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Is Amazon’s Graviton2 Ready for Prime (Time)?

The show starts on a high note, with Henry’s audio being amazingly echo free. Usually we hear a lot of echo as Henry talks, which is due to the rammed earth walls of his new abode, plus the fact that there isn’t any carpeting or anything else to absorb his nasal tones. But somehow Henry… Read More »Is Amazon’s Graviton2 Ready…

ISC, Student Cluster Competition Recap

ISC20 Smashing Online Success The RadioFreeHPC team looks back at the success that ISC20 was and discusses what attending an online-only conference was like. Big kudos and thanks to the ISC team who pulled off one grand challenge of re-planning and did it so well! Shahin offers his reflections on scheduling an online conference on… Read More »ISC, Student Cluster Competition…

The Persistence of Memory

Intel Optane Memory Nothing says HPC like having the performance cake and eating it too. In this episode, we drill down on what Intel is doing with their cool Optane tech, shooting for speeds that remind you of memory, sizes that look like storage, and costs that make it look like a deal, with real… Read More »The Persistence of Memory

Is it Time for Virtual GPUs?

VMware’s Bitfusion and Dell We start with team introductions, as usual, but drop a bombshell on listeners:  we’re going to be missing Jessi for the next couple of months as she goes off to Marine Officers Candidate School – or as she calls it “screamy summer camp.” It’s sort of like an all-inclusive Sandals Resort.… Read More »Is it Time for…

NSF, QIS Funding, But First…

18th Listener Awards! Run-of-the-mill start as we introduce the team. Henry has quite a bit of echo since he’s now firmly ensconced in his rammed earth survival compound. Big news this week! We finally received our 18th email in our first ever RadioFreeHPC email-to-win contest. First, let’s see what they win… The first item in… Read More »NSF, QIS Funding, But…

New Top on the TOP500 – 415 PF!

Breaking News Edition We have a new #1 on the TOP500 list of most powerful supercomputers! Big gets bigger by a factor of 2.8x as Fujitsu’s “Supercomputer Fugaku” tops the list at 415 PFlops.  There are also an additional three new entries in the top ten. We break down the top of the list in… Read More »New Top on the…

@HPC_Guru Speaketh! Kind of.

Our Guest Today is… In this extraordinary episode of Radio Free HPC, the crew interviews the industry icon that is @HPC_Guru. This is the first time that anyone has been granted an interview with him and we’re proud to have been chosen for this honor. We posed an even dozen questions and received very thoughtful… Read More »@HPC_Guru Speaketh! Kind of.

HPC on the Edge

New Book Makes Sense of Edge Computing After our typical inane opening, which includes an update on Henry’s Las Cruces bunker with  21” rammed earth walls, we get quickly down to business and begin our interview with very special guest, Dr. Cody Bumgardner, Assistant Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at the University of Kentucky.… Read More »HPC on the Edge

A is for Ampere, Nvidia A100’s Public Debut

NOTE:  The publication of this episode was delayed due to the untimely passing of our partner and pal Rich Brueckner. So what we’re announcing as “breaking news” isn’t so fresh today, but our takes on what NVIDIA’s new A100 processor brings to the table are still valid.    Breaking News! This special edition of RadioFreeHPC… Read More »A is for Ampere,…

Tribute to Rich Brueckner, 1962-2020

by Dan Olds This is a tough blog to write for this RadioFreeHPC episode. This is the episode where we say a final goodbye to our co-founder and comrade in arms Rich Brueckner. Rich passed away suddenly last week leaving us shocked and shaken. The whole genesis of RFHPC came out of Rich and I… Read More »Tribute to Rich Brueckner,…