Tennessee CyberInfrastructure Symposium

April 3rd and 4th at Tennessee State University Logos 

Sponsored by NSF EPSCoR grant EPS-091943 and TNSCORE 

The importance of computing is growing quickly in every domain science, driving the next generation of knowledge discovery. Computing matters, as it has become an integral part of not only the scientific community but also the general population on a daily basis, pushing the requirement for a comprehensive Cyber-Infrastructure (CI). This CI symposium will focus on educating both students and faculty to enhance their desktop applications into programs that run on computing clusters and eventually on supercomputers, to advance their data analysis to higher orders of magnitude. The workshop will feature successful projects utilizing high-performance computing (HPC) facilities as examples to educate the audience. The audience will also be introduced to HPC resources that are available within the state of Tennessee and at nationwide NSF-funded supercomputing facilities -- available to the scientific research community for free.


Conference Highlights

HPC Training Session on April 3, 2013

The pre-workshop hands-on training sessions will introduce students and faculty to introductory parallel programming modules on National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS) high performance computing (HPC) architectures along with providing insights into scientific computing on a larger scale .


Symposium Meeting on April 4, 2013


If you have questions, you may contact workshop organizers  Tamara Rogers (CS, TSU)   or   Bhanu Rekepalli  (NICS, EECS, UTK)  for further assistance.




Registration is now open.  


Thursday, April 4, 2013

9:00 Morning Sessions

Tennessee State University Welcomes and Introductions

  • KEYNOTE: Tennessee CyberInfrastructure Enabling Large-Scale Scientific Discovery
    • Dr. Gregory Peterson, NICS Director and Professor in EECS, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • TN-SCORE Talk
    • Dr. John Hopkins, TNSCORE Director, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • TSU Bioinformatics Program Development and Research
    • Dr. Ali Sekmen, CS Head, Tennessee State University


  • Bioinformatics in Medicine
    • Dr. Ricardo Gonzalez Mendez, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine


Afternoon Sessions

  • Solving Life Sciences Data Deluge Problems using Supercomputers
    • Dr. Bhanu Rekepalli, NICS Scientist and EECS Adjunct Faculty, UT-Knoxville
  • Computational Advance Material End Station on HPC architectures
    • Dr. Jacek Jakowski, NICS Scientist, UT-Knoxville
  • Bioinformatics
    • Dr. Wei Chen, CS Faculty, Tennessee State University
  • Opportunities for Students & Faculty
    • Jim Ferguson, NICS Education and Outreach Director, UT-Knoxville
    • Josh Francois, TN-Score Education and Outreach Director, UT-Knoxville

Tennessee State University Closing Remarks



The meeting will be held at Tennessee State University at the Agricultural Industrial Technology Center (AITC) Auditorium (building 2 on the map). Directions can be found here

Building locations for TNCIDays

Visitor parking is available to participants in the Facilities Management parking lot.
Parking directions


Local Hotels

For attendees seeking overnight accommodations, here is a list of some hotels in the area.

Millennium Maxwell House Nashville

2025 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard, Nashville, TN, 37228-1505

Phone: 1 615 259 4343



SpringHill Suites Nashville MetroCenter

250 Athens Way, Nashville, TN 37228

Phone: 1-615-244-5474



Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville-Vanderbilt-Elliston Place

2330 Elliston Place, Nashville, Tennessee, 37203

Phone: 1-615-320-6060






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