Presented at the PDCAT’22

Hello, my name is Ide, M2.
I recently attended the international conference PDCAT held from December 7 to 9.
PDCAT is a conference on HPC applications and technologies and has been held in various countries, but the 23rd conference was held in Sendai.

Three members of Takizawa Laboratory presented at the conference. Here are their impressions of the conference.

Jin Yifan: Hello, this is D1 student Jin Yifan.
At PDCAT22, I had the privilege of presenting my research, Towards Priority-Flexible Task Mapping for Heterogeneous Multi-Core NUMA system, as a regular paper.
I received many valuable questions and comments.
I will further improve my existing work based on them.As an audience, I also enjoyed the conference.
The presentations and posters brought by the other participants were very interesting.
They helped me to keep up to date with the latest trends in my field of research.

Sugawara: This was my first conference in a face-to-face format, but I was able to complete my presentation without any major mistakes. I think it was a great experience for me as a student.

Ide: I was quite nervous because I was not used to presenting in English, but I received a lot of advice and opinions, and it was a very valuable experience for me.
I also learned a lot from the presentations and poster sessions by others, listening to a wide range of talks, from fields close to my own research to fields I was not familiar with.

I would like to continue to do my best so that I can further develop my research based on the advice and opinions I received at the conference.

Mr. Sun became a member of our lab.

Hi, everyone! My name is Sun Xiangcheng. I am a third grade PhD student of Xi’an Jiaotong University in China. I am really excited to be a member of Takizawa Lab as a special research student since Oct 2022.
Before coming here, my main work was to combine lattice Boltzmann method (LBM) of computational fluid dynamics with high-performance computing (HPC) in engineering applications. I hope to learn some knowledge about high-performance computing, performance evaluation and supercomputing, and make some meaningful progress here.
I appreciate the opportunity this Lab provided. And I am looking forward to communicating with all professors and students here about research and culture!

Presentation at the 187th HPC Workshop

I am Nakai, a first-year master’s student.
I have just participated in the 187th HPC workshop held at the Okinawa Industry Support Center on December 1 and 2.
I was very nervous because it was my first presentation at a research meeting.
Based on the comments I received from the participants, I will do my best in my future research life.

Exhibit at SC22

Our research division hosted a booth at SC22, the largest international conference and exhibit in the field of high-performance computing. This year, SC was held in Dallas, Texas, from November 13 to 18. Cyberscience Center has been jointly hosting a booth with the Institute for Fluid Science and Institute for Materials Research of Tohoku University at every SC. It has been three years since we hosted a booth in-person at SC19, the last SC held before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please see this page for Cyberscience Center’s exhibit.

Profs. Takizawa and Takahashi gave talks at WSSP 34

Professor Takizawa and Assistant Professor Takahashi gave talks at the 34th Workshop on Sustained Simulation Performance (WSSP34) held on October 24 and 25, 2022.

WSSP is a biannual international workshop jointly organized by Cyberscience Center and High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart. This time, speakers gathered at Cyberscience Center in-person, whereas attendees joined the workshop online. The program of the workshop is available here.

  • Hiroyuki Takizawa, Keichi Takahashi, Yoichi Shimomura, Ryusuke Egawa, Kenji Oizumi, Satoshi Ono, Takeshi Yamashita, and Atsuko Saito, “AOBA: The most powerful vector supercomputer in the world”
  • Keichi Takahashi and Gerald M. Pao, “Challenges in Scaling Empirical Dynamic Modeling”

We did a big cleanup of the lab.

Hello, this is Koda from B4.

The other day, as the summer vacation was over, all the students did a big cleanup of the laboratory.
The cleaning included air conditioner filters, servers, and other areas that cannot be cleaned in the normal laboratory cleaning process.

I hope we can continue to do periodic cleanups to make our lab environment even better!

Mr. Wassapon Watanakeesuntorn from NAIST visited our lab

Wassapon Watanakeesuntorn, a Ph.D. student from the Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST) in Nara, Japan, visited our laboratory. While his stay at our laboratory from September 6 to 16, he interacted with students and also gave a talk about his Ph.D. research.
He told us that he enjoyed visiting several tourist spots around Sendai over the weekend. Below is a photo of grilled beef tongue, one of the specialities of Sendai, taken by Wassapon.

We held the launch of the first semester

Hello. I am Yanai, a B3 student who has been a member of Takizawa Laboratory since spring.

The other day, we had our first semester launch!
We could have held it offline, but due to the re-expansion of Corona, we decided to hold it online. I had never had a face-to-face meeting in my laboratory.
I was a little disappointed, but the conversation was lively online and it was a fun meeting.

Doctoral Course Presentation

Hi, my name is Mike Zielewski, and I’m in the second year of my doctoral program.

All PhD students in the Graduate School of Information Sciences are required to present their research progress to the graduate school at least once during their studies. This presentation is typically done in the second year of the doctoral program, when most students have conducted some amount of novel research. Anyone can attend these presentations, including other students, staff, and professors.

Since anyone is allowed to attend, students are encouraged to present in such a way that even someone from a completely foreign field can understand the work. This is important because if descriptions are too detailed, then very few people will understand the research presented. On the other hand, if the presentation is too vague, students may not be able to convey the significance behind the work. Because finding such a balance to efficiently and effectively communicate ideas is so important in research, the graduate school allows attendees to vote for the best presentations.

I am honored to have been one of the students who received a best presentation award. I believe the environment created by this lab was instrumental in my ability to create effective presentations. First, the lab provides ample opportunities to present our progress, and thus practice public speaking. Additionally, professors in the lab provide constructive criticism and encourage the use of descriptive figures.

In fact, I think these are two of the most important skills for presentations. Speakers should be able to present their work clearly and concisely, so as to avoid confusion and keep the attention of the audience. Figures and images should work as visual aides that summarize ideas without being overly complex. Finally, presentations should be adapted to the audience, as there are some situations where it is not only acceptable, but expected, to go into the fine details of the work.

I appreciate the opportunities this lab has provided and I look forward to further developing my presentation skills that I can use throughout my career.

Server moving operation

Hello. I am Kaneko, a M2 student. The other day, members of the system section moved the server rack.
In our laboratory, students are divided into sections to share the work in the laboratory, and we, the system section, are in charge of managing the servers in the laboratory.

The servers (muffin, monaka, and muffin2), which were recently introduced to the lab, have been managed on the desks in the lab because of the possibility of frequent configuration changes.
However, we decided to move muffin and monaka to the rack because it is out of the way to keep the server on the desk and it is likely to fall down in case of an earthquake.

The work was successfully completed in about two hours despite some trouble, and we feel that the laboratory space has become a little more spacious.

Through this work we learned an important thing to solve the problem of server installation.
We were able to solve some problems by brute force. After all, power is everything. We will continue to work on various tasks in the system section and will keep this lesson in mind.