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Time-Lapse Video: Building SCinet at SC17 in 30 seconds

In this time-lapse video from SC17, a team of volunteers build the high-speed SCinet network for the conference in 30 seconds flat. “Check out this behind-the-scenes look at the well-orchestrated frenzy that is SCinet staging week. Jim Stewart, JP Velders and Lance Hutchinson explain how more than 100 volunteers dedicated a week to staging the SCinet NOC prior to its installation on the exhibit floor at the Colorado Convention Center.”

SC17 Preview: Molecular Simulation at the Mesoscale

SC17 will continue its HPC Matters Plenary session series this year a talk on Molecular Simulation at the Mesoscale. “We are developing new capabilities for multi-scale dynamic simulations that cross spatial scales from the molecular (angstrom) to cellular ultrastructure (near micron), and temporal scales from the picoseconds of macromolecular dynamics to the physiologically important time scales of organelles and cells (milliseconds to seconds).”

Video: The Legion Programming Model

“Developed by Stanford University, Legion is a data-centric programming model for writing high-performance applications for distributed heterogeneous architectures. Legion provides a common framework for implementing applications which can achieve portable performance across a range of architectures. The target class of users dictates that productivity in Legion will always be a second-class design constraint behind performance. Instead Legion is designed to be extensible and to support higher-level productivity languages and libraries.”

HPC Connects: The Search for Elusive Proteins that perform Gene Editing

In this video from the SC17 HPC Connects series, David Paez-Espino from the Joint Genome Institute describes how researchers are using supercomputing to search for elusive proteins that perform gene editing. “This revolutionary work requires petaflops of computing power to sift through billions of DNA sequences in the JGI data portals to identify proteins like Cas9 that, combined with the Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR), can “edit” a genome.”

Toshiba to Demo NVMe Over Fabrics at SC17

Today Toshiba Memory America announced plans to demonstrate High Performance Computing NVM Express over Fabrics at SC17 in Denver. “NVMe-oF brings direct-connect NVMe SSD performance to the storage fabric with the flexibility of disaggregated storage. It provides scale-out, cloud data centers with software-defined, NVMe-oF storage that centralizes and virtualizes NVMe SSDs across the network, making them highly available to compute nodes at near direct-attached storage (DAS) performance.”

Announcing the SC17 Inaugural Inclusivity Travel Grant

To open up opportunities to attend the conference, SC17 set up a new “Inclusivity Travel Grant” with the goal of helping individuals with demonstrated interest and passion for HPC that would not otherwise have close to a chance of participating in the conference. “This year, the winner Umesh Upadhyaya comes all the way from Nepal.”

Call for Submissions: ISC 2018 Contributed Program

The ISC High Performance 2018 contributed program is now open for submissions. As the largest HPC conference and exhibition in Europe, ISC 2018 takes place June 24 – 28, 2018, in Frankfurt, Germany “We welcome submissions for the following sessions – birds of a feather, research posters, project posters and the PhD forum. ISC 2018 also calls on regional and international STEM undergraduate and graduate students interested in the field of high performance computing to volunteer as helpers at the five-day conference.”

SC17 Update: Locals’ Guide to Restaurants in Denver

Unfortunately, we did not have the opportunity to publish a new Print’nFly magazine for SC17. Not to leave you in a lurch, we’ve updated this Guide to Restaurants in Denver for 2017. “Forget Yelp. We talked to the locals to get this updated listing of the best restaurants in Denver.”

SC17 Pub Crawl – Locals’ Guide to Bars and Entertainment in Denver

We’ve updated our Denver Pub Crawl for 2017. “Denver has great bars and entertainment in store for your visit to the Mile-High City. You’ll find that most of the fun places are in the LoDo area of Downtown. It’s a bit of a hike from the convention center, but you can hop on the free 16th Street Mall Shuttle and get off on Blake Street to catch the action.”

Radio Free HPC Previews the SC17 Student Cluster Competition

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team previews the SC17 Student Cluster Competition. “Dan’s got the inside scoop on all the new wrinkles of the competition this year, where 16 international student teams will go head-to-head. There’s an all high school squad from Indiana, returning champs from China, and an all-new cloud computing component utilizing Cycle Computing on Azure.”