While SC16 isn’t until November, the conference is already gaining momentum. There is already a record 188 organizations signed up to exhibit on the industry floor.
In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team welcomes Shahin Khan from OrionX to a discussion on chip architectures for HPC. “More and more new alternative architectures were in evidence at ISC in Germany this year, but what does it take for a chip architecture to be a winner? Looking back, chips like DEC Alpha had many advantages over the competition, but it did not survive.”
“Achieving the No. 1 ranking is significant for China’s economic and energy security, not to mention national security. With 125 petaFLOP/s (peak), China’s supercomputer is firmly on the path toward applying incredible modeling and simulation capabilities enabling them to spur innovations in the fields of clean energy, manufacturing, and yes, nuclear weapons and other military applications. The strong probability of China gaining advantages in these areas should be setting off loud alarms, but it is hard to see what the U.S. is going to do differently to respond.”
Now that ARM has been acquired, the big question is how much the Softbank investment firm will invest in bolstering their chips for HPC. Meanwhile, ARM continues to gain traction as evidenced by
today’s announcement that a paper on the ARM-based Mont-Blanc Project has been selected as a Best Paper Finalist for SC16. Entitled “The Mont-Blanc prototype: An Alternative Approach for HPC Systems,” the paper was written by Nikola Rajovic, a BSC researcher involved in the Mont-Blanc project since its beginnings.
Today, Allinea announced that the company will be exhibiting at XSEDE16 July 17-21 in Miami. The conference will attract an audience across industry and academia to discuss the key themes of diversity, big data and science at scale. “Our tools are used extensively across the XSEDE user base so we’re delighted to be extending the value they bring by giving practical advice for getting the best out of infrastructure capabilities through software tuning, especially given the addition of support for the full Intel Xeon Phi family in our new v6.1 software release,” said Rob Rick, VP Americas for Allinea.”
As the first recipient of the PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC, Dr Zoe Cournia was selected for her outstanding contributions and impact on HPC in Europe on a global level. “Using the PRACE HPC resources and recent advances in computer-aided drug design allow us to develop drugs specifically designed for a given protein, shortening the time for development of new drugs,” says Dr Cournia. “I believe that our work is a good example of how computers help develop candidate drugs that have the potential to save millions of lives worldwide. I am honored to receive this prestigious award and hope that this serves as inspiration to other female researchers in the field.”
The Intel HPC Developer Conference has issued its Call for Proposals. Held in conjunction with SC16, the event takes place Nov. 12-13 in Salt Lake City.
Do you have new technology that could disrupt HPC in the near future? There’s still time to get free exhibit space at SC16 in November. “At the SC16 Emerging Technologies Showcase, we invite submissions from industry, academia, and government researchers.
Are you looking at how to deliver HPC services through the Cloud? The CloudLightning Project in Europe is seeking your input on a new survey.
“The data that I presented from the Sanger Institute is typical of the profiles that we come across: a mix of good streaming IO (ie the larger reads), but unexpectedly high numbers of small reads and writes. These small reads and writes are potentially harmful to the file system. We’ve profiled HPC applications in various different life sciences organizations, not just the Sanger Institute, and we’ve found these IO patterns throughout. We’ve also seen similar IO patterns in EDA and oil and gas applications.”