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Podcast: Through the Looking Glass at Quantum Computing

“As a research area, quantum computing is highly competitive, but if you want to buy a quantum computer then D-Wave Systems, founded in 1999, is the only game in town. Quantum computing is as promising as it is unproven. Quantum computing goes beyond Moore’s law since every quantum bit (qubit) doubles the computational power, similar to the famous wheat and chessboard problem. So the payoff is huge, even though it is expensive, unproven, and difficult to program.”

Slidecast: How to Make MPI Awesome – MPI Sessions

In this slidecast, Jeff Squyres from Cisco Systems presents: How to make MPI Awesome – MPI Sessions. As a proposal for future versions of the MPI Standard, MPI Sessions could become a powerful tool tool to improve system resiliency as we move towards exascale. “Now that we have brought these ideas to a larger audience, my hope is that we (the Forum) start refining these ideas to fit them into a future release of the MPI standard. Meaning: please don’t assume that exactly what is proposed in these slides are going to make it into the MPI standard.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at Dell’s Imminent Acquisition of EMC

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at Dell’s acquisition of EMC, which is expected to close soon pending regulatory approval. “The transaction combines two of the world’s greatest technology franchises—with leadership positions in Servers, Storage, Virtualization and PCs—and brings together strong capabilities in the fastest growing areas of our industry, including Digital Transformation, Software Defined Data Center, Hybrid Cloud, Converged Infrastructure, Mobile and Security.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at the Case of the Encrypted iPhone

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at Apple’s fight against a court order to decrypt an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters. “The Radio Free HPC is split as to what should happen next, but it seems likely that some kind of compromise will result. Is the government entitled to a back door to all devices? It would seem that no one wants such an important policy to be decided from a single case in California.”

Podcast: John Gustafson on What’s Next for Parallel Computing

In this podcast from Radio New Zealand, John Gustafson from the A*STAR Agency for Science, Technology and Research discusses parallelism and high performance computing. Gustafson is the father of Gustafson’s Law, which gives the theoretical speedup in latency of the execution of a task at fixed execution time that can be expected of a system whose resources are improved.

Podcast: Molly Rector from DDN on the Changing Face of HPC Storage

In this Graybeards Podcast, Molly Rector from DDN describes how HPC storage technologies are mainstreaming into the enterprise space. “In HPC there are 1000s of compute cores that are crunching on PB of data. For Oil&Gas companies, it’s seismic and wellhead analysis; with bio-informatics it’s genomic/proteomic analysis; and with financial services, it’s economic modeling/backtesting trading strategies. For today’s enterprises such as retailers, it’s customer activity analytics; for manufacturers, it’s machine sensor/log analysis; and for banks/financial institutions, it’s credit/financial viability assessments. Enterprise IT might not have 1000s of cores at their disposal just yet, but it’s not far off. Molly thinks one way to help enterprise IT is to provide a SuperComputer as a service (ScaaS?) offering, where top 10 supercomputers can be rented out by the hour, sort of like a supercomputing compute/data cloud.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at the Top HPC Tech Stories from 2015

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the Top Technology Stories for High Performance Computing in 2015. “From 3D XPoint memory to Co-Design Architecture and NVM Express, these new approaches are poised to have a significant impact on supercomputing in the near future.” We also take a look at the most-shared stories from 2015.

Podcast: Ceph and the Future of Software Defined Storage

In this Intel Chip Chat podcast, Dan Ferber, Open Source Server Based Storage Technologist at Intel and Ross Turk, Director of Product Marketing for Red Hat describe how Ceph plays a critical role in delivering the full enterprise capability of OpenStack. Ross explains how Ceph allows you to build storage using open source software and standard servers and disks providing a lot of flexibility and enabling you to easily scale out storage. By lowering hardware costs, lowering the vendor lock-in threshold, and enabling customers to fix and enhance their own code, open source and software defined storage (SDS) solutions are enabling the future of next generation storage.

Podcast: Simulating how Lasers can Transform Materials

Researchers are using XSEDE compute resources to study how lasers can be used to make useful materials. In this podcast, Dr. Zhigilei discusses the practical applications of zapping surfaces with short laser pulses. Laser ablation, which refers to the ejection of materials from the irradiated target, generates chemical-free nanoparticles that can be used in medical applications, for example.

Podcast: Changing HPC Economics with the Intel Omni-Path Architecture

In this Chip Chat Podcast, Intel’s Barry Davis describes how today’s requirements for high performance computing fabrics are outstripping the capabilities of traditional fabric technologies in performance, reliability, and economic feasibility. He highlights how Intel Omni-Path Architecture (OPA) is delivering performance for tomorrow’s HPC workloads and has the ability to scale to tens and eventually thousands of nodes at competitive price to today’s fabrics. Barry illustrates that Intel OPA is a foundational element of the Intel Scalable System Framework (Intel SSF) and will continue to drive higher performance, lower latency, and more bandwidth across the Intel CPU roadmap.