One of the big advantages of participating in HP-CAST are the afternoon NDA sessions where Intel, AMD, Nvidia, Mellanox, and of course HP provide confidential product and technology roadmaps. Of course, by the nature being NDA, I can’t share that information here until the respective vendor makes their public announcement. Luckily, a few of those announcements will be next week at SC11 so check back then. Of course there always are a few things I can saw. AMD’s XOP and FMA4 instruction set extensions certainly look exciting for certain classes of applications. Intel as you might expect talked about their Many Intel Core (MIC) architecture. And Nvidia and Mellanox spent time talking about their software roadmaps as well as hardware.
What would be an HPC user group without hardware, so Ed Turkel, HP’s WW HPC Marketing Director proudly showed off a real Project Moonshot ARM-powered Redstone server. Or should I say servers as Redstone packs up to 288 single-socket ARM servers into the 4RU SL6500 chassis. You will be able to see the Redstone server next week in HP’s SC11 booth where we will also be showing some of the other new servers Ed discussed as well as providing technology previews of future SL6500 servers.
HP’s Mike Tullis gave an update on HP’s path to Exascale. The DOE’s Exascale Request for Information is a great read if you are not familiar with the US Exascale program. The HP Labs Intelligent Infrastructure site sheds light on some of the key R&D technology challenges HP believes need to be addressed. Moray McLaren from HP Labs joined Mike to talk more about how some of these technologies might evolve into Exascale systems.
Back to using HPC, Krishna Sankhavaram of MD Anderson Cancer Center talked about how supercomputers are advancing personalized molecular medicine. In concert with this year’s SC11 theme, MD Anderson generates huge volumes of data with the associated challenges of ensuring data validity, data sharing, and interoperability between many different IT system. While today MD Anderson manages several PB of research data, they expect within several years to be managing on the order of 10-15 PB of data each year.
Saturday is not a rest day in Seattle. HP-CAST has a full agenda of Tutorials and SIGs lined up for tomorrow. What a great way to get ready for SC11.