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Epic HPC Road Trip stops at NERSC for a look at Big Network and Storage Challenges

In this special guest feature, Dan Olds from OrionX continues his Epic HPC Road Trip series with a stop at NERSC. “NERSC is unusual in that they receive more data than they send out. Client agencies process their raw data on NERSC systems and then export the results to their own organizations. This puts a lot of pressure on storage and network I/O, making them top priority at NERSC.”

Epic HPC Road Trip Continues to Sandia National Lab

In this special guest feature, Dan Olds from OrionX continues his Epic HPC Road Trip series with a stop at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico. “Ken discussed how Sandia is hoping to stimulate more of a system-on-a-chip type of technology where extra CPU real estate might be better utilized for better HPC componentry and customization.”

Epic HPC Road Trip leads to Gary Grider at Los Alamos

In this special guest feature, Dan Olds from OrionX continues his Epic HPC Road Trip series with a stop at LANL in new Mexico. “Our conversation started with the open question: where do you see HPC going? He’s not wild about the fact that today’s machines are still being designed for dense matrix type problems along the lines of LINPACK rather than the sparse matrix problems that are much more prevalent today.”

Epic HPC Road Trip Continues to NREL

In this special guest feature, Dan Olds from OrionX continues his Epic HPC Road Trip series with a stop at NREL in Golden, Colorado. “When it comes to energy efficient computing, NREL has to be one of the most advanced facilities in the world. It’s the first data center I’ve seen where their current PUE is shown on a LCD panel outside the door. When I was visiting, the PUE of the Day was 1.027 – which is incredibly low.”