The UNM Center for Advanced Research Computing (CARC) hosts its second annual User Meeting on Friday, April 14, at the SUB Santa Ana A & B. Registration is required and open now.

CARC held its first User Meeting in April 2022 with the goal of providing a forum for interactions between current users and the center staff, as well as encouraging interactions and idea sharing between users in different disciplines. Feedback from the user community was collected at this event.

Among the ideas implemented following last year’s feedback was the addition of a student poster session to this year’s event. Researchers, particularly students, are encouraged to submit their abstracts when registering so they can present their posters (36” x 48”) in the afternoon poster reception at the User Meeting.

In addition to the poster reception, this year’s event will feature the available resources at CARC, a keynote and two researcher presentations, an information session about the National Research Platform (NRP), and a discussion of research computing needs and gaps. 

“The purpose of the user meeting is to continue building the communication between CARC and our users. For example, by informing researchers about our resources as well as CARC receiving feedback from users on their current and future computing needs,” said CARC Associate Director Ylva Pihlstrom. 

The overview of available resources at CARC and how users can get help accessing and using them will be presented by Professor Matthew Fricke. Professor Melanie Moses will give a keynote talk, and additional talks will be given by Professors Amanda Bienz and Avinash Sahu.

This year CARC added a poster session to showcase student and postdoctoral work utilizing computing resources in various ways.

“The networking aspect of a user meeting is also important, as we hope that knowledge will be shared between researchers in different departments and fields,” Pihlstrom said. Additionally, information about the NRP, a distributed cluster system based on resource sharing will be presented, including how UNM researchers can access the platform.

Registration is open and will close on Friday, March 31. Everyone with an interest in research computing is invited to attend to learn more about CARC and the resources available to the UNM community.