SGIUG Luncheon at SC15

Will you be attending the SuperComputing Conference in Austin this year? Come join us at our SGIUG Luncheon. This event is invitation only. Visit this link to get more information and to request an invitation.

Announcing the 2015 SGIUG Conference

The 2015 SGIUG Conference will be held in Minneapolis May 5-7, 2015. There is a good possibility that attendees can visit SGI factory in Chippewa Falls, by bus as part of the conference.

2015 Final Program

The 2015 Program is now available online. Use the Quick Links on the right to view the program.

Featured Presentations

Passive 2-Phase Immersion Cooling for High-Density HPC by Phil Tuma
Passive 2-phase immersion (2PI) cooling is being explored by 3M, SGI, Intel and others as a means of meeting the energy efficiency and power density needs of the HPC community. This presentation will review the comparative merits and operating principles of 2PI. Its application for Bitcoin mining gives a glimpse of what may be possible when x86 hardware evolves to take advantage of the technology's capabilities. Recent cluster-scale deployments with SGI ICE X hardware have provided valuable insights for future deployments that could pave the way for exascale computing.

Phil Tuma is an Advanced Application Development Specialist in the Electronics Materials Solutions Division of 3M Company. He has worked for 19 years developing applications for fluorinated heat transfer fluids in various industries. His current work is focused on developing techniques that facilitate the use of passive 2-phase immersion techniques for cooling power electronics and computer equipment. He holds a BA from the University of St. Thomas, a BSME from the University of Minnesota and a MSME from Arizona State University.

How to be ready for Knight Landing (KNL): Be inspired by 61 cores (KNC) by James Reinders
Intel's second generation Intel Xeon Phi product (codenamed Knights Landing) will first appear later this year. James will talk about it briefly but focus on the need for highly parallel programs. James will emphasize how that is more important than anything in being ready for Knights Landing, and how most important work to be ready can be done without having a Knight Landing system. James will explain his "be inspired by 61 cores" mantra. He will share experiences with customers, including highlights from his recent book "High Performance Parallelism Pearls" and the upcoming sequel (Pearls 2) and tales from his 100+ co-authors. James will highlight new features in tools, new advances in standards, new features in hardware that help, and ways to measure your readiness; James will emphasize that the key is having us (programmers) be inspired. James will aim to help inspire you more as well.

James Reinders, Parallel Programming Evangelist. James is involved in multiple engineering, research and educational efforts to increase use of parallel programming throughout the industry. He joined Intel Corporation in 1989, and has contributed to numerous projects including the world's first TeraFLOP/s supercomputer (ASCI Red) and the world's first TeraFLOP/s microprocessor (Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessor). James been an author on numerous technical books, including VTune™ Performance Analyzer Essentials (2005), Intel® Threading Building Blocks (2007), Structured Parallel Programming (2012), Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessor High Performance Programming (2013), Multithreading for Visual Effects (2014), and High Performance Parallelism Pearls -- Multicore and Many-core Programming Approaches (2014), and two more book projects due out this year.

SGIUG History

The SGI User Group has celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2012. We began meeting in Orlando with Walt Brooks of NASA Ames as our President. A lot has happened in all these years, both with the SGI User Group and with SGI. For the last 2 plus years, SGI has taken a more supportive role in working with the user group. We appreciate their positive interest in advancing the work of the user group and growing its membership by giving added value to being a member.

Membership Information

SGIUG Membership is free and is available to anyone who owns or uses SGI hardware or software, or who is an SGI business partner. SGIUG membership includes discounts in technical conference registration fees, access to papers presented at SGIUG conferences and to SGI white papers posted to their corporate web site at Members will get early notice of upcoming webinars and other SGIUG activities. More information will be posted soon on this site regarding how the members discounts will work, and we are sure you are going to like it.

To become a member of the SGI User Group, register for free at our registration page.

Questions and requests, contact Gary Jensen, or call 801-400-5050

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About Us

The SGI User Group (SGIUG) is an independent, worldwide community focused on sharing information and improving the technical productivity of SGI® high-performance computing, data storage, and visualization systems.

The user group is open to all. We welcome new members, suggestions for activities, and volunteersto organize the user group. This new user group spotlights both the Linux® and IRIX® operating systems, creating a technical community for all SGI customers.

The SGI User Group is an ideal way to access tutorials and future plans from SGI and to have discussions with other users that will help you get more from your investment in SGI. This user group has a close relationship with SGI to ensure its success.

Overall mission of SGIUG is to serve as an open forum to foster exchange of ideas and and methodologies among computer scientists, researcher and engineers.The goal is:

  • to seek input from the entire high-end modeling, simulation and data mining community
  • to bring together experts for sharing best practice, tips, techniques and ideas on the use of various high-performance technologies
  • to meet other customers, collaborators, vendors
  • to learn about new products
  • to discover novel and innovative strategies/solutions
  • to expose issues and limitations concerning SGI and third-party vendors
  • to leverage the collective power to influence SGI and third-party vendors (COM)


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