The third HPCAC-ISC Student Cluster Competition will Start Tomorrow at ISC’14

The third HPCAC-ISC Student Cluster Competition, featured at ISC’14, is an opportunity to showcase student expertise in a friendly yet spirited competition. The competition will start tomorrow, and will feature small teams that compete to demonstrate the incredible capabilities of state-of- the-art high-performance cluster hardware and software. In a real-time challenge, eleven teams of six undergraduate and/or high school students from around the world will build a small cluster of their own design on the ISC exhibit floor and race to demonstrate the greatest performance across a series of benchmarks and applications.

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The HPCAC Conference in Brazil

We had the first HPC Advisory Council conference in Brazil. Held together with the Sao Paulo University. We hosted around 70 HPC professionals and 50 students from the University.

The conference was sponsored by Inspur, NVIDIA, SGI, Supermicro and Newwald. InsideHPC covered the event and videos can be found on www.insidehpc.com. The presentations from the conference can be found on http://www.hpcadvisorycouncil.com/events/2014/brazil-workshop/agenda.php

For me it was my first visit in Brazil. Probably would be better to do it one month after (the world cup….) but still, was happy to be there. Great people, great food and increase usage of HPC for many applications.

I want to thank Alexandre Ramos from the University of Sao Paulo that helped us with organizing the conference.

HPCAC_Brazil_2014

Gilad Shainer

Graph Lab Conference 2014

GraphLab Conference 2014

The GraphLab Conference is a non-profit event organized by the open source branch of GraphLab, to promote graph/big data analytics technologies in industry. This year it will be the largest trade-show of graph based systems and large scale machine learning.   The event will take place on Monday July 21, 2014 in San Francisco.

In 2013, we had 85% industry and 15% research labs and universities (around 570 data scientists, CTO, architects etc.). Last year’s videos are here. More than 900 data scientists, software engineers and big data analytics thinkers are expected to be in attendance.

GraphLabConference panorama

To date, we have received confirmations from the following companies Trifacta, Google, Microsoft, Datapad, Databricks (Spark), Pandora, Cloudera, Pivotal, Lab41, CMU and Adobe  for oral presentations.

Other organizations will provide demos, including:  GraphLab, Quantifind, bigML, Skytree, YarcData, Neo Technology, Franz, Atigeo, Georgia Tech, Alpine Data Labs, Cambridge Intelligence, wise.io, prediction.io, RapidMiner, Sqrrl, Grappa, Objectivity, Ayasdi, Aurelius, Sense, Petuum, Tom Sawyer Software, Oracle, iPython, Continuum Analytics,  Systap, EPPICS, Sparsity Technologies, Domino Data Labs, Graphistry, Zipfian Academy, Telefonica, 0xdata, Cenzari (MusicGraph), Pacific Northwest National Lab, Zementis, Linkurious, ectML, CrossWise, Royal Caliber, Simularity, Ravel Law, Cytospace, Sumo Logic, Lumiata.  View the full list of exhibitors here.

The event will be held July 21, 2014 at the Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94102.   Registration is open now. Get your conference tickets today!

HPC Training in Tel Aviv

PRACE Winter School 2014

Recognizing that HPC is one of the most important tools for innovative research, Israel became one of 25 nations to join the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) in January 2013. Israel’s Inter-University Computation Center (IUCC-MACHBA) represents Israel in the partnership.

IUCC plays an active role in several PRACE working groups, among them training, and is proud to host the PRACE 2014 Winter School in Tel Aviv. This brings international hands-on HPC training to Israel for the first time.

The 2014 Winter School will open on February 10 with a unique half-day workshop entitled “The Future of HPC: Israeli Innovation.” Researchers from throughout Israel and Europe will be attending the advanced HPC training sessions, and this opening workshop is a special opportunity to bring users and developers together to learn more about the Israeli technologies that power HPC research infrastructures.

The “Future of HPC” half-day workshop includes lectures from some of the leading experts in HPC technologies from industry and academia, with a focus on trends on the future of HPC technologies over the next five years.

For more information and to register please visit http://prace-ri.eu/PRACE-Winter-School-2014 or send an email to info@mail.iucc.ac.il.

 

 

HPC Music

HPCmusic is an advanced research project about High Performance Computing and Music Production dedicated to enable HPC in music creation. It’s goal is to develop HPC cluster solutions that further enable the future of music production.

During the last 10 years, with the advancement of HPC, it gradually became possible to create a cluster that can facilitate the musical size of a full orchestra and let the composers change the ‘notes’ and the ‘feel’ of the music in real time. No other technological solution ever managed to achieve this.

We now have the chance to set the standards on how a cluster should work in order to serve composers on creating music inside a dedicated virtual environment. The goal is to provide the composer the ability to incorporate all the qualities of a symphonic orchestra, the improvisation of a jazz band and repeatability and consistency of a hybrid analog/digital system.

Antonis Karalis research to date clearly indicates that HPC projects are the only way to move music forward. With low latency systems that become transparent to the composer we increase the potential of new musical ideas.

You can read more by looking at the HPCmusic subgroup under the council subgroups section.

Below Antonis Karalis working on a cluster at the HPC Advisory Council cluster center.

HPCmusic

Gilad, HPC Advisory Council Chairman.

The 2nd GraphLab Workshop – Update

The main aim of the 2nd GraphLab workshop is to bring together researchers from academia, as well as data scientists from industry with the special focus of large scale machine learning on sparse graphs. We have secured talks and demos about the hottest graph processing systems out there: GraphLab (CMU/UW), Pregel (Google), Giraph (Facebook) , Cassovary (Twitter), Naiad (Microsoft Research), GraphBuilder (Intel Labs), Grappa (UW), Combinatorial BLAS (LBNL/UCSB), Allegro Graph (Franz) ,Neo4j (Neo Technology), Titan (Aurelius), DEX (Sparsity Technologies), YarcData and others!

The workshop will take place on Monday July 1st at the Nikko Hotel SF. Workshop website:

http://graphlab.org/graphlab-workshop-2013/

 

Dr. Danny Bickson

Carnegie Mellon University

The 2nd GraphLab Workshop

The 2nd GraphLab workshop (http://graphlab.org/graphlab-workshop-2013/) brings together researchers from industry and academia to discuss challenges of applied large scale machine learning, with the focus of sparse graph algorithms. It is a single track one day event to be held on Monday July 1st in San Francisco.

We are going to have talks and demonstrations of the hottest graph computation frameworks:

GraphLab (UW + CMU), Giraph (Facebook), Pregel (Google), Cassovary (Twitter),

Computational BLAS (LNL) and others.

 

HPC Advisory Council members can receive 15% discount – please contact info@hpcadvisorycouncil.com for more info.

 

Dr. Danny Bickson

Carnegie Mellon University

HPCAC Swiss Conference

An overdue post…. Mid-March we had the 4th HPC Advisory Council Swiss conference, hosted together with the Swiss supercomputer center. 120 Attendees participated in the conference and we would like to thank them and to thank the presenters and the sponsors. The presentations can be view at

http://www.hpcadvisorycouncil.com/events/2013/Switzerland-Workshop/agenda.php.

Special thanks to Hussein Harake for all his effort and dedication!

Our next conference will be in June as part of ISC’13.

HPCAC_Swiss_2013

Regards,

Gilad

HPCAC 2012 Spain Conference

Last week we had our first Spain conference, organized together with the Barcelona Supercomputing Center. The conference held in the Malaga University, Malaga. Malaga is a great place to visit in the summer if you like good food and enjoy the sea. And of course, if there is a HPC conference nearby…. :-)

70 attendees joined us for a full day of interesting presentations from great speakers. You can find all of the presentations at http://www.hpcadvisorycouncil.com/events/2012/Spain-Workshop/agenda.php. InsideHPC covered the day and you can find some videos on www.insideHPC.com.

I want to thank all of our sponsors – AMD, Dell, HP, Mellanox, Panasas and Boston. Without them we could not have the event.

Our next conference is in China – October 28th!

Regards,

Gilad

HPCAC Spain 2012