HPC Developer Community Advances the Future of Scientific and Supercomputing Outcomes

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Five years ago, someone made an off-hand comment during a roundtable for a small group of end customers and partners from our HPC ecosystem. The comment was that our industry has wonderful academic conferences and spectacular trade-shows masquerading as technical conferences, but lacked a forum where developers could learn and trade practical experiences in getting the most from their computing infrastructure.

That seed conversation led to the first Intel® HPC Developer Conference, which has grown to encompass application development, systems architecture, and design. This Saturday, the fourth Intel HPC Developer Conference will take place in Denver, Colorado. It’s humbling to see how quickly and dramatically the conference has grown.Intel HPC Developer Conference

In hindsight, the need for such a conference is pretty clear. In the last decade, we’ve grown from a single petaflops-capable system (1015 floating point operations per second) to nearly 140 such systems, with the top system approaching 100 petaflops. These new machines enable us to solve larger and more complex problems and solve existing problems faster.

They have helped us to better understand important phenomena, from the molecular interactions of viruses with cellular membranes, to the development of global climate patterns, to the evolution of the cosmos itself. The social, economic, and academic impacts have been dramatic.

In recent years, we’ve added data-driven machine learning methods to our computing toolkits. As we move from machines with thousands of computational cores to hundreds of thousands, many of the applications and practices we’ve relied on for the last several decades need to similarly evolve in order to get the most from this new class of computer. Hence, Intel HPC Developer Conference.

A rich, vibrant community of talented individuals is driving scientific and technical computing forward. The Intel HPC Developer Conference is a terrific opportunity to connect with, learn from, and share best practices with the people who are developing applications, advancing science and research, building systems, and delivering the future of HPC.

The 2017 conference promises to be the best ever, with a slate of 80 technical lectures, 15 hands-on tutorials, and nearly 40 posters from members of the HPC community like you. We’ve come a long way since the inaugural conference’s 23 talks and 8 labs!

With an eye to the advances the HPC community is delivering to meet the challenges of today and deliver the exascale and AI future, here are some of the conference engagements about which we are most excited.

  • Keynote: The Intertwined Futures of HPC and AI - Al Gara and Gadi Singer will discuss how Intel is working to address HPC scaling challenges and adapt artificial intelligence and machine learning workflows for HPC systems.
  • Saturday Plenary: Gravitational waves: The Role of Computing in Opening a New Field of Astronomy - Josh Willis from The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) will detail LIGO’s highly-sensitive gravitational wave observations along with what we have learned and hope to learn in this new field, and Dan Stanzione from TACC will talk about the use of the Stampede supercomputer to generate results and how it benefits others in the scientific community.
  • Sunday Plenary: Deep Learning for Science - Prabhat from NERSC Big Data Center will reveal early results from using AI on HPC architectures to solve some of science’s most complex problems including astronomy, cosmology, neuroscience, genomics, and high-energy physics. Scientist Michael Wehner will take us on a deep-dive into the problem of detecting extreme weather patterns in climate simulations.
  • Closing Plenary: Leading the Evolution of Compute: Neuromorphic and Quantum Computing - Jim Held, Intel Fellow, Intel Labs, will discuss Intel Labs’ work on beyond-the-horizon technologies as well as the directions and progress in the development.

If you have already registered for the conference, arrive early so you don’t miss the keynotes by Al and Gadi. If you will be in Denver with us but have put off registration – please hurry. As I put the finishing comments on this blog, the conference is approaching capacity registration. If you're not able to attend, please follow online with hashtag #HPCDevCon and stay tuned for on-demand viewing following the conference. Look for more word on that soon here on the Intel IT Peer Network.


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Joe Curley

About Joe Curley

Joseph (Joe) Curley serves Intel Corporation as Senior Director, Code Modernization Organization, Enterprise, and Government Group within the Data Center Group (DCG). His primary responsibilities include supporting global ecosystem partners to develop their own powerful and energy-efficient HPC computing solutions utilizing Intel hardware and software products. Mr. Curley joined Intel Corporation in 2007, and has served in multiple other planning and business leadership roles. Prior to joining Intel, Joe worked at Dell, Inc. leading the global workstation product line, consumer and small business desktops, and a series of engineering roles. He began his career at computer graphics pioneer Tseng Labs.