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Radio Free HPC Previews the SC16 Student Cluster Competition

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team previews the SC16 Student Cluster Competition. To get us primed up, Dan gives us his impressions of the 14 teams competing this year. That’s a record number! “The Student Cluster Competition was developed in 2007 to immerse undergraduate and high school students in HPC. Student teams design and build small clusters, with hardware and software vendor partners, learn designated scientific applications, apply optimization techniques for their chosen architectures, and compete in a non-stop, 48-hour challenge.”

Radio Free HPC Looks into the New OpenCAPI Consortium

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the new OpenCAPI interconnect standard. “Released this week by the newly formed OpenCAPI Consortium, OpenCAPI provides an open, high-speed pathway for different types of technology – advanced memory, accelerators, networking and storage – to more tightly integrate their functions within servers. This data-centric approach to server design, which puts the compute power closer to the data, removes inefficiencies in traditional system architectures to help eliminate system bottlenecks and can significantly improve server performance.”

RCE Podcast Looks at the Julia Language for Technical Computing

In this RCE Podcast, Brock Palen and Jeff Squyres speak with the creators of the Julia programming language for technical computing. “Julia is a high-level, high-performance dynamic programming language for technical computing, with syntax that is familiar to users of other technical computing environments. It provides a sophisticated compiler, distributed parallel execution, numerical accuracy, and an extensive mathematical function library. Julia’s Base library, largely written in Julia itself, also integrates mature, best-of-breed open source C and Fortran libraries for linear algebra, random number generation, signal processing, and string processing.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at Security Concerns for Augmented Reality

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the issue of security for Augmented Reality and IoT. Now that every device in our lives is getting connected to the Internet, how will be prevented from attackers? Henry points out that even our medical devices are not safe any more.

Radio Free HPC Looks for the Forever Data Format

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team discuss Henry Newman’s recent editorial calling for a self-descriptive data format that will stand the test of time. Henry contends that we seem headed for massive data loss unless we act.

RCE Podcast Looks at Singularity Container Solution for HPC

In this RCE Podcast, Brock Palen and Jeff Squyres speak with Gregory Kurtzer about Singularity, a container solution for HPC and research environments. “Singularity allows a non-privileged user to “swap out” the operating system on the host for one they control. So if the host system is running RHEL6 but your application runs in Ubuntu, you can create an Ubuntu image, install your applications into that image, copy the image to another host, and run your application on that host in it’s native Ubuntu environment.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at New HPC Power & Cooling Technologies

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at some interesting new developments in HPC Power & Cooling including: the Solar-Powered Hikari Supercomputer at TACC that is demonstrating the advantages HVDC racks. Plus, Aquila’s new OCP Server Platform has an innovative, fan-less design based on liquid cooling technology from Clustered Systems that supports up to 100 Kw per rack.

Podcast: Solar-Powered Hikari Supercomputer at TACC Demonstrates HVDC Efficiencies

Engineers of the Hikari HVDC power feeding system predict it will save 15 percent compared to conventional systems. “The 380 volt design reduces the number of power conversions when compared to AC voltage systems,” said James Stark, director of Engineering and Construction at the Electronic Environments Corporation (EEC), a Division of NTT FACILITIES. “What’s interesting about that,” Stark added, “is the computers themselves – the supercomputer, the blade servers, cooling units, and lighting – are really all designed to run on DC voltage. By supplying 380 volts DC to Hikari instead of having an AC supply with conversion steps, it just makes a lot more sense. That’s really the largest technical innovation.”

Slidecast: For AMD, It’s Time to ROCm!

“AMD has been away from the HPC space for a while, but now they are coming back in a big way with an open software approach to GPU computing. The Radeon Open Compute Platform (ROCm) was born from the Boltzmann Initiative announced last year at SC15. Now available on GitHub, the ROCm Platform bringing a rich foundation to advanced computing by better integrating the CPU and GPU to solve real-world problems.”

Podcast: How PyLadies are Increasing Diversity in Coding and Data Science

In this Intel Chip Chat podcast, Dr. Julie Krugler Hollek, co-organizer of PyLadies San Francisco and Data Scientist at Twitter, joins Allyson Klein to discuss efforts to democratize participation in open source communities and the future of data science. “PyLadies helps people who identify as women become participants in open source Python projects like The SciPy Stack, a specification that provides access to machine learning and data visualization tools.”