At SC15, Intel talked about some transformational high-performance computing technologies and the architecture—Intel® Scalable System Framework (Intel® SSF). Intel describes Intel SSF as “an advanced architectural approach for simplifying the procurement, deployment, and management of HPC systems, while broadening the accessibility of HPC to more industries and workloads.” Intel SSF is designed to eliminate the traditional bottlenecks; the so called power, memory, storage, and I/O walls that system builders and operators have run into over the years.
In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Robert Roe writes that software scalability and portability may be more important even than energy efficiency to the future of HPC. “As the HPC market searches for the optimal strategy to reach exascale, it is clear that the major roadblock to improving the performance of applications will be the scalability of software, rather than the hardware configuration – or even the energy costs associated with running the system.”
“Recognition of status and career advancement in academia relies on publications. If your skills as a software developer lead you to focus on code to the detriment of your publication history, then your career will come to a grinding halt – despite the fact that your work may have significantly advanced research. This situation is simply not acceptable.”
In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team shares their thoughts from SC15 in Austin. Henry is impressed by the increasing presence of FPGAs on the show floor. Dan is really impressed with Allinea Performance Reports profiling tool and how easy it is to use. And Rich sees SC15 as the crossroads that we’ll remember where Intel squared off with the official launch of their Omni-Path Interconnect and Scalable System Framework against the co-design alliance of OpenPOWER with IBM, Mellanox, and Nvidia.
In this special guest feature, Peter ffoulkes from OrionX offers his insights on the latest TOP500 listing of the world’s fastest supercomputers. “Most importantly increasing the number of petascale-capable resources available to scientists, researchers, and other users up to 20% of the entire list will be a significant milestone. From a useful outcome and transformational perspective it is much more important to support advances in science, research and analysis than to ring the bell with the world’s first exascale system on the TOP500 in 2018, 2023 or 2025.”
“To model climate change is one of the great benefits we’re going to get from supercomputing. The trouble is, to really help the public understand all the benefits that they can get from supercomputing, it has to be communicated with clarity so that they get it and they get excited by it… (thus) I think we have to transform the scientists who are explaining this to the public before the public will allow them and participate with them in transforming their own lives with this amazing ability to model things on supercomputers.”
In this slidecast, Andrew Jones from NAG discusses the lessons learned from over 40 supercomputing procurements. NAG has announced plans to launch an impartial HPC technology intelligence and analysis subscription service at SC15. “Developed in partnership with Red Oak Consulting, the NAG HPC Technology Intelligence Service will deliver technology insight and risk-reduction to help HPC buyers and users make better decisions and optimize their HPC investments.”
“Successful startups are the ones who have knowledge and a strong focus on a problem to solve. Knowledge comes from experience and there is no better way to accumulate that than working at one of the HPC facilities in the US or abroad. In fact I participated in this directly, moving to the US to work at a DOE lab. These opportunities still exist but the Labs often find it difficult to compete with Facebook and Google. If you are able to attend SC15 in Austin, you absolutely must visit the booths on the show floor and engage with the staff and seek out opportunities that exist. Again, SC is where the industry meets research and amazing things happen: go make it happen for you!”
“With a differentiated strategy, sufficient investment, and political will, Europe has what it takes to be a global player and to achieve this ambitious goal. We believe that, with a common effort by all public and private actors in HPC – including EU member states, industry, academia, and the European Commission – Europe can make it happen.”