HP-CAST Day 1

The first day of HP-CAST held true to promise, with a full day of presentations focused on HPC topics including:

  • Highly energy efficient HPC systems and data-centers
  • Future Processors, GPU and chipset roadmaps
  • HPC and Cloud Computing

    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%.

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  • About Marc Hamilton

    Marc Hamilton – Vice President, Solutions Architecture and Engineering, NVIDIA. At NVIDIA, the Visual Computing Company, Marc leads the worldwide Solutions Architecture and Engineering team, responsible for working with NVIDIA’s customers and partners to deliver the world’s best end to end solutions for professional visualization and design, high performance computing, and big data analytics. Prior to NVIDIA, Marc worked in the Hyperscale Business Unit within HP’s Enterprise Group where he led the HPC team for the Americas region. Marc spent 16 years at Sun Microsystems in HPC and other sales and marketing executive management roles. Marc also worked at TRW developing HPC applications for the US aerospace and defense industry. He has published a number of technical articles and is the author of the book, “Software Development, Building Reliable Systems”. Marc holds a BS degree in Math and Computer Science from UCLA, an MS degree in Electrical Engineering from USC, and is a graduate of the UCLA Executive Management program.
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