Conference-Proceedings Invitation 1997

High Performance Computing
Center North (HPC2N)



Formal Opening and Inauguration Conference

High Performance Computing Center North (HPC2N)


March 13-14, 1997

Umeå University

HPC2N is a consortium formed by Luleå University of Technology, Mid Sweden University in Sundsvall, Härnösand and Östersund, Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) in Kiruna, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Umeå and Umeå University. This collaboration and coordination among universities and research institutes form a strong focal point for high performance computing (HPC) in Northern Sweden. One primary objective of the center is to raise the national level of competence in high performance computing and to transfer knowledge and technology in HPC to new users in academia and industry. HPC2N is one of three national HPC centers funded by the Swedish Council for High Performance Computing (HPDR).

HPC2N has recently acquired a 66-node IBM RS/6000 Scalable POWERparallel computer system. With a peak capacity in excess of 30 GFLOPS (30 billion FLoating point OPerations per Second), it is presently the most powerful IBM installation in Europe. The system is financed by a 15 MSEK donation from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. For more information about the computer system and HPC2N see

HPC2N and its parties cordially invite you to the formal opening of the center, as a national center for Scientific and Parallel Computing, and to the inauguration of the computer system. The theme of the conference is "High-performance computing applications in new and traditional areas today and in the future".

With this broad-based application oriented theme, the conference is expected to attract both executives and researchers who are involved in development of high-performance computing applications in academia as well as in industry. Furthermore, this forum will provide an opportunity to strengthen ties between HPC centers, academia and industry within the Nordic countires. One of the goals of the conference is to establish a competence network in the HPC field. The official language of the conference is English.

Dates and Location
The conference will take place March 13-14, 1997 at the Umeå University campus in MIT-huset, lecture hall MA 121, ground floor. The conference starts at 10.00 on March 13 (registration desk will be open from 9.00) and ends 15.30 on March 14.


Thursday March 13

09.00 Registration, coffee

SESSION 1: Chair - Mats Ola Ottosson,Umeå University

10.00 Welcome

Mats Ola Ottosson, chairman HPC2N, Umeå University

10.05 High Performance Computing - The Road to the Future, abstract

Michael Henesey, Technical Systems, RS/6000 RISC System Div., Poughkeepsie, USA

10.50 Formal Opening of High Performance Computing Center North (HPC2N)

Sigbrit Franke, rektor, Umeå University

HPC2N - Background and Objectives
Bo Kågström, director HPC2N, Umeå University

Inauguration of the HPC2N Computer System
Jan S Nilsson, professor, VD, Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation

Education and Research - The IBM Perspective
Lars Alm, VD, IBM Svenska AB

11.40 Visit the HPC2N computer system

Sparkling beverages will be served

12.15 Lunch

SESSION 2: Chair - Lennart Karlsson, Luleå University of Technology

13.30 The Problem of Parallel Program Performance Estimation, abstract

Tony Hey, Dept Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton, UK

14.15 High-Performance Computing Applications in Space Physics, abstract

Rickard Lundin, Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF), Kiruna

14.45 Micro Simulation in Social Sciences, abstract

Einar Holm, Dept of Social and Economic Geography, Umeå University

15.15 Coffee

SESSION 3: Chair - Richard Lundin, Swedish Institute of Space Physics

15.45 Parallel Systems Architecture Alternatives - Hardware and Software Issues, abstract

Jamshed Mirza, Parallel Systems Architectures, RS/6000 RISC System Div., Poughkeepsie, USA

16.30 Simulation of Material Processing and the Need for High Performance Computing, abstract

Lars-Erik Lindgren, Dept of Computer Aided Design, Luleå University of Technology

17.00 Mathematical Simulation of Induration in the Pelletizing Process - Today and Tomorrow, abstract

Roland Drugge, Research and Development, Technical Systems, LKAB, Kiruna, Sweden

19.30 Conference banquet

Friday March 14

SESSION 4: Chair - Thomas Olivecrona, Umeå University

9.00 A National Perspective on High Performance Computing and Competence Buildup, abstract

Anders Ynnerman, Swedish Council for High Performance Computing (HPDR) and the National Graduate School in Scientific Computing (NGSSC)

9.45 Structural Biology and its Way to High Performance Computing , abstract

Uwe Sauer, Umeå Centre for Molecular Patogenesis (UCMP), Umeå University

10.15 Coffee

SESSION 5: Chair - Lennart Bergström, Mid Sweden Universit

10.45 Scientific Computing with Application in Fluid Mechanics, abstract

Björn Engquist, Dept of Numerical Analysis and Computing Science, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, and University of California, Los Angeles, USA

11.30 The Spatial Dimension in Some Forestry Applications, abstract

Ljusk Ola Eriksson, Dept of Forest Resource Management and Geomatics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

12.15 Lunch

SESSION 6: Chair - Bo Kågström, HPC2N

13.30 Theoretical Chemistry: From Abacus to Supercomputer, from H- to RNA, from Obscurity to Nobility, abstract

Roland Lindh, Dept of Theoretical Chemistry, Lund University

14.15 Parallelising Real Engineering Codes - The Europort Experience, abstract

Richard Wait, Dept of Information Technology, Mid Sweden University

14.45 Closing

15.00 End of Conference

The conference sessions are open to all interested parties without fee including coffee. To cover the cost of the conference banquet and lunches there will be a fee.

Please, fill out the enclosed registration form and send it to the conference secretary no later than March 6, 1997, either by fax to +46(0)90 16 61 26 or by regular mail at the following address:

Att: Lena Hellman
Umeå universitet
S-901 87 Umeå

You may choose to register via www (deadline passed).
In case of any questions please send email to Lena Hellman,
Your registration will be confirmed and you will get the final program and logistics information by email or by ordinary mail before the conference.


A limited number of rooms have been reserved at the following hotels:

Flyghotellet +46(0)90-135490 (515 SEK per night in single room, 615 SEK for double room)
Uman Home +46(0)90-127220 (820 SEK per night in single room, 1020 SEK for double room)
Umeå Plaza +46(0)90-177000 (895 SEK per night in single room, 1090 SEK for double room)

Hotel Björken nearby the conference location (300m) is also available for 520 SEK per night in single room (760 SEK for double room). Reservations for Björken can be made on indivual basis at phone number +46(0)90-108700.

Uman Home and Umeå Plaza hotels are situated in downtown Umeå and nearby Rådhuset (Old City Hall) where the conference banquet will take place. There are public bus transportations between downtown and campus and of course taxi services. There is transportation service from Flyghotellet to campus.

The hotel reservation can also be done by checking your preference on the enlosed registration form or by calling the phone numbers of the hotels. Please, refer to HPC2N when making a reservation.

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