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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RFHPC80: Big Data Analytics Go Major League

In this episode, the Radio Free HPC team takes a look at Big Data Analytics in sports. According to recent reports, at least one team in Major League Baseball is using a Cray Urika system in a bid to gain competitive advantage.

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RFHPC79: Why Net Neutrality is Positively Polarizing

In this episode, the Radio Free HPC team splits on the topic of Net Neutrality. The FCC will soon publish its new rules for ensuring an even playing field for Internet Bandwidth.

Dan doesn’t like the idea one bit. Henry disagrees and thinks we need Net Neutrality to keep the Comcasts of the world from running amok. As for Rich, he just finds the whole argument rather amusing since it’s pretty much a done deal.

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RFHPC78: Superfish Fiasco Hurts Lenovo

In this episode, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the recent Lenovo laptop scandal involving Superfish malware. The company intentionally installed the program, which replaces security certificates so that the company could serve up ads on encrypted web pages.

Lenovo consumer personal computers employing the pre-installed Superfish Visual Discovery software contain a critical vulnerability through a compromised root CA certificate,” US-CERT said on Friday, urging people to remove the adware. “Exploitation of this vulnerability could allow a remote attacker to read all encrypted web browser traffic (HTTPS), successfully impersonate (spoof) any website, or perform other attacks on the affected system.”

While Lenovo now scrambles into Damage Control mode, the question for our readers is: how will this affect Lenovo’s ability to sell to the U.S. Federal supercomputing market? Dan contends that this offense occurred with different folks at an entirely different division, and that the company should be able to rebuild trust over time. Henry worries that this unfortunate situation is endemic of an unfortunate lack of concern out there about security in genera. Rich, on the other hand, thinks Superfish has sealed the company’s supercomputing doom and that Lenovo will have to build its HPC fortunes somewhere besides U.S. soil.

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RFHPC77: Archive Debacle at WGBH

In this episode, Radio Free HPC looks an archival horror story from WGBH in Boston. As the PBS affiliate attempted to move its archived video footage to the American Archive Project, the organization was horrified to discover that many of their files on LTO4 tapes were unreadable.

Does your archive strategy match up with today’s storage economics? Henry contends that this is really worth a look as the notion that “write once to tape and forget” is a recipe for disaster. In an era where this WGBH archive could easily fit on 38 hard drives, does migration to tape still make sense?

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