Today insideHPC is pleased to share news about Xand McMahon a newly formed marketing agency focused on HPC and technical computing. “Xand McMahon is a joint venture between two familiar faces in the HPC community: Lara Kisielewska from Xand Marketing and Kim McMahon from McMahon Consulting. As kind of a one-stop shop, Xand McMahon provides a full range of strategic and tactical marketing services for companies seeking to capture market share in HPC and technical computing. Both women entered the HPC arena in 1999 and have worked with dozens of HPC firms to provide messaging and branding, go-to-market strategies, advertising, PR, social media, event production, road shows, trade show management, technical content, partner management, lead generation, and product launches.”
With the release of a Developer Access Program for the Intel Xeon Phi Processor codenamed Knights Landing, Intel and its partner Colfax are widening early levels of access, support and training for the widely anticipated next-generation Intel Xeon Phi processor release. The Developer Access Program gives developers the opportunity to begin leveraging key new capabilities in the processor before they are generally available. That means developers will have time to work to parallelize and vectorize their code and look for opportunities to exploit the massive performance capabilities that KNL offers so workloads are ready for prime time when customers deploy their next-generation systems.
The NCSA Blue Waters project is offering a Workflows Workshop virtual course in August. To share this class with as many students as possible, they are seeking universities willing to be a local site and offer the course to their students.
Intel is offering a 4-part summer series of developer training workshops at Stanford University to introduce high performance computing tools.
“The process of developing HPC software requires consideration of issues in software design as well as practices that support the collaborative writing of well-structured code that is easy to maintain, extend, and support. This presentation will provide an overview of development environments and how to configure, build, and deploy HPC software using some of the tools that are frequently used in the community.”
“Scientific code developers have increasingly been adopting software processes derived from the mainstream (non-scientific) community. Software practices are typically adopted when continuing without them becomes impractical. However, many software best practices need modification and/or customization, partly because the codes are used for research and exploration, and partly because of the combined funding and sociological challenges. This presentation will describe the lifecycle of scientific software and important ways in which it differs from other software development. We will provide a compilation of software engineering best practices that have generally been found to be useful by science communities, and we will provide guidelines for adoption of practices based on the size and the scope of the project.”
The Women in HPC organization will host a Workshop and a BoF at ISC 2016 in Frankfurt. “Once again we will bring together women from across the international HPC community, providing opportunities to network, showcasing the work of inspiring women and discussing how we can all work towards to improving the under-representation of women in supercomputing.”
In this video from LUG 2016 in Portland, Steve Simms from Indiana University presents: Lustre 101 – A Quick Overview. Now in its 14th year, the Lustre User Group is the industry’s primary venue for discussion and seminars on the Lustre parallel file system and other open source file system technologies.
In this video, Siraj Rival from Twilio presents a quick tutorial on How to Build a Neural Net in 4 Minutes. Siraj describes himself as the Bill Nye of Computer Science.
Hadoop and Spark clusters have a reputation for being extremely difficult to configure, install, and tune, but help is on the way. The good folks at Cluster Monkey are hosting a crash course entitled Apache Hadoop with Spark in One Day. “After completing the workshop attendees will be able to use and navigate a production Hadoop cluster and develop their own projects by building on the workshop examples.”