Radio Free HPC Previews SC17 in Denver

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In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team previews the ancillary events leading up to SC17, which takes place Nov. 12-17 in Denver.

Here is the countdown to SC17:

  • HP-CAST, Nov. 10-11. The High Performance Consortium for Advanced Scientific and Technical (HP-CAST) computing users group works to increase the capabilities of Hewlett Packard Enterprise solutions for large-scale, scientific and technical computing. HP-CAST provides guidance to Hewlett Packard Enterprise on the essential development and support issues for such systems. HP-CAST meetings typically include corporate briefings and presentations by HPE executives and technical staff (under NDA), and discussions of customer issues related to high-performance technical computing.


  • Intel HPC Developer Conference, Nov 11-12.  This conference brings together top industry leaders, luminaries, and tech leaders to discuss Parallel Programming, High Productivity Languages, Artificial Intelligence, Systems, Enterprise, Visualization Development, and more. This is a premier training event for learning industry best practices, tools, and techniques, to maximize software efficiency on Intel architecture. Learn more.


  • Radio Free HPC LIVE, Nov 11. The Radio Free HPC podcast is a joint production by industry pundits focused on High Performance Computing. While there are other HPC podcasts out there, we wanted to create something that was both informative and fun to listen to. Join us for our annual live podcast recording this year at SC17. The event starts at 6:00 pm on Nov. 12 at the Guard and Grace Steak House in Denver.

  • SC17, Nov 12-17. The international conference on high performance computing kicks off Sunday with Tutorial Sessions. Exhibits open Monday night at 7:00pm – 9:00pm at the Opening Gala and run until Thursday.


  • StartupHPC Meetup at SC17, Nov 12. StartupHPC is a grass roots community for STEM- and HPC-inspired entrepreneurs, corporations, venture capital firms, academia, government agencies, and support organizations. The StartupHPC Meetup takes place at the Rock Bottom Brewery at 5-9 pm on Sunday, Nov.12. Please register so we know you are coming but feel free to just show up. This is a free no-host gathering and the idea is to be relaxed and network.


  • Dell HPC Community Meeting, Nov. 13. The Dell EMC HPC Community is a worldwide technical forum that fosters the exchange of ideas among researchers, computer scientists, technologists, and engineers and promotes the advancement of innovative, powerful HPC solutions.


  • ARM HPC User Group, Nov. 13. The event takes place Monday from 1:00 – 6:30pm at the Grand Hyatt in Denver. “Join us for Arm’s third annual HPC User Group session held during SC17 in Denver, CO. Sessions will feature presentations by Arm ecosystem leads, end-users, and ecosystem partners involved in the deployment of Arm servers for HPC.”


  • DDN User Group at SC17, Nov 13. The DDN User Group brings the HPC community together with DDN executive and technical leadership to share how leading global organizations are leveraging innovative new approaches, best practices, and technologies to raise the bar on HPC discoveries. This year, we are hosting the user group at the Embassy Suites, which is a three minute-walk across the street from the Colorado Convention Center.


  • D-Wave Quantum Computing Seminar & Livestream, Nov. 13. “We will discuss quantum computing, the D-Wave 2000Q system and software, the growing software ecosystem, an overview of some user projects, and how quantum computing can be applied to problems in optimization, machine learning, cyber security, and sampling.” Register for the in-person event at the Denver Athletic Club. You can also join them for the Livestream.


  • SC17 Plenary on Smart Cities, Nov 13. The Smart Cities initiative looks to improve the quality of life for residents using HPC, urban informatics, and other technologies to improve the efficiency of services. The event starts at 5:30pm on Monday, Nov. 13 in the Colorado Convention Center.


  • Beowulf Bash, Nov 13. The annual event takes place at the Lucky Strike bowling alley on Monday, Nov. 13 from 9pm to 12 midnight. “Got an urge to try something new? Lucky Strike Denver has you covered. With a tantalizing menu of chef driven cuisine, hand-crafted cocktails, and live local DJs, Lucky Strike Denver breathes new life into the typical bowling experience with chic modern decor and a one-of-a-kind atmosphere.”



  • Hyperion Research SC17 Breakfast Briefing, Nov 14. The annual event takes place at the Denver Marriott City Center at 7:30am – 9:30am on Tuesday, Nov. 14. Walk-ins are welcome.

After that, we do our Catch of the Week:

  • Henry notes that someone has already picked up his idea about using Blockchain to fight Fake News. In fact, they are doing an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) for their PUBLIQ cryptocurrency to fund the project.
  • Rich notes that Intel is now shipping their Optane SSDs, which the company claims outperform NAND devices by 4x. Henry says the things are pretty expensive though.
  • Dan gave us an update Project Cyclops, which is quickly evolving into a liquid-cooled powerhouse that you can check out for yourself at the Supermicro booth #1611 at SC17.

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