Category Archives: HPC Events

HPC Advisory Council Announces 2nd Annual China High-Performance Computing Workshop Program

For those who missed the announcement, our 2nd Annual China High-Performance Computing Workshop will be on October 27th, 2010 in Beijing, China in conjunction with the HPC China National Annual Conference on High-Performance Computing. The Call for presentations as well as workshop sponsorships are now open – http://www.hpcadvisorycouncil.com/events/2010/china_workshop/. The workshop will focus on efficient high-performance computing through best practices, future system capabilities through new hardware, software and computing environments and high-performance computing user experience.

The workshop will be opened with keynote presentations by Prof. Dhabaleswar K. (DK) Panda who leads the Network-Based Computing Research Group at The Ohio State University (USA) and Dr. HUO Zhigang from the National Center for Intelligent Computing (China). The keynotes will be followed by distinguished speakers from the academia and the industry. The workshop will bring together system managers, researchers, developers, computational scientists and industry affiliates to discuss recent developments and future advancements in High-Performance Computing.

And again – Call for Presentations and Sponsorships are now Open, so if you are interested, let us know. For the preliminary agenda and schedule, please refer to the workshop website. The workshop is free to HPC China attendees and to the HPC Advisory Council members. Registration is required and can be made at the HPC Advisory Council China Workshop website.

Regards,

Gilad Shainer

Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing Conference, July 2010

Each year, scientists participating in the Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing Program (SciDAC), along with other researchers from the computational science community gather at the annual SciDAC conference to present scientific results, discuss new technologies and discover new approaches to collaboration. The SciDAC 2010 Conference is being held this week in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Thomas Zacharia, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, chairs the conference this year.

I participated in the first 2 days of SciDAC. While the weather there is not ideal to say the least…  I have enjoyed the presentations and discussions.  The Undersecretary Steven Koonin (undersecretary for science, department of energy) commented on DoE future goals – reducing Oil consumption in transportation by 35%, reducing greenhouse gas emissions 17% by 2020, and 83% by 2050, maintain technical base and exploit simulation capabilities.

Many of the discussions were on Exascale computing – what is needed to be done in order to get there – systems, applications etc, with the goal to have the first system by 2018. Our HPC|Scale subgroup will try to help make the right steps toward this goal with exploration and experiments. I hope to report soon on the subgroup progress.

Regards,
Gilad

International Supercomputing Conference 2010

The second biggest HPC show will start next week, and I am now on a United flight from San Francisco to Germany on my way to the conference. On Sunday we will do the HPC Advisory Council European workshop, the second workshop of the year (3 more to come – TeraGrid, HPC China and MEW UK). For the workshop we have gathered some interesting HPC people from around the world – Richard Graham and Steve Poole from Oak Ridge National Laboratory US, Norbert Eicker from the Jülich Supercomputing Centre Germany, Tor Skeie from Simula Research Laboratory Norway, and Abhishek Das from C-DAC India. We will also host interesting talks on HPC in cloud computing, virtualization and HPC, application best practices and more. I will make sure to capture the highlights from the day and share it here.

ISC’10 is also the place where the Top500 list is being published. Published twice a year (ISC and SC), the Top500 list rank the 500 fastest supercomputers in the world. Why is it important for us? Because it can give us indications on trends in the HPC world, capabilities and usage models. It is also a great tool for making predications on when we will see the first ExaScale system etc.

And last but not least, the HPC Advisory Council will give the 2009-2010 awards in 4 categories in the closing session of ISC – Thursday at 1pm Germany time. If you are planning to be in Germany feel free to join us at the workshop, or be there for the award ceremony. Or just drop by and say hello…

Gilad

HPC Advisory Council goes to Italy!

HPC Advisory Council goes to Italy!

 

Well, before we go to Italy, we have a workshop in Germany as part of the International Supercomputing conference (http://www.hpcadvisorycouncil.com/events/european_workshop/index.php). The registration for the Germany event is being done via the ISC’10 (http://www.supercomp.de/isc10/) registration web site – for more info or issues please contact me.

 

So once we will be back from Germany, the HPC Advisory Council will visit Italy and participate in the INTERNATIONAL ADVANCED RESEARCH WORKSHOP ON HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTING, GRIDS AND CLOUDS (http://www.hpcc.unical.it/hpc2010/). This is an open workshop, free of charge (yes, no registration fees are required for participants of the workshop). The aim of the Workshop is to discuss the future developments in the HPC technologies, and to contribute to assess the main aspects of Grids and Clouds, with special emphasis on solutions to grid  and cloud computing deployment. The council will be there and will contribute to the interesting discussions. So if you are in the area, or want to visit Italy in June, join us for the workshop (June 21 – 25).

 

Regards,

Gilad  Gilad Shainer    

 

gilad@hpcadvisorycouncil.com

SC09 – Building the Fastest Networking Demonstration on the Show Floor

Now that SC09 is done we can look back on the council activities and achievements during the largest HPC show in the world. As we did during SC08 and ISC’09, the council members invested a huge amount of effort and brought together the fastest networking solution – a 120Gb/s InfiniBand network demonstration, as part of SCinet. You can see the networking diagram below and I would like to thank the following organization that helped to make this amazing demo a reality: AMD, Avago, Colfax Intl, Dell, HP, IBM, InfiniBand Trade Association, Koi Computers, LSI, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Luxtera, Mellanox Technologies, Microsoft, NVIDIA, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, RAID, Scalable Graphics, SGI, Sun Microsystems, Texas Advanced Computing Center, The University of Utah Center for High-Performance Computing, and Voltaire. 

SCinet Network Diagram

One of our council members, Scalable Graphics, helped to create a highly visual demo of a Peugeot car rendering in 3D (see picture below). The demo included an interactive component, where viewers wear glasses that tracked their position and moved the image accordantly.

3D Visualization Demo

Also during the conference, we held our semi-annual meeting, where we reviewed our plans for 2010. To recap, we will be building off our successful HPC Advisory Council Workshop in China and we will be hosting 4 workshops next year; the first one in March will be hosted in Switzerland together with the Swiss Supercomputing Center, and the second in May as part of the International Supercomputing Conference. More info can be found on the council main web pages.

Best regards,

Gilad, HPC Advisory Council Chairman.

HPC in a Cloud

During the ISC’09 conference several of the Council members (AMD, Dell, Mellanox, and Platform) presented its HPC in a Cloud proof of concept based on work that the council performed inside the HPC Advisory Council’s High-Performance Center. We have posted this Bird-of-Feather presentation below. Let us know what you think of this concept.

HPC Advisory Council at the 32nd HPC User Forum

This week the 32nd HPC User Forum was held in Roanoke, Virginia. This was a great opportunity to meet, talk and hear from industry experts and end-users. There were very interesting sessions on the state of high-performance computing, the current problems, and what work is necessary to move to exascale computing. It was also a great opportunity to meet many of the HPC Advisory Council members.

The HPC Advisory Council had a session during the HPC User Forum, and I would like to thank the members that participated in the panel, and in particular to Jennifer Koerv (AMD), Donnie Bell (Dell), Sharan Kalwani (GM), Lynn Lewis (Microsoft), Stan Posey (Panasas), Lee Porter (ParTec) and Arend Dittmer (Penguin Computing).

Some of the talks at the User Forum were on HPC futures, not only on building the next PetaScale/ExaScale supercomputers, but how to make HPC easier and more productive. Platform Computing talked on HPC in a cloud and services, and NVIDIA on using GPUs. This is one of the main research activities right now in the HPC Advisory Council – enabling efficient HPC as a Service (HPCaaS) and smart scheduling strategies. Initial results are available on the HPC Advisory Council web, and you are encouraged to take a look (the focus at the event was on bioscience applications). We will extend the research to add QCD codes (quantum chemistry), with the help and support from Fermi National Lab.

We are having our first member’s conference call on May 4th, so don’t forget to accept the invite that you got, and if you did not get it, please let me know at hpc@mellanox.com.

Best Regards,

Gilad Shainer, HPC Advisory Council Chairman

ISC Demonstration and Member Meeting

Replicating our success from SC’08, the HPC Advisory Council has joined the ISCnet team at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC’09) to showcase and demonstrate a large 40Gb/s InfiniBand eco-system, connecting multiple booths on the showfloor. Several members are providing the needed resources to support this activity (providing hardware, software and a 3D visualization demo for this network).

The ISCnet team will be dropping 40Gb/s InfiniBand fiber links to participating booths. Pease note: There is a conference fee (500.00 Euros) for each fiber drop. For more info and for a short presentation that provides additional details and system requirements for the demo please contact hpc@mellanox.com. You can also read the case study of our activities during SC’08 here.

Please check it out and I hope that you will be able to take part in this demonstration. Please let me know if you have additional questions.Semi-annual meeting: We are also looking into possibilities of holding a HPC Advisory Council Member meeting during ISC’09. During the meeting we will meet and greet the council members, review the council activities (application expertise and HPC outreach) and review our plan for this year’s activities and goals. Please let us know if you or your group will be attending the show, and if you would be interested in attending by sending an email to hpc@mellanox.com.

Thanks,
Gilad Shainer
HPC Advisory Council Chair

1st Annual Mellanox HPC Advisory Council Member Meeting

I would like to thank all the folks who came to our first member meeting during SC’08. We had a great turnout and we hope you all had a good time (looking at the beverage bill…I would say YES! ;) ). Although, it’s TBD right now, I would expect we will be having another meeting/get-together during ISC’09 in June, so stay tuned…

I look forward to seeing you all there and at the many events I end up attending.
-Brian Sparks