Research Computing Center

University of Chicago

The University of Chicago Research Computing Center (RCC) is pleased to announce the second annual Mind Bytes research computing expo and symposium. This event will be held on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 in Ida Noyes Hall on the University of Chicago’s Hyde Park campus.

Mind Bytes is a symposium and exposition that showcases student and faculty work done at the University of Chicago with RCC resources, allows participants to exchange ideas about work done in their field and others, and provides a forum to learn about research computing resources available on campus.

Poster Session

Five awards will be given to deserving posters at the conclusion of Mind Bytes.


Experts will discuss advances in computing technology.

Lightning Talks

Fast-paced summaries of current faculty research.

Resource Fair

Learn how your work can benefit from research computing.

Technical Demonstrations

Discover new technology and concepts to benefit your scholarship.


Poster Competition

The posters should represent research projects that showcase the application of either high-end computing, big data, visualization, or RCC consultants in research and that leveraged RCC's resources.

Posters should be PDF files with the dimensions 48” wide x 35” high (landscape) and with a pixel density of 200 dpi.

The RCC will print and display these posters in Ida Noyes Hall during the event.
Poster submissions due: October 12.

The RCC Mind Bytes Award for Visualization in Research
This award, given in memory of Kathleen A. Zar, acknowledges the research team whose poster offers the most compelling data visualization of scientific research that utilize RCC resources. Contestants will be evaluated on the novelty of the technology that they implement; the level of difficulty of their visualization; and the technical use of RCC resources to produce the visualization.

The RCC Mind Bytes Award for Performance and Scalability
The performance and scalability prize will be awarded to a researcher whose poster demonstrates the best implementation and performance of RCC's Midway compute cluster. Performance tuning and parallelization of codes are becoming increasingly important in order to effectively use modern hardware and implement complex algorithms. The judges are not just interested in code that runs on the greatest number of cores but the code that are best tuned to the existing hardware and/or demonstrates the greatest performance speed-up when scaled.

The RCC Mind Bytes Award for Big-Data Research
The big-data prize will be given to the poster that shows research that fulfills the four Vs of big-data research: volume, velocity, veracity, and variety relative to the field of study. The judges will evaluate not just the size and scope of researchers' data but also the novelty of how they extract knowledge from the data and the efficiency and innovation with which it is processed on the RCC Midway compute resources.

The RCC Mind Bytes Attendees' Choice Award
Throughout the afternoon Mind Bytes attendees will have several opportunities to browse the poster gallery. Guests will be able to cast votes for their favorite posters using voting stations set up at the event.

The RCC Mind Bytes Judges' Choice Award
The Judges will select a poster that is not selected for the other categories, but is deserving of an award.

Important Dates

  • Registration opens: September 1
  • Poster submissions due: October 12
  • Poster submissions are now CLOSED

click here to view 2015 poster submissions

This year's sponsors

At Last Year's Mind Bytes...

RCC demonstrated its new Interactive Visualization Workbench.

Vice President for Research and National Laboratories Don Levy addressed the crowd.

Attendees learned more about what high-performance computing can do for them.

IBM demonstrated its Watson cognitive computing project.

Astrophysicist Andrey Kravtsov gave one of the lightning talks.

Attendees viewed research posters.

A panel discussion explored big data.

Students won prizes for their posters.

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