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Radio Free HPC Looks at the Top HPC Tech Stories from 2015

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bubbleIn this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the Top Technology Stories for High Performance Computing in 2015.

  • Henry thinks new NVM Non-Volatile Memory (3D Xpoint) technologies will have the most dramatic impact on HPC architectures going forward. Rich says that the analytics for 3D XPoint stories indicate that many of his readers at insideHPC are eager to learn more.

In this video from IDF 2015 in San Francisco, Intel’s CEO Brian Krzanich and Rob Crooke, VP of Non-volatile Memory Solutions Group discuss the new Optane SSD technology powered by 3D XPoint technology. This video was one of our most-shared posts from 2015.

  • Dan believes that the Coral Supercomputer Announcements made in the last 15 months or so will result in new levels of architectural diversity in the TOP500. In what he calls the “Rebel Alliance,” the co-design approach from IBM, Nvidia, and Mellanox will be deployed at two of the three Coral systems in the 2017 timeframe. On the other side of the coin, the Aurora system at Argonne will use the Scalable System Framework architecture from Intel.
  • Rich sees tremendous potential in NVMe technologies, having seen his first demonstration at the Scalable Informatics booth at SC15. The NVM Express specification defines an optimized register interface, command set and feature set for PCI Express (PCIe)-based Solid-State Drives (SSDs). The goal of NVM Express is to unlock the potential of PCIe SSDs now and in the future, and standardize the PCIe SSD interface.

In this video from SC15, Joe Landman from Scalable Informatics describes the company’s new Forte Hyperconverged NVMe Appliance.

To wrap up the show, Rich shares insideHPC‘s most-shared stories from 2015:

  1. The Impact of HPC on Music. Many will be familiar with HPC and industrial or scientific applications, but now HPC is making its impact on something that touches the soul of millions and millions of people every day — music. In an interview with the inventor of HPC for Music, Antonis Karalis shared a brief explanation of how the future of music has been compromised and what steps are being taken to revolutionize music composition, the creative workflow, and deliver new entertainment experiences. Along the way, Karalis is applying cutting edge computing technologies including Intel Optane 3D memory and the Scalable System Framework.
  2. The NSCI initiative. Established by an Executive Order by President Obama, NSCI has a mission to ensure the United States continues leading high performance computing over the coming decades. As part of the effort, NSCI will foster the deployment of exascale supercomputers to take on the nation’s Grand Challenges.
  3. Alan Gara Inteview on the Aurora Supercompter. In this interview, Intel’s Alan Gara describes the Aurora system, a 180 Petaflop supercomputer coming to Argonne. “The Aurora system is based on our Omni-Path second generation. This is an Intel interconnect that we’ve been developing for some time now, and we’re really excited about the capabilities that we expect and scalability that we expect it to bring to high performance computing.”

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