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Undergraduate OSC researcher heading to UK

24 Feb 2015 Columbus - In pursuit of a graduate degree next year in the United Kingdom, an Ohio State Honors student will leverage what he's learned about using specialized processors at the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) to study cutting-edge mathematical methods for analyzing large datasets.

The Winston Churchill Foundation recently awarded one of its 14 annual scholarships for study at the University of Cambridge to Jonathan Timcheck, a graduating senior in engineering physics at The Ohio State University. The awards are given to "graduating seniors and recent graduates demonstrating exceptional academic talent, outstanding personal qualities, and a capacity to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the sciences, engineering, or mathematics."

Timcheck studies the proton-proton collisions of the European Organization for Nuclear Research's Large Hadron Collider as a member of the Ohio State Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) group. He has been leveraging Graphic Processing Units, or GPUs, on OSC's Oakley Cluster to train Deep Convolutional Neural Networks, computational models inspired by the part of the brain responsible for processing visual information. Timcheck uses these networks to sort through vast amounts of simulated detector data in order to find interesting phenomena.

"I often train several DCNNs at once, one per node, to explore the space of DCNN variations and their associated performances; this aspect enables me to move forward quickly", Jonathan Timcheck stated. "Recently, I started using OSC's Lustre filesystem to train on larger datasets."

OSC's HP Oakley Cluster employs more than 8,300 Intel Xeon processors. With acceleration from 128 NVIDIA Tesla GPUs, the system can achieve a total peak performance of just over 154 teraflops, tech-speak for performing 154 trillion operations per second.

Jonathan Timcheck spent a summer in Germany conducting research on GPUs through the German Academic Exchange Service's (DAAD) Research Internships in Science and Engineering programme. As a freshman, he began conducting high energy physics research, analyzing proton-proton collisions. Jonathan Timcheck was named a Goldwater Scholar in 2013 as a sophomore, after his team's contribution to the search for the Higgs boson - an elusive particle that gives objects mass and whose existence was confirmed in 2012 - was published in theJournal of High Energy Physics, making him one of very few undergraduate authors on any publication involving the CMS experiment.

"Jon's recent work on applying modern image processing techniques to high energy physics studies is truly groundbreaking, with the potential for dramatic improvements to both data analysis as well as data collection", stated Richard Hughes, Ph.D., a professor of physics at Ohio State and Jonathan Timcheck's research advisor."

Hailing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Jonathan Timcheck's career goal is to apply state-of-the-art machine learning techniques to experimental high energy physics. At Cambridge, he hopes to enhance his quantitative skills as a physicist as he pursues a master's degree in applied mathematics. He also will take courses in quantum field theory, symmetries, fields and particles, and the Standard Model.

Following his studies in the UK, Jonathan Timcheck plans to return to the United States to begin a doctoral programme in physics. His ultimate goal is to become a professor at a major university, teaching students and developing data analysis techniques to study fundamental particle interactions in particle accelerator experiments.

Brian Winer, Ph.D., a professor of physics at Ohio State and Jonathan Timcheck's other research advisor, was thrilled with the news. "It is an excellent opportunity for Jon to further hone his mathematical skills", he stated. "The year at Cambridge, as a Churchill Scholar, is a significant stepping stone toward his future intellectual pursuits, including earning a Ph.D. in physics."

Jonathan Timcheck is actively engaged in tutoring and encouraging children from underrepresented and underserved communities to study science and engineering.
Source: Ohio Supercomputer Center - OSC

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Primeur weekly 2015-03-02

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ASCETiC project to reduce energy consumption of Cloud platforms ...

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2014 Another year on the road to Exascale - An Interview with Satoshi Matsuoka and Thomas Sterling - Part II ...

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ADVA Optical Networking to demonstrate virtualization in radio access backhaul networks at Mobile World Congress ...

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Cirrascale announces rackmount multi-device peering platform for highly parallel applications ...

Penguin Computing announces Scyld ClusterWare for Hadoop ...

Adaptive Computing appoints Marty Smuin as CEO ...

Innovative AMD FirePro server GPU supports intense compute workloads on HP ProLiant DL380 Gen9 servers ...

Mellanox ConnectX-4 100Gb/s Interconnect adapter delivers record performance results ...

Tohoku University and Fujitsu succeed in real-time flood analysis using supercomputer-based high-resolution tsunami modelling ...

Fujitsu M10 UNIX server achieves world-record performance once again on two-tier SAP SD standard application benchmark with 20% less CPU resources ...

Fujitsu develops column-oriented data-processing engine enabling fast, high-volume data analysis in database systems ...

AMD discloses architecture details of high-performance, energy-efficient "Carrizo" System-on-Chip ...

Undergraduate OSC researcher heading to UK ...

IBM and Juniper Networks partner to build smarter networks with predictive analytics ...

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Intersect360 Research releases predictions for HPC in 2015 ...