Tuesday, 12 November 2019

hpcnotes at SC19

I will be in Denver next week for SC19.

As usual, NAG will have a booth (#932) in the exhibition. The booth will have information and handouts on our HPC consulting services (I believe the marketing strapline is "The leading independent and international center-of-excellence in the business and technical aspects of HPC"). The NAG staff on the booth will be happy to discuss our consulting work or software tools.

However, I expect to spend no more than a few minutes near the NAG booth during the whole week. So, where can you find me and what will I be doing?

Each year I have to balance four personalities at SC:

Saturday, 9 November 2019

Supercomputers and Jet Engines

We all know that supercomputers are used to design jet engines. Designing and understanding the performance characteristics of a jet engine would likely take millions of core-hours on large HPC systems.

But, a random fact thrown out over lunch at May's industry HPC leaders group meeting sparked an interesting conversation.

If a jet engine takes many megawatt-hours of supercomputing to design - how many MW does a jet engine create, and thus how many petaflops could a jet engine support if it were the power source?

The HPC leaders of GE, Boeing, ExxonMobil and others drew together their shared knowledge of aerospace and HPC - and some use of google search - to built a fun picture.

Friday, 8 November 2019

SC19 Tutorials

At SC19, I will be again be leading a full day of tutorial on the business aspects of HPC: "Delivering HPC: Procurement, Cost Models, Metrics, Value, and More".

My co-presenters for SC19 will be Ingrid Barcena Roig, Branden Moore, Dairsie Latimer, and Sierra Koehler.

The tutorials is on Monday 18th November, in room 210-212 of the Denver convention center, 8:30am - 5.00pm.

Please join us to learn more about how to get investment in HPC, how to spend it wisely, and how to measure the impact.

Guide to announcements for SC19

(Originally published on my LinkedIn profile: post link)

It's that time of year - yes, the annual fest of press releases and social media deluges in the run up to 'SC'  - the primary annual supercomputing conference, held this year in Denver.

Here is a handy guide for vendor PR teams ...

[company] will be at #SC19!
Yes, along with almost everyone else in #HPC world

[company] will be highlighting products at SC19!
As above

[company] will launch new version of our current product in a slightly different shade of grey at SC19!
We had no actual news

However, the HPC centers are just as bad with "news" for the big annual #Supercomputing conference: