RFHPC88: ISC 2015 Preview

In this episode, the Radio Free HPC team previews the ISC 2015 conference, which takes place July 12-16 in Frankfurt, Germany.

ISC 2015 Keynotes:

  • Dr. Jürgen Kohler from Daimler AG will give the opening keynote on July 13. As the head of NVH CAE and Vehicle Concepts at Daimler AG, Kohler will talk about “High-Performance Computing – Highly Efficient Development – Mercedes-Benz Cars.” Dr. Kohler, who is also the Chair of the PRACE Industrial Advisory Committee, will introduce the integration of digital prototyping at the business unit, Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.
  • Professor Yutong Lu of NUDT China. On Tuesday, July 14, Professor Lu will be giving her debut keynote on applications leveraging supercomputing systems.
  • Professor Thomas Sterling, a perennial favorite at ISC, will once again offer an entertaining summary of the past year in his keynote on Wednesday, July 15.

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RFHPC87: Federal Employee Data Gets Hacked

In this episode, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the recent hack of U.S. government employee data. Hackers stole personnel data and Social Security numbers for every federal employee, including military records and veterans’ status information, address, birth date, job and pay history, health insurance, life insurance and pension information; and age, gender, and race data.

In a week where our little site got hacked the same week as Kasperski, Henry says there’s a lesson here for us all. It’s time start implementing Security-Enhanced SELinux.

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All Apologies: Radio Free HPC was Hacked

We are sorry to report that Radio Free HPC was hacked this week by some kind of phishing scam. As we report on security breaches from time to time, I guess it was just a matter of time until we were targeted.

If you received an email from Rich that had an “access file” link to Google Drive, that email was not from me.

Be on the alert for emails like this. They will take you to a fake Google Drive page like the one you see below.

RFHPC86: A Preview of the ISC 2015 Student Cluster Competition

In this episode, the Radio Free HPC team looks ahead to the ISC 2015 Student Cluster Competition. This year, 11 teams from around the globe will face off to build the fastest HPC cluster.

Dan has a complete rundown on the roster for this year, which includes two-time repeat champions from CHPC in South Africa:

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RFHPC85: Reflections on Lustre and LUG2015

In this episode, Rich reports back from the LUG 2015 Lustre User Group Meeting. With something like 188 attendees this year, LUG reflects a user community that has come together to foster the world’s fastest parallel file system.

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RFHPC84: A Look at the 180 Petaflop Aurora Supercomputer Coming to Argonne in 2018

In this episode, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the Aurora supercomputer coming to Argonne in 2018.

The U.S. Department of Energy announced a $200 million supercomputing investment coming to Argonne National Laboratory. As the third of three Coral supercomputer procurements, the deal will comprise an 8.5 Petaflop “Theta” system based on Knights Landing in 2016 and a much larger 180 Petaflop “Aurora” supercomputer in 2018. Intel will be the prime contractor on the deal, with sub-contractor Cray building the actual supercomputers.

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RFHPC83: Google to Keep Algorithm Updates Under Wraps

In this episode, the Radio Free HPC team looks at reports that Google will no longer announce when it does updates to its search algorithms.

Google’s investment in artificial intelligence does more than just create better search results; it allows Google’s engineers to make constant algorithm changes right under our noses.

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About Radio Free HPC

The Radio Free HPC is a joint production by three industry pundits focused on High Performance Computing.

While there are other HPC podcasts out there, we wanted to create something that was both informative and fun to listen to. And while we don’t always agree, our pledge to you is that we will never let that get in the way.

Radio Free HPC is:

Rich BruecknerRich Brueckner, President of insideHPC. Recently named as one of the Top 20 Big Data Influencers by Forbes Magazine, Rich Brueckner is an avid writer, publisher, and technology pundit focused on high performance computing. He acquired inside-HPC.com in 2010 and has since expanded his online publications to include inside-BigData, inside-Cloud, and inside-Startups. With over 25 years of HPC experience at Cray Research, SGI, and Sun Microsystems, Rich is known to many in the industry as “the guy in the Red Hat.”

Henry Newman, CEO, Instrumental, Inc. Before joining Instrumental, Mr. Newman spent 11 years at Cray Research, Inc. designing complex, HPC systems. Mr. Newman is an internationally recognized High Performance Computing (HPC) expert and sought after author and speaker. He has designed, analyzed and optimized over 400 of the most complex high-performance computing systems in the world. Mr. Newman has been involved in numerous projects working on behalf of the US Government, defense integrators and vendors in solving the most challenging HPC problems. He is a graduate of The American University.

Dan Olds, Principal, Gabriel Consulting Group. Dan Olds has been in the high-tech arena for 15 years, holding significant positions at Cray Inc., Sun Microsystems Inc. and IBM prior to founding technology research firm Gabriel Consulting Group Inc. in 2002. Through GCG, Olds closely follows trends in both enterprise and high performance computing. He pays particularly close attention to the way technology continues to fundamentally transform both business and science. Mr. Olds is frequently quoted in industry and business publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, Computerworld, eWeek and others. He earned an MBA from The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business with concentrations in Finance and Marketing.

RFHPC82: Market Trends Toward Chipmaker Consolidation

In this episode, the Radio Free HPC team looks at some interesting industry developments from the past week.

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RFHPC81: Wrapping up the GPU Technology Conference

In this episode, the Radio Free HPC team wraps up the GPU Technology Conference. The theme of the show this year was Deep Learning, a topic that is heating up the market for GPUs with challenges like image recognition and self-driving cars.

As a sister conference, the OpenPOWER Summit this week in San Jose showcased the first OpenPower hardware, including a prototype HPC server from IBM that will pave the way to the two IBM/Nvidia/Mellanox Coral supercomputers expected in 2017.

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