Computing for the Endless Frontier
Prof. Renata Wentzcovitch (APAM and Earth/Environmental Sciences Departments)
Executive Director, Texas Advanced Computing Center
Associate Vice President for Research
The University of Texas at Austin
In August of 2018, the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at the University of Texas at Austin was selected as the sole awardee of the National Science Foundation’s “Towards a Leadership Class Computing Facility” solicitation.
In this talk, I will describe the main components of the award: the Phase 1 system, “Frontera”, which will be the largest University-based supercomputer in the world when it comes online in 2019, the plans for facility operations and scientific support for the next five years, and the plans to design a Phase 2 system in the mid-2020s to be the NSF Leadership system for the latter half of the decade, with capabilities 10x beyond Frontera.
The talk will also cover the growing and shifting nature of the scientific workloads that require advanced capabilities, the technology shifts and challenges the community is currently facing, and the ways TACC has and is restructuring to face these challenges.
Dr. Stanzione is the Executive Director of the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin. A nationally recognized leader in high performance computing, Stanzione has served as deputy director since June 2009 and assumed the Executive Director post on July 1, 2014. He is the principal investigator (PI) for several leading projects including a multimillion-dollar National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to deploy and support TACC’s Stampede supercomputer over four years. Stanzione is also the PI of TACC’s Wrangler system, a supercomputer designed specifically for data-focused applications.
He served for six years as the co-director of CyVerse, a large-scale NSF lifesciences cyberinfrastructure in which TACC is a major partner. In addition, Stanzione was a co-principal investigator for TACC’s Ranger and Lonestar supercomputers, large-scale NSF systems previously deployed at UT Austin. Stanzione previously served as the founding director of the Fulton High Performance Computing Initiative at Arizona State University and served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science Policy Fellow in the NSF’s Division of Graduate Education.
Stanzione received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and his master’s degree and doctorate in computer engineering from Clemson University, where he later directed the supercomputing laboratory and served as an assistant research professor of electrical and computer engineering.