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HPC and AI at the Forefront of Finance

Addison Snell,

As published in HPCWire. You’ve heard this one before: HPC has the potential to transcend science and engineering to transform commercial applications in the enterprise. Won’t it be grand when HPC is no longer the exclusive domain of national labs and ivory tower research? I’ve followed this trend throughout my career as an HPC analyst. In fact, I followed it before that. In the year 2000, I was the product marketing manager for the SGI Origin 3000 server launch. At the time, I was working to improve SGI’s marketing focus on HPC-oriented markets. Who got...


ISC Launches First STEM Student Day, Aims to Bridge Skills Gap

Addison Snell, STEM Student Day, ISC, ISC High Performance Conference, HPC, High Performance Computing,

As Published on   The whole point of supercomputing is to enable new scientific discovery. The whole point of a conference about supercomputing is to further the conversation about how we’re going to achieve that.   As we march through “peta” toward “exa,” there is no shortage of challenges to be faced. Simply building a more powerful supercomputer requires advancements in networking, processing, data management, cooling, power efficiency, and resiliency, and that’s just to turn the thing on. Using all that computational power will require new approaches to parallelism, programming models, operating environments,...


A Decade in HPC

Addison Snell,

As published in HPCWire A lot can change in ten years. We might move houses or change jobs. Our kids get older (and so do we). If we’re lucky we make new friends, and we’re sad when old ones pass into memory. There are some things we hold onto—our core values, our driving passions—and over ten years, we hope to see progress toward our goals, so that when we look back on a decade, we see how far we’ve come. ...


Three Great Lies of Cloud Computing

Addison Snell,

As published in The Next Platform It’s elastic! It’s on-demand! It scales dynamically to meet your needs! It streamlines your operations, gives you persistent access to data, and it’s always, always cheaper. It’s cloud computing, and it’s here to save your enterprise. And yet, for all the promise of cloud, there are still segments of IT, such as HPC and many categories of big data analytics, that have been resistant to wholesale outsourcing to public cloud resources. At present cloud...


Seven Years Later, SGI Finds a New Ending

Addison Snell,

As published in The Next Platform Seven years ago, it was the end for SGI. The legendary company had gone bankrupt, its remains were up for liquidation, and its relatively few remaining loyal customers were left in limbo. This week, SGI reached a new ending, significantly different from its last one, as HPE announced an intended deal to purchase the company for approximately $275 million. SGI was reincarnated in 2009 when Rackable bought its assets, including its...


My Notes on the 11th Intel Omni-Path Web Seminar: Omni-Path and Lustre

Christopher G. Willard Ph.D.,

This presentation was about 40% product review, 20% Lustre overview, and 40% technical tutorial overview. There were no new announcements. Points of interest: About 65% of the lines of code in Lustre are provided by Intel. Lustre is used HPC organizations: Manufacturing and Finance stand out. Intel provides three versions of Lustre: Foundation – the open source base version ...