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Radio Free HPC Trip Reports from ASC16 & MSST

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team recaps the ASC16 Student Cluster Competition in China and the 2016 MSST Conference in Santa Clara. Dan spent a week in Wuxi interviewing ASC16 student teams, he came back impressed with the Linpack benchmark tricks from the team at Zhejiang University, who set a new student LINPACK record with 12.03 TFlop/s. Meanwhile, Rich was in Santa Clara for the MSST conference, where he captured two days of talks on Mass Storage Technologies.

Podcast: Supercomputing Gels with Stampede

In this TACC Podcast, Jorge Salazar looks at how researchers are using the Stampede supercomputer to shed light on the microscale world of colloidal gels — liquids dispersed in a solid medium as a gel. “Colloidal gels are actually soft solids, but we can manipulate their structure to produce ‘on-demand’ transitions from liquid-like to solid-like behavior that can be reversed many times,” Zia said. Zia is an Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell University.

Slidecast: Getting Started with HPC using the New IBM Platform LSF Suites

In this slidecast, Gabor Samu from IBM describes the newly available IBM Platform LSF Suites for Workgroup and HPC. Designed to make it much easier to “kick the tires” on LSF, the new suites can help you configure install, maintain, and job manage HPC clusters with a single download. “The new IBM Platform LSF Suites are packages that include more than IBM Platform LSF, they provide additional functionalities designed to simplify HPC for users, administrators and the IT organization.”

Podcast: Using Docker for Science at TACC

In this TACC podcast, Joe Stubbs from the Texas Advanced Computing Centter describes potential benefits to scientists of open container platform Docker in supporting reproducibility, NSF-funded Agave API. “As more scientists share not only their results but their data and code, Docker is helping them reproduce the computational analysis behind the results. What’s more, Docker is one of the main tools used in the Agave API platform, a platform-as-a-service solution for hybrid cloud computing developed at TACC and funded in part by the National Science Foundation.”

RCE Podcast Looks at the Impala Project

In this RCE Podcast, Marcel Kornacker from Cloudera describes the Impala project. Impala brings scalable parallel database technology to Hadoop, enabling users to issue low-latency SQL queries to data stored in HDFS and Apache HBase without requiring data movement or transformation. Impala is integrated with Hadoop to use the same file and data formats, metadata, security and resource management frameworks used by MapReduce, Apache Hive, Apache Pig and other Hadoop software.

Radio Free HPC Recaps the GPU Technology Conference

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team recaps the GPU Technology Conference, which wrapped up last week in San Jose.
Since Rich is traveling around in some desert somewhere, Dan and Henry go it alone and discuss the new Pascal (P1000) GPU, NVIDIA’s new server, and what happened at the concurrent OpenPOWER conference.”

Podcast: Intel Moves HPC Forward with Broadwell Family of Xeon Processors

In this podcast, Rich Brueckner interviews Hugo Saleh, Director of Marketing for the Intel High Performance Computing Platform Group. They discuss the new Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v4 product family, based upon the Broadwell microarchitecture, and the first processor within Intel® Scalable System Framework (Intel® SSF). Hugo describes how the new processors improve HPC performance and examine the impact of Intel® SSF on vastly different procurements ranging from the massive 200 Petaflops Aurora system to small and large enterprise clusters plus scientific systems.

Podcast: For Data Network Effects, the Cool Stuff Only Happens at Scale

In this a16z Podcast, Vijay Pande and Alex Rampell share their observations and advice on all things data network effects. “If network effects are one of the most important concepts for software-based businesses, then that may be especially true of data network effects — a network effect that results from data.”

Radio Free HPC Previews the GPU Technology Conference

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team previews the GPU Technology Conference coming up April 4-7 in Silicon Valley. “GTC is the largest and most important event of the year for GPU developers. Join us this year as we showcase the most vital work in the computing industry today – Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning, Virtual Reality and Self Driving Cars. GTC attracts developers, researchers, and technologists from some of the top companies, universities, research firms and government agencies from around the world.”

RCE Podcast Looks at EasyBuild Installation Framework

“EasyBuild, a software build and installation framework, can be used to automatically install software and generate environment modules. By using a hierarchical module naming scheme to offer environment modules to users in a more structured way, and providing Lmod, a modern tool for working with environment modules, we help typical users avoid common mistakes while giving power users the flexibility they demand. EasyBuild is developed by the High-Performance Computing team at Ghent University together with the members of the EasyBuild community, and is made available under the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2.”