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Yesterday was a full day of topics including a keynote from Pavel Shamis, Oak Ridge National Labs covering OpenSHMEM for Exascale and a second keynote from DK Panda, OSU on HPC
programming models for Exascale system!  Day one also covered a wide variety of topics from deploying high performance clouds and how GPU’s are being leveraged in machine learning


Day two at the HPC Advisory Council, Stanford University event! These events are always packed with great sessions that cover topics from trends in High Performance Computing from all aspects!  Traditional HPC usage, the latest in liquid cooling, accelerating Big Data, and even who is using HPC in the enterprise.  The HPC Advisory Council events are also a great place to learn and understand how technology influences and is being leveraged in new and exciting ways.  There is literally something for everyone, regardless if you think "HPC doesn't really apply to me..."


Richard Graham, from Mellanox started today's presentation keynote with how Mellanox has introduced several new capabilities and features into the latest 100Gb/s interconnect technology with ConnectX-4, Switch-IB and LinkX.   Mellanox EDR 100G solutions were selected by the DOE for these 2017-2018 leadership systems as we deliver superior performance and scalability over current / future competition. Along with our proven performance, scalability, application offloads and management capabilities,  He also explained how Mellanox was also instrumental in
bringing advanced capabilities to meet the requirements for CORAL including techniques in acceleration with other types of hardware – Open POWER and GPUs.

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The second keynote today, Arno Kolster from Ebay / PayPal explained how they are using advanced HPC in their everyday business to prevent fraud detection, advanced pattern recognition and leveraging HPC to address new challenges that face e-commerce. 

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Later today, we will also hear from Antonis Karalis, from the HPC|Music project – this is a new area of research showcasing how HPC will be used to usher in a new era in the areas of music production.  Audio and music is such a huge part of everyday life, and unlike video/cinema where advancements in technology are paramount to drive the industry – audio production has a different set of challenges that are more dependent upon real-time data processing, extremely sensitive and require low latency communications; especially as we begin to model more realistic analog- type sounds at extreme resolution that just cannot be done on today’s most expensive workstations.


Head over to the HPC Advisory Council site to see where the next workshop will be held, and I’ll look forward to seeing you at one of the soon!