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iPlant Collaborative Infrastructure

Title:  iPlant Collaborative Infrastructure and the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC)


Meeting Signup: http://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/10573


Date/Time:  Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 6:30 - 8:45 pm


Meeting Sponsors: IEEE Central Texas EWEEK and HP     




In the developing world today, the average person consumes 25% more calories than in 1960. This tremendous progress has come from manysources: improved irrigation, new fertilizers, and the breeding of hybrid species, to name a few. But there are signs that traditional techniques forimproving production are stagnating while pressure to produce more mounts. Limited supplies of water, fuel, and land combine with climate change, population growth and changing food habits to put increasing demands on ourability to grow plants. 


Surprisingly, the future of agriculture turns out to be a computational challenge. By exploring genomic and metabolic networks, scientists are gaining critical insights into how plants work, but the amount of data produced and the computational power required is growing exponentially. This session will describe The iPlant Collaborative, a large-scale project bringing high-end computing, data, and software resources to bear on the grand challenges of plant biology.


 Speaker:  Dr. Dan Stanzione, Deputy Director of the Texas Advanced Computing Center

Dr. Dan Stanzione, Jr.  is the deputy director of the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin. He is the Co-Director of  “The iPlant Collaborative: A Cyberinfrastructure-Centered Community for a New Plant Biology,” an ambitious endeavor to build cyberinfrastructure and apply computational approaches to make significant advances in plant science. He is also a Co-PI for TACC’s Ranger supercomputer, the first of the “Path to Petascale” systems supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) deployed in February 2008 (at the time, the largest open science supercomputer in the world), and the upcoming Stampede supercomputer, which will be one of the 5 fastest computers in the world when it debuts in late 2012.  Prior to joining TACC, Dr.  Stanzione was the founding director of the Fulton High Performance Computing Institute (HPCI) at Arizona State University (ASU). Before ASU, he served as an AAAS Science Policy Fellow in the Division of Graduate Education NSF. Dr. Stanzione began his career at Clemson University, his alma mater, where he directed the supercomputing laboratory and served as an assistant research professor of electrical and computer engineering.  Dr. Stanzione's research has always focused on getting science impact from advanced computing systems,  and includes such topics as  parallel programming, scientific computing, and system software for large scale systems.  Dan is a member of the IEEE and IEEE Computer Society. 




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Meeting Agenda:

6:30 p.m. Networking and Gathering
7:00 p.m. Call to Order, Announcement
7:15 p.m. Presentation, with Q/A
8:45 p.m. Meeting Evaluation, Adjourn