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HPC Training Course:
Terrestrial Modelling and
High-Performance Scientific Computing (26-28 November 2018)

Registration and travel grant application closed

PASCAL │ November 26-30, 2018 │ WASCAL Headquarters, Accra, Ghana

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The objectives of this applied course is to provide the theoretical and technical context of terrestrial modelling in HPC environments utilising stand-alone and coupled hydrologic, land surface and atmospheric models.
Utilizing the Terrestrial Systems Modelling Platform (TerrSysMP), the course will take a complete tour of terrestrial modelling and HPC in connection with real-world observations and data assimilation including

  • setting up a terrestrial model and performing simulations,
  • parallel performance analysis and profiling,
  • parallel data assimilation using TerrSysMP-PDAF (Parallel Data Assimilation Framework), and
  • post-processing and visualisation in the age of big data.

© HPSC TerrSysTerrestrial Systems Modelling Platform (TSMP): air temperature
Copyright: HPSC TerrSys

In order to ensure a flawless realisation of the training, a local simulation system (LSS), centered on a single powerful scientific workstation, will be set up. The LSS essentially mimics a HPC system and will be accessed remotely from a number of dedicated notebooks for the training’s participants.

Keynote Speakers & Hands-on Sessions

  • Prof. Stefan Kollet, Director of HPSC TerrSys, Professor in Hydrology at the Meteorological Institute, Bonn University, and Research Topic Leader "Integrated Modeling of Terrestrial Systsems", Forschungszentrum Jülich
  • Prof. Harrie-Jan Hendricks-Franssen, Professor for Scientific Computation in Terrestrial Systems, Forschungszentrum Jülich and RWTH Aachen University
  • Dr. Slavko Brdar, Institute for Advanced Simulation (IAS) & Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC), Forschungszentrum Jülich
  • Dr. Bibi Naz, Institute of Bio- and Geosciences, Agrosphere (IBG-3), Forschungszentrum Jülich
  • Mukund Pondkule, Institute of Bio- and Geosciences, Agrosphere (IBG-3), Forschungszentrum Jülich

Learning Outcomes

Completion of the course will provide the participants with the generic capabilities of terrestrial modelling and data assimilation in supercomputing environments with a focus on TerrSysMP(-PDAF) including parallel performance analysis and profiling utilising freely available software tools, and handling of very large data sets in the analyses and visualisation process.

Target Audience and Prerequisites

  • Master and PhD students, postdocs as well as senior researchers with a deep interest in terrestrial modelling with a special focus on soil science, hydrology, land surface, and atmosphere.
  • Basic knowledge of LINUX/UNIX and programming languages such as R, Python, C/C++, or FORTRAN as well as data formats such as NetCDF is an advantage.

Course Programme

The course programme will be adopted to the participants. We will thus ask for the level of pre-knowledge during the application process.

Course Language

Please notice that the event language is English. All lectures, hands-on excercizes and the side programme will be held in English!

Date & Venue

The HPC Training Course will take place from November 26-28, 2018 at the:

WASCAL Headquarters
CSIR Office Complex
Agostino Neto Road
Airport Residential Area
PMB CT 504 Cantonments-Accra

Registration & Costs

For everyone who is accepted as a participant, attendance is free of charge. The costs are covered by the PASCAL project which is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation, DFG) and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Drinks and lunch will be provided. All participants need to cover their expenses for travel and accommodation by themselves. Early career scientists may apply for travel grants.

To apply as a participant (HPC training, hackathon and/or side programme), please use the online registration form (registration closed). Please note that we have prolonged the deadline until 31 August 2018 to make it possible for applicants to apply for the now provided travel grants for early career scientists! You will receive a notification after the deadline whether your application was successful and you were granted a place (probably until 14 September 2018). We hope for your understanding that we will ask for proofs of your accommodation and/or your flight/train/bus booking for Accra to ensure that granted places will not be lapsed but can be offered to someone from the waiting list.

Travel Grants

Geoverbund ABC/J provides a limited number of travel grants for early career scientists applying for PASCAL. You are considered early career scientist, if you are a master’s student or a doctoral candidate (PhD student) or received your PhD within the last three years. You may also apply for travel grants, if you have already registered. Master and PhD students need to submit a short support statement from their advisor/supervisor. Holder of the PhD degree have to submit a copy of their doctoral certificate indicating the date of graduation.
To apply for a grant, use the travel grant application form (sorry, applications no longer possible). We cannot guarantee that all funds applied for will be granted and we reserve the right to cap them. Further arrangements regarding reimbursement of travel costs will be made after a candidate has been accepted for participation and has provided proofs of payment (e.g. invoice for flight ticket and/or accommodation booking).

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