PEARC19 Conference

PEARC19 Conference was held in Chicago, Illinois on July 28 - August 1, 2019. PEARC19 explored the current practices and experiences in advanced research computing including modeling, simulation, and data-intensive computing. A primary focus was on machine learning and artificial intelligence which are proving to be disruptive technologies in a diverse range of scientific fields from materials science to medicine.

Speakers included those from Argonne National Laboratory at The University of Chicago, Intel Corporation, Google, Microsoft, and the National Science Foundation. Sponsors can be found at

Students were able to participate in several areas:

  • Student Modeling Challenge
  • Student Posters and Papers
  • Student Mentor Program
  • Hackathon
  • Student Tutorials
  • Speed Networking
  • Student Volunteers
  • Student Campus Champions Program
  • Awards and ACM Conference Proceedings

Edsel Norwood, a student at Elizabeth City State University, submitted a trip report for his experiences at PEARC19 which can be found here.


Student Program

PEARC19 offered a dynamic student program designed bringing together a broad and diverse group of researchers, students, and prospective users including significant participation from under-represented groups and new disciplines. The student program provided students with a range of opportunities to participate in both student activities and the full technical program so that they could share their research efforts and gain insights and inspiration from like-minded individuals at the conference.


Student Modeling Challenge

The Student Modeling Challenge was designed to introduce students to the concepts and practice of computational modeling as a method for engaging in scientific analysis. During the challenge, students work in teams to develop a model of a scientific problem from one of a number of different domains including biology, physics, and chemistry. Students prepared for the Modeling Challenge with targeted PEARC19 tutorials, and the primary modeling activity happens the following day. On the final day of PEARC19, the teams presented their results in a session open to all attendees. Student Mentor Program The aim of the Student Mentor program was to foster the next generation of scientists and science leaders. With a focus on connecting the mentee to the PEARC19 conference, provide the mentee with networking opportunities during the conference, and allowing the mentee to learn more about Practice & Experience in Advanced Research Computing. The conference mentor’s primary role was to help guide his/her students through the conference and to share his/her personal experiences in the field of Advanced Research Computing. Mentors were expected to share their advice, help their students select sessions, introduce their students to others, explain research being presented, and be a familiar face at the conference.


PEARC19 featured a Hackathon to challenge the future generation of HPC and science gateways professionals. Undergraduate and graduate student teams competed on gateway projects, learned how to use important tools and methods, and won awesome prizes. The HACK@PEARC was an excellent opportunity to have fun and understand some of the coding challenges within the HPC and Science Gateway communities. Students worked with some of the best programmers in the field

Student Tutorials

Practical hands-on experience in research computing through workshops and tutorials in a wide range of areas, including machine learning, data analytics, and scientific programming. Speed Networking The Speed Networking session allowed students to meet one-on-one with representatives from the PEARC19 exhibitors and to share their enthusiasm for advanced computing, visualization, data analysis, and research. In this round robin-style event, students moved around to the exhibitors’ tables and meet them in two-minute rounds.