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Lunch and Learn RoundTable Events

    • 22 Feb 2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Unique Digital Inc. Conference Center - Houston, TX
    Register

    The Society of HPC Professionals

    -- invites you to attend:

    A Lunch & Learn Round Table Discussion Meeting

    Datacenter Infrastructure for HPC: Site selection & special operational considerations.
    Also a post mortem on Hurricane Harvey.

    Abstract:

    Datacenter infrastructure continues to exist as a requirement for the bottom of the IT stack in all enterprise applications, if the power is not on the machines will not work. As organizations evolve, HPC specialists continue to think about optimizing the cost of computing, which includes topics such as resource optimization, but also carry weight in conversations around compromises in uptime with mixed reliability infrastructures and build vs. buy.

    No matter where an operation is deployed, the site and operational risks must be established to properly deliver your concept of operations. This has implications on where you build, what you build, and when you build. Often times, the hardest part of engineering a datacenter is not making the electrons flow, but matching the infrastructure to the concept of operations of your specific deployment.

    This lunch and learn session will begin with an overview of the state of datacenter design as it relates to high performance computing, and mixed reliability architectures. We will then discuss key criteria for building into existing datacenters, along with specifications that are important and often overlooked for spec-built facilities. Hurricane Harvey, and generally Houston, will be analyzed as a case study for datacenter site selection and design. Finally, we will look at Build vs. buy (leasing with colocation) decision making matrices, discussing important pitfalls of both.

    Presenter’s Bio:

    Chris Hinkle – TRG Datacenters CTO

    Chief Technology Officer Chris Hinkle leads datacenter design, operations, and sales engineering for TRG. At prior datacenter companies, Chris was a key contributor in engineering efforts for Fortune 500 and Healthcare clients. He has held prior research oriented positions working on Military/DoD applications at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, and is published in the areas of power systems and sensors. While at MIT, Chris utilized HPC for geospatial analysis based on GIS integrated with LADAR. Chris obtained his BS Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech, Magna Cum Laude, and his MBA from Emory University.


    Meeting will be conducted at the

    Unique Digital Inc. Conference Center

    10595 Westoffice Drive

    Houston, TX 77042


    REGISTRATION:

    FREE for Members

    $15 for Non Members


    A LUNCH WILL BE SERVED


    • 22 Mar 2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Unique Digital Inc. Conference Center - Houston, TX
    • 35
    Register

    The Society of HPC Professionals

    -- invites you to attend:

    A Lunch & Learn Round Table Discussion Meeting

    BP’s Center for High-Performance Computing
    TOUR

    Abstract:

    The Center for High-Performance Computing, located at BP’s US headquarters in Houston, serves as a worldwide hub for processing and managing huge amounts of geophysical data from across BP’s portfolio and be a key tool in helping scientists to “see” more clearly what lies beneath the earth’s surface.

    Ever-more precise images of the subsurface -- made possible by greater computing power, speed and storage capacity – will enhance BP’s ability to find new energy resources, by reducing the time needed to analyze massive quantities of seismic data and enabling more detailed in-house modeling of rock formations before drilling begins. Such advances will help BP build on its historic strength in oil and natural gas exploration.

    Better imaging capability will also help the company more safely and efficiently appraise new finds and manage complex reservoirs once production starts. In addition, the center opens up new possibilities for research into other important aspects of BP’s business activities, from oil refining to enhanced oil recovery. For example, it will help facilitate BP’s industry-leading development of “digital rocks,” a proprietary technology for calculating petrophysical rock properties and modeling fluid flow directly from high-resolution 3D images – at a scale equivalent to 1/50th of the thickness of a human hair.

    “BP’s investment in this new supercomputing center not only highlights the increasingly high-tech nature of today’s global oil and gas industry, it underscores our company’s long-held belief in the vital role technology plays – and will continue to play – in solving the world’s biggest energy challenges,” said Jackie Mutschler, BP’s Head of Upstream Technology.

    BP’s new Center for High-Performance Computing is housed in a three-story, 110,000 square foot building at BP’s Westlake campus. Built to withstand the strong Gulf Coast weather events, reduce energy consumption and accommodate future growth, the building replaces BP’s previous supercomputing complex, which had been located within an office tower at the campus.

    Presenter’s Bio:

    Keith Gray

    Keith is Manager of High Performance Computing for BP. The HPC Team supports the computing requirements for BP’s Advanced Seismic Imaging Research efforts. This team supports one of the largest Linux Clusters dedicated to research in Oil and Gas. Mr. Gray graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in geophysics, and has worked for BP and Amoco since 1985.


    Meeting will be conducted on, Thursday March 22, 2018 11:30 CDT at the

    BP Datacenter




    REGISTRATION IS limited to 35 Attendees

    FREE for MEMBERS

    Non-member fee is $15.00


    A LUNCH WILL BE SERVED



    • 26 Apr 2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Unique Digital Inc. Conference Center - Houston, TX
    Register

    The Society of HPC Professionals

    -- invites you to attend:

    A Lunch & Learn Round Table Discussion Meeting

    Save the Date!
    Title: TBD

    Abstract:

    Coming soon!


    Presenter’s Bio:

    Coming soon!




    Meeting will be conducted at the

    Unique Digital Inc. Conference Center

    10595 Westoffice Drive

    Houston, TX 77042


    REGISTRATION:
    FREE for Members

    $15 for Non Members


    LUNCH WILL BE SERVED



    • 24 May 2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Unique Digital Inc. Conference Center - Houston, TX
    Register

    The Society of HPC Professionals

    -- invites you to attend:

    A Lunch & Learn Round Table Discussion Meeting

    Save the Date!
    Title: TBD

    Abstract:

    Coming soon!


    Presenter’s Bio:

    Coming soon!




    Meeting will be conducted at the

    Unique Digital Inc. Conference Center

    10595 Westoffice Drive

    Houston, TX 77042


    REGISTRATION:
    FREE for Members

    $15 for Non Members


    LUNCH WILL BE SERVED



    • 26 Jul 2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Unique Digital Inc. Conference Center - Houston, TX

    The Society of HPC Professionals

    -- invites you to attend:

    A Lunch & Learn Round Table Discussion Meeting

    NO MEETING THIS MONTH


    • 23 Aug 2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Unique Digital Inc. Conference Center - Houston, TX

    The Society of HPC Professionals

    -- invites you to attend:

    A Lunch & Learn Round Table Discussion Meeting

    NO MEETING THIS MONTH

    • 27 Sep 2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Unique Digital Inc. Conference Center - Houston, TX
    Register

    The Society of HPC Professionals

    -- invites you to attend:

    A Lunch & Learn Round Table Discussion Meeting

    Save the Date!
    Title: TBD

    Abstract:

    Coming soon!


    Presenter’s Bio:

    Coming soon!




    Meeting will be conducted at the

    Unique Digital Inc. Conference Center

    10595 Westoffice Drive

    Houston, TX 77042


    REGISTRATION:
    FREE for Members

    $15 for Non Members


    LUNCH WILL BE SERVED



    • 22 Nov 2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Unique Digital Inc. Conference Center - Houston, TX

    The Society of HPC Professionals

    -- invites you to attend:

    A Lunch & Learn Round Table Discussion Meeting

    NO MEETING THIS MONTH
    Happy Thanksgiving

Past events

25 Jan 2018 Lunch and Learn Round Table Event: Infinite Memory Engine® (IME®): Accelerating Application and File Systems to make Clusters More Predictable
26 Oct 2017 Lunch and Learn Round Table Event: Machine Learning 101
24 Aug 2017 Lunch and Learn Round Table Event: Customer issues and challenges of greater technology choices for High Performance Computing clusters sponsored by Lenovo
11 May 2017 Lunch and Learn Round Table Event: Dave Montana - Red Hat: The 10 Layers to Container Security
11 Apr 2017 Lunch and Learn Round Table Event: IBM Weather Company and OpenPower
09 Mar 2017 Lunch and Learn Round Table Event: Right Sizing HPC Resources for Local and Cloud Resources
09 Feb 2017 Lunch and Learn Round Table Event: UAS Sensors and Applications
12 Jan 2017 Lunch and Learn Round Table Event: HPC Systems - Not a good fit for most IT departments?
08 Nov 2016 Lunch and Learn RoundTable Event: Deep Learning Platform for Seismic Data Analytics
06 Oct 2016 Lunch and Learn RoundTable Event: Visualization Infrastructure at the Campus Scale
08 Sep 2016 Lunch and Learn RoundTable Event: The Future of High Performance and Supercomputing and the Geoscience Computing SIG
23 Jun 2016 Lunch and Learn RoundTable Event: SequenceL Overview and Customer Use Cases
26 May 2016 Lunch and Learn RoundTable Event: Using Storage Class Memory
28 Apr 2016 Lunch and Learn RoundTable Event: The Real World of Emerging Memories
24 Mar 2016 Lunch and Learn RoundTable Event: You Need to Do What Now? Working with Multi-Terabyte Data Sets
25 Feb 2016 Lunch and Learn RoundTable Event: IME: Breaking free from I/O bottlenecks with Burst Buffer technology
22 Oct 2015 Lunch and Learn RoundTable Event: NONE
24 Sep 2015 Lunch and Learn RoundTable Event: Cybersecurity – It’s Not Just for System Administrators
25 Jun 2015 Lunch and Learn RoundTable Event: Developing innovative FLASH platforms for the in-memory computing era
28 May 2015 Lunch and Learn RoundTable Event: Getting the Most Out of Flash Storage
23 Apr 2015 Lunch and Learn RoundTable Event: Accelerating Applications: The Enduring Goal of Exploiting Parallelism in HPC Technical Software
26 Mar 2015 Lunch and Learn RoundTable Event: Cluster Manager – Ease of cluster deployment and management for High Performance Computing, Data Center and Technical Computing environments
26 Feb 2015 Lunch and Learn Round TableEvent: Visualization Infrastructure at the Campus Scale
22 Jan 2015 Lunch and Learn RoundTable Event: Automata Processing: A Massively Parallel Computing Solution
25 Sep 2014 Lunch and Learn RoundTable Event: Spark-Based Seismic Data Analytics Cloud
26 Jun 2014 Lunch and Learn RoundTable Event: Is your Company Configured for IT Success
22 May 2014 Lunch and Learn RoundTable Event: Build, Compute, Visualize: Cloud Computing and the path to HPC on Demand.
24 Apr 2014 Lunch and Learn RoundTable Event: PCI Express
13 Mar 2014 Lunch and Learn RoundTable Event: HPC Topics hosted by University of Houston
27 Feb 2014 Lunch and Learn RoundTable Event: Using SequenceL™ to Quickly and Easily Develop Parallelized Applications that Utilize Both CPU and GPU Cores
23 Jan 2014 Lunch and Learn RoundTable Event: Optimizing RTM for Xeon Phi: Lessons Learned
22 Aug 2013 Lunch and Learn RoundTable Event: Visualization Prep for the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) 2013
25 Jul 2013 Lunch and Learn RoundTable Event: Application Development Tools
27 Jun 2013 Lunch and Learn RoundTable Event: Analytics
23 May 2013 Lunch and Learn Event: The BIG Dog in the room: What part of HPC Cloud is Myth? What part is Reality?


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