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Welcome to the 2023 Spring OAK Supercomputing Conference! This is the first conference in a series of semi-annual conferences for the Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas (OAK) region, bringing together supercomputing experts, researchers, and students from across the region for a discussion and exploration of the latest trends and technologies in the field of high-performance computing. Topics will include the relevance of machine learning & artificial intelligence and data-driven applications in scientific research.


Focus: This workshop is designed for early and mid-career scientists, and students and post-docs. In particular, participants from different scientific domains who would like to learn how to use High-Performance Computing (HPC) resources and want to connect to the community of experts and users in the OAK region. During the conference, discussions will be held regarding building a community for sharing of HPC resources and knowledge know-how. Users who are new to HPC/supercomputers and want to learn about them are specially encouraged to attend.

We thank our sponsors!

The 2023 OAK Sponsors are Intel, Dell Technologies, DDN, NVIDIA, and OSU Research

Special Workshops offered during the conference (

1. NVIDIA will be sponsoring and offering a workshop on Introduction to Machine Learning.

2. OSU’s HPCC will be offering a hands-on workshop on Introduction HPC and Pete.

3. OSU’s HPCC will be offering an interactive workshop for High-School students on What are Supercomputers and What problems do they solve?


Future conferences are being planned to be held in Arkansas (Fall 2023) and Kansas (Spring 2024), and driven by an NSF MRI award ( for the development of a new regional supercomputer.


Conference fee:

None. However, registration is required.


April 5-7th, 2023



Wes Watkins Center and Edmon Low Library
Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma

Virtual participation: In discussion.


Organizing Committee:

Dr. Pratul Agarwal (OSU)

Dr. Chris Fennell (OSU)

Dr. Jeremy Evert (SWOSU)

Dr. Fares Z. Najar (OSU)

Dr. Chelsea Murphy (OSU)


Who can participate: 
This conference is open to participants from all higher-education and undergraduate institutions in the OAK region. Participants from industry are also invited to attend. An invitation-only event for select high school students will also be conducted as a part of this conference.



Also available in PDF format:  2023_spring_oak_agenda.pdf

Talk abstracts and additional details:


Wednesday, April 5th Location:  Wes Watkins Center                                                                                                     
3:00 - 5:00 pm Workshop 1:  NVIDIA's Introduction to Machine Learning
Srivathsan Koundinyan, NVIDIA
Room 308
5:00 - 7:00 pm Social Mixer
(Drinks and light snack served)
Room 308
7:00 - 8:00 pm Plenary Talk:  Are We There Yet? The Road to Artificial General Intelligence
Rajat Monga , CEO, ex-Head TensorFlow
Thursday, April 6th Location:  Wes Watkins Center
8:00 - 8:30 am Breakfast
Exibition Hall
8:30 - 8:40 am Welcome Address
Dr. Kenneth Sewell, Vice President for Research, Oklahoma State University
8:40 - 9:00 am Introduction to OAK
Dr. Pratul Agarwal, High Performance Computing Center, Oklahoma State University
9:00 - 10:00 am Plenary Talk:  Harnessing High Performance Computing to Advance Clinical Neuroscience at OSU
Dr. W. Kyle Simmons, Biomedical Imaging Center, Oklahoma State University
10:00 - 10:30 am Coffee Break
Exibition Hall
10:30 - 11:00 am Invited Talk:  Teaming up for CI and Achieving High Throughput in the Great Plains
Dr. Dan Andresen , Department of Computer Science, Kansas State University
11:00 - 11:30 am Invited Talk:  Accelerated Enzyme Reaction Free Energy Simulations
Dr. Yihan Shao , Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Oklahoma
11:30 - 12:00 pm Invited Talk:  Big Data in Genomic Research for Big Questions with Examples from COVID-19 and Other Zoonoses
Dr. Dave Ussery , Department of Biomedical Informatics, University of Arkansas for Medical Services
12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch
Exibition Hall
1:00 - 2:00 pm Plenary Talk:  Reinventing Compute for Next Gen Infrastructure
Sumit Gupta, Infra Lead, Google
2:00 - 2:30 pm Invited Talk:  Methods for Onboarding New HPC Users:  Encouraging the HPC Experience in Curriculum Design at Wichita State University
Dr. Terrance Figy , Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Physics, Wichita State University
2:30 - 3:00 pm Invited Talk:  Noncoding and Nonsensical Genome Elements:  How the Non-protein Coding Regions of the Genome Regulate Expression and Take Power from the One Percent
Dr. Darren Hagen, Department of Animal and Food Sciences, Oklahoma State University
3:00 - 3:30 pm Coffee Break
Exibition Hall
3:30 - 4:30 pm Town Hall and Open Discussion
5:00 - 6:45 pm Poster Session
Exibition Hall
7:00 - 8:00 pm Dinner & Industry Talk
Wynell Jenkins, Dell Technologies
Exibition Hall
8:00 pm
Best Poster Awards
Exibition Hall
Friday, April 7th Location: Edmon Low Library                                                                                       
8:30 - 10:00 am Workshop 2:  Introduction to HPC and Pete
Dr. Pratul Agarwal
(Open to faculty, staff, graduate, and undergraduate students)
Room 206
10:30 am - 1:00 pm Workshop 3:  Introduction to Supercomputing
Dr. Pratul Agarwal and Evan Linde
(Open to High-School students)
Browsing Room



A limited number of rooms are available at The Atherton Hotel on OSU campus. Please visit for details. Please register for the conference and call 405-744-6835 for reservation, please mention this conference for special rates.


Additional rooms are available at the Fairfield Inn a short drive east of the OSU campus.


The hotels can be seen in relation to the Wes Watkins Center on the following map:,-97.0610748,16z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m3!11m2!2s6QdJXaBrSPSpy070SZZxgQ!3e3



Closed.  See you at the conference!


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