“The highlights include a great keynote by Dr. Williams (D-Wave), an announcement by Intel to update their Xeon Phi 22 nm co-processor to a new 14 nm (bootable) version called Knights Landing. Moreover, NVIDIA announced the Kepler K40 graphics/co-processor. The many interesting talks about (big) data visualization was another highlight.”
“The next few years will present a unique opportunity for the supercomputer vendors and developers to adopt new cloud tech and for the cloud-based Big Data analytics vendors and developers to adopt high performance computing (HPC) techniques. Both sets of folks understand that this is a really big deal. The dialog was amazing.”
The path to exascale by 2020 is certainly achievable, and Intel is supporting organizations across the globe as they attempt to be first over the line. If Asia is to continue leading the charge, then hurdling the challenges posed by energy constraints and adopting and identifying the latest technologies will make the journey much easier.
“SC is essential. An important ingredient in scientific progress is the efficient exchange of ideas, and the best way to get that freethinking, efficient exchange is to immerse the best researchers, users, developers, and teachers in a stimulating sea of ideas – whether it is presentation of new results in papers or posters or in the demonstration of new ideas on the exhibit floor – and give them the opportunity to interact. Big meetings such as SC are one of the few places that you can bring all of these elements together.”