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OLCF 25th Anniversary Celebration


November 7
8:00 am - 12:30 pm


ORNL, Bldg. 5200, Tennessee A, B, & C
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge, TN 37831 United States
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This year, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is celebrating 25 years of leadership in high performance computing. Our position in this vital field can be traced to the High Performance Computing Act of 1991 and the creation of the ORNL Center for Computational Sciences in May 1992. Following the passage of the Department of Energy (DOE) High-End Computing Revitalization Act of 2004, the Center for Computational Science was selected as the first DOE Leadership Computing Facility and was renamed the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF).

On the morning of November 7, 2017, we plan to have a celebration featuring many distinguished speakers who have helped shape the OLCF. We will celebrate OLCF’s history, discuss the science and innovation enabled by high performance computing, and think about the future of massively parallel computing.

Please register here if you are planning to attend. All attendees without an ORNL badge must register to be granted access to ORNL. 

In conjunction with the 25th anniversary celebration, Dr. Martin Karplus will present a special Eugene P. Wigner Distinguished Lecture in Science, Technology, and Policy, titled “What Does the Future Hold?” Dr. Karplus is the Theodore William Richards Professor of Chemistry Emeritus at Harvard University and a co-recipient of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He pioneered methods in computational chemistry and utilized the capabilities of high performance computing to develop multiscale models for complex chemical systems. The special Wigner Lecture is a lab-wide event for all ORNL staff. Participants in the 25th anniversary celebration are welcome to attend. Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis.


 Draft Agenda

OLCF 25th Anniversary Celebration

November 7, 2017

All events take place in the Tennessee rooms of the ORNL Conference Center, building 5200.

Time TitleSpeaker
7:30 a.m.Registration and BreakfastOLCF History Video
(Working Breakfast)
8:00 a.m.Welcome Address Jeff Nichols
Associate Laboratory Director for Computing and Computational Science, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Christine Chalk
Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Program Manager, Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy

Thomas Zacharia
Director, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
8:30 a.m.Opening Panel:

Building the Conditions for Innovation

Moderator: Thomas Zacharia
Director, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Malcolm Stocks
PICS PI, ORNL Corporate fellow

Peter Ungaro
President and CEO Cray Inc

Robert C. Ward
Professor Emertis of Computer Science, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Tennessee

Samuel Skillman
Computational Scientist, Descartes Labs, 2013 CSGF Fellow
9:30 a.m.Invited Talk:

Innovation in the 21st Century
Nicholas M. Donofrio
Former EVP of Innovation and Technology, IBM
10:00 a.m.Networking Break
10:30 a.m.Invited Talk:

Fundamental Research, Virtual Engineering and Leadership Computing: Making It All Fit
J. Michael McQuade
Senior Vice President for Science and Technology, United Technologies
11:00 a.m.Invited Talk:

Tennessee Valley Authority: Supplying Power to Growing ORNL Campus
Clayton Clem
Vice President,
Transmission Strategic Projects & Initiatives, TVA
11:30 a.m.Invited Talk:

The Exascale Living Cell
Jeremy Smith
Director and Governor's Chair, Center for Molecular Biophysics, University of Tennessee/Oak Ridge National Laboratory
12:00 a.m.Closing Remarks
Adjourn for Lunch and Tours
Jeff Nichols
Associate Laboratory Director for Computing and Computational Science, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
1:30 p.m.Cookies and refreshments Conference Center Lobby
2:00 p.m.Eugene P. Wigner Distinguished Lecture in Science, Technology, and Policy: What Does the Future Hold?

Registration for the OLCF 25th Anniversary Celebration event does not guarantee you a seat at the Wigner Lecture. Please arrive early to secure your seat. There will be overflow seating in the JICS Auditorium in building
Dr. Martin Karplus
Harvard University, Theodore William Richards Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus, 2013 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry
3:30 p.m.Closing Remarks
3:45 p.m.Tours of the OLCFBuilding 5600 Computer Overlook

 Celebration Contacts

Celebration Contacts:
Suzanne Parete-Koon, paretekoonst@ornl.gov
Sherry Ray, rayce@ornl.gov
Linda Weltman, weltmanlk@ornl.gov

Maps & Directions to ORNL

ORNL Guest House:  You can now make a reservations at the ORNL Guest House.

Hotels in Oak Ridge area:

Hotel National Number Local Number
Comfort Inn 800.228.5150 865.481.8200
Doubletree 800.222.TREE 865.481.2468
Hampton Inn 800.HAMPTON 865.482.7889
Quality Inn 877.424.6423 865.483.6809
Staybridge Suites 800.225.1237 865.298.0050
WestGate Lodging 865.481.0603 865.481.0603

Maps and Directions to  ORNL:  https://www.ornl.gov/content/maps-and-directions

Map to ORNL Visitor Center:  https://www.ornl.gov/sites/default/files/or_area.pdf

Map of Visitor Center  and Parking:  https://www.ornl.gov/sites/default/files/visitor_map.pdf