RFHPC105: The GTC’16 Run Down

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team recaps the GPU Technology Conference.

Since Rich is traveling around in some desert somewhere, Dan and Henry go it alone and discuss what happened at last week’s GTC’16 conference. They talk about the new Pascal (P1000) GPU, NVIDIA’s new server, and what happened at the concurrent OpenPOWER conference. A good time is had by all….”

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RFHPC104: A Preview of GTC 2016

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team congratulates Dan Olds on becoming a Partner at OrionX. Then we go on to preview the GPU Technology Conference coming up April 4-7 in Silicon Valley.

GTC is the largest and most important event of the year for GPU developers. Join us this year as we showcase the most vital work in the computing industry today – Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning, Virtual Reality and Self Driving Cars. GTC attracts developers, researchers, and technologists from some of the top companies, universities, research firms and government agencies from around the world.

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RFHPC103: How Blockchain will Revolutionize Banking

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at blockchain technology with Chris Skinner, author of ValueWeb – How FinTech firms are using mobile and blockchain technologies to create the Internet of Value.

The Internet of Things is all about machines trading with machines. Your fridge orders groceries; your car, fuel; your television, entertainment; and so on. However, machines cannot trade with machines if it’s expensive and slow. Would you really want your TV to order the next season of Game of Thrones, if the payment took ten days and cost $25 or more to process? Unfortunately with the four-pillar card scheme model and the SWIFT counterparty bank system, that is the problem we face today. As a result, we need an Internet of Value to work with the Internet of Things. The Internet of Value, or ValueWeb for short, allows machines to trade with machines and people with people, anywhere on this planet in real-time and for free. Using a combination of technologies from mobile devices and the bitcoin blockchain, fintech firms are building the ValueWeb. The question then is what this means for financial institutions, governments and citizens? This book provides the answers.

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RFHPC101: The Case of the Encrypted iPhone

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at Apple’s fight against a court order to decrypt an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters.

The government contends that a 1789 law called the All Writs Act compels Apple to honor a search warrant and assist the authorities in getting access to unlock and decrypt the iPhone 5C used by Syed Rizwan Farook in the San Bernardino shooting in December. The government contends that phone might contain crucial evidence in the case.

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Tuesday evening said the US government’s legal position on encryption backdoors was setting “a dangerous precedent.” If a back door is created to crack this particular phone, bad guys will be able to exploit it.

The Radio Free HPC is split as to what should happen next, but it seems likely that some kind of compromise will result. Is the government entitled to a back door to all devices? It would seem that no one wants such an important policy to be decided from a single case in California.

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RFHPC100: The Top HPC Tech Stories from 2015

bubbleIn this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the Top Technology Stories for High Performance Computing in 2015.

  • Henry thinks new NVM Non-Volatile Memory (3D Xpoint) technologies will have the most dramatic impact on HPC architectures going forward. Rich says that the analytics for 3D XPoint indicate that many of his readers at insideHPC are eager to learn more.
  • Dan believes that the Coral Announcements made in the last 15 months or so will result in new levels of architectural diversity in the TOP500. In what he calls the “Rebel Alliance” the co-design approach from IBM, Nvidia, and Mellanox will be deployed at two of the three Coral systems in the 2017 timeframe. On the other side of the coin, the Aurora system at Argonne will use the Scalable System Framework architecture from Intel.
  • Rich sees tremendous potential in NVMe technologies, having seen his first demonstration at the Scalable Informatics booth at SC15. The NVM Express specification defines an optimized register interface, command set and feature set for PCI Express (PCIe)-based Solid-State Drives (SSDs). The goal of NVM Express is to unlock the potential of PCIe SSDs now and in the future, and standardize the PCIe SSD interface.

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RFHPC98: Upgrade Your Home Network for Big Speed Gains

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at why it pays to upgrade your home networking gear.

  • Henry doubled his download performance to over 80 Mbps just by upgrading his router. His shopping tip is to buy the device with the fastest processor.
  • Dan continues to get lousy performance and even though his devices are just a few years old. Dan recommends the SmallNetBuilder site for howto articles and shopping recommendations.
  • Rich is pretty happy with the stock router from CenturyLink and has put the Amazon Echo onto his Christmas list.

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RFHPC97: Live Report from SC15 in Austin

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team shares their thoughts from SC15 in Austin.

  • Henry is impressed by the increasing presence of FPGAs on the show floor and he sees this as an important trend in high performance computing.
  • Dan is really impressed with Allinea Performance Reports profiling tool and how easy it is to use. The Student Cluster Teams were using it this year and he saw how it made a big difference in their code optimizations. Dan also gives us an update on the SC15 Student Cluster Competition, where nine teams are going for the performance gold this year in Austin.
  • Rich sees SC15 as the crossroads that we’ll remember where Intel squared off with the official launch of their Omni-Path Interconnect and Scalable System Framework against the co-design alliance of OpenPOWER with IBM, Mellanox, and Nvidia.

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RFHPC96: What Scares us about the Future of HPC

In this special Halloween podcast, the Radio Free HPC team shares their biggest fears for HPC.

  • Rich fears that the NSCI National Supercomputing Initiative created by Obama’s Executive Order will have trouble obtaining funding in these tough economic times. He thinks its time to bring in professional communicators and talk about HPC and Exascale in terms of breakthrough discoveries.
  • Dan has night terrors about security back-doors built into chips. As a recipient of a rather nasty rootkit on his home PC last year, he continues to lose sleep over this kind of thing.
  • Henry gets goosebumps at the lack of concern he sees out there in terms of end-to-end cybersecurity. Some of the recent breaches should really scare us all and encryption is not going to get us where we need to go.

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