The Advanced Photon Source
a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility

APS Scientific Computation Seminar Series

Sessions will normally be held on the 3rd Monday of the month at 1:00 p.m. and last approximately one hour.

This seminar series focuses on scientific computation for APS experiments. The series focuses on advanced software and computing infrastructure for analysis, reduction, reconstruction, and simulation. It provides an opportunity to learn about state-of-the-art computational techniques and tools and how they are being applied to science at the APS. It will start with talks from Argonne staff who are working on projects in collaboration or in support of APS science.

Next Seminar:
Title: FPGA Acceleration for Data Scientists and Network Engineers

Yatish Kumar, ESnet Affiliate

Date: August 17, 2020
Time: 1:00 p.m.

FPGAs come with a steep learning curve, and assumption that the user is knowledgeable and trained as a Digital ASIC developer. This barrier to entry is being tackled using two different approaches:  1) High Level Synthesis where a user programs in a language like OpenCL and the hardware is automatically generated and 2) Overlay processors, where a team of hardware designers build a domain specific processor on the FPGA, and present it to the user for programming in a domain specific language for DSP / Networking etc..

This talk will discuss the work being done at ESnet and LBNL-Computer Architecture Group on Overlay Processors, drawing on examples from an overlay Network Processor, as well as an overlay DSP processor.

Simple tooling using Python and Jupyter notebooks is all that is assumed on the part of the Data Scientists from ALS and NCEM to interact with the FPGA design team.  A cluster with 48 FPGA cards will be made available for all interested users at APS to experiment with both HLS and Overlays.

Previous Seminars:

202020192018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015


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