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Dr. Robert Voigt on Educating Computational Scientists

In this video from KAUST Live, Dr. Robert Voigt discusses his recent keynote at the HPC Saudi Conference on the topic of Educating Computational Scientists. “This talk will provide a historical perspective on the challenges of educating computational scientists based on my personal involvement over a number of years. Three decidedly different activities will be drawn on to indicate how one can successfully approach the challenge.”

Agenda Posted for HPC User Forum in Santa Fe

Hyperion Research has posted the final agenda for the HPC User Forum April 17-19 in Santa Fe. Note that Hyperion Research is the new name for the former IDC HPC group.

Video: InfiniBand Virtualization

“Infiniband Virtualization allows a single Channel Adapter to present multiple transport endpoints that share the same physical port. To software, these endpoints are exposed as independent Virtual HCAs (VHCAs), and thus may be assigned to different software entities, such as VMs. VHCAs are visible to Subnet Management, and are managed just like physical HCAs. We will cover the Virtualization model, management, addressing modes, and discuss deployment considerations.”

Building Efficient HPC Clouds with MCAPICH2 and RDMA-Hadoop over SR-IOV IB Clusters

Xiaoyi Lu from Ohio State University presented this talk at the Open Fabrics Workshop. “Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV) technology has been steadily gaining momentum for high performance interconnects such as InfiniBand. SR-IOV can deliver near native performance but lacks locality-aware communication support. This talk presents an efficient approach to building HPC clouds based on MVAPICH2 and RDMA-Hadoop with SR-IOV.”

ISC 2017 Announces Finalists for Hans Meuer Award

Today ISC 2017 announced the finalists for the Hans Meuer Award. Introduced in memory of the late Dr. Hans Meuer of TOP500 fame, the award recognizes the most outstanding research paper submitted to the conference’s Research Papers Committee.

Job of the Week: Research Technologist at LANL

Los Alamos National Lab is seeking a Research Technologist in our Job of the Week. “This position will focus on research and development of novel DNA and RNA isolation and library preparation methods to accommodate library preparation requirements for a variety of NGS platforms. This includes shotgun, amplicon or other enrichment methods targeting single cell, small volume or small nucleic acid concentration samples as well as traditional samples for sequencing on Illumina, Pacbio, and MinION.”

GEN-Z: An Overview and Use Cases

Greg Casey from Dell EMC presented this talk at the OpenFabrics Workshop. “This session will focus on the new Gen-Z memory-semantic fabric. The speaker will show the audience why Gen-Z is needed, how Gen-Z operates, what is expected in first products that employ Gen-Z, and encourage participation in finalizing the Gen-Z specifications. Gen-Z will be connecting components inside of servers as well as connecting servers with pools of memory, storage, and acceleration devices through a switch environment.”

Experiences with NVMe over Fabrics

“Using RDMA, NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) provides the high BW and low-latency characteristics of NVMe to remote devices. Moreover, these performance traits are delivered with negligible CPU overhead as the bulk of the data transfer is conducted by RDMA. In this session, we present an overview of NVMe-oF and its implementation in Linux. We point out the main design choices and evaluate NVMe-oF performance for both Infiniband and RoCE fabrics.”

NYU Hosts Advanced Computing for Competitiveness Forum on April 13

The New York University Center for Urban Science and Progress will host the Advanced Computing for Competitiveness Forum on April 13. Sponsored by the U.S. Council on Competitiveness, the day-long event will look at why “To out-compete is to out-compute.” The Council’s landmark Advanced Computing Roundtable (ACR) – formerly the High Performance Computing (HPC) Initiative – is the preeminent forum for experts in advanced computing to set a national agenda on how such technologies should be leveraged for U.S. comptitiveness. Advanced computing includes technologies such as high performance computing, artificial intelligence (AI), and the Internet of Things (IoT). ACR members represent industrial and commercial advanced computing users, hardware and software vendors and directors of academic and national laboratory advanced computing centers.”

Video: Thomas Schulthess on how HPC Propels the Global Enterprise of Science

In this video from the HPC Saudi Conference, Dr. Thomas Schulthess from the Swiss National Supercomputing Center discusses how CSCS approaches High Performance Computing. According to Schulthess, supporting legacy software is the biggest challenge for moving HPC forward. “Earlier this month, the European PRACE initiative went into Phase 2, with Switzerland becoming a new Hosting Member. As a Hosting Member, Switzerland is now making its Piz Daint supercomputer at CSCS available for cutting-edge PRACE research. The other Hosting Members are Spain, Italy, Germany and France.”