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  • 10 Oct 2018 2:35 PM | SHPCP (Administrator)

    The Society of HPC Professionals


    A Lunch & Learn Round Table Discussion Meeting

    TITLE:
    Introduction to Pumps&Pipes

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    Abstract:

    Pumps & Pipes is an association of medical, energy, aerospace, academic and community professionals and leaders. Founded in 2007, our core values are education, communication and collaboration. At its heart, Pumps & Pipes is an interdisciplinary endeavor, emphasizing inclusivity across nations and disciplines.

    Our guiding principle to problem-solving is “exploring your neighbor’s toolkit.”


    Mission of Pumps&Pipes

    • Provide a platform to bring together professional groups who may not otherwise have the opportunity to interact for the transfer of knowledge and technology knowhow
    • Be the leader in promoting cross-industry collaboration to solve challenging Pumps & Pipes problems
    • Help strengthen the educational offerings in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM)

    Presenter’s Bio:

    Frank D. Perez, Chief Executive Officer, Sfile Technology

    As a Serial Entrepreneur my whole career has been about automated things. When you think about every venture that I’ve ever done and every problem we try to solve, you build upon a same thing to take it to the next place. And you translate that same challenge into the challenge you’re looking at right now, and you’re figuring out how you can do even better. But now you have a second iteration, third iteration, tenth iteration to try to do it all over again.


  • 27 Apr 2018 1:42 PM | SHPCP (Administrator)

    The Society of HPC Professionals


    A Lunch & Learn Round Table Discussion Meeting

    Using FPGAs for Computation;
    An Overview of the Current State of The Art in Xilinx Chips and Tools


    Abstract:

    In this tutorial session you will learn about the current families of Xilinx FPGAs and SOCs combining multiprocessor systems with FPGA fabric and the tools that support them. The session will cover the capabilities of the current 7 Series, UltraScale and UltraScale+ FPGAs as well as the Zynq and Zynq UltraScale+ SoCs.

    The software tools that support the chips will be covered with an emphasis on the higher level design entry tools supporting reconfigurable acceleration by creating FPGA designs from the C family of languages. Finally, we will learn about the libraries supporting FPGA based computational acceleration and the AWS FPGA instances.

    Presenter’s Bio:

    John McCaskill - President

    John McCaskill is the President and an owner of Faster Technology, LLC which is both a Xilinx Alliance Partner, and the exclusive Xilinx Authorized Training Provider for eight states. He designs FPGA based products in addition to providing training for Xilinx FPGA and software and design services for FPGA related projects.

    Mr. McCaskill has previously worked at Polycom working with audio signal processing and was granted a patent for automatic camera tracking of speakers using beam forming. Prior to that, he worked at Texas Memory Systems where he designed and wrote software for vector processors. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BS in Electrical Engineering.


  • 08 Mar 2018 11:14 AM | SHPCP (Administrator)

    The Society of HPC Professionals


     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.


     


  • 02 Feb 2018 12:23 PM | The Society of HPC Professionals (Administrator)

    The Society of HPC Professionals


    A Lunch & Learn Round Table Discussion Meeting

    Infinite Memory Engine® (IME®): Accelerating Application and File Systems to make Clusters More Predictable 

    Steve Crusan – DDN, System Engineer – HPC Oil & Gas 

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    Abstract:

    An Architectural discussion about how to apply flash memory. Steve will review the architecture of IME, use cases and advantages of flash memory. He will show case studies of how flash has been used to replace spinning media to accelerate the worst kind of application I/O. 


    Presenter’s Bio:

    Steve Crusan – DDN, System Engineer – HPC Oil & Gas 
    Steve is a System Engineer at DDN focusing on high performance computing in the Oil and Gas space. Before joining DDN, Steve was an HPC Systems Engineer (and a DDN customer) for 6 years, with roles in Life Sciences/Academia, Argonne National Laboratory, and financial services.


  • 04 Nov 2017 1:54 PM | SHPCP (Administrator)

    The Society of HPC Professionals


    A Lunch & Learn Round Table Discussion Meeting

    Machine Learning 101:“What do I need to learn before I can make my machine learn?”


    Abstract:

    Machine Learning 101. Applications to learn. Disciplines you might want to know.

    Where to start?



    Presenter’s Bio:

    Geert C. Wenes, Ph.D., Sr. Practice Leader, HPC Architect – Cray

    Experienced tech leader with a demonstrated history of working in the computer hardware and IT industry. Strong engineering professional skilled in system scalability, algorithmic acceleration for deep learning applications, and solutions development for FFRDC, life sciences and energy.


    Meeting was conducted on,
    Thursday October 26, 2017, 11:30 CDT
    at the

    Unique Digital Inc. Conference Center

    10595 Westoffice Drive

    Houston, TX 77042





  • 15 May 2017 9:50 AM | SHPCP (Administrator)

    The Geophysical Society of Houston and 
    The Society of HPC Professionals

    -- invites you to attend:


    A Lunch & Learn Round Table Discussion Meeting

    Dave Montana - Red Hat:  The 10 Layers to Container Security 


    Thursday May 11, 2017, at 11:30 CDT

    at the

    Unique Digital Inc. Conference Center

    10595 Westoffice Drive

    Houston, TX 77042 




  • 14 Mar 2017 8:39 PM | SHPCP (Administrator)

    The Geophysical Society of Houston and 
    The Society of HPC Professionals

    -- invites you to attend:

    A Lunch & Learn Round Table Discussion Meeting

    Right Sizing HPC Resources for Local and Cloud Resources 


    Abstract:

    Historically Moore’s Law has helped the application performance and the HPC industry in broad strokes, but this has changed over the past decade to include a dizzying amount of CPU, Network, and Storage choices that make architecting any sized systems difficult at best. Understanding your applications need in both the small and the large scale help significantly when selecting next generation platforms, or sometimes last generation platforms when it makes better sense. Fastest wall time? Number of concurrent jobs? Power consumption? What is most important to you? We’ll go over testing methods and benchmarks with ISV and Open Source software that help ensure the best computing for your buck. 

    Presenter’s Bio: 

    Michael Senizaiz - CTO at R Systems NA, Inc. Michael Senizaiz is the Chief Technology Officer at R Systems NA, Inc., where he is responsible for technology roadmaps, HPC systems architecture, and right- sizing client needs with available HPC resources. He has almost 20 years’ experience in IT with the last nine years focused on HPC support, consulting, and systems architecture. 

    Meeting will be conducted on, 
    Thursday March 9, 2017, at 11:30 CDT 
    at the
     Unique Digital Inc. Conference Center 
    10595 Westoffice Drive 
    Houston, TX 77042 

    REGISTRATION IS FREE
    LUNCH WILL BE SERVED

  • 24 Feb 2017 11:31 AM | SHPCP (Administrator)

    For the first time, LCI is offering trainings for HPC administrators at two different levels: 

    Introductory AND Intermediate!


    Introductory Workshop

    May 22-26, 2017

    University of Wyoming (in collaboration with University Corporation for Atmospheric Research)

    Laramie, WY


    More information: http://www.linuxclustersinstitute.org/workshops/may2017/    

    Register: http://www.linuxclustersinstitute.org/workshops/may2017/register.php  

    If you are a Linux system administrator new to HPC, this is the workshop for you!  In just five days you will:

    • Learn HPC system administration concepts and technologies and how to apply them
    • Get hands-on skills building a small test cluster in lab sessions
    • Hear real-life stories and get to ask experts questions in panel discussions

    Intermediate Workshop

    August 14-18, 2017

    Georgia Institute of Technology

    Atlanta, GA

    More information: http://www.linuxclustersinstitute.org/workshops/aug2017/  

    Register: http://www.linuxclustersinstitute.org/workshops/aug2017/register.php

     

    If you have some experience as an HPC system administrator and want to expand your skills, this is the workshop for you! In just five days you will:

    • Strengthen your overall knowledge of HPC system administration
    • Focus in depth on file systems and storage, HPC networks, and job schedulers
    • Get hands-on training and discuss real-life stories with experienced HPC administrators

    Those who have attended an Introductory LCI workshop in the past are especially encouraged to attend!

    Contact Leslie Froeschl at lfroesh@illinois.edu with any questions!


  • 13 Feb 2017 3:26 PM | SHPCP (Administrator)

    The Geophysical Society of Houston and 
    The Society of HPC Professionals


    A Lunch & Learn Round Table Discussion Meeting

    UAS Sensors and Applications 



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    Abstract:
    UAS technology has the potential to bring saving and efficiency and most important 3D real world data to Geoscientists, from aerial imaging for inspections and photogrammetry and LiDAR for mapping. The UAS provides a platform for the collection of spatial data with unprecedented accuracy and precision. Facilities, as well as land and its subsurface can be digitally modeled and studies via VR interface, in order to provide the perspective required by the energy industry. 

    Environmental and economic challenges created by the exploitation of natural resources now require a quantified approach to risk mitigation in often complex areas of high consequence. In this presentation I will discuss some of the hardware and software infrastructure available and deployed by our company such as the surveying drones and complementary tools and processing of the captured data for analysis, prediction and visualization. Allowing for remote viewing through internet portals the end users. I will also present examples of how these components are combined and used by groups in the field and the board room to enhance and streamline their efforts in modeling their real world assets for near real time situational awareness. 


    Presenter’s Bio:
    Jonathan Kohn is the Founder and CEO 

    at UM Inspections, LLC. 


    UMI is the third entrepreneurial venture for Jonathan Kohn. As an executive with experience in Business Development, Land & Information Systems Management efforts in the Oil and Gas Upstream Industry. Prior to founding UMI, Jonathan served as VP for Balanced Energy LLC and founded Geodex LLC a Title information systems company. Jonathan’s strengths are identifying emerging business markets, information systems management and development, business set up and capital raising. He has been directly involved in the for the assemblage, deal structure, and capitalization of over 70 drilling projects. Army Reserve Veteran- 91B 


    Meeting was conducted on,
    Thursday February 9, 2017, at 11:30 CDT
    at the
    Unique Digital Inc. Conference Center

  • 14 Jan 2017 11:36 PM | SHPCP (Administrator)

    The Geophysical Society of Houston and 
    The Society of HPC Professionals

    -- invites you to attend:

    A Lunch & Learn Round Table Discussion Meeting 
    on Geoscience Computing 


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    HPC Systems - Not a good fit for most IT departments?

    Abstract: Everyone one can agree, there are major differences between running a 5,000-head cattle ranch with only 2 customers versus tending a herd of 500 Alpaca sheep whose wool is destined for thousands of boutique customers. Each business has its own sets of challenges to be addressed. IT staffs deal with thousands of users typically, and only need to deploy a few dozen servers to manage them. HPC staffs typically deal with thousands of servers and usually only a dozen to hundreds of users having high-end workstations with specialty or home-grown software. The jobs for these two staffs are vastly different. Might it take a different organization with different skills to manage these very different scenarios? In this presentation, we will discuss the similarities and differences between the needs presented to HPC departments vs those presented to IT departments. Our goal is for you to leave with at least one challenge for your IT or HPC computing departments to consider that will make your company stronger, more agile, better prepared for disaster, or better at meeting the needs of its user base. 


    Presenter’s Bio: Bill Menger - President, Houston HPC Services, Inc. Deepak Khosla – Founder CEO, eXcellence in IS Solutions | X-ISS 


    Bill holds BS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Geophysics from Texas A&M University (1977). Bill’s engineering career included stops with the US Navy, Conoco, ION Global Geophysical, and currently Houston HPC Services. His experience spans HPC Software development to supervising a team of HPC admins and software developers. At ION Bill managed a team of thirteen and a budget of $20MM. Bill is co-founder, former board member, and past President of the Society of HPC Professionals. Bill and his wife Patty are A2 square dancers, parents of three boys, and have six grandchildren. Deepak Khosla is the Founder and CEO of X-ISS and has over 25 years of managerial and development experience in technology and software industries. Prior to X-ISS, Deepak served as the President and Co-Founder of NetPartners. Previously, Deepak held a management position at ParaNet. Deepak began his career with Landmark Graphics leaving the company as a product manager. Deepak received a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Houston. 


    Meeting held on, 

    January 12, 11:30 CDT at
    Unique Digital Inc. Conference Center
    10595 Westoffice Drive Houston, TX 77042 


    REGISTRATION IS FREE
    LUNCH WILL BE SERVED 

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