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Asian Student Cluster Competition The ever-popular “calendar segment” is back (yes, that is us being sarcastic) as Dan describes his upcoming trip to Dalian, China for the Asian Student Cluster competition. 20 teams are expected to compete, mostly from mainland China, but also from Europe, South America and other parts of Asia. All of them… Read More »In-Memory, Caching, Persistence

Black Hole Seen, with Data to Match

Here’s this week’s synopsis. Black Holes Visualized The news of the cool visualization of an actual black hole leads to interesting issues in HPC land. Shahin is at pains to give credit where it is due while considering it as an achievement in data visualization not unlike many others before it. Yes, it’s about a… Read More »Black Hole Seen, with…

Enterprises go HPC, Chips go Open Source, China goes for the top spot

We continue to want to make these introductions pretty brief here but not this time, apparently! Here’s this week’s synopsis. Nvidia GTC 2019 announcements We discussed the recent GTC conference. Dan has been attending since well before it became the big and important conference that it is today. We get a quick update on what… Read More »Enterprises go HPC, Chips…

Multicore Scaling Slow Down, and Fooling AI

The team has an animated discussion about multicore scaling, how easy it seems to be to mislead AI systems, and some good sized catches of the week. A common thread is “data” as is often the case these days. Dan makes a couple of important announcements. First is the idea that is brewing about revamping… Read More »Multicore Scaling Slow Down,…

AI: Realness and Bias

Starting with this episode, we’ll get a bit more efficient in describing the episodes. Please let us know if you prefer the long format. If you just subscribe on iTunes and never see these words, well, that tells us something too! In this episode, the team discusses AI, bias in AI, and just how real… Read More »AI: Realness and Bias

Nvidia, Mellanox: Married!

Big news in the industry today was Nvidia buying Mellanox for $6.9B. This called fo an emergency session of our crack panel. While it will be several months before the full impact of this merger is felt, the RFHPC team believes this will change both the HPC and the Datacenter markets. It also signals Nvidia’s… Read More »Nvidia, Mellanox: Married!

Arm for Exascale is Coming

The show starts with a brief reference to Henry’s “Gator” nickname, a shout out to listeners 13, 14, and 15, plus a bad Arm processor pun. (Puns are the lowest form of humor other than limericks, Dan wits.) This is an Arm heavy show, with our opening discussion concerning the Arm system at Sandia and… Read More »Arm for Exascale is…

The sinking of the Itanic, a respectful farewell

Our conversation begins with Dan berating Henry for cheaping out on a new headset for our Radio Free HPC recordings. (Henry has since relented and pried open his wallet to purchase a truly fine headset.) Finally, we get on to the show proper. After years of futility, Intel has finally put a stake in the… Read More »The sinking of the…

Supercomputing to Modernize the Electric Grid

We open the show by talking some weather. It’s so cold at Henry’s house (in Minnesota) that he’s becoming a human superconductor and quantum computing experimenters are showing up at his house to test their systems under uber cold conditions. Shahin adds an inane joke about cold and levitation that Dan threatens to cut out… Read More »Supercomputing to Modernize the…

What's an AI Supercomputer? What's up with software SMP?

We start our discussion by contemplating the fact that Shahin doesn’t have a middle name (he says he never needed one) and touching on why Henry has picked up the nick name ‘Gator’ Newman. What’s an AI supercomputer? Our first topic is whether a supercomputer can or cannot be a “AI Supercomputer.” This is based… Read More »What's an AI Supercomputer?…