Media Advisory: UT Austin to Dedicate Building and Make Supercomputer Announcement

Texas Advanced Computing Center

EVENT: To celebrate its tremendous growth, the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin is holding a building dedication for the new $20 million, 38,000-gross-square-foot, expanded facilities — the Advanced Computing Building (ACB) on the J.J. Pickle Research Campus. In addition, an announcement is expected on a new supercomputer that will serve as a strategic resource for thousands of researchers across the U.S. Speakers will include William H. McRaven, chancellor of the University of Texas System, and Irene Qualters, division director of advanced cyberinfrastructure at the National Science Foundation (NSF).  

WHEN: 9:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Thursday, June 2.

WHERE: J.J. Pickle Research Campus, 10100 Burnet Road, Advanced Computing Building (ACB), Building 205. Keynote remarks and symposium at ACB Auditorium 1.102A. Map and directions can be found at: https://www.tacc.utexas.edu/about/contact/

WHO MAY ATTEND: The event is open to TACC collaborators and UT Austin researchers, faculty members, staffers and the media. To RSVP, contact Makeda Easter at the Texas Advanced Computing Center, rsvp@tacc.utexas.edu

BACKGROUND: In 2014, TACC received approval from the University of Texas System Board of Regents to expand its facilities. The growing demand for advanced computing also necessitated the need to develop forward-looking processor and memory technologies. The event will convene leaders and outstanding researchers for remarks on the importance of supercomputing in supporting cutting-edge research. Event activities:  

•    10 – 11 a.m. Opening remarks. Speakers: McRaven; Dan Stanzione, executive director of TACC; Qualters; Jim Ganthier, vice president and general manager of engineered solutions, HPC and cloud, Dell Inc.; Charlie Wuischpard, vice president and general manager, HPC platform group, Intel Corp.

•    11 a.m. – noon. Tours of ACB, Visualization Lab and Machine Room

•    1 – 2:30 p.m. Symposium hosted by Stanzione with researchers Ellen Rathje, professor in civil engineering and principal investigator of DesignSafe-CI; Omar Ghattas, professor in computational geosciences, 2015 Gordon Bell prize winner; Peter Couvares, Advanced LIGO, Syracuse University; and Nirav Merchant, co-principal investigator of CyVerse.

Find more details at: www.tacc.utexas.edu