The first day of HP-CAST held true to promise, with a full day of presentations focused on HPC topics including:
Reminding everyone that power is a real constraint in HPC, the power strips stretched across the floor shorted out and no laptop power was available until after the morning break.
Several speakers including Jeff Vetter from ORNL and Moray McLaren of HP Labs talked about the challenges of achieving exascale performance by 2018 with 20 MW. While there may be only a few exascale systems by the end of the decade, accelerating the development of technologies needed for exascale promise to bring advantages to HPC systems of all sizes. My favorite Moray quote, “memory latency in exascale systems depends on how smart you are, memory bandwidth depends on how much money you have.”
HP customers came from far and wide to share their HPC experiences with the HP-CAST audience, ranging from C-DAC in India, ORNL in the US, to Norway’s University of Tromsø , one of Northern-most universities in the world.
One sure sign of the growing HP-CAST community was coverage of many of the sessions by InsideHPC including the video below of this morning’s session by Hugo R. Falter from EOFS presenting Open Lustre — New Organizations, Trends, and Future Developments
Closing the day was IDC’s Earl Joseph declaring HP as the worldwide market leader in HPC, with 32% of the market, followed by IBM at 30% and Dell at 15%.