Computational workflows workshop at Purdue set for Aug. 9-10

August 9, 2016  11:00am – August 10, 2016  5:00pm

Purdue will host a no-cost National Science Foundation workshop on Tuesday, Aug. 9, and Wednesday, Aug 10, for faculty, staff and students interested in learning more about the value of computational workflows and how they can enhance research productivity.

The workshop will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days in the Lawson Computer Science Building, Room B151. Space is limited so those wishing to attend should register soon. All participants must register no later than Aug. 2. There is no cost to register. The event is sponsored by the National Science Foundation-funded Blue Waters sustained petascale computing project at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and ITaP Research Computing.

Participants register with the National Science Foundation Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), in which Purdue is a partner. A free XSEDE account can be created on the XSEDE user portal at Once you have an account, you can register through the XSEDE portal. More information about the workshop is available here.

The workshop will begin with a general session on the value of workflows in high-performance computing, which will be followed by presentations and hands-on sessions with six different workflows, Copernicus, Galaxy, Makeflow/WorkQueue, Pegasus, RADICAL Cybertools and Swift. The sessions will cover the capabilities of various workflows and get people started using them. A question-and-answer period will take place following the sessions.

This workshop is part of a series of high-performance computing training sessions ITaP sponsors at Purdue through XSEDE, says Randy Herban, who coordinates training for ITaP Research Computing.

The presentations will be delivered nationwide using high-definition video conferencing to allow students to interact in real time with the course instructors and to work in person with local colleagues and experts. At Purdue, staff from ITaP Research Computing will be on hand.

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Originally posted: July 15, 2016  1:50pm