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SHPCP News and Announcements

  • 02 Dec 2015 12:33 PM | The Society of HPC Professionals (Administrator)

    Society of HPC Professionals Launches Cybersecurity Center of Performance


    HOUSTON, Texas, 2 December 2015 – The Society of HPC Professionals, an association established to provide a technical forum in the field of High Performance Computing (HPC), today announced the formation of the HPC in Cybersecurity Center of Performance located in Washington, D.C.

    “The HPC in Cybersecurity Center of Performance (CoP) is an educational chapter focused on bringing together members of the private sector, government and academia engaged in the intersecting technologies of HPC and cybersecurity,” said Maryam Rahmani, CoP Director.

    From its Washington, D.C., headquarters, the HPC in Cybersecurity CoP seeks to foster interdisciplinary collaboration on technical and policy initiatives now being developed to address the growing number of cyberthreats and  cyberattacks. With individual member support and institutional sponsorship, the CoP will host conferences, webinars and Lunch-and-Learn seminars on a regular basis.

    The HPC in Cybersecurity CoP will have two primary goals for its educational outreach activities. First, it will advance and promote the adoption of HPC technology to prevent cyberattacks on vital assets and infrastructure. These cybersecurity applications of HPC will focus on, but not be limited to, the domains of oil/gas, utility, healthcare, finance/banking, advanced manufacturing and retail marketing.

    “In the interconnected age of e-commerce and the Internet of Things, the threats from cyberattacks have expanded from personal data and privacy to intellectual property and industrial control systems,” said Rahmani.

    Cyber intruders are increasingly targeting intellectual property, such as proprietary workflows, algorithms and business processes – information that can potentially be stolen much faster from a computer network than a large data file. And many other attacks in cyberspace seek to exploit vulnerabilities in sensors and actuators that manage, for example, the electrical grid. HPC technology is uniquely positioned to defend against these hit-and-run incursions.

    “HPC technology has the capability to simultaneously monitor thousands of entry points into a vast computer network, detect potential threats and anomalies, and shut down the attack before further damage can be inflicted,” said Rahmani. “Through predictive analysis, HPC technology can even predict when and where the next cyber intrusion is likely to occur.”

    The second major objective for the Center of Performance is to take a leadership role in developing processes and best practices that will keep HPC platforms safe from cyberattacks. Often referred to as supercomputers, HPC systems along with their software and applications require cyber protection protocols customized to their unique architecture.

    The Society of HPC Professionals (SHPCP) formally announced the creation of the HPC in Cybersecurity CoP at the society’s Annual Technical Meeting held today in Houston, Texas. Society president Earl J. Dodd said the HPC in Cybersecurity CoP is the first of several planned domain-specific chapters to be launched by the SHPCP.


    For more information on the SHPCP and the Cybersecurity CoP, visit the website at


    This news release was highlighted in Yahoo! Finance

  • 16 Nov 2015 12:21 PM | The Society of HPC Professionals (Administrator)

    The Society of HPC Professionals (SHPCP) will focus its 2015 Annual Technical Meeting on the applications of High Performance Computing (HPC) technology to protect vital assets and infrastructure from cyberthreats. 

    The one-day ‘HPC in Cybersecurity’ meeting will be held Wednesday, December 2, 2015, at a Schlumberger location in Houston. This event is free and open to all, but advanced registration is required

    The agenda includes panelists and presenters who are experts in both HPC and cybersecurity technologies. SHPCP encourages members of the HPC community to attend, as well as individuals responsible for, or concerned with, cyberthreats on data, property and privacy within the oil & gas, energy, healthcare, financial, advanced manufacturing, and retail operations domains.

     “The threat from cyber incursions has never been more serious and more complicated than it is today,” said SHPCP president Earl J. Dodd.

    Theft of bank account numbers, passwords and personal data remains big business in the digital economy, explained Dodd, but the targets of cyberattacks have grown with the emergence of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT). Cyber intruders are increasingly stealing intellectual property (IP) such as proprietary workflows, algorithms and business processes. And many other attacks seek to exploit vulnerabilities in command and control systems that manage, for example, the energy grid.

    “The goal of our conference is to showcase how HPC technology is uniquely suited to detect cyberthreats and shut them down before actual attacks can occur,” said Dodd.

    Agenda highlights include:

    • State-of-the-Industry keynote address, including the latest on HPC market size and predicted growth, by Addison Snell, CEO of Intersect360 Research.
    • “How HPC Resources are Used in Cybersecurity” – a panel discussing vulnerabilities in private and public-sector computer networks commonly exploited by cyber attackers and the solutions offered by HPC to detect threats, predict incursions, stop attacks and identify past intrusions.
    • Insights into the current cyberthreat landscape by Special Agent Angela Haun from the FBI’s InfraGard program in Houston.
    • How to Protect Your HPC Investments from Cyberthreats” – a panel of technical experts offering advice on preventing cyberattacks from breaching an HPC system.

    More information on the SHPCP Annual Technical Meeting, general membership and monthly Lunch and Learn roundtables in Houston may be found on the events page.


  • 16 Nov 2015 9:26 AM | The Society of HPC Professionals (Administrator)

    SHPCP Annual Technical Meeting will take place on Dec. 2, 2015

    Annual Technical meeting December 2, 2015


    HPC in Cybersecurity

    DECEMBER 02, 2015

    Venue:Schlumberger (a/k/a WesternGeco)
    10001 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77042

    Sign-In:7:30 – 8:30AM


    Keynote:Addison Snell, CEO Intersect360 – 8:45AM


    10001 Richmond Ave.
    Houston, Texas 77042

    Go to the TECHNICAL MEETING PAGE for more information/agenda.

  • 26 Jun 2015 8:59 AM | The Society of HPC Professionals (Administrator)

    NO Lunch and Learn RoundTable Events in July & August.

    Next Lunch and Learn is September 24, 2015.

    Enjoy your Holiday!!!

  • 03 Nov 2014 2:18 PM | The Society of HPC Professionals (Administrator)

    Annual Technical meeting December 3, 2014

    Location: WesternGeco - Click HERE for visitors guide.

    HPC: Up Front & Personal 


    Morning Program


    8:30-9:30                       Continental Breakfast, Badge pick-up, Registration 

    9:30-9:45                       Introductions – Facility Overview – Magdy Ishak, Schlumberger

     Meeting Overview – Gary Crouse, Executive Director 

    9:45-10:30                     Keynote Address – Michael Feldman, Senior Analyst, Intersect360 Research 

    10:30-10:45                   BREAK 

    10:45-11:30                   Plenary – Ron Van Holst, Executive Director, Compute Ontario 

    11:30-12:30                   LUNCH / Networking 

    Afternoon Program


    12:30-1:15                    Session 1 – Mike Booth, Benchmarking Expert, D-Wave Systems 

    1:15-1:30                      BREAK 

    1:30-2:15                      Session 2 – Swarat Chaudhuri, Assistant Professor, Rice University 

    2:15-2:30                      BREAK 

    2:30-3:00                       Panel Session – Michael Feldman from Intersect360 will moderated a lively, fast-paced vendor showdown panel session teams of vendors facing critical questions of the Intersect360 analysts, a team of end users, the media and press, and the audience. 

    3:00-3:15                       Wrap-up – Earl J. Dodd, President 

    3:15                              MEETING ADJOURNS

  • 01 Sep 2014 2:16 PM | The Society of HPC Professionals (Administrator)

    HPC Focus Group Theater

    Geophysics has been associated with computing technology from its inception. High Performance Computing (HPC) consistently provides challenges and opportunities to enhance hardware, software and infrastructure solutions to match the performance and quality of the industry’s algorithms, data consumption and exploration advances.

    The geophysical industry constantly increases the demands placed on HPC suppliers to process more data faster than ever before. Considering the SEG’s interest in and need for HPC, the SEG and the Society of HPC Professionals (SHPCP) have brought together a group of HPC organizations to exhibit in a common area of the Exhibit Hall and make technical presentations. This theater will showcase a state-of-the-art Ultra HD system provided by Christie Digital.

    Several SHPCP are regular exhibitors at the SEG Annual Meetings; however, the theater will also include participants that are first-time SEG Exhibitors and will feature new industry technology. Sponsors of this area will deliver presentations in the theater with daily programs.

    The following organizations will be participating in the HPC Focused Group: Acceleware, Adaptive Computing, Aspera, Avere Systems, Christie Digital, Cray, Elsiwave Reservoir, HGST, Hitachi, IBM, Intel, Kitware, NetApp, PCPC Direct, and Violin Memory.

    Please refer to the Exhibit Hall layout in the show program guide to find location of the HPC Theater at Booth #1582

  • 31 Aug 2013 2:42 PM | The Society of HPC Professionals (Administrator)

    Rice University, Houston, Texas (Thursday, March 6, 2014)
    If you are interested in sponsorship please let us know at

  • 06 May 2013 9:35 AM | The Society of HPC Professionals (Administrator)

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  • 06 May 2013 9:33 AM | The Society of HPC Professionals (Administrator)

    For additional information on Center's mission and objectives, please visit the Center's website

  • 19 Nov 2012 9:47 AM | The Society of HPC Professionals (Administrator)

    Call for Abstracts 

    2013 Rice Oil & Gas HPC Workshop

    The Oil and Gas HPC Workshop, hosted annually at Rice University, is a premier meeting place for engaging in discussion focused on high performance computing and computational science and engineering for the oil and gas industry. The program committee is pleased to invite you to participate in the 6th annual workshop and encourage you to submit abstract(s) for consideration for the technical program.


    • Due date for Submission of Abstracts: Friday, December 7, 2012
    • Notification of Acceptance: Friday, January 11, 2013
    • Workshop registration opens: Friday, January 4, 2013
    Workshop: Thursday, February 28, 2013 (SAVE THE DATE)

    Get all the details for participation and contact information for workshop sponsorship at

    2013 Rice Oil & Gas HPC Workshop

    We also invite you to review past presentations, programs and sponsorship by visiting the workshop web pages.

    We thought you might be interesed in the following lecture featuring Mike Mayberry  on December 03, 2012.

    Fall 2012 Ken Kennedy Institute Distinguished Lecture Series
    2012 Smalley Institute / Rice Centennial Lecture Series
    What Lies Ahead for Devices and Interconnects
    Michael C. Mayberry, Phd.
    Vice President, Technology and Manufacturing Group of Intel
    Director of Components Research
    Monday, December 3, 2012
    McMurtry Auditorium, Duncan Hall
    4:00pm – 5:00pm
    Reception to Follow