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Virtual SC20 Retrospective: Thinkers’ Thoughts on HPC Today and Tomorrow

Check out this assemblages’ reflections on last week’s virtual SC20. Their thoughts range from big-picture insights on how the event reflects the state of HPC to the keynotes, sessions and announcements they think were particularly notable (and worth going back and watching, if you missed them). Among the topics covered: The convergence of the Top500 and Green500 supercomputer lists, the emerging earmarks of machine learning HPC workloads and the validity of supercomputing predictions made at SC in 2006 over against predictions for 2035.

Where to Go and What to Do at Virtual SC20: These HPC Experts Give Guidance

As you plan for next week’s Virtual SC20, we thought it would be helpful to ask four HPC industry experts for guidance regarding the sessions, trends, news and other highlights worthy of your attention coming out of what one of our panelists, Dr. Thomas Sterling of the University of Indiana (and of Beowulf cluster pioneering fame), described as “a diverse and rich” program agenda.

John Shalf and Thomas Sterling to Keynote ISC 2019 in Frankfurt

Today ISC 2019 announced that its lineup of keynote speakers will include John Shalf from LBNL and Thomas Sterling from Indiana University. The event takes place June 16-20 in Frankfurt, Germany. “On June 18, John Shalf, from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will offer his thoughts on how the slowdown and eventual demise of Moore’s Law will affect the prospects for high performance computing in the next decade. On June 19, Thomas Sterling will present his annual retrospective of the most important developments in HPC over the last 12 months.”

Interview: Dr. Thomas Sterling on New Approaches to Efficient Supercomputing

In this video from KAUST, Professor Thomas Sterling, Professor of Intelligent Systems Engineering at Indiana University, shares his thoughts on new approaches to energy efficient supercomputing. “Our technical strategy focuses on the research and development of advanced technologies for extreme-scale computing and future exascale systems, including the following key elements: Execution Models; Runtime Systems; Graph Processing; Programming Interfaces; Compilers, Libraries, and Languages; Systems Architecture (Architecture, Power/Energy, Fault Tolerance, Networking), and Extreme Scale Applications and Visualization.”

Thomas Sterling Weighs in on the OpenHPC Community

Over at the OpenHPC Blog, Thomas Sterling from Indiana University describes why the Crest Project has joined the OpenHPC Community: “We want to make a specific contribution. By associating ourselves with an emergent framework, in which we could benefit from the work of many different people interested in different things but under a unifying guidance of scaffolding interfaces, we were able to achieve our objectives in low cost, HPC for end users. If, and I have to say if, OpenHPC does this right, you will provide that framework.”

Video: Bill Harrod Accepts HPC Vanguard Award at SC14

In this video, Bill Harrod from the Department of Energy accepts the HPC Vanguard Award from Rich Brueckner and Thomas Sterling at SC14. “Launched by The Exascale Report in 2013, the HPC Vanguard Award recognizes critical leaders in the HPC community’s strategic push to achieve exascale levels of supercomputing performance.”