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Video: How the HPC Environment is Different from the Desktop (and Why)

Katherine Riley, Director of Science at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility

Katherine Riley, Director of Science at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility

In this video, Katherine Riley from Argonne presents: How the HPC Environment is Different from the Desktop (and Why).

“High performance computing has transformed how science and engineering research is conducted. Answering a question in 30 minutes that used to take 6 months can quickly change the way one asks questions. Large computing facilities provide access to some of the world’s largest computing, data, and network resources in the world. Indeed, the DOE complex has the highest concentration of supercomputing capability in the world. However, by nature of their existence, making use of the largest computers in the world can be a challenging and unique task. This talk will discuss how supercomputers are unique and explain how that impacts their use.”

Katherine Riley is the Director of Science for the ALCF leading a fantastic team of experts in computational science, performance engineering, visualizations, and data sciences. The ALCF is familiar territory for Riley as she was one of the facility’s first hires in 2007. She previously served as a principal scientific applications engineer and manager of the ALCF catalyst team, a group of computational scientists who work directly with users to help them maximize their time on ALCF systems and achieve their research goals. Riley has also been a key contributor to the strategic vision of the facility, assisting with the design and development of ALCF supercomputers by helping to identify the scientific requirements for new systems. She has spent her career focused on scientific application architecture and how this impacts performance, scalability, and extensibility. In her new role as Director of Science, Riley leads scientific strategy for the ALCF, ensuring the facility delivers leading-edge computational capabilities and expertise that help advance fundamental discovery and understanding in a broad range of scientific and engineering disciplines.

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