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ISC 2016 Issues Call for BoFs


ISC 2016 has issued its Call for BoFs. “Like-minded ISC High Performance conference attendees come together in our informal Birds-of-a-Feather (BoF) sessions to discuss current HPC topics, network and share their thoughts and ideas. Each 60-minute BoF session addresses a different topic and is led by one or more individuals with expertise in the area. The ISC 2016 BoF sessions will be held from Monday, June 20 through Wednesday, June 22.”

Pete Beckman Presents: Exascale Architecture Trends


“Argonne National Laboratory is one of the labs helping to lead the exascale push for the nation with the DOE. We lead in a numbers of areas with software and storage systems and applied math. And we’re really focusing, our expertise is focusing on those new ideas, those novel new things that will allow us to sort of leapfrog the standard slow evolution of technology and get something further out ahead, three years, five years out ahead. And that’s where our research is focused.”

Maximizing HPC Compute Resources with Minimal Cost


“As HPC resource requirements continue to increase, the need for finding economical solutions to handle the rising requirements increases as well. There are numerous ways to approach this challenge. For example, leveraging existing equipment, adding new or used equipment, and handling uncommon peak usage dynamically through cloud solutions managed by a central job management system can prove to be highly available and resource rich, while remaining economical. In this presentation we will discuss how Wayne State University implemented a combination of these approaches to dramatically increase our compute resources for the equivalent cost of only a few new servers.”

Lustre Video: Robinhood v3 Policy Engine and Beyond


“The Robinhood Policy Engine is a versatile tool to manage contents of large file systems. It maintains a replicate of filesystem medatada in a database that can be queried at will. It makes it possible to schedule mass action on filesystem entries by defining attribute-based policies.”

Video: Is Remote GPU Virtualization Useful?


“Although the use of GPUs has generalized nowadays, including GPUs in current HPC clusters presents several drawbacks mainly related with increased costs. In this talk we present how the use of remote GPU virtualization may overcome these drawbacks while noticeably increasing the overall cluster throughput. The talk presents real throughput measurements by making use of the rCUDA remote GPU virtualization middleware.”

Leveraging HPC for Alzheimer’s Research and Beyond


Joseph Lombardo from UNLV presented this talk at the PBS Works User Group. “Lombardo will highlight results from an Alzheimer’s research project that benefited from using PBS Professional. He will then describe the NSCEE’s new system at the Supernap and how this system can be used to advance research for HPC users in both academia/R&D and commercial industry. Lombardo will also highlight two emerging projects; the New School of Medicine and new Technology park.”

Video: Intel 3D XPoint Technology

3D Xpoint™ technology is up to 1000x faster than NAND and an individual die can store 128Gb of data.

In this video from the Disruptive Technologies Session at the 2015 HPC User Forum, Intel’s Ralph Biesemeyer presents: Intel 3D XPoint Technology.

“For decades, the industry has searched for ways to reduce the lag time between the processor and data to allow much faster analysis,” said Rob Crooke, senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group. “This new class of non-volatile memory achieves this goal and brings game-changing performance to memory and storage solutions.”

Operational Characteristics of a ZFS-backed Lustre Filesystem


In this video from the LAD’15 Conference, Daniel Kobras from science+computing presents: Operational Characteristics of a ZFS-backed Lustre Filesystem.

Argonne’s Dr. Marius Stan from Breaking Bad on Computational Science in Cinema

Dr. Marius Stan (right) plays Bogdon Walnetz in Breaking Bad

In this video from the recent Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing event, Argonne computational scientist Dr. Marius Stan discusses Computational Science in Cinema. You may know Dr Stan from the role he played as Bogdan Wolynetz, the car wash owner on the hit TV show Breaking Bad.

IDC’s Steve Conway on Why HPC Matters


Steve Conway from IDC describes high performance computing and how it really does impact our daily lives. “When you put HPC together with some of the most creative, scientific, engineering & business minds on the planet, magical things happen.”