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Radio Free HPC Field Report from LUG2014

In this podcast, Rich Brueckner reports back from the LUG 2015 Lustre User Group Meeting. With something like 188 attendees this year, LUG reflects a user community that has come together to foster the world’s fastest parallel file system.

Podcast: Supercomputing Synthetic Transporter Proteins

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articleIn this podcast, Michael Grabe from the University of California – San Francisco describes how scientists designed completely from scratch a protein molecule that behaves like a slice of life.

Radio Free HPC Looks at the Aurora Supercomputer Coming to Argonne in 2018

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In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the 180 Aurora supercomputer coming to Argonne in 2018. “As the third of three Coral supercomputer procurements, the deal will comprise an 8.5 Petaflop “Theta” system based on Knights Landing in 2016 and a much larger 180 Petaflop “Aurora” supercomputer in 2018. Intel will be the prime contractor on the deal, with sub-contractor Cray building the actual supercomputers.”

Podcast: Michael Papka and Susan Coghlan on the 180 Petaflop Aurora Supercomputer

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In this Tech Shift podcast, Michael Papka and Susan Coghlan from Argonne National Laboratory discuss the 180 Petaflop Aurora supercomputer scheduled for deployment in 2018.

Slidecast: Bridging HPC and Big Data Analytics with Software Defined Storage

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“IBM Spectrum Scale is a proven, scalable, high-performance data and file management solution (based upon IBM General Parallel File System or GPFS, also formerly known as code name Elastic Storage). IBM Spectrum Scale provides world-class storage management with extreme scalability, flash accelerated performance, and automatic policy-based storage tiering from flash through disk to tape. IBM Spectrum Scale reduces storage costs up to 90% while improving security and management efficiency in cloud, big data & analytics environments.”

Radio Free HPC on the Silence of the Google

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Google’s investment in artificial intelligence does more than just create better search results; it allows Google’s engineers to make constant algorithm changes right under our noses.

Radio Free HPC Looks at Recent Trends of Chipmaker Consolidation

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In this episode, the Radio Free HPC team looks at some interesting industry developments from the past week. Samsung is reportedly looking at buying AMD, Intel may acquire Altera, and Micron has snapped up Convey Computer.

Podcast: Fighting Alzheimer’s with HPC

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In this podcast, Dr. Rudy Tanzi from Harvard Medical School describes his pioneering research in Alzheimer’s disease and how HPC is critical to the path forward. “Dr. Tanzi currently spearheads the Alzheimer’s Genome Project, which recently identified four new AD gene candidates. This achievement was named one of the “Top Ten Medical Breakthroughs of 2008” by Time Magazine.”

Podcast: Supercomputing BioFuels at TACC

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In this TACC podcast, Klaus Schulten of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign describes the analysis and modeling of the cellulosome bond. The research could boost efforts to develop catalysts for biofuel production from non-food waste plants.

Radio Free HPC Wraps up the 2015 GPU Technology Conference

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In this episode, the Radio Free HPC team wraps up the GPU Technology Conference. The theme of the show this year was Deep Learning, a topic that is heating up the market for GPUs with challenges like image recognition and self-driving cars. As a sister conference, the OpenPOWER Summit this week in San Jose showcased the first OpenPower hardware, including a prototype HPC server from IBM that will pave the way to the two IBM/Nvidia/Mellanox Coral supercomputers expected in 2017.