Radio Free HPC Podcast

By Rich Brueckner

About this podcast   English    United States

A podcast for fans of high performance computing.
April 14, 2018
In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team discusses technology changes and how senior citizens work with social media.Henry's Mom Binnie Coppersmith is once again our guest on the show, which is monumental since no one has ever offered to come back before.Download the MP3 * Subscribe on iTunes * RSS Feed
April 14, 2018
In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at Facebook's testimony before Congress. “Dan Olds and Henry Newman are the only guys on deck today, Rich and Shahin are either traveling or doing something useless. However, this episode is ground breaking. Henry and Dan agree on everything ranging from the Facebook security “scandal” to the implications of GDPR. It’s a shocking and stunning turn of events." We should have a full crew next week and it’s hard to believe that Dan and Henry will agree yet again, so the universe will be back in order.” Download the MP3 * Subscribe on iTunes * RSS Feed
April 14, 2018
In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team discusses technology changes in the last 50 years of the Travel Agencies. Henry's Mom Binnie Coppersmith is once again our guest on the show, which is monumental since no one has ever offered to come back before.Download the MP3 * Subscribe on iTunes * RSS Feed
April 9, 2018
In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team reviews the highlights of the GPU Technology Conference. From Rich's perspective, the key HPC announcement centered around new NVIDIA DGX-2 supercomputer with the NVSwitch interconnect. The rapid growth in deep learning workloads has driven the need for a faster and more scalable interconnect, as PCIe bandwidth increasingly becomes the bottleneck at the multi-GPU system level. NVLink is a great advance to enable eight GPUs in a single server, and accelerate performance beyond PCIe. But taking deep learning performance to the next level will require a GPU fabric that enables more GPUs in a single server, and full-bandwidth connectivity between them. NVIDIA NVSwitch is the first on-node switch architecture to support 16 fully-connected GPUs in a single server node and drive simultaneous communication between all eight GPU pairs at an incredible 300 GB/s each. These 16 GPUs can be used as a single large-scale accelerator with 0.5 Terabytes of unified memory space and 2 petaFLOPS of deep learning compute power.”For more details on DGX-2, check out our insideHPC interview with NVIDIA's Marc Hamilton.   Henry Newman and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat After that, we do our Catch of the Week. Download the MP3 * Subscribe on iTunes * RSS Feed
March 21, 2018
In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team goes off the supercomputing rails a bit with a discussion on digital immortality. A new company called Nectome will reportedly archive your mind for future uploading to a machine. We’re building the next generation of tools to preserve the connectome. Our ultimate ambition is to keep your memories intact for the future.While the price of $10K seems reasonable enough, they do have to kill you to complete the process. After that, we do our Catch of the Week.  Download the MP3 * Subscribe on iTunes * RSS Feed
March 12, 2018
In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the big three technologies of the day on the Hype curve: Machine Learning. The GTC conference is coming up, and we are seeing a continuing series of announcements like the high density deep learning server from Lamda Labs.Cryptocurrency. GPUs are in short supply as crypto miners continue to buy mass quantities of consumer devices.Quantum Computing. This week Google unveiled their 72-Qbit Bristlecone Quantum Chip, which they claim has them on the road to Quantum Supremacy. At the same time, quantum seems to be going mainstream, as evidenced by a panel discussion this week at SXSW. You can listen to the full recording of the session right here on insideHPC.[caption id="attachment_69839" align="alignright" width="300"] Quantum Computing was the focus of a panel discussion at SXSW this week. From left: Bo Ewald (D-Wave Systems) Antia Lamas-Linares (TACC) Patricia Baumhart (D-Wave Systems) Jerry Chow (IBM) and Andrew Fursman 1Qbit.[/caption] After that, we do our Catch of the Week. Download the MP3 * Subscribe on iTunes * RSS Feed
March 5, 2018
In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the European Processor Initiative, an effort to design a build an exascale computer based around European technology. "According to an interview in Primeur Magazine with EPI project coordinator Philippe Notton from Atos, the project involves not only a processor, but an accelerator as well. Will it be based on ARM, OpenPOWER, or something else like RISC-V? We will have to wait and see." After that, we do our Catch of the Week. Download the MP3 * Subscribe on iTunes * RSS Feed
Feb. 19, 2018
In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the tradeoff between chip performance and security. In the aftermath of the recently disclosed Spectre and Meltdown exploits, Cryptograpy guru Paul Kocher from Rambus is calling for a divergence in processor architectures: The direction that we need to go as an industry though is ...We need to stop trying to build one processor architecture that is great for playing video games and doing wire transfers. We need to build architectures where there are cores and software stacks designed for security that can be slower, that can be simpler, and we need separate ones that are optimized for performance." In this video, Paul Kocher presents: Spectre - Exploiting Speculative Execution. Kocher is the lead author of the paper on the Spectre processor vulnerability. After that, we do our Catch of the Week. Download the MP3 * Subscribe on iTunes * RSS Feed
Feb. 5, 2018
In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at HPE's new CEO, Antonio Neri, a longtime HPE executive who previously served as President of the company. As the number 1 server vendor in the HPC space, this change will be one to watch as we transition to the exascale era in the next five years or so. This transistion comes at an interesting time for HPE, as one of their main competitors, Dell Technologies, is reportedly looking at an IPO or reverse acquisition by VMware.Closer to home in the HPC space: HPE just landed a huge deal at DoD Modernization for four supercomputers totaling 14 Petaflops of performanceHP-CAST host Frank Baetke has left the company and will continue on as Chair of EOFS.After that, we do our Catch of the Week.   Download the MP3 * Subscribe on iTunes * RSS Feed
Jan. 29, 2018
In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at NVIDIA's new EULA GeForce Software user license, which prohibits the use of consumer GPUs in the datacenter. We are not looking to beat up on anyone, but our focus is on what limitations this might mean for the industry: No Datacenter Deployment. The SOFTWARE is not licensed for datacenter deployment, except that blockchain processing in a datacenter is permitted.When we purchase hardware, aren't we free to use it any way we please? And why do BitCoin miners get a pass during a worldwide GPU shortage? Plus, what do we mean by the word "datacenter?" anyway? Shahin predicts the imminent proliferation of 5G networking capabilities will move computing closer to the edge, thereby changing what we mean by the term "datacenter." After that, we do our Catch of the Week. Download the MP3 * Subscribe on iTunes * RSS Feed
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