Commonwealth Computational Summit 2021

POSTPONED to Spring 2022

POSTPONED to Spring 2022

If you require any assistance or have any questions, please Contact - Tony Elam (

Summit Industry Day

POSTPONED to Spring 2022 the Center for Computational Sciences will be hosting and organizing a day of mini-workshops, tutorials, demos and technical in-depth talks by industry and key organizations. These parallel sessions will be held in the Gatton Student Center meeting rooms. We plan to offer presentations and mini-workshops from: Dell, Google, Intel, IBM, Lenovo, MathWorks, Microsoft, NERSC-LBL, NVIDIA, ORAU, Red Hat, and Spectra Logic. And did I mention – its FREE to attend! Look for details in the coming weeks.
NOTE: Featured Speaker for Tuesday – Dr. Henry Neeman on OURRstore – NSF Archival Storage System!

Summit Day

POSTPONED to Spring 2022 the 5th Annual Commonwealth Computational Summit will involve:

Why Join Us

  • 3 Keynote Speakers (Academic, Industry and Government)
  • Parallel special sessions including multiple faculty lightning talks from researchers throughout our region, Special Interest Group meeting/panel for our OpenStack Community, meetings/panel for our Kentucky Cyberteam (both IT Leadership and Researchers) and more!
  • Student Poster Competition with top four winners getting Gift Card prize.
  • Free Registration, Networking Breaks, Luncheon and Reception.


Academic Keynote Speaker

Academic Keynote is confirmed
Academic Keynote Speaker is confirmed but will not be
posted until Mid-September. Major Announcement to Follow at that Time! Let the suspense begin..

Government Keynote Speaker

Invitation Pending
Invitation pending for a Kentucky State Government Speaker

Industry Keynote Speaker

Under Review
Nominees for Industry Keynote Speaker candidates being submitted and in review

POSTPONED to Spring 2022

Industry Day 1 Speakers and Topics

Technical Talks (more details will be posted soon)

  1. Dell - In work
  2. Fujifilm - In work
  3. IBM
    Title: Using Bayesian Optimization techniques to dramatically speed up total solution time for HPC disciplines
    Speakers: Terry Leatherland, Client Technical Architect & Chekuri S. Choudary, Ph.D. AI Specialist, IBM - Read more →
  4. Intel - In work
  5. Liqid - In work
  6. GigaIO - In work
    Title: Deploying and Using Open OnDemand in CloudyCluster in Google Cloud
    Speaker: Kristopher Keipert, Solutions Architect, NVIDIA - Read more →
  8. Omnibond
    Title: Deploying and Using Open OnDemand in CloudyCluster in Google Cloud
    Speaker: Boyd Wilson, CEO of Omnibond - Read more →
Other potential speakers from Amazon, Google, HPE, Mathworks, Microsoft, Lenovo and AMD (invitations pending).


Click on day to view Agenda for that day

Summit Industry Day 1 Agenda Coming Soon...

8:30 - 9:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Reception Desk
Registration at the entrance

9:00 - 9:15 am

Welcome and Introductions

Ball Room A & B
( Dr. Lisa Cassis – UKy Vice President for Research)

9:15 - 10:00 am

Academic Keynote Speaker

Ball Room A & B
Speaker is confirmed, reveal in mid-sept

10:00 - 10:30 am

Graduate Poster Team Lightning Talks (Slides and Break )

Ball Room A & B
One slide introductions

10:30 - 12:00 pm

Parallel Sessions (Sessions are being developed and may include talks and/or panels)

OpenStack Community Meeting

Ball Room A
(Session Chair: Lowell Pike) – panel and open discussion on OpenStack (status and plans).

Kentucky Cyberteam

Ball Room B
(Session Chair: Brian Nichols) - panel and open discussion on the Kentucky Cyberteam Project – Meeting of CIOs and Researchers.

Faculty Lightning Talks

Ball Room C
(Session Chair: TBD) – Lightning talks by faculty from regional universities.

12:00 - 01:00 pm

Networking Lunch Break

Outside Ball Room A & B
Box Lunches will be served outside the ballrooms

01:00 - 02:30 pm

Student Poster Session Opens

Corridors of Ball Rooms (A, B & C)

02:30 - 03:30 pm

Government Keynote Speaker

Ball Room A & B

03:30 - 04:00 pm

Networking Break

Ball Room A & B

04:00 - 05:00 pm

Industry Keynote Speaker

Ball Room A & B

05:00 - 06:00 pm

Poster Winners Announced, Closing and Networking Reception

Ball Room A & B
Networking Reception in Ballroom C

REGISTRATION AND CALLS (Faculty Lightning Talks and Student Poster Competition)

Important Dates:
POSTPONED to Spring 2022


The latest University of Kentucky guide on Covid can be found online:
UKy recommends that all attendees to the Summit be vaccinated for Covid but it is not required to attend. However, at this time, all attendees will be required to wear a mask while indoors and practice social distancing. The Summit Conference Facilities are spacious so that will not be a problem. Obviously if you are experiencing COVID symptoms you should NOT attend the Summit event.

Please Note:

Please note that this event is free to all, but you MUST register below including those faculty submitting abstracts for speaking in the Lightning Talk sessions or those graduate students submitting posters for the poster competition. Speakers, Graduate Students and all attendees should register via the button below. You will be prompted for further information if you are registering as a speaker or competing student.

POSTPONED to Spring 2022

If you require any assistance or have any questions, please Contact - Tony Elam (

Registration is closed.

Call for Speakers

In addition to the registration information, Speakers will be asked for Title of Talk and Abstract (including a PDF option). Abstract (1 page) should describe research to be presented, challenges involved and a mini-bio. Please also indicate which category you feel most appropriate (Bioinformatics/Biosciences; Textual Analysis/Data Mining; HPC/Computational Sci & Eng; Machine Learning/AI or Other).

Call for Student Posters

In addition to the registration information, Competing Students (Poster Competition) will be asked for Student Designation (Master, PhD, PostDoc), Title of Poster and a brief Abstract (including a PDF option).

Our Sponsors

The Commonwealth Computational Summit is available free of charge to researchers in academia and industry across Kentucky due to the generosity of our sponsors. If you are interested in helping, please contact Tony Elam ( or Call: (859) 257-2326.

Sponsorship levels are: Platinum-$5000, Gold-$2500, Silver-$1000, and Bronze-$500. We will recognize our sponsors during the Summit verbally as well as in the program materials and on the Summit’s web pages. Gold and Silver sponsors may request a table and/or banner set up in the Summit facilities area to support interactions with attendees and promotion of your technologies. All sponsors are welcome and encouraged to provide a tutorial, mini-workshop or technical presentation during the Pre-Summit Industry Day - October 19th.

We can not offer this annual summit without the generous support of our Sponsors. Your sponsorship covers all expenses related to the summit including food (break refreshments, breakfast, lunch, and reception), and our Graduate Student Poster Competition prizes. This year our top four winning student’s will receive Gift Card prize. The number of other prizes awarded to students will depend upon the amount of sponsorship we are able to obtain.






How To Get Here

Bill Gatton Student Center Ballrooms

160 Avenue of Champions, Lexington, KY 40506

Get Directions →

Parking – for those non-UKy visiting academics and industry visitors please park in the South Limestone Parking Structure (accessible from Upper Street).

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The participants are responsible for booking the hotels directly.
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    Address: 401 W High St, Lexington, KY 40507
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