Monday, October 16, 2017

A proposal to use Blockchain to combat Fake News

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.
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Monday, October 9, 2017

SC17 Plenary to Focus on Smart Cities

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 Week
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

A Closer Look at the Tianhe-2A Supercomputer

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:

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Monday, September 11, 2017

A Look at the New OrionX AI Survey

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."

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

A Look at High Performance Interconnects

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 OrionX.net have posted a number of free papers on this subject as well.

After that, we do our Catch of the Week.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Eclipse Simulations

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.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Recent Biohacks in the News

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.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

A Look at Floating Point and Posit Computing

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.
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Monday, July 24, 2017

AI Ethics and Self-Driving Cars

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.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Cray Urika-GX Brings Graph Computing to Alan Turing Institute

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.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Sizing Up SSDs with Drive Writes Per Day

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.
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Thursday, July 6, 2017

ISC 2017 Student Cluster Competition Results

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 Polit├Ęcnica 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.



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Thursday, June 22, 2017

The State of Lustre from ISC 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.
https://ia601508.us.archive.org/15/items/radioBrent/radioBrent.mp3

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.”

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Intel Omni-Path Rocks the TOP500

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.

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Running Down the TOP500

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.
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Day-by-Day ISC 2017 Preview Show

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 16
  • HP-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 17
  • The 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 18
Monday, June 19
Tuesday, June 20
  • Exhibits 10-6
  • DDN User Group, 12:30pm - 5:00pm at the Movenpick Hotel
Wednesday, June 21
  • Exhibits 10-6
  • Student Cluster Awards Ceremony
Thursday, June 22
  • Workshops all day at the Marriott
  • Women in HPC Workshop 9:00am - 1:00pm
  • Dell 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 Alps
Monday, June 26-28
After that, we do our Catch of the Week:
  • Dan interviews Carolyn Posti from Redline on the topic of HPC Benchmarking
  • Rich buys an Antminer S7 for mining Bitcoins
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Monday, June 5, 2017

A Quick Tour of the SuperNAP Datacenter in Las Vegas

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.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Henry Goes Wild at Best Buy

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.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Google's New TPU2 Tensor Processing Unit

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.

Monday, May 15, 2017

New Nvidia Volta GPUs for HPC & AI

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at Volta, Nvidia's new GPU architecture that delivers up to 5x the performance of its predecessor.
At the GPU Technology Conference, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang introduced a lineup of new Volta-based AI supercomputers including a powerful new version of our DGX-1 deep learning appliance; announced the Isaac robot-training simulator; unveiled the NVIDIA GPU Cloud platform, giving developers access to the latest, optimized deep learning frameworks; and unveiled a partnership with Toyota to help build a new generation of autonomous vehicles.
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Monday, April 24, 2017

Update on the Exascale Computing Project

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at a recent update on the Exascale Computing Project by Paul Messina.

"The Exascale Computing Project (ECP) was established with the goals of maximizing the benefits of HPC for the United States and accelerating the development of a capable exascale computing ecosystem. The ECP is a collaborative effort of two U.S. Department of Energy organizations – the Office of Science (DOE-SC) and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)."

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Looking Ahead to the 2017 MSST Mass Storage Conference

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team discusses the upcoming MSST Mass Storage Conference with Program Chair Matthew O'Keefe from Oracle.

"Since the conference was founded by the leading national laboratories, MSST has been a venue for massive-scale storage system designers and implementers, storage architects, researchers, and vendors to share best practices and discuss building and securing the world's largest storage systems for high-performance computing, web-scale systems, and enterprises."

MSST takes place May 15-19 in Santa Clara, California.

Register now

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Quantum Startup Rigetti Computing gets $64M Funding

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the week's top stories:
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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Report: USA is Losing HPC Leadership

In this podcast, Radio Free HPC looks at a recent report that the USA needs to take aggresive action to keep up with China in High Performance Computing. Produced by the NSA-DOE Technical Meeting on High Performance Computing, the report states that we need to change course now or the U.S. will lose leadership and not control its own future in HPC.

Download the report on U.S. Leadership in High Performance Computing (PDF)

After that, Dan does our Catch of the Week.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Storj Takes Blockchain Tech to Cloud Storage

In this podcast, Radio Free HPC looks at a Startup called Storj, which will pay you to use your excess data capacity as cloud-based storage based on Blockchain technology.

"Our mission is to rethink cloud storage, to provide the security, privacy, and transparency it’s missing. That's why we are building an open-source cloud platform, that aim to fundamentally change the way people and devices own data."

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Dan's Daughter Gives us the Scoop from Washington, D.C.

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team hosts Dan's daughter Elizabeth. How did Dan get this way? We're on a mission to find out even as Elizabeth complains of the early onset of Curmudgeon's Syndrome. Somehow she has turned out well, though, and has a great gig with an Oil company in Washington, D.C., so we also get her take on what is going on in the Nation's capital.

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Monday, February 6, 2017

A Look at the VW Dieselgate Scandal

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at recent developments in the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal. According to reports, auto parts supplier Bosch wrote the software for VW that enabled the company's diesel vehicles to cheat on emissions tests. We know because Bosch asked VW for indemnity back in 2006.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

An Interview with Henry's Mom

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team speaks to our special guest for the week: Binnie Coppersmith, also known as Henry's Mom. It's Binnie's 80th birthday, and Dan wants to know once and for all if Henry is an alien, or at least why he is the way he is. After that, we look at the good news that The UberCloud has received $1.7 Million in Pre-A Series funding. It's great news for HPC in the Cloud.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

A Look at Open Source Software for Quantum Computing

In this podcast the Radio Free HPC team looks at D-Wave's new open source QBSOLV software for quantum computing. The software is available on github along with a whitepaper written by Cray Research alums Mike Booth and Steve Reinhardt.

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Monday, January 9, 2017