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Slidecast: The Sad State of Affairs in HPC Storage (But there is light at the end of the tunnel)

In this video, Robert Murphy from Panasas describes the current state of the HPC storage market and how Panasas is stepping up with high performance products that deliver economical performance without risk. “According to a recent study published by Hyperion Research, total cost of ownership (TCO) now rivals performance as a top criterion for purchasing HPC storage systems. Newly retooled with COTS hardware and a unique architecture, Panasas delivers surprising performance at a lower TCO than competitive solutions.”

Podcast: ColdQuanta Serves Up Some Bose-Einstein Condensate

“ColdQuanta is headed by an old pal of ours Bo Ewald and has just come out of stealth mode into the glaring spotlight of RadioFreeHPC. When you freeze a gas of Bosons at low density to near zero you start to get macroscopic access to microscopic quantum mechanical effects, which is a pretty big deal. With the quantum mechanics start, you can control it, change it, and get computations out of it. The secret sauce for ColdQuanta is served cold, all the way down into the micro-kelvins and kept very locally, which makes it easier to get your condensate.”

Podcast: David Barkai book to chronicle the History of HPC

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team catches up with special guest today, David Barkai, a 50-year veteran of HPC. David has worked in a wide variety of positions at NASA, Intel, Cray, SGI and others. His current project is writing a book to chronicle the last 50 years in HPC told from the perspective of those who were there. “The main emphasis in the book is examining the good that HPC has done in the world, which is quite the story.”

Podcast: Spack Helps Automate Deployment of Supercomputer Software

In this Let’s Talk Exascale podcast, Todd Gamblin from LLNL describes how the Spack flexible package manager helps automate the deployment of software on supercomputer systems. “After many hours building software on Lawrence Livermore’s supercomputers, in 2013 Todd Gamblin created the first prototype of a package manager he named Spack (Supercomputer PACKage manager). The tool caught on, and development became a grassroots effort as colleagues began to use the tool.”

Podcast: Trish Damkroger on HPC’s Role in the fight against COVID-19

In this Chip Chat podcast, Trish Damkroger from Intel describes HPC’s relevance in today’s society, particularly in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. “The podcast covers how Intel’s HPC solutions offer computing resources to researchers and scientists to better understand the underlying characteristics of COVID-19, to help limit the spread of the virus, and to advance the development of COVID-19 vaccines. Today’s episode also discusses various HPC workloads that are being used and Trish’s observations on the HPC community’s positive responses and contributions.”

Podcast: Honeywell Traps, Zaps Ions for Science

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at Honeywell’s Trapped Ion Quantum computing initiative. Quantum computing initiative. “Shahin gives us a good overview of digital vs. analog and classical vs. quantum science. The Honeywell system is in the ‘quantum-gate’ quadrant of Shahin’s model, suspending ions in space through magnetics and then hitting them with lasers to produce entanglement. The Honeywell system is interesting because it is scoring well on the emerging Quantum Volume metric – showing very high fidelity for its qubit count. This system is the culmination of over 10 years of R&D and should be on the market later on this year.”

Podcast: WarpX exascale application to accelerate plasma accelerator research

In this Let’s Talk Exascale podcast, researchers from LBNL discuss how the WarpX project are developing an exascale application for plasma accelerator research. “The new breeds of virtual experiments that the WarpX team is developing are not possible with current technologies and will bring huge savings in research costs, according to the project’s summary information available on ECP’s website. The summary also states that more affordable research will lead to the design of a plasma-based collider, and even bigger savings by enabling the characterization of the accelerator before it is built.”

Podcast: ZFP Project looks to Reduce Memory Footprint and Data Movement on Exascale Systems

In this Let’s Talk Exascale podcast, Peter Lindstrom from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory describes how the ZFP project will help reduce the memory footrprint and data movement in Exascale systems. “To perfom those computations, we oftentimes need random access to individual array elements,” Lindstrom said. “Doing that, coupled with data compression, is extremely challenging.”

Podcast: AI for Science

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the AI for Science program coming out of Argonne National Laboratory. “This is one of the biggest potential changes in our industry and well worth the investigation. But figuring out where AI fits into the traditional world of research and simulation is a difficult problem. Henry points out that nearly every grant proposal needs to include ‘AI’ in order to get serious consideration.”

Podcast: Bright Computing forges eX3 at Simula Research Laboratory

The eX3 infrastructure allows Norwegian HPC researchers and their international collaborators to explore bleeding-edge hardware and software that will be instrumental to the coming generation of supercomputers. “Simula chose Bright Cluster Manager to provide comprehensive management of eX3, enabling the organization to administer its HPC platform as a single entity; provisioning the hardware, operating systems and workload managers from a unified interface.”