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RCE Podcast Looks at Deal.II Finite Element Library

“deal.II — a name that originally meant to indicate that it is the successor to the Differential Equations Analysis Library — is a C++ program library targeted at the computational solution of partial differential equations using adaptive finite elements. It uses state-of-the-art programming techniques to offer you a modern interface to the complex data structures and algorithms required.”

RCE Podcast Looks at SAGE2 Scalable Amplified Group Environment

In this RCE Podcast, Brock Palen and Jeff Squyres speak with the creators of SAGE2 Scalable Amplified Group Environment. SAGE2 is a browser tool to enhance data-intensive, co-located, and remote collaboration. “The original SAGE software, developed in 2004 and adopted at over one hundred international sites, was designed to enable groups to work in front of large shared displays in order to solve problems that required juxtaposing large volumes of information in ultra high-resolution. We have developed SAGE2, as a complete redesign and implementation of SAGE, using cloud-based and web-browser technologies in order to enhance data intensive co-located and remote collaboration.”

RCE Podcast Looks at iRODS Data Management Software

In this RCE Podcast, Brock Palen and Jeff Squyres speak with the creators of iRODS: Jason Coposky and Terrell Russell. Also known as the Integrated Rule-Oriented Data System, iRODS open source data management software is used by research organizations and government agencies worldwide. “iRODS virtualizes data storage resources, so users can take control of their data, regardless of where and on what device the data is stored. The development infrastructure supports exhaustive testing on supported platforms. The plugin architecture supports microservices, storage systems, authentication, networking, databases, rule engines, and an extensible API.”

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.

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.”

RCE Podcast: Spack Package Management Tool

“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.”

RCE Podcast on the Conduit Model for Hierarchical Scientific Data

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.

RCE Podcast Looks at Apache Spark

In this RCE podcast, Brock Palen and Jeff Squyres speak with Matei Zaharia about Apache Spark, a fast engine for large-scale data processing.

RCE Podcast: Jonathan Dursi on “HPC is dying, and MPI is killing it”

In this RCE Podcast, Brock Palen and Jeff Squyres speak with Jonathan Dursi about his recent editorial entitled HPC is dying, and MPI is killing it. The article that spawned a lot of attention in good discussion for our community.

RCE Podcast Looks at SaltStack Scalable System Configuration Manager

In this RCE Podcast, Brock Palen and Jeff Squyres speak with Mike Place about SaltStack, a fast and scalable systems and configuration management software for predictive orchestration, cloud and data center automation, server provisioning, application deployment and more.