Contact: James Carskadon
JACKSON, Miss.—Mississippi is one of the leading states in the country when it comes to high performance computing resources and for the first time, a statewide meeting will bring together the researchers, faculty and students that lead the state forward in supercomputing.
Registration is now open for the inaugural Mississippi High Performance Computing Conference, hosted by Mississippi State University and Jackson State University, taking place March 26 and 27 in Jackson. Those interested in attending may register at no cost at https://www.hpc.msstate.edu/conferences/ms_hpc_conf/register.php.
A main focus of the conference will be Mississippi’s workforce and education needs related to high performance computing. The event also is an opportunity to highlight how Mississippi-based research computing drives innovation, in addition to facilitating multiple opportunities for networking, technical exchange and discussion.
Mississippi boasts seven supercomputing systems that rank among the top 500 most powerful in the world, with two housed at MSU, two at the Navy Department of Defense Supercomputing Resource Center located at Stennis Space Center, and three at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center in Vicksburg. Mike Navicky, director of MSU’s High Performance Computing Collaboratory, said that one goal of the conference is to raise awareness of career opportunities in high performance computing and discuss the skills employers are looking for in this growing field.
“Mississippi’s capabilities in high performance computing are a major driver of research, innovation and economic opportunity,” Navicky said. “We are excited to launch a conference that brings together our state’s leaders in this field, as well as the educators and students who will shape its future.”
The conference will be held at JSU’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology. Full agenda details are forthcoming, but the schedule includes keynote speakers, panel discussions and breakout sessions that address topics such as Department of Defense HPC workforce development needs, HPC curriculum, artificial intelligence and machine learning in HPC and more. Students from Mississippi community colleges and institutions of higher learning are invited to attend and will participate in a workshop on parallel computing and hear from a panel focused on graduate studies and early career opportunities.