HP-CAST Afternoon Wrap-Up

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.

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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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