RFHPC70: The SC14 Wrapup Show

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In this episode, the Radio Free HPC team wraps up the SC14 conference. It was a big week for all of us, so in the interest of time we each picked one big thing to talk about:

  • Dan was excited to announce that the University of Texas at Austin won the overall Student Cluster Competition for the third time. They are the first three-peat team in the history of the competition. Being, Dan, he couldn’t stop at one thing, so he babbled on about how synchronicity of showfloor bumpings-into might someday result in a Petaflop supercomputer the size of a dishwasher.
  • Henry’s big thing was the Micron’s Automata processor for Big Data. We all agreed on that one. Here is Rich’s interview with Paul Dlugosch from Micron, who does a great job of explaining why this thing is so revolutionary.

  • Finally, Rich is still recovering from all the video interviews he did on the show floor. His one big thing turned out to be about next year at SC15 in Austin, which has less exhibitor space than this year in New Orleans. Faced with this dilemma, the SC conference committee announced that vendors would not have the opportunity to choose their own booth space for next year. Instead, the committee will do it for them. Rich is crying foul and he is not the only one.

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