GraphLab – Workshop on Big Learning

The GraphLab workshop on large scale machine learning is a meeting place for both academia and industry to discuss upcoming challenges of large scale machine learning and solution methods. GraphLab is Carnegie Mellon’s large scale machine learning framework. The workshop will include demos and tutorials showcasing the next generation of the GraphLab framework, as well as lectures and demos from the top technology companies about their applied large scale machine learning solutions.

When – July 9th, 2012

Where – San Francisco

More info –


Danny Bickson

Distinguished mathematician, professor, diversity advocate Richard Tapia to deliver keynote at XSEDE12

Richard Tapia, Rice University Professor of Engineering and Computational and Applied Mathematics, recent recipient of the National Medal of Science, and longtime diversity advocate, has agreed to deliver a keynote speech during the XSEDE12 conference in Chicago, July 16-20.

XSEDE is the eXtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment, a new NSF-funded national cyberinfrastructure service that began in July of 2011, succeeding the TeraGrid. The XSEDE12 conference is the inaugural conference for science, education, outreach, software, and technology related to XSEDE and to the NSF Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CIF21).

Tapia serves XSEDE as director of the XSEDE Scholars Program, assists underrepresented minority students who are earning degrees in computing-related fields at research institutions and provides them with opportunities for learning more about high-performance computing and XSEDE, networking with the research community, and participation in XSEDE-facilitated research experiences.

At Rice University, Tapia is a mathematician and professor in computational and mathematical sciences, the Maxfield-Oshman Professor in Engineering, and Director of the Center for Excellence and Equity in Education. In December 2011, he was named a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) “for significant contributions in optimization theory and numerical analysis and extraordinary efforts to foster diversity, inclusiveness and excellence in the mathematical sciences.” In October 2011, he was presented the National Medal of Science — the highest national honor that can be bestowed on a U.S. scientist — by President Obama in a White House ceremony. Tapia received the award “for his pioneering and fundamental contributions in optimization theory and numerical analysis and for his dedication and sustained efforts in fostering diversity and excellence in mathematics and science education.” 

Also, please note that all paper submissions for XSEDE12 are due April 25; see Call For Participation at: .




Contact: Susan McKenna, media communications coordinator, XSEDE,


Susan McKenna

New Cluster Arrived!

We have added a new cluster into the HPC center – the Apollo cluster.

Apollo is based on Intel Sandy Bridge with PCIe 3.0, InfiniBand FDR 56Gb/s as well as 10GbE and 40GbE options.

The cluster should be listed on the center page in few days.




HPC Advisory Council Swiss 2012 Conference

Last week we held the 2012 Swiss conference, together with the Swiss Supercomputing Center. Around 150 attendees participated in the 3-days conference, which covered many topics – from storage to interconnect, systems, GPUs, MPI, SHMEM, PGAS and couple of new topics – Cloud and Big Data. The presentations from the conference are posted on the conference web page, and you can fine many videos on insideHPC.

I would like to thank the sponsors – Acer, AMD, CSCS, HP, IBM, Mellanox, NVIDIA, Panasa, Texas Memory Systems, DataDirect Networks, Gnodal, ParTec, Sysfera and Xyratex.




HPC Advisory Council Israel Conference

We held the HPC Advisory Council Israel Supercomputing Conference this week at the Tel Aviv University. 140 attendees participated in the conference, making it one of the largest HPC focus conferences in Israel.

I would like to thank our sponsors (Intel, IBM, AMD, Panasas, Mellanox, NetOptics and SagivTech), as well our speakers.


HPCAC Israel 2012

Happy Holidays and Happy new Year!

2011 was a great year for the HPC Advisory Council. We have created and published many best practices, established new special interest groups and conducted multiple HPC conferences around the world – Switzerland, Germany, China, Ukraine and in the USA. I would like to thank all who helped with the council activities throughout the year.


We are looking forward to even busier 2012 – we will be doing at least six HPC conferences – starting in Israel in February, Switzerland in March, Germany in June, Spain in September, China in October and USA in December. We might add couple more during 2012.

We continue to collect more training material to post on our web site – please send us anything that makes sense to info at hpcadvisorycouncil dot com. As well as any suggestions or ideas. Below a picture from our latest Stanford HPC conference.

Wishing you all happy holidays and happy new year!

Gilad and the HPC Advisory Council board



Enabling Discovery with Dell HPC Solutions Workshop in Lexington, KY October 25th, 2011

Join us on October 25th 2011 for an HPC Workshop “Enabling Discovery with Dell HPC Solutions” in Lexington, KY.  The event will include presenters who will share their HPC experiences applicable to all HPC disciplines and will conclude with an HPC Panel of Experts with opinions from Industry leaders.  Register here:

Christine Fronczak, Dell

Mendel says: It is time for low latency

Those of you who have been reading my blog or listening to my various conference talks since I arrived at VMware last year know I have been arguing there is an important convergence underway between HPC and Enterprise IT requirements. In large part this is being driven by fundamental changes within Enterprise computing, specifically the move towards massive, horizontally-scaled infrastructure to deliver scalable services externally in the cloud or internally for strategic business advantage.

As you’d expect with my background, I’ve been looking at this from an HPC perspective, noting that the HPC community has been heavily invested for decades in scale-out cluster provisioning, management, monitoring, etc. And they have built expertise around hardware architectures to support scale-out computing, most particularly in the design of high-performance interconnect fabrics. These fabrics support the link-level bandwidths and latencies as well as the fabric bisection bandwidths needed to enable both highly-parallel computations as well as ubiquitous, high-performance access to shared resources like storage in a high-scale environment.

Imagine my delight when I came across a position paper espousing the same view titled It’s Time for Low Latency by Stephen Rumble, Ryan Stutsman, Mendel Rosenblum, and John Ousterhout that was presented at HotOS ’11 ( And what a coincidence that the paper’s third author is none other than VMware’s well known co-founder, Mendel Rosenblum.

The paper approaches the importance of low latency from an Enterprise perspective, citing numerous reasons why a high-performance interconnect will benefit the modern datacenter and its applications. The paper is styled as a call to action for OS and system designers to heed the need to pay significant attention to making low latency communication available to current and emerging Enterprise applications, including Big Data applications.

The paper is a quick read and well worth the time.

Josh Simons, VMware

Special Interest Sub-Groups Chairs Announced

The HPC Advisory Council includes five special interest subgroups:

  1. HPC|Scale Subgroup – exploring the usage of commodity HPC as a replacement for multi-million dollar mainframes and proprietary based supercomputers with networks and clusters of microcomputers acting in unison to deliver high-end computing services. Chair: Richard Graham
  2. HPC|Cloud Subgroup – exploring the usage of HPC components as part of the creation of external/public/internal/private cloud computing environments. Chair: William Lu
  3. HPC|Works Subgroup – providing best practices for building balanced and scalable HPC systems, performance tuning and application guidelines. Chair: Pak Lui
  4. HPC|Storage Subgroup – demonstrate how to build high-performance storage solutions and their affect on application performance and productivity. One of the main interests of the HPC|Storage subgroup is to explore Lustre based solutions, and to expose more users to the potential of Lustre over high-speed networks. Chair: Hussein Harake
  5. HPC|GPU Subgroup – exploring usage models of GPU components as part of next generation compute environments and potential optimizations for GPU based computing. Chairs: Sadaf Alam and Gilad Shainer.

If anyone interested in joining and contributing to the groups activities, please contact I do want to thank the groups chairs for their contributions.

Regards, Gilad.

Announcing the HPC Advisory Council China Workshop 2011

The HPC Advisory Council will hold the 2011 China Workshop on October 25th, 2011, in conjunction with the HPC China conference in Jinan, China. The workshop will focus on HPC productivity, and advanced HPC topics and futures, and will bring together system managers, researchers, developers, computational scientists and industry affiliates to discuss recent developments and future advancements in High-Performance Computing.

Last year more than 300 attendees participated in the Advisory Council China Workshop 2010. This year we expect to reach 400 attendees. The preliminary agenda is now posted on the workshop web, as well as call for speakers and for sponsors. AMD, Dell, Mellanox and Microsoft already confirmed their sponsorship and we are grateful for that.

The workshop keynotes presenters are Richard Graham (Distinguished Member of the Research Staff, Computer Science and Mathematics Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA), Professor Dhabaleswar K. Panda (Ohio State University, USA) and Professor Rafael Mayo-Gual (University Jaume I, Spain). The workshop will feature many interesting topics and distinguished speakers. More info can be found on the workshop web –