Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


Welcome to the webpage for the University of California High-Perfrmance AstroComputing Center (UC-HiPACC) conference, Computational Astrophysics 2014–2020: Approaching Exascale, held March 21 and 22 at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The twin goals of this meeting were to discuss the future of astrophysics in general and the future of UC-HiPACC specifically.

The conference was held in the Building 66 auditorium at LBNL. Click on the “General Info” tab, above, for details.

Organizers: Peter Nugent, Michael Norman, and Joel Primack.

The “Program” tab has links to the slides and videos of each talk.

Joel Primack, Director, UC-HiPACC


Click on links, below, to view videos and slides (PDFs). Click here for all videos.

Friday, March 21st
8:30 – 9:30 am
Breakfast in LBL — Building 66 Auditorium
9:30 am
1. Joel Primack
Welcome — UC-HiPACC 5th Year Report (21)
Latest Progress and Current Challenges | Chair: Peter Nugent (LBNL)
9:45 am – 1:00 pm
2. Anatoly Klypin (NMSU)

3. Mike S. Warren (LANL)

4. Tom Abel (Stanford)

5. Phil Hopkins (Caltech)

6. Dušan Kereš (UCSD)

7. Mark Krumholz (UCSC)

8. Greg Laughlin (UCSC)

9. Daniel Kasen (UCB)

10. George M. Fuller (UCSD)

11. Joshua Bloom (UCB)

12. Saul Perlmutter (LBNL/UCB)
Large-Scale Cosmological N-Body Simulations (17)

Cosmological Simulations: Approaching Exascale (19)

Collisionless Fluids: Using Phase-Space Sheet(s) (13)

Galaxies on FIRE:
 Challenges of Adding Physics in Galaxy Formation Models

Galaxy Simulations: Results from FIRE Project (11)

Star Formation Simulations (13)

Simulations of Planet Formation and Extrasolar Planets (13)

Computational Explosive Astrophysics:
  White Dwarf and Neutron Star Mergers

Computational Neutrino Flavor (and Spin) Astrophysics (24)

Data-Driven Astronomical Inference with Machine Learning (23)

Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS) (23)
1:00 – 2:00 pm
Lunch provided on site for all registered participants
2:00 – 3:30 pm
13. Julian Borrill (LBNL))

14. Tom Vestrand (LANL))

15. Ryan Wyatt (California Academy of Sciences)

16. Ralf Kähler (Stanford)

17. Matthew Turk (Columbia)
  with Alex Bogert (UCSC)
Time Domain Computing:
 Cosmic Microwave Background Data Analysis

Time Domain Computing: Solving the Follow-Up Crisis (12)

Public Outreach Using Visualization (38)

GPU-Based Visualization of AMR
  and N-Body Dark Matter Simulation Data

Volumetric Data Analysis and Visualization with yt (110)
3:30 – 4:00 pm
Coffee Break
How Can We Improve UC-HiPACC? | Chair: Mike Norman
4:00 – 6:00 pm
18. James Bullock (UCI)

19. Mike Norman (UCSD)

20. Joel Primack (UCSC)

21. S. Peng Oh (UCSB),
Maruša Bradač (UCD),
Gillian Wilson (UCR),
Tom Vestrand (LANL)
Support Campus Programs

Expand Topical Areas Covered by HiPACC (16)

Pursue Creation Of A Scientific Computing Institute (7)

Roundtable discussion by UC-HiPACC campus and lab representatives of what has worked, what needs improvement (2)

6:30 – 8:30 pm
Dinner at Great China Restaurant, 2190 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
Saturday March 22nd
8:30 – 9:30 am
Breakfast on Site
Greatest Challenges for This Decade | Chair: Joel Primack
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
1. Katie Antypas (NERSC
Services Director and NERSC-8
Procurement Lead)

2. Mike Norman (UCSD)

3. Piyush Mahrotra (NAS)

4. Peter Nugent (LBNL)

5. Mike Norman (UCSD)

6. Joel Primack (UCSC)
NERSC-8 Update for HiPACC (38)

Capabilities of, and Simulation Software for,
  new High Performance Computers

Time Domain Surveys (21)

Big Data: Storing, Moving, Mining, Visualizing (16)

Cooperating — e.g., AGORA High-Resolution Galaxy Simulation
  Comparison Project
12:30 pm
Lunch provided on site for all registered participants


Directions, Housing, and Transportation

Map shows locations of Guest House and the meeting venue.
View larger map, PDF


The conference was held in the Building 66 auditorium at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. See map at right.

Maps, Directions, and Public Transportation to the Lab.


All participants make their own housing arrangements. Very limited parking is available at LBL; all participants must be registered to be allowed into the LBL site.

Transportation from the guest house to the Building 66 auditorium on Friday can be done on the lab shuttle. On Saturday, participants will have to walk or drive to the auditorium. See map.



UC-HIPACC (University of California High Performance AstroComputing Center) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are sponsoring the Computational Astrophysics 2014–2020: Approaching Exascale Conference.


Peter Nugent (penugent@lbl.gov)
Joel Primack (joel@ucsc.edu)
Sue Grasso (hipacc@ucsc.edu)

Registration for the Computational Astrophysics 2014–2020: Approaching Exascale conference now closed.