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Primeur live 2011-06-23

Blog

The K in K computer, the world's fastest supercomputer ...

Some insights in the TOP500 ...

Prospect Association presents report "High Performance Computing in Europe: a vision for 2020" to the European Commission ...

Hardware

Petaflop/s: The why, the how and the what for? ...

Panasas gives customers a treat with scalable ActivStor11 ...

Four important questions on energy consumption in HPC ...

Memory makers ready to help out but have no control over the infrastructure ...

Applications

What will it take to achieve the simulation of the human brain? ...

Russia accelerates scientific innovation with GPU supercomputers ...

hpc-ch at ISC'11 to present HPC activities in Switzerland ...

University of Hamburg to simulate large data applications with Distributed Simulation and Virtual Reality environment ...

German automotive industry heavily relies on HLRS simulation expertise ...

Massive simulation and sensing devices generate great challenges and opportunities ...

TOP500

Japan reclaims top ranking on latest TOP500 list of world's supercomputers ...

Supercomputer "K computer" takes first place in world ...

The new TOP500 in figures and percentages ...

AMD sees 15 percent growth in six months on newest list of TOP500 supercomputers ...

Tera 100 once again crowned as Europe's most powerful supercomputer ...

The Lomonosov Supercomputer Has Attained a New Level of Performance ...

SGI Altix supercomputer system at NASA achieves Petaflop scale ...

The 2010 HPC status and the 2011 HPC weather forecast in ten chapters ...

Around the world of HPC in 30 minutes ...

The Grid

RealityServer: A powerful platform for 3D visualization and rendering now accessible in the Cloud ...

You ask "What Cloud?" It's Enterprise IT! ...

Company news

Altair's PBS Professional celebrates 20th anniversary and exhibits at International Supercomputing Conference in Hamburg ...

Adapteva selects E.T. International's software for breakthrough high-performance, low-power multicore processor ...

T-Platforms signs strategic reseller agreement with AEON Computing ...

International Supercomputing Conference sessions to feature lively exchanges of ideas ...

SGI to unveil groundbreaking HPC solutions at 2011 International Supercomputing Conference ...

QLogic automates installation, verification, monitoring and management of InfiniBand fabrics ...

Panasas introduces ActiveStor 11, delivering cost-effective parallel storage for HPC and big data workloads ...

Appro nabs exclusive supercomputing deal with three US National Laboratories ...

QLogic wins major deployment in NNSA's Tri-Labs cluster ...

T-Platforms to participate in supercomputer industry's premier European event, ISC11 ...

NetApp bolsters management capabilities, provides common foundation for enterprise customers' private, public, and hybrid Clouds ...

Bull announces the creation of BUX, the Bull User group for eXtreme Computing ...

Bright Cluster Manager 5.2 shipping with support for CUDA 4, ScaleMP, SLURM, LSF and enhanced multi-cluster management ...

Experts from Russia and EU collaborate on HOPSA; a new project to boost the performance of supercomputers ...

Companies at ISC'11 exhibition show media the innovations they've got in store for user ...

Xyratex exhibiting at International Supercomputing Conference 2011 ...

Supermicro showcases portfolio of HPC optimized solutions at ISC'11 ...

Mellanox FDR InfiniBand selected to deliver PetaScale performance for Europe’s fastest supercomputer ...

NetApp E5400 meets extreme customer demands in high-performance environments ...

VMware introduces vFabric 5, an integrated application platform for virtual and Cloud environments ...

Adaptive Computing announces 10x scalability for high throughput computing and next-generation HPC systems ...

University of Birmingham uses Adaptive Computing technology to reduce HPC costs ...

Adaptive Computing HPC Technology advances research capabilities for Europe's leading cancer research centre ...

Penguin Computing's public HPC Cloud is now powered by Adaptive Computin's Moab Cluster Suite ...

Numascale announces support for Supermicro 1042G-LTF and IBM System x3755 M3 with multi socket 8/12 core AMD Opteron 6000 Series ...

Mellanox expands availability of InfiniBand and Ethernet solutions with NEC LX Series Supercomputer through NEC HPC Europe ...

Mellanox and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory demonstrate leading performance and scalability for HPC applications ...

Mellanox announces complete end-to-end FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand interconnect solutions for uncompromised clustering performance and scalability ...

SGI to deliver breakthrough exascale computing solution ...

Platform's collaboration with CERN recognized as 2011 Computerworld Honors Laureate ...

Bright Computing, NVIDIA and NextIO to drive panel discussion on use of GPUs in HPC at International Supercomputing Conference in Germany ...

GE Global Research gets a Cray supercomputer ...

Italy's largest computing centre selects DataDirect Networks (DDN) and IBM to accelerate international scientific collaboration and discovery ...

SGI launches InfiniteStorage 5500 for high performance data solutions ...

SGI announces fifth-generation Altix ICE high performance compute solution ...

IBM certifies 40 Gigabit Ethernet line card from Force10 Networks ...

Fusion-io technology advances bioinformatics research at San Diego Supercomputer Center ...

Around the world of HPC in 30 minutes

23 Jun 2011 Hamburg - For the closing session at ISC'11 Chair Prof. Dr. Hans Meuer presented a panel debate that was moderated by Addison Snell from Intersect360 Research. Four panelists were submitted to a high-speed analyst crossfire on a hot set of topics related to HPC, Cloud, exascale, the TOP500, GPU, and ISC'11. The four panelists were Jean-Marc Denis from Bull and Andrew Jones from NAG Group on the vendors' side and Satoshi Matsuoka from the Tokyo Institute of Technology and Michael M. Resch from the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart on the users' side.

Addison Snell started the debate with the theme of the international expanding of HPC. Is it important where a supercomputer is located, he asked the panelists.

Technically it is not important where the supercomputer is hosted, according to Michael Resch, but location does matter where the codes are involved. It is important to know where the codes are designed. From an economical point of view, it depends on the type of country.

Satoshi Matsuoka pointed out that energy matters as to where the machine is located. He also thought that putting people together is essential.

Andrew Jones agreed that for science it does matter where the supercomputer is hosted, also because of access policies and local skills base.

Jean-Marc Denis emphasized that location does matter a lot in order to safeguard the control of the supercomputer technology. It is also importnat for the economic growth in a country.

Addison Snell asked whether the focal point would change. Jean-Marc Denis confirmed the rising of China and Japan. Satoshi Matsuoka added that we should not forget Korea, India, and Russia for environment, health, and other applications.

Michael Resch stated that Russia is very interesting and prestigious. He had some questions about the sustainability but definitely put Russia on the agenda.

Addison Snell changed the topic to Cloud computing. This technology is getting adopted for HPC applications.

Andrew Jones very positively saw the engineer at the desktop. Jean-Marc Denis noted that it is a good solution for the commercial world first since they do not have HPC. It will work for commercial companies, for a limited amount of time. Satoshi Matsuoka described cloud as the low end of supercomputng to some extent. Over time and very likely, the industry will pick up supercomputing, he predicted. Then the cloud solution might be more appropriate for the high end. Michael Resch was very bold and honest: "I am a researcher. The term cloud has not changed anything in terms of research. And if you ask industry about cloud, the industry answers: so what? The cloud will go away, I do not care about it."

Addison Snell remarked that private and public cloud are like American and European football: there is some convergence but there are definitely some important differences in implementation.

Jean-Marc Denis stated that the cloud is an HPC system and Satoshi Matsuoka added that cloud is also about virtual machines.

Coming to exascale, Satoshi Matsuoka noted that a lot of topics are not solvable if we have not exascale systems. Michael Resch added that it is the next logical step. We should ask ourselves: what kind of problems can we solve with exascale? This is a huge challenge.

Jean-Marc Denis said that the whole spectrum is involved: from hardware to software. New mathematics are needed and in terms of user applications, we should have started 10 years ago.

Andrew Jones had a big yes for exascale but exascale is not the only driver in HPC. You need both exascale and terascale systems. Michael Resch ended this topic with the philosophical but essential question for the researcher: is our work useful for the general community?

Addison Snell then went over to the relevance of the TOP500 as the clock was ticking.

Jean-Marc Denis thought that it is not the list which is important but the ecosystem and according to Andrew Jones the list includes lots of useful information. Satoshi Matsuoka agreed in saying that one should not overestimate the list but one should neither underestimate it. Michael Resch played the devil in disguise noting that such list maybe statistically can be relevant but otherwise not.

GPU was the next item on Addison Snell's list but Michael Resch blocked it off with a simple no. Satoshi Matsuoka would rather speak of many-core, be it CPU or GPU. Andrew Jones agreed that GPU is not the final solution and Jean-Marc Denis described GPU as a technology-enabler for exascale computing.

Then Addison Snell summed up some segments in application and asked his panel whether it is HPC or not.

To online games Andrew Jones said yes but Michael Resch no. Animation rendering received a no from Jean-Marc Denis as did financial risk management from Micael Resch. Also a no for computer engineering on a dual socket from Satoshi Matsuoka but a yes to Google from Andrew Jones, Jean-Marc Denis and Satoshi Matsuoka. Should it surprise us that Michael Resch answered no?

Addison Snell also wanted to know which aspect of ISC'11 had been a surprise for the panel and which aspect was more of a disappointment?

For Jean-Marc Denis the whole event was clearly the winner whereas the absent people were definitely the losers. Andrew Jones marked the K computer as the big winner as did Satoshi Matsuoka and Michael Resch. For Andrew Jones the loser was GPU. Satoshi Matsuoka was disappointed about the USA machines that had lost in the TOP500 because these machines can be very competitive. Michael Resch marked Hamburg as a loser since the ISC conference will leave the city in 2013.

Addison Snell ended by thanking the panelists and the audience for their wonderful co-operation in this Formula 1 analyst crossfire discussion.

Leslie Versweyveld

Back to Table of contents

Primeur live 2011-06-23

Blog

The K in K computer, the world's fastest supercomputer ...

Some insights in the TOP500 ...

Prospect Association presents report "High Performance Computing in Europe: a vision for 2020" to the European Commission ...

Hardware

Petaflop/s: The why, the how and the what for? ...

Panasas gives customers a treat with scalable ActivStor11 ...

Four important questions on energy consumption in HPC ...

Memory makers ready to help out but have no control over the infrastructure ...

Applications

What will it take to achieve the simulation of the human brain? ...

Russia accelerates scientific innovation with GPU supercomputers ...

hpc-ch at ISC'11 to present HPC activities in Switzerland ...

University of Hamburg to simulate large data applications with Distributed Simulation and Virtual Reality environment ...

German automotive industry heavily relies on HLRS simulation expertise ...

Massive simulation and sensing devices generate great challenges and opportunities ...

TOP500

Japan reclaims top ranking on latest TOP500 list of world's supercomputers ...

Supercomputer "K computer" takes first place in world ...

The new TOP500 in figures and percentages ...

AMD sees 15 percent growth in six months on newest list of TOP500 supercomputers ...

Tera 100 once again crowned as Europe's most powerful supercomputer ...

The Lomonosov Supercomputer Has Attained a New Level of Performance ...

SGI Altix supercomputer system at NASA achieves Petaflop scale ...

The 2010 HPC status and the 2011 HPC weather forecast in ten chapters ...

Around the world of HPC in 30 minutes ...

The Grid

RealityServer: A powerful platform for 3D visualization and rendering now accessible in the Cloud ...

You ask "What Cloud?" It's Enterprise IT! ...

Company news

Altair's PBS Professional celebrates 20th anniversary and exhibits at International Supercomputing Conference in Hamburg ...

Adapteva selects E.T. International's software for breakthrough high-performance, low-power multicore processor ...

T-Platforms signs strategic reseller agreement with AEON Computing ...

International Supercomputing Conference sessions to feature lively exchanges of ideas ...

SGI to unveil groundbreaking HPC solutions at 2011 International Supercomputing Conference ...

QLogic automates installation, verification, monitoring and management of InfiniBand fabrics ...

Panasas introduces ActiveStor 11, delivering cost-effective parallel storage for HPC and big data workloads ...

Appro nabs exclusive supercomputing deal with three US National Laboratories ...

QLogic wins major deployment in NNSA's Tri-Labs cluster ...

T-Platforms to participate in supercomputer industry's premier European event, ISC11 ...

NetApp bolsters management capabilities, provides common foundation for enterprise customers' private, public, and hybrid Clouds ...

Bull announces the creation of BUX, the Bull User group for eXtreme Computing ...

Bright Cluster Manager 5.2 shipping with support for CUDA 4, ScaleMP, SLURM, LSF and enhanced multi-cluster management ...

Experts from Russia and EU collaborate on HOPSA; a new project to boost the performance of supercomputers ...

Companies at ISC'11 exhibition show media the innovations they've got in store for user ...

Xyratex exhibiting at International Supercomputing Conference 2011 ...

Supermicro showcases portfolio of HPC optimized solutions at ISC'11 ...

Mellanox FDR InfiniBand selected to deliver PetaScale performance for Europe’s fastest supercomputer ...

NetApp E5400 meets extreme customer demands in high-performance environments ...

VMware introduces vFabric 5, an integrated application platform for virtual and Cloud environments ...

Adaptive Computing announces 10x scalability for high throughput computing and next-generation HPC systems ...

University of Birmingham uses Adaptive Computing technology to reduce HPC costs ...

Adaptive Computing HPC Technology advances research capabilities for Europe's leading cancer research centre ...

Penguin Computing's public HPC Cloud is now powered by Adaptive Computin's Moab Cluster Suite ...

Numascale announces support for Supermicro 1042G-LTF and IBM System x3755 M3 with multi socket 8/12 core AMD Opteron 6000 Series ...

Mellanox expands availability of InfiniBand and Ethernet solutions with NEC LX Series Supercomputer through NEC HPC Europe ...

Mellanox and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory demonstrate leading performance and scalability for HPC applications ...

Mellanox announces complete end-to-end FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand interconnect solutions for uncompromised clustering performance and scalability ...

SGI to deliver breakthrough exascale computing solution ...

Platform's collaboration with CERN recognized as 2011 Computerworld Honors Laureate ...

Bright Computing, NVIDIA and NextIO to drive panel discussion on use of GPUs in HPC at International Supercomputing Conference in Germany ...

GE Global Research gets a Cray supercomputer ...

Italy's largest computing centre selects DataDirect Networks (DDN) and IBM to accelerate international scientific collaboration and discovery ...

SGI launches InfiniteStorage 5500 for high performance data solutions ...

SGI announces fifth-generation Altix ICE high performance compute solution ...

IBM certifies 40 Gigabit Ethernet line card from Force10 Networks ...

Fusion-io technology advances bioinformatics research at San Diego Supercomputer Center ...