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HPC Guru Speaketh! Kind of…

In this extraordinary episode of Radio Free HPC, the crew interviews the industry icon that is @HPC_Guru. This is the first time that anyone has been granted an interview with him and we’re proud to have been chosen for this honor. We posed an even dozen questions and received very thoughtful responses, which we rendered out in a machine voice in order to fit our podcast format. In the interview, HPC_Guru tells us his top five cool things in HPC today, why he remains anonymous, where he thinks HPC hardware will be in 10 years and who he thinks will be the first to reach exascale. And that’s just four of our 12 questions!

Radio Free HPC Episodes ….In Case You Missed It

There are fresh episodes of Radio Free HPC out in the wild and, in case you missed them, here’s what’s new: ColdQuanta Serves Up Some Bose-Einstein Condensate May 7, 2020 The show starts with Dan, Jessi and Shahin in attendance. Henry is traveling from his old home base in Minnesota to his new command bunker […]

Podcast: Is Cloud too expensive for HPC?

Is Cloud too expensive for HPC? Enquiring minds want to know, as does the HPC community whose single-minded obsession with maximum price-performance is notorious and legendary. The Radio Free team looks at actual cloud pricing based on available data and Dan’s research which fuel a hearty discussion. They look at configurations, compare prices, talk about the costs that are not included, segment the market, and then segment the applications.

Radio Free HPC Looks at NVIDIA’s acquisition of Mellanox

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at NVIDIA’s acquisition of Mellanox. “This called for an emergency session of our crack panel. While it will be several months before the full impact of this merger is felt, the RFHPC team believes this will change both the HPC and the Datacenter markets. It also signals Nvidia’s journey towards becoming more of a systems company and gives them a better shot at the enterprise AI market.”

Podcast: The sinking of the Itanic, a respectful farewell

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC says goodbye to Intel’s Itanium processor. “After years of futility, Intel has finally put a stake in the heart of their Itanium processor. The final shipment will take place in 2021. The boys discuss some Itanium history and reasons behind the end of the processor.”

Podcast: China Tianhe-3 Exascale machine is coming

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team takes a second look at China’s plans for the Tianhe-3 exascale supercomputer. “According to news articles, Tianhe-3 will be 200 times faster than Tianhe-1, with 100x more storage. What we don’t know is if these comparisons are relative to Tianhe-1 or Tianhe 1A. The later machine weighs in at 2.256 PFlop/s which means that Tianhe-3 might be as fast as 450 PFlop/s when complete. We also made a reference to a past episode, which we know you remember vividly, where we discussed China’s three-pronged strategy for exascale.”

ISC 2017 Announces Record Attendance

Today ISC 2017 announced that a record 3200 HPC enthusiasts from 60 countries have registered for the conference. The event also received an international media spotlight, with 60 technical and business journalists on site to provide live coverage of the exhibition and the conference sessions.

Radio Free HPC Looks at the Past and Future of the OS

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the future of Operating Systems in the new world of computing. In a world that seems to be moving to the cloud and microservices, what will happen to the monolithic OS we have come to know and love?

Radio Free HPC Looks at Machine Learning and Data Locality

Is Machine Learning more of a Data Movement problem than a Processing problem? In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at use cases for Machine Learning where data locality is critical for performance. “Most of the Machine Learning hearing stories we hear involve a central data repository. Henry says he is not hearing enough about how Machine Learning is going to deal with the problem of massive data streams from things like sensors. Such data, he contends, will have to be processed at the source.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at What Chip Architectures Need to Succeed

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team welcomes Shahin Khan from OrionX to a discussion on chip architectures for HPC. “More and more new alternative architectures were in evidence at ISC in Germany this year, but what does it take for a chip architecture to be a winner? Looking back, chips like DEC Alpha had many advantages over the competition, but it did not survive.”