code to a new architecture.
Proposals are due March 1, 2019 for the JGI hackathon, set for May 6-10, 2019, in Walnut Creek, Calif. Click here and scroll down to the Team Proposal tab to submit.
For more information about the 2019 GPU Hackathons, go to: https://www.olcf.ornl.gov/gpu-hackathons/