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Video: Exascale, Data and Biology


In this video from the 2014 Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing, Rick Stevens from Argonne presents: Exascale, Data and Biology. “At ATPESC 2014, we captured 67 hours of lectures in 86 videos of presentations by pioneers and elites in the HPC community on topics ranging from programming techniques and numerical algorithms best suited for leading-edge HPC systems to trends in HPC architectures and software most likely to provide performance portability through the next decade and beyond.”

Pete Beckman Presents: Exascale Architecture Trends


“Over the past thirty thirty years there have been several predictions of the eminant cessation of the rate of improvement in computer performance. Every such prediction was wrong. They were wrong because they hinged on unstated assumptions that were overturned by subsequent events.”

On the Long Path to Exascale, Storage is Already Working Smarter

Infinite Memory

As the countdown to Exascale continues, Exascale-like storage problems are already showing up in today’s massively parallel, heterogeneous HPC systems. Historically, storage and I/O have kept pace with growing system demands, but, because of the limitations of spinning media and the cost of solid state storage technologies, storage performance improvements have come at a disproportionately higher cost and lower efficiency than their compute counterparts.

Interview: Experimenting with DEEP-ER NAM Technology


“As the name indicates: A NAM is basically a storage device plugged into the interconnect network of a Cluster. That sounds pretty simple and straightforward. But the underlying technology is quite new and exciting and the NAM concept enables entirely new approaches for using memory as a shared resource.”

HPCAC to Host South Africa High-Performance Computing Conference


The HPC Advisory Council will host the South Africa High-Performance Computing Conference at the Kruger National Park in South Africa on Dec. 3, 2013.

Exascale: A Long Look at Lustre Limitations

Nathan Rutman

In this video from the LAD’14 Conference in Reims, Nathan Rutman from Seagate presents: Exascale: A Long Look at Lustre Limitations.

Video: Scalable HPC Communication Capabilities

Rich Graham

“Exascale levels of computing pose many system- and application-level computational challenges. Mellanox as a provider of end-to-end communication services is progressing the foundation of the InfiniBand architecture to meet the exascale challenges. This presentation will focus on recent technology improvements which significantly improve InfiniBand’s scalability, performance, and ease of use.”

The Business Case for Exascale in Seismic Exploration

Geert Wenes, Sr. Practice Leader at Cray

“The business case for exascale in O&G is extremely compelling, and — as anyone who has read Daniel Yergin’s “The Prize” will appreciate — goes to the very core of why IOCs exist. In the search for oil and gas in the Gulf of Mexico — one of the richest hydrocarbon basins in the world that continues to reinvent itself for exploration plays — the biggest prizes lie in ultra-deep water. In a deeply submerged area about 300 miles southwest of New Orleans and extending into Mexico waters, rock formations from the Paleogene period, also known as the Lower Tertiary, represent the leading edge of deep-water oil discovery. “

Seeking Nominations: 2014 HPC Vanguard Award


Today insideHPC announced that the organization is seeking nominations for the HPC Vanguard Award. Launched by The Exascale Report in 2013, the award recognizes critical leaders in the HPC community’s strategic push to achieve exascale levels of supercomputing performance. The HPC Vanguard Award recognizes leadership in driving the HPC community,” said Rich Brueckner, President of insideHPC. “As the name suggests, Vanguards consistently push the envelope and are always open to new, innovative thinking.”

Interview: Behind the Scenes at the DEEP Project

Estela Suarez, Project Manager of DEEP & DEEP-ER at Jülich

“In terms of the hardware, one of the biggest successes surely was to make the Intel Xeon Phi boot via the Extoll network. This might not sound so special, but for the DEEP project it is – because this basically is the essential milestone for proving our architectural concept: The Cluster-Booster approach. In traditional heterogeneous architectures the accelerators cannot boot without a host CPU. Our aim was to develop a cluster – made up of usual CPUs – and a booster – made up of accelerators – that can both act autonomously while being interconnected via two networks.”