University of Oregon

SuperComputing in Plain English

A High Performance Computing Workshop Series
Repeats every week until Wed May 04 2011 except Tue Mar 08 2011, Tue Mar 15 2011, Tue Mar 29 2011.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Supercomputing, High Performance Computing (HPC), High End Computing (HEC), Cyberinfrastructure... What is it? What is it used for? How can it help me? What are the issues connected with Supercomputing?

Whether you're interested in harnessing the power of the University of Oregon's High Performance Computing Cluster, getting an allocation on the NSF TeraGrid, or just learning enough jargon to sound geeky at your next cocktail party, this free "Supercomputing in Plain English" workshop series is for you.

"Supercomputing in Plain English," is directed at an audience of undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and staff in not only computer science but especially a variety of science and engineering fields.

It's not too late to join in even if you have missed some sessions. Workshop sessions will be hosted at the McKenzie Collaboration Center and held via videoconference.


This workshop is sponsored by the University of Oklahoma Supercomputing Center for Education and Research and taught by Dr. Henry Neeman.

For more information, slides, and exercises, please see

or contact Sean Sharp, UO TeraGrid Campus Champion and Research and Instructional Technologist.

About Henry Neeman

Dr. Henry Neeman is the Director of the OU Supercomputing Center for Education & Research (a division of OU IT), an adjunct assistant professor in OU's School of Computer Science, and a research scientist at the Center for Analysis & Prediction of Storms. He received his BS in computer science and his BA in statistics with a minor in mathematics from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1987, his MS in CS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1990 and his PhD in CS from UIUC in 1996. Prior to coming to OU, Dr. Neeman was a postdoctoral research associate at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, and before that served as a graduate research assistant both at NCSA and at the Center for Supercomputing Research & Development.

In addition to his own teaching and research, Dr. Neeman collaborates with dozens of research groups, applying High Performance Computing techniques in fields such as numerical weather prediction, bioinformatics and genomics, data mining, high energy physics, earthquake engineering, astronomy, nanotechnology, petroleum reservoir management, river basin modeling, and engineering optimization. He serves as an ad hoc advisor to student researchers in many of these fields.

Dr. Neeman's research interests include high performance computing, scientific computing, parallel and distributed computing, structured adaptive mesh refinement, scientific visualization and computer science education.