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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.”

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.”

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.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at the European Processor Initiative

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the European Processor Initiative, an effort to design a build an exascale computer based around European technology. “According to an interview in Primeur Magazine with EPI project coordinator Philippe Notton from Atos, the project involves not only a processor, but an accelerator as well. Will it be based on ARM, OpenPOWER, or something else like RISC-V? We will have to wait and see.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at Diverging Chip Architectures in the Wake of Spectre and Meltdown

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the tradeoff between chip performance and security. In the aftermath of the recently disclosed Spectre and Meltdown exploits, Cryptograpy guru Paul Kocher from Rambus is calling for a divergence in processor architectures:

Radio Free HPC looks at New Leadership at HPE

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at HPE’s new CEO, Antonio Neri, a longtime HPE executive who previously served as President of the company. As the number 1 server vendor in the HPC space, this change will be one to watch as we transition to the exascale era in the next five years or so. “This transistion comes at an interesting time for HPE, as one of their main competitors, Dell Technologies, is reportedly looking at an IPO or reverse acquisition by VMware.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at NVIDIA’s Efforts to Ban Consumer GPUs in the Datacenter

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at NVIDIA’s new EULA GeForce Software user license, which prohibits the use of consumer GPUs in the datacenter. We are not looking to beat up on anyone, but our focus is on what these kind of limitations might mean for the industry.
“When we purchase hardware, aren’t we free to use it any way we please? And why do BitCoin miners get a pass during a worldwide GPU shortage?”

Radio Free HPC Looks at the Cryptocurrency Crash

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the recent cryptocurrency crash and why prices for these coins is so volatile. After that, we do our Catch of the Week, where the IBM Cloud is leading the company back to profitability.

Radio Free HPC Looks at the European Union’s Big Investment in Exascale

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at European Commission’s recent move to fund exascale development with 1 Billion Euros. “While Europe already had a number of exascale initiatives under way, this is a major step forward in that it puts up the money. Under a new legal and funding structure, the Commission’s contribution will be $486 million, or roughly half of the projected EUR 1 Billion total.”

Radio Free HPC does their 2018 Technology Predictions

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team reviews their 2017 technology predictions from last year. After that, we do our 2018 Predictions including a bombshell on who Rich thinks will acquire Cray by the end of the year.