Radio Free HPC Podcast

Radio Free HPC Podcast
By Rich Brueckner
About this podcast
A podcast for fans of high performance computing.
Episodes (Total: 60 / Page: 1)
Oct. 16, 2017
In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at Henry Newman's recent proposal to use Blockchain as a way to combat Fake News. Henry shares that this rant result from what he saw as an egregious story that was going around that could have been easily quashed."What if every audio or video app on your phone, TV news camera or your video camera automatically came set up to create blockchains that included information such as geolocation, date and time? Editing programs would also be required to use blockchain. And what if every frame that was edited had a blockchain describing what changes were made?"After that, we do our Catch of the Week.Download the MP3 * Subscribe on iTunes * RSS Feed
Oct. 9, 2017
In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at Smart Cities. As the featured topic this year at the SC17 Plenary, the Smart Cities initiative looks to improve the quality of life for residents using urban informatics and other technologies to improve the efficiency of services.With the accelerating volume of data about cities, HPC is helping cities to optimize their services, from making food safety inspections more effective to identifying children most at risk for lead poisoning. HPC is supporting the creation of computational models of urban sectors such as transportation, energy demand, or economics. And increasingly there is opportunity—and need—to develop multi-scale, coupled modeling systems that harness new data sources and measurement techniques and that capture the interdependencies between these sectors to provide a more holistic modeling capability for urban designers, planners, and developers. This plenary panel will discuss emerging needs and opportunities suggesting an increasing role for HPC in cities, with perspectives from city government, planning and design, and embedded urban HPC systems.The SC17 Plenary on Smart Cities takes place 5:30pm - 6:30pm on Nov. 13 at the Denver convention center.After that, we do our Catch of the WeekDownload the MP3 * Subscribe on iTunes * RSS Feed
Sept. 26, 2017
In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at China's massive upgrade of the Tianhe-2A supercomputer to 95 Petaflops peak performance.As detailed in a new 21-page report by Jack Dongarra from the University of Tennessee, the upgrade should nearly double the performance of the system, which is currently ranked at #2 on TOP500 with 33.86 Petaflops on the Linpack benchmark.The upgraded system, dubbed Tianhe -2A, should be completed in the coming months.Details about the system upgrade were presented at the conference opening session. While the current system derives much of its performance from Intel Knights Corner co-processors, the new system swaps these PCI devices out for custom-made 4-way MATRIX-2000 boards, with each chip providing 2.46 Teraflops of peak performance.After that, we do our Catch of the Week:Download the MP3 * Subscribe on iTunes * RSS Feed
Sept. 11, 2017
In this Radio Free HPC podcast, Dan Olds and Shahin Khan from OrionX describe their new AI Survey."OrionX Research has completed one the most comprehensive surveys to date of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning. With over 300 respondents in North America, representing 13 industries, our model indicates a confidence level of 95% and a margin of error of 6%. Covering 144 questions/data points, it provides a comprehensive view of what customers are doing and planning to do with AI/ML/DL."Download the MP3 * Subscribe on iTunes * RSS Feed
Sept. 5, 2017
In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at Dan's recent talk on High Performance Interconnects.When it comes to choosing an interconnect for your HPC cluster, what is the best way to go? Is offloading better than onloading? You can find out more by watching Dan's talk from the HPC Advisory Council Australia conference.The good folks at have posted a number of free papers on this subject as well.After that, we do our Catch of the Week.Download the MP3 * Subscribe on iTunes * RSS Feed
Aug. 28, 2017
In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at some new developments in the Quantum Computing ecosystem:Rigetti Computing helps Foster Quantum Machine Learning Startup EcosystemIEEE Approves Standards Project for Quantum Computing DefinitionsAfter that, we do our Catch of the Week.Download the MP3 * Subscribe on iTunes * RSS Feed
Aug. 22, 2017
In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team discusses the eclipse and how researchers are using supercomputers to simulate the corona of the sun at eclipse time.After that, we do our Catch of the Week.Download the MP3 * Subscribe on iTunes * RSS Feed
Aug. 14, 2017
In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks alarming new hacks of health care data.Henry points us to a story about a PET scanner hack that exploited Windows 7. He thinks a better design would be to have the device send data only. Shahin thinks that this kind of problem with I0T will require us to have different approaches for "Big T" things like mainframes and "Little T" things like sensors.Rich is intrigued by the recent story that biohackers were able to put malware into synthetic DNA that can infect and take over a gene sequencer device.After that, we do our Catch of the Week.Download the MP3 * Subscribe on iTunes * RSS Feed
Aug. 7, 2017
In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the problems with IEEE Floating Point."As described in a recent presentation by John Gustafson, the flaws and idiosyncrasies of floating-point arithmetic "constitute a sizable portion of any curriculum on Numerical Analysis." The whole thing has Dan pretty worked up, so we hope that the news of Posit Computing coming to the new processors from Rex Computing will help. The A*STAR center at the National University of Singapore will be one of the first to test out Rex machines later this month."After that, we do our Catch of the Week.Download the MP3 * Subscribe on iTunes * RSS Feed
July 24, 2017
In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team learns about Henry's first exploit as an Ethical Superhero."After witnessing a hit-and-run fender bender, Henry confronted the culprit and ensured that the miscreant left a note on the victim's windshield. And while we applaud Henry for his heroism, we are also very grateful that he was not shot in the process. This tale leads us into a discussion of AI ethics and how we won't have this problem in the coming era of self-driving cars."After that, we do our Catch of the Week.Download the MP3 * Subscribe on iTunes * RSS Feed
July 16, 2017
In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at why the Alan Turing Institute is focusing on Graph Computing with their acquisition of a Cray Urika-GX supercomputer."Hosted at the University of Edinburgh in the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC), the Cray Urika-GX system will provide researchers at the Alan Turing Institute with a dedicated analytics hardware platform, enabling the development of advanced applications across a number of scientific fields including engineering and technology, defense and security, smart cities, financial services and life sciences."After that, we do our Catch of the Week.Download the MP3 * Subscribe on iTunes * RSS Feed
July 12, 2017
In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at why Drive Writes Per Day are such an important metric for acquiring the right kind of SSD for your particular workload.Drive writes per day (DWPD) is an endurance rating that manufacturers of NAND flash storage provide their customers. ... DWPD will vary, depending upon whether the storage is intended for consumer or enterprise use. Consumer use solid state drives (SSDs) have a fixed endurance rating and capacity.After that, we do our Catch of the Week: Shahin likes a new BBC documentary on the #1 Sunway TaihuLight supercomputer in China.Download the MP3 * Subscribe on iTunes * RSS Feed
July 6, 2017
In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks back at the recent ISC 2017 conference and summarizes results from Student Cluster Competition.Eleven student teams were on the show floor this year, vying against each other for the top honors in the sixth annual ISC Student Cluster Competition. Tsinghua University from China emerged as the Overall Competition Winner, thus marking their third win in the contest. They had the honor of receiving their trophy from Wednesday keynote speaker, Professor Thomas Sterling.The second place was captured by the South African team hosted by CHPC, and the third place went to Beihang University, also from China. The Fan Favorite Award went to Universitat Politècnica De Catalunya from Barcelona, who garnered over 2,100 ISC 2017 participant votes to win the title for the second year in a row. The High Linpack award went to competitors from the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen in Nuremberg.Download the MP3 * Subscribe on iTunes * RSS Feed
June 23, 2017
In this RichReport podcast from the German Autobahn, Brent Gorda gives us a Lustre update from ISC 2017 in Frankfurt.On the latest Top500 list, Lustre leads the pack with 9 systems in the Top 10. After that, Brent describes his new role at CEO quest, where he will coach startup CEOs across the globe that lead companies involved in Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning & High-Performance Computing. Gorda brings 30 years of leadership, entrepreneurship, and expertise in technology to his new role.I am delighted that Brent is joining our CEO Quest team. He’s widely regarded as a world-class authority in the big data space, and he’s a proven entrepreneur and leader,” said Tom Mohr, founder and CEO of CEO Quest. “He has a stellar track record in building great companies that boast impressive cultures and unsurpassed employee loyalty. That’s precisely the experience we look for in a CEO Quest Managing Director.”Gorda comes to CEO Quest from Intel Corporation, where he was General Manager for the High-Performance Data Division. Intel acquired Whamcloud, the company Gorda founded and led as CEO, in 2012. Previously, he led advanced technology projects at Lawrence Livermore Labs and led the technical computing community in the transition from vector to parallel computing and then again to massively parallel computing. Gorda is a frequent keynote speaker in big data and high-performance computing circles and has been on the leading edge of developments in this space for the last several decades.“It’s a real privilege to join the CEO Quest family,” said Gorda. “I know first-hand how challenging it is to create and scale technology companies in a startup world. I am passionate about new technology and diverse business models, and look forward to mentoring CEOs on their journey to build successful, forward-leaning businesses. CEO Quest brings to this endeavor a unique, research-based approach to the startup process.”Download the MP3 * Subscribe on iTunes * Subscribe to RSS Sign up for our insideHPC Newsletter
June 19, 2017
In this podcast from ISC 2017 in Frankfurt, the Radio Free HPC team sits down with Scott Misage from Intel to learn why Intel Omni-Path has gained momentum on the TOP500."Intel Omni-Path Architecture delivers the performance for tomorrow’s high performance computing workloads and the ability to scale to tens of thousands of nodes—and eventually more—at a price competitive with today’s fabrics. The Intel OPA 100 Series product line is an end-to-end solution of PCIe* adapters, silicon, switches, cables, and management software. As the successor to Intel® True Scale Fabric, this optimized HPC fabric is built upon a combination of enhanced IP and Intel technology."The TOP500 project ranks and details the 500 most powerful non-distributed computer systems in the world. The project was started in 1993 and publishes an updated list of the supercomputers twice a year. The first of these updates always coincides with the International Supercomputing Conference in June, and the second is presented at the ACM/IEEE Supercomputing Conference in November. The project provides a reliable basis for tracking and detecting trends in high-performance computing and bases rankings on HPL, a portable implementation of the high-performance LINPACK benchmark written in Fortran for distributed-memory computers.Download the MP3 * Subscribe on iTunes * RSS Feed
June 19, 2017
In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the latest TOP500 list of the world's fastest supercomputers. It's Day 1 here at the ISC 2017 conference, and we'll be keeping you posted on all the news as the show goes June 18-22 in Frankfurt, Germany. After that, we do our Catch of the Week:Student Cluster Competition Update: The student team from NUDT in China has Visa troubles, so they will not be able to participate this week in Frankfurt. That reduces the field to 11 international teams.What's up with the Aurora supercomputer that was supposed to come to Argonne next year? Rich has the scoop.Download the MP3 * Subscribe on iTunes * RSS Feed
June 13, 2017
In this podcast, Rich gives us a day-by-day preview of the upcoming ISC 2017 conference. The event takes place June 18-22 in Frankfurt, Germany."ISC High Performance focuses on HPC technological development and its application in scientific fields, as well as its adoption in commercial environments. In 2017 we offer you 13 fascinating HPC topics grouped under three categories: systems, applications, and emerging topics. All topics will be addressed in different power-packed sessions. The ISC tutorials, workshops and the exhibition will complement these sessions."Friday, June 16HP-CAST is the high performance user group meeting for HPE customers and partners. Over 300 attendees are expected for the two-day meeting, which you can read about here on insideHPC.Saturday, June 17The Student Cluster Competition teams begins their system buildout at the Frankfurt Messe. An exhibitor pass is required for entry to the hall.HP-CAST Day 2 has a focus on partner sessions.Sunday, June 18ISC 17 Tutorials all day at the Frankfurt Messe.Monday, June 19TOP500 list is released.ISC 2017 Opening SessionKeynote: Dr. Jennifer Tour Chayes, Distinguished Scientist, Managing Director of Microsoft Research New England and Microsoft Research NYC will present: Network Science: From the Massive Online Networks to Cancer GenomicsExhibit Opening 3:00pm - 9:00pmIntel Special Session with Raj Hazra, 6:00pm - 6:45pmTuesday, June 20Exhibits 10-6DDN User Group, 12:30pm - 5:00pm at the Movenpick HotelWednesday, June 21Exhibits 10-6Student Cluster Awards CeremonyThursday, June 22Workshops all day at the MarriottWomen in HPC Workshop 9:00am - 1:00pmDell HPC Community meeting, 8:00am - 3:00pm. The Dell EMC HPC Community event will feature keynote presentations by HPC experts and a networking breakfast to discuss best practices in the use of Dell EMC HPC Systems.Rich heads out for Motorcycle tour of the AlpsMonday, June 26-28PASC17 Conference in Lugano, SwitzerlandAfter that, we do our Catch of the Week:Dan interviews Carolyn Posti from Redline on the topic of HPC BenchmarkingRich buys an Antminer S7 for mining BitcoinsDownload the MP3 * Subscribe on iTunes * RSS Feed
June 5, 2017
In this Radio Free HPC podcast, Rich gives us the lowdown on his recent tour of the SuperNAP datacenter in Las Vegas. Run by Switch, the campus has over up to 2.4 million sqft of Tier IV Gold data center space with 315 Megawatts of datacenter capacity."Founded in 2000 and headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, Switch is built on the intelligent and sustainable growth of the Internet. Its Founder and CEO, Rob Roy, developed more than 260 patent and patent-pending claims covering data center designs that manifested into their world-renowned data centers and their technology solution ecosystems."After that, we do our Catch of the Week.Download the MP3 * Subscribe on iTunes * RSS Feed
May 30, 2017
In this podcast, Henry goes on a shopping spree at Best Buy. His mom was moving into a new place, so he got her all-new electronics to the tune of $1624. Is Henry a good son or did he go cheap? We'll find out.After that, we do our Catch of the Week:Rich notes that recent reports about the Aurora supercomputer were incorrect. Rick Borchelt from DoE: “On the record, Aurora contract is not cancelled."Shahin has been trying to keep up with the boom in cryptocurrency, which now has a market cap of something like $91 Billion dollars.Download the MP3 * Subscribe on iTunes * RSS Feed
May 22, 2017
In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the announcements coming from Google IO conference. Of particular interest was their second-generation TensorFlow Processing Unit (TPU2).After that, we do our Catch of the Week.