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Radio Free HPC Looks at Highlights from Fall 2015 HPC Conferences


In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team goes over a Trip Report from Rich Brueckner from insideHPC, who’s been on the road at a series of HPC conferences. We captured more that 50 talks in the past month, and we have them all right here with the very latest in High Performance Computing.

Developing a Plan for Cloud Based GPU Processing


For some applications, cloud based clusters may be limited due to communication and/or storage latency and speeds. With GPUs, however, these issue are not present because application running on cloud GPUs perform exactly the same as those in your local cluster — unless the application span multiple nodes and are sensitive to MPI speeds. For those GPU applications that can work well in the cloud environment, a remote cloud may be an attractive option for both production and feasibility studies.

Communication Frameworks for HPC and Big Data

DK Panda, Ohio State University

DK Panda from Ohio State University presented this talk at the HPC Advisory Council Spain Conference. “Dr. Panda and his research group members have been doing extensive research on modern networking technologies including InfiniBand and 10-40GE/iWARP. His research group is currently collaborating with National Laboratories and leading InfiniBand and 10-40GE/iWARP companies on designing various subsystems of next generation high-end systems.”

NVIDIA GRID 2.0 comes to Microsoft Azure


“Our vision is to deliver accelerated graphics and high performance computing to any connected device, regardless of location,” said Jen-Hsun Huang, co-founder and CEO of NVIDIA. “We are excited to collaborate with Microsoft Azure to give engineers, designers, content creators, researchers and other professionals the ability to visualize complex, data-intensive designs accurately from anywhere.”

EU/European HPC Plans for the Next Decade


Bob Sorensen from IDC presented this talk at the HPC User Forum. In a recent study, IDC assessed the EU’s progress towards their 2012 action plan and made recommendations for funding exascale systems and fostering industrial HPC in the coming decade.

German Supercomputing Sites Become Centers of Excellence for Horizon 2020


Today the European Commission announced HLRS, JSC, and LRZ have been named “Centers of Excellence for computing applications. Funded by the EC and the Horizon 2020 program, the new Centers of Excellence will provide their petascale HPC infrastructure for developing services for European users in science and industry.

IBM Storage With OpenStack

IBM Cloud Service

While there is much discussion and products in the market regarding cloud computing and the ability to spin up a virtual machines quickly and efficiently, the fact remains that without planning for cloud based storage, the data will get lost. Simply put, without storage, there is no data.

Stepping up to the performance challenge

David Lecomber, CEO, Allinea

The performance-savvy HPC developer is in high demand today. Leaps in intra-node parallelism, memory performance and capacity are set to meet applications struggling to exploit existing systems head-on.

PNNL Installs Data Vortex System


Today Data Vortex Technologies announced that the company has sold and delivered a DV205 system, “PEPSY”, to the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). PEPSY is specifically designed to solve problems requiring extensive processor-to-processor communication in parallel computing systems.

Video: On the Role of Flash in Large-Scale Storage Systems


Nathan Rutman from Seagate presented this talk at the LAD’15 Conference. “So why is a spinning disk company talking about Flash? Last year, Seagate acquired Avago LSI’s flash division. We now have an array of flash-based storage. So I have nothing against Flash. This presentation is really on: Where does Flash make sense? I also have a personal agenda because I hate the term “Burst Buffer.” Everyone says “Burst Buffer” instead of saying “Flash.” It drives me crazy. So I’m going to explain what a Burst Buffer is and what it is not.”