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Podcast: Supercomputing Black Hole Mergers


“General Relativity is celebrating this year a hundred years since its first publication in 1915, when Einstein introduced his theory of General Relativity, which has revolutionized in many ways the way we view our universe. For instance, the idea of a static Euclidean space, which had been assumed for centuries and the concept that gravity was viewed as a force changed. They were replaced with a very dynamical concept of now having a curved space-time in which space and time are related together in an intertwined way described by these very complex, but very beautiful equations.”

Radio Free HPC Reports Live from SC15


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.

Podcast: SC15 Keynote Speaker Alan Alda on How HPC Transforms

Alan Alda

“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.”

Slidecast: Mellanox Announces Switch IB2 on the Road to Exascale


“Today Mellanox announced Switch-IB 2, the new generation of its InfiniBand switch optimized for High-Performance Computing, Web 2.0, database and cloud data centers, capable of 100Gb/s per port speeds. Switch-IB 2 is the world’s first smart network switch that offloads MPI operations from the CPU to the network to deliver 10X performance improvements. Switch-IB 2 will enables a performance breakthrough in building the next generation scalable and data intensive data centers, enabling users to gain a competitive advantage.”

Podcast: Dell Panels on NSCI and the Convergence of Big Data Coming to SC15


In this podcast, Stephen Sofhauser from Dell describes what’s coming up at the company’s exhibit at SC15 in Austin. With a 50×50 exhibit and two booth theaters, Dell will showcase how customers are using their technology to solve their toughest computational problems. “Our own Rich Brueckner from insideHPC will host a pair of panel discussions in the Dell booth #1009 on Wednesday, Nov. 18.”

Slidecast: Micron Persistent Memory & NVDIMM


“Micron is delivering on the promise of persistent memory with a solution that gives system architects a new approach for designing systems with better performance, reduced energy usage and improved total cost of ownership,” said Tom Eby, vice president for Micron’s compute and networking business unit. “With NVDIMM, we have a powerful solution that is available today. We’re also leading the way on future persistent memory development by spearheading R&D efforts on promising new technologies such as 3D XPoint memory, which will be available in 2016 and beyond.”

Slidecast: How to Buy a Supercomputer – Lessons Learned from NAG


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.”

RCE Podcast: Spack Package Management Tool

Todd Gamblin, LLNL

“Spack is designed to support multiple versions and configurations of software on a wide variety of platforms and environments. It was designed for large supercomputing centers, where many users and application teams share common installations of software on clusters with exotic architectures, using libraries that do not have a standard ABI. Spack is non-destructive: installing a new version does not break existing installations, so many configurations can coexist on the same system.”

Halloween Podcast: Radio Free HPC Shares their Biggest Fears for High Performance Computing


In this special Halloween podcast, the Radio Free HPC team shares their biggest fears for HPC. From cybersecurity to a lack of funding for important research, what’s the worst that could possibly happen?

RCE Podcast on the Conduit Model for Hierarchical Scientific Data

Cyrus D Harrison, LLNL

In this RCE podcast, Brock Palen and Jeff Squyres discuss Conduit with Cyrus Harriston from LLNL. Conduit is an open source project from Lawrence Livermore that provides an intuitive model for describing hierarchical scientific data in C++, C, Fortran, and Python and is used for data coupling between packages in-core, serialization, and I/O tasks.