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@HPCpodcast: Software May Be Eating the World – But Is it Eating HPC?

In this episode of the @HPCpodcast, sponsored by Lenovo, Shahin and Doug kick off what we expect to be a series of looks at HPC software and its convergence with traditional enterprise IT software. We cover the evolution of software through phases of IT, we look at the roster of relevant HPC programs from development environment to system administration and end-user requirements, along with traditional and emerging applications. Shahin also shares his somewhat contrarian take on the aphorism about software eating the world.

ALCF Starts Aurora Learning Path Series May 17

The Argonne Leadership Computing Facility will begin a new Aurora Learning Paths series on Wednesday, May 17 from 1:30-3:30 pm CT. Two more sessions will be held on June 14 and July 12. Registration is here. The three-part series will go into detail about how to apply key Intel architectural innovations and libraries via smart […]

@HPCpodcast: For Lower Costs and Carbon, Liquid Cooling’s Growing HPC Presence

Gone are the days when liquid cooling for HPC-class servers (and, for that matter, other types of servers and PCs) is thought of as risky. In fact, liquid cooling has been under development for decades — it goes back much farther than you might think. And now that the power required to cool HPC clusters and data centers has become so expensive and carbon-intensive, liquid cooling has become increasingly prevalent. Some HPC centers report liquid cooling has cut their electrical spending by more than 30 percent. These and related topics are the focus of this @HPCpodcast episode, sponsored by Lenovo. Shahin and Doug discuss liquid cooling as part of decarbonization and sustainability strategies. We cover everything from chilled doors to direct-to-chip, immersion cooling, vapor chambers, under-water data centers

Women in HPC Announces Events at ISC 2023

The Women in HPC (WHPC) Volunteer Committee for ISC23 has announced an in-person events schedule for this year’s conference at the Congress Center in Hamburg. “In keeping with our continued drive towards greater inclusivity within the HPC community, we are thrilled that this year the ISC Committee has offered us the opportunity to host events […]

@HPCpodcast: Former AWS Sustainability VP on the State of Decarbonization in HPC and IT

The growing imperative of ESG- and carbon-related issues in the HPC industry – and in IT generally – is the topic of this week’s @HPCpodcast episode (sponsored by Lenovo). Shahin and Doug speak with Adrian Cockcroft, an analyst colleague of Shahin’s at OrionX and former vice president of sustainability architecture at Amazon Web Services, where he helped customers apply sustainability practices to their businesses. The good news shared by Adrian is that Big Tech companies and IT in general are decarbonizing more effectively than had been expected a few years ago. Even as systems become denser and hotter, data centers increasingly are adopting renewable energy sources, liquid cooling and other measures that reduce usage of carbon-based energy sources. He tells us that on a per-watts basis, the IT industry has plateaued – though, of course, total watts consumed continues to climb.

Hyperion Research HPC Market Update Breakfast Briefing to Be Held May 23 During ISC23

ST PAUL, Minn., May 2, 2023 — Hyperion Research, the industry analyst and market intelligence firm for high performance computing (HPC), AI, cloud, quantum, and associated emerging markets, today announced that registration is open for their HPC Market Update Briefing Breakfast during ISC23. The event takes place Tuesday, May 23, 2023, 7:45-9:30 AM at the […]

10th ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge Finals to Begin on May 6 in China and Virtually

April 24, 2023 – BEIJING – The 10th ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge Finals will be held at the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei from May 6 to 10, 2023. The event organizers said that out of over 300 teams from universities worldwide, 24 have advanced to the finals. The top 20 […]

@HPCpodcast: A Free-Ranging Discussion on Today’s AI Ferment and the Impacts of Generative AI

In this time of AI ferment, in which one new phenomenon – e.g., generative AI – lands on the scene and quickly morphs into new sub-phenomena with free-ranging impacts, we decided to check in with a thoughtful voice in the AI community, Tim Crawford, CIO, strategic advisor and founder of AVOA, an Los Angeles-based research and advisory firm. We’ve seen Tim quoted in national publications of late in discussions around the ethics, legality, variations and risks of ChatGPT and other generative AI-related technologies, and invited him to share some of his thinking with us. Our discussion ranges from the notion of regulating AI, the technical mismatch between our political representatives (who could be tasked with wrting AI regulations) and the AI industry, the viability of the six-month moratorium  on AI R&D ( called for in a letter signed by 2,000 AI experts, some of whom are avidly pursuing AI R&D), and the use of curated data sources for custom generative AI applications vs general-purpose ChatGPT.

Registration Is Underway for RMACC Annual HPC Symposium, May 16-18

BOULDER, CO, April 21, 2023 – The final program has been set for the 13th annual Rocky Mountain Advanced Computing Consortium’s (RMACC) HPC symposium, set for May 16-18 at SkySong, the Arizona State University Scottsdale Innovation and Technology Center, according to RMACC. The agenda can be viewed at:  Registration, which includes all sessions, materials, […]

ISC 2023 Announces Keynotes for Tuesday and Wednesday, May 23 and 24

HAMBURG – ISC 2023 has announced Tuesday and Wednesday (May 23 and 24) conference keynotes. ISC 2023 will be held at the Congress Center Hamburg from May 21 – 25. The Tuesday keynote will be delivered by Google Principal Engineer Dr. Valentina Salapura, who will sketch out the emerging dynamic between the hyperscaler and HPC […]