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RCE Podcast Looks at MEEP Software for Simulating Electromagnetic Systems

In this RCE podcast, Brock Palen and Jeff Squyres discuss MEEP, a free finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) software for electromagnetic simulations. Their guests are Dr. Steven G. Johnson and Dr. Ardavan Oskooi. “Meep is a free and open-source software package for simulating electromagnetic systems via the finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) method. Meep is an acronym for MIT Electromagnetic Equation Propagation.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at the New Coral-2 RFP for Exascale Computers

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the new Department of Energy’s RFP for Exascale Computers. “As far as predictions go, Dan thinks one machine will go to IBM and the other will go to Intel. Rich thinks HPE will win one of the bids with an ARM-based system designed around The Machine memory-centric architecture. They have a wager, so listen in to find out where the smart money is.”

Exascale Computing for Long Term Design of Urban Systems

In this episode of Let’s Talk Exascale, Charlie Catlett from Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago describes how extreme scale HPC will be required to better build Smart Cities. “Urbanization is a bigger set of challenges in the developing world than in the developed world, but it’s still a challenge for us in US and European cities and Japan.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at HPC Highlights from the GPU Technology Conference

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team reviews the HPC highlights of the GPU Technology Conference. “From Rich’s perspective, the key announcement centered around new NVIDIA DGX-2 supercomputer with the NVSwitch interconnect.”

Let’s Talk Exascale: Developing Low Overhead Communication Libraries

In this episode of Let’s Talk Exascale, Scott Baden of LBNL describes the Pagoda Project, which seeks to develop a lightweight communication and global address space support for exascale applications. “What our project is addressing is how to keep the fixed cost as small as possible, so that cutting-edge irregular algorithms can efficiently move many small pieces of data efficiently.”

Let’s Talk Exascale: Software Ecosystem for High-Performance Numerical Libraries

In this Let’s Talk Exascale podcast, Lois Curfman McInnes from Argonne National Laboratory describes the Extreme-scale Scientific Software Development Kit (xSDK) for ECP, which is working toward a software ecosystem for high-performance numerical libraries. “The project is motivated by the need for next-generation science applications to use and build on diverse software capabilities that are developed by different groups.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at Immortality through Nectome’s Mind Archival

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team goes off the supercomputing rails a bit with a discussion on digital immortality. “A new company called Nectome will reportedly archive your mind for future uploading to a machine. While the price of $10K seems reasonable enough, they do have to kill you to complete the process.”

Podcast: Power and Peformance Optimization at Exascale

In this Let’s Talk Exascale podcast, Tapasya Patki of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory dicusses ECP’s Power Steering Project. “Efficiently utilizing procured power and optimizing the performance of scientific applications at exascale under power and energy constraints are challenging for several reasons. These include the dynamic behavior of applications, processor manufacturing variability, and increasing heterogeneity of node-level components.”

SXSW Podcast: Quantum Computing – Science Fiction to Science Fact

In this podcast from from SXSW 2018, Antia Lamas-Linares from TACC moderates a panel discussion on quantum computing. “Imagine a new kind of computer that can quickly solve problems that would stump even the world’s most powerful supercomputers. Quantum computers are fundamentally different. They can store information as not only just ones and zeros, but in all the shades of gray in-between. Several companies and government agencies are investing billions of dollars in the field of quantum information. But what will quantum computers be used for?”

Radio Free HPC looks at the Quest for Quantum Supremacy

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the big three technologies of the day on the Hype curve. “This week Google unveiled their 72-Qbit Bristlecone Quantum Chip, which they claim has them on the road to Quantum Supremacy. At the same time, quantum seems to be going mainstream, as evidenced by a session this week at SXSW.”