2021 Victorian GPGPU Research Symposium

20–22 Oct Zoom

General-Purpose Computing on
Graphics Processing Units (GPGPU)

Graphics Processing Units (GPU) have revolutionised research computing by enabling large-scale parallel processing. This has accelerated advances in many academic domains.

The 2021 Victorian GPGPU
Research Symposium

Organised by a community of GPGPU enabled researchers from Victorian institutions, including the University of Melbourne, Deakin University, La Trobe University and RMIT, our symposium aims to highlight the impact delivered through access to GPGPU technology. The symposium aims to bring together the community of GPGPU researchers across several broad themes including Molecular Modelling, Continuum Mechanics, and Artificial Intelligence. With presentations spread across three mornings, the symposium promises to be an engaging celebration of our collective research efforts and provide a preview of future developments in GPGPU technology.

Symposium Convenors: Dr Rebecca Farrington, Dr Noel Faux, Dr Robert Turnbull.


All times Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) +11 UTC.

Wednesday 20th Oct

Molecular Simulation


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Thursday 21st Oct

Continuum Mechanics


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Friday 22nd Oct

Artificial Intelligence


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Friday 22nd Oct

Community Grant Discussion



Prof Tiffany Walsh MC
Professor Of Bionanotechnology, Deakin
veski Board Director
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Wednesday 20th October, 9:30–10:40am

Molecular Simulation
Dr Rika Kobayashi Keynote
NCI Australia
Computational Chemistry and Materials Science on GPGPUs at NCI
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Dr Billy Williams-Noonan
School of Engineering, RMIT
An Active Site Inhibitor Induces Conformational Penalties for ACE2 Recognition by the Spike Protein of SARS-CoV-2
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A/Prof Olexandr Isayev
Department of Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University
GPU software infrastructure for ML molecular simulations
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Prof David Winkler
School of Biochemistry and Genetics
La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science,
La Trobe University, Bundoora
Computational insights into the origin of SARS-CoV-2
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Session Convenors: Dr Billy Williams-Noonan, Dr Fangfang Chen, Dr Sherif A. Tawfik Abbas.

Thursday 21st October, 9:30–10:40am

Continuum Mechanics
Dr John Taylor Keynote
Research Group Leader at CSIRO Data61
A HPC Virtual Laboratory: AI/ML for Weather and Climate Science
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Dr Melissa Kozul
Research Fellow In Extreme-Scale Cfd, Mechanical Engineering
University of Melbourne
GPU-enabled high-fidelity CFD with industrial impact
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Wilson Lu
University of Melbourne
Simulations of confined bluff body flows on GPU architectures
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Dr Vassili Kitsios
Ensemble Kalman filter estimation of ocean optical parameters in numerical simulations of the global climate
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Session Convenors: Daniah Aljubaili, Dr Rebecca Farrington, Dr Simon Mutch.

Friday 22nd October, 9:30–11:30am

Artificial Intelligence + Community Grants Discussion
Jeremy Howard
Jeremy Howard Keynote
University of San Francisco
The GPGPU developer experience has a long way to go
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Dr Lea Frermann
Computing and Information Systems
University of Melbourne
GPU-powered Natural Language Processing: Opportunities and Challenges in Academic Research
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Dr Stephen Moore
Senior Software Engineer, Cylite
GPUs and AI for Image the Eye
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Suhag Byaravalli Arun
Machine Learning Devops Engineer
Monash eResearch Centre (MeRC)
Optimising DL pipelines to take advantage of NVIDIA DGX stations: Case Study: Fungal infection detection in CT scans.
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Session Convenors: Dr Noel Faux, Dr Robert Turnbull, Dr Andrew Cullen.