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@HPCpodcast: Oak Ridge Assoc. Director Dr. Jeff Nichols on Frontier, on History-making HPC – and on His Retirement

In this episode of the @HPCpodcast, join us for a rare, behind-the-scenes glimpse at the Frontier exascale supercomputer, how it was built in the middle of a pandemic and how it’s being prepared for full user-readiness. Frontier is a $600 million, 30 MW system comprised of 50-60 million parts in more than 100 cabinets, deployed at the Oak Ridge….

@HPCpodcast: The GTC Cornucopia

Last week’s rendition of NVIDIA’s bi-annual GTC extravaganza unveiled a raft of new HPC/AI announcements, the latest public performance of a company in its prime led by a leather-clad CEO generally regarded as a master marketer. Ok, roll your eyes at that gushing statement if you like, but it reflects the sentiment of Wall Street, which pushed NVIDIA stock up 10 percent the day CEO Jensen Huang delivered his GTC keynote, and of most (if not all) in the HPC industry analyst community. In this episode of the @HPCpodcast….

@HPCpodcast: Dan Reed on the Challenges to U.S. Global Supercomputing Competitiveness

In a recently published paper, “Reinventing High Performance Computing: Challenges and Opportunities,” three HPC luminaries have started an important discussion about the future of HPC and its impact on American competitiveness. In this episode of the @HPCpodcast, we talk with one of the authors, Dan Reed of the University of Utah, on the challenges facing the United States as it strives to compete globally in high-end supercomputing.

@HPCpodcast: Argonne’s Rick Stevens on AI for Science (Part 2) – Coming Breakthroughs, Ethics and the Replacement of Scientists by Robots

In part 2 of our not-to-be-missed @HPCpodcast with Argonne National Laboratory Associate Director Rick Stevens, he discusses some of the important advances that had, by 2015, likely ended the cycle of AI for science winters. He also delves into the major challenges in AI for science, such as building models that are transparent and unbiased while also robust and secure. And Stevens looks at important upcoming AI for science breakthrough use cases, including the welcome news – for researchers beset by mountains of scientific papers – of utilizing large natural language modeling to ingest and collate existing knowledge of a scientific problem, enabling analysis of the literature that, Stevens said, goes well beyond a Google search….

@HPCpodcast: Argonne’s Rick Stevens Surveys Trends and Technologies Driving AI for Science — Part 1

If HPC had a band of rock stars, Rick Stevens might well be lead guitarist and do the vocals. The associate lab director and Exascale Computing Initiative leader at Argonne National Lab (and professor at the University of Chicago) has one of the most impressive records of sustained achievement in the HPC community. Here, in part one of a two-part episode of the @HPCpodcast, Stevens takes up the topic of AI is changing the face of science from the points of view of a scientist and a computer scientist.

@HPCpodcast Special Edition: HPC/AI-Powered Geopolitcal Cyberwar and Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

The Russian invasion of Ukraine may involve a heavy measure of cyberwar, a new and shrouded form of espionage and sabotage with potentially devastating impacts. Here we offer a special edition of the @HPCpodcast to discuss the role of “geopolitical cyberwar” — nation-state cyber strategies driven by combinations of HPC and AI, and the relative sophistication of the Russians vs. the U.S. and western Europe. Our guest: Richard Stiennon (his Google Books profile), he is a cyber security industry analyst and author who was formerly of Gartner’s IT Security Research Practice and a Forbes columnist. Stiennon told us he is surprised

@HPCpodcast: The Potboiler HPC Chip Business

It’s a data center server chip industry that in five years has altered profoundly from Intel’s unilateral dominance. The new, multilateral landscape delivers an endless source of innovation, rapid change and drama. Can Intel regain technology leadership? Can AMD and Nvidia — in partnership with TSMC — continue to executive at such high levels? With all three leading players offering CPUs and GPUs, how will it all shake out? Competition is good; intense competition is even better.

@HPCpodcast: The 9 – Wait, the 10 – Key Drivers of the Tech-Driven World to Come

The world is increasingly tech-dominated, but what are the major tech drivers? In this episode of the @HPCpodcast, Shahin Khan and Doug Black propose a framework for understanding where tech — most of it HPC-AI related tech — is taking us over the next 10 to 20 years. It’s a framework covering most aspects of our work and personal lives, the sources of efficiency, competitiveness and innovation in the global economy to come , and how we’ll address the big problems for which the world craves solutions.

@HPCpodcast: Cloud HPC is Hot – But Is It Right for Everything?

Growth of cloud HPC for several years has outpaced overall HPC market growth, and public cloud providers continually add the latest and greatest chips, interconnects, memory and software applications to their HPC menus. No doubt public cloud HPC is a great place for HPC experimentation and POC projects. But beyond that, what about making a big move to cloud HPC – which kinds of companies and workloads should go to the cloud and which should stay on-prem?

@HPCpodcast: Hyperion Calls 2021 an Exceptional Year for HPC – Here’s Why

Industry analyst firm Hyperion Research recently issued an HPC market update that was generally – and perhaps surprising, given the pandemic – upbeat in its assessment. In this episode of the @HPCpodcast, Doug Black and Shahin Khan dug into the findings with Hyperion CEO Earl Joseph, spotlighting various HPC segments, including traditional HPC, AI, Cloud, the impact of Covid, industry and global perspective, and what to expect in the future.