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Agenda Posted for HP-CAST at ISC 2017

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has posted their Preliminary Agenda for HP-CAST. As HPE’s user group meeting for high performance computing, the event takes place June 16-17 in Frankfurt, just prior to ISC 2017. “The High Performance Consortium for Advanced Scientific and Technical (HP-CAST) computing users group works to increase the capabilities of Hewlett Packard Enterprise solutions for large-scale, scientific and technical computing. HP-CAST provides guidance to Hewlett Packard Enterprise on the essential development and support issues for such systems. HP-CAST meetings typically include corporate briefings and presentations by HPE executives and technical staff (under NDA), and discussions of customer issues related to high-performance technical computing.”

Trends in Systems and How to Get Efficient Performance

Martin Hilgeman from Dell gave this talk at the Switzerland HPC Conference. “With all the advances in massively parallel and multi-core computing with CPUs and accelerators it is often overlooked whether the computational work is being done in an efficient manner. This efficiency is largely being determined at the application level and therefore puts the responsibility of sustaining a certain performance trajectory into the hands of the user. This presentation shows the well-known laws of parallel performance from the perspective of a system builder.”

Video: The Molecular Sciences Software Institute

Daniel Crawford from Virginia Tech gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. “The Molecular Sciences Software Institute serves as a nexus for science, education, and cooperation serving the worldwide community of computational molecular scientists – a broad field including of biomolecular simulation, quantum chemistry, and materials science. The Institute will spur significant advances in software infrastructure, education, standards, and best-practices that are needed to enable the molecular science community to open new windows on the next generation of scientific Grand Challenges.”

Backblaze to Report Latest Hard Drive Failure Stats at MSST 2017

At MSST 2017, Andrew Klein from Backblaze will present on what they’ve learned about hard drives over the years including failure rates by model, and the ability to predict drive failure before it happens. “Currently we have over 80,000 drives ranging from 3 to 8TB. Let’s take a look at what we learned over the years about hard drives, including failure rates, by model, and the ability to predict drive failure before it happens.”

Frauke Gräter to receive 2nd PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC

Today the European PRACE initiative announced that Prof Dr Frauke Gräter from University of Heidelberg is the winner of the PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC. It is the second time that PRACE awards a female scientist for her outstanding impact on HPC research, computational science or service provision at a global level. The award will be presented at PRACEdays17, to be held May 16-18 in Barcelona.

Housing Registration Opens for SC17 in Denver

The SC17 housing reservation system is now open for business. The conference takes place Nov. 12-17 in Denver.

HPC Accelerating Combustion Engine Design

Sibendu Som from Argonne presented this talk at the HPC User Forum. “Sibendu Som is a mechanical engineer and principal investigator for developing predictive spray and combustion modeling capabilities for compression ignition engines. With the aid of high-performance computing, Sibendu focuses on developing robust models which can improve the performance and emission characteristics of a variety of bio-derived fuels. Predictive simulation capability can provide significant insights on how to improve the efficiency and emissions for different bio-derived fuels of interest.”

Greg Kurtzer of LBNL Launches SingularityWare, LLC

Over at the Singularity Blog, Greg Kurtzer writes that he has created a new organization, SingularityWare, LLC. In partnership with RStor, the new company will be dedicated to further developing Singularity, supporting the associated open source community and growing the project. “In addition to continuing my leadership of Singularity (and the new LLC), I will be maintaining my association with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, as a scientific advisor as well as continuing other efforts I am associated with (e.g. Warewulf and OpenHPC).”

Rock Stars of HPC: Karan Batta

From software developer at a small start-up in New Zealand, to Senior Program Manager at one of the largest multinational technology companies in the US, Karan Batta has led a career touched by HPC – even if he didn’t always realize it at the time. As the driving force behind the GPU Infrastructure vision, roadmap and deployment in Microsoft Azure, Karan Batta is a Rock Star of HPC.

Register Now for ISC 2017 at Early Bird Rates

Early bird registration for ISC 2017 is ending soon. This is your last chance to enjoy a substantial discount on registration for the conference, which takes place June 18-22 in Frankfurt.