2014-10 Citizen Scientists, GPU Systems, SpaceX
September 2014
Compucon CPD Seminar
15 October 2014 Wednesday
Compucon House Albany

4:00 – 4:30pm    Parallel Computing Citizen Scientists (TN)
4:30 – 5:15pm    Compucon GPU based Systems (TN)
5:15 – 6:00pm    Tracking SpaceX for International Space Station (Stuart Weston)
6:00 – 7:30pm    Wine and Cheese

Parallel Computing Citizen Scientists

The citizen scientist community and its web forums are developing steadily over time for preparing Compucon channel peers for the next few years of business.  Some members are still unsure of how to and why contribute.  Fair enough.  We do need time to develop some case studies to express the motives and to visualise the benefits.  On this occasion, we will introduce one vertical domain application called LiDAR and one government funded university graduate project that will give some propulsion to the development of parallel computing ecosystem.  The graduate project is a continuity of the artificial intelligence computer vision project explained in the September seminar. It will continue into the computational phase and we will invite members to share and develop business ideas. 

Compucon GPU based Systems

There are 4 categories of GPU systems namely desktop graphics, digital content creation (aka CAD) workstations, digital concept creation (aka HPC) workstations, and a new candidate for industrial PC.  Nvidia has released the most powerful desktop graphics card in September and we will explain what it is and how powerful it is.  There is no change in CAD and we will skip this category.  HPC is a fast development area and we will introduce 2 heavy weights called K40 and 7120P.  Lastly Compucon is testing a development board from Nvidia based on ARM CPU and 192 Kepler GPU cores.  We intend to install it in an IPC system when we have mastered the technical ecosystem around this card. 
Astronomy: Tracking SpaceX for International Space Station

Stuart is a professional software engineer employed by the Institute for Radio Astronomy and Space Research (IRASR) of AUT operating the University’s two radio telescopes at Warkworth. The team at the station does space craft tracking for the real life space programs of SpaceX (low earth orbit), JAXA & Jive (deep space).  They just finished a busy week in September tracking for SpaceX with the latest resupply mission to the International Space Station.  They are taking a rest and going back to another Very Long Baseline Interferometry project before SpaceX tracking resumes in a few months.  Stuart will tell us more about SpaceX and how the station tracks and communicates with the spacecraft.  This talk is by the person who does it.