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IBM Uses Big Data to Predict Rise of Steampunk Fashion Trend

Can supercomputers predict fashion trends? Based on an analysis of more than a half million public posts on message boards, blogs, social media sites and news sources, IBM predicts that steampunk, a sub-genre inspired by the clothing, technology and social mores of Victorian society, will be a major trend to bubble up, and take hold, […]

Video: Overview of Warewulf Node Health Check Software

In this video, Michael Jennings and Jackie Scoggins from LBNL describe Warewulf Node Health Check software. TORQUE, SLURM, and other schedulers/resource managers provide for a periodic “node health check” script to be executed on each compute node to verify that the node is working properly. Nodes which are determined to be “unhealthy” can be marked […]

Video: Does the TOP500 Need to Evolve?

In light of the recent controversy over the validity of the TOP500, I thought it would be good to reprise this interview with Sharan Kalwani on why he thinks the benchmark needs to evolve to catch up with modern HPC. And while this 2011 interview originally appeared on, that page (pictured below) has somehow […]

Slidecast: NetApp – Big Data and HPC

In this slidecast, Richard Treadway and Rich Seger from NetApp discuss the company’s storage solutions for Big Data and HPC. The company’s HPC solutions for Lustre support massive performance and storage density without sacrificing efficiency. Download the MP3 * Download the slides (PDF) * Subscribe on iTunes * If Dropbox is blocked, download audio from Google […]

SC12 Featured Videos on insideHPC TV

insideHPC Video Archive We try to keep this page up to date, but you can always find our latest works on our RichReport YouTube Channel. 2013 Event Coverage: OpenFabrics Developer Workshop Video Gallery Lustre User Group Video Gallery Moabcon 2013 Video Gallery SC12 Featured Videos This year at SC12, we shot over 50 video interviews. […]

Xyratex HPC Data Storage Highlights at SC12

Xyratex is showcasing its latest Lustre-powered ClusterStor HPC data storage solutions at SC12 this week. We’ve been very pleased with the market adoption of the ClusterStor 6000 HPC data storage solution we launched this summer, and we continue to see terrific results from our ongoing investment in the ClusterStor software management framework and the Lustre file […]

Interview: How the APAX Profiler Accelerates Memory Storage & Bandwidth

Samplify is relatively new company in the HPC market, but their APAX compression technology is already making waves in the market with both software and hardware approaches. To learn more, I caught up with Samplify’s CTO, Al Wegener, author of a new white paper that details how users can apply the APAX Profiler to increase […]

Penny Wise and Pound Foolish: the collateral damage caused by the GSA’s conference scandal

By: Mike Bernhardt & Doug Black

Last year, the annual global supercomputing conference, SC11, was packed with inspiring and encouraging demonstrations of scientific discovery, leading edge research and new technology prototypes. This year it will be quite different. The conference will still be crowded with attendees and undoubtedly buzzing with excitement, but it’s the long term impact to U.S. technology leadership we should all be concerned with.

Travel and participation requirements imposed on government employees have caused a number of government labs to cancel their plans for exhibit hall booths at SC12, leaving the demonstrations of their latest work and research efforts back in the gray cubicles of their government offices.

Complete Guide to Energy Efficiency Topics at SC12

Energy efficiency will again be a hot topic at SC12, with at least 38 Technical Program sessions focused on energy efficiency. Natalie Bates from the Energy Efficient HPC Working Group (EE HPC WG) has written up a terrific Guide to Energy Efficiency Topics at SC12. Demand for HPC is growing in both the public and private […]

The Exascale Timeframe: 2020 – 2022

Presentations from a number of the technology leaders now show the stretch goal for achieving a working exascale system has moved out to 2020. Most of them quickly add that 2022 is perhaps even more realistic.

Just to clarify for our readers, 2018 was never a guaranteed delivery date for an exascale system. While some companies have stated they will have an exascale system by 2018, that’s about as credible as saying “we can build an exascale system today if price and power consumption don’t matter.”? Well, they do matter.

2018 was a stretch goal. It was a target to rally the entire industry and to give the race a sense of urgency. It was chosen based on what some people believed was achievable – in the broadest sense of the word.