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SHPCP News and Announcements

  • 25 Aug 2016 4:00 PM | SHPCP (Administrator)


    Big Data–No Problem; Big Analysis in a secure environment-Problem!


    August 25th, 2016

    Earl Dodd, President, Ideas and Machines

    Dr. Shawana P. Johnson, GISP, President

    Global Marketing Insights, Inc.


  • 16 Aug 2016 11:13 AM | SHPCP (Administrator)
    Click the links below to review the recent Women in Cybersecurity monthly webinar.

    August 2016 Webinar Recording

    August 2016 Webinar Slides

  • 15 Aug 2016 3:35 PM | SHPCP (Administrator)

    A new report entitled “Artificial Intelligence in Communications, Applications, and Commerce: Internet of Things (IoT), Data Analytics, and Virtual Private Assistants 2016 - 2021 - Research and Markets” was made possible with the help of members of the Society of HPC Professionals who were interviewed for the report. More information on this report is online at

  • 27 Jun 2016 3:40 PM | SHPCP (Administrator)

    The Society of HPC Professionals (SHPCP) -- invites you to attend:

    A Lunch & Learn Round Table Discussion Meeting

    SequenceL Overview and Customer Use Cases: A Better Way to Convert Your Algorithms into Robust, Massively Parallel Code 


    The days of programming in a one-size-fits-all language are quickly becoming a thing of the past, especially for multicore and many-core systems. SequenceL is the right tool for the multicore and many-core programming job. SequenceL is a compact, powerful functional programming language and auto-parallelizing tool set that quickly and easily converts algorithms to robust, massively parallel code. SequenceL was designed to work in concert with existing programming languages, legacy code and libraries. SequenceL is additive to current design flows, tools, and training. It extends these investments with plug-ins for industry standard IDE’s (Eclipse, Visual Studio) and support for popular programming languages (C/C++, C#, Fortran, Java, Python, etc.). This lunch and learn session will begin with an overview of the SequenceL language, auto-parallelizing compiler, and runtime environment. It will include overviews of customer results including Seismic/RTM (ION Geophysical), CFD - Computational Fluid Dynamics (Southwest Research Institute), WirelessHART network graph generation (Emerson Process Management), and Video Processing (Lockheed Martin). We will then share some benchmarks of SequenceL vs. several other languages and approaches, including C++, OpenMP, TBB_GoBack, etc. 

    Alex Habeger – Texas Multicore Technologies Performance Engineer Alex began working with massively parallel code in 2001 with the Department of Energy. Since then he has been involved in concurrent and parallel programming, ranging from embedded systems to large HPC simulations. Alex is proficient in OpenMP, Intel's Threading Building Blocks (TBB), handling raw threads, and how usage of each impacts memory and cache utilization. He holds a bachelors in Computer Science from University of Northern Iowa. 

    Gary Martin– ION Geophysical, Director HPC and Software Engineering and 

    Bill Menger –HPC Consultant for ION Geophysical will also be available for Q&A 

  • 13 Jun 2016 2:50 PM | SHPCP (Administrator)
    May 2016 - Lunch and Learn RoundTable

    Using Storage Class Memory (NVMe, NV-DIMM) as system memory: the underlying technology, and potential benefits for HPC

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  • 20 May 2016 5:16 PM | SHPCP (Administrator)

    Title: Securing the Industrial IoT: Security Challenges and Solutions in the Petroleum Industry

    HELD: April 28th, 2016 / Time: 2:00pm-3:15pm CT

    Location: Four Seasons Hotel Houston, 1300 Lamar Street, Houston, TX 77010  

    Meeting Home Page:


    Download Earl Dodd's Presentation

    Panel Outline


    The oil & gas industry, which is one of the largest segments of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), is facing increasingly growing security challenges as the pace of technological advancement is accelerated. All layers of security: data storage, physical access and network connectivity, represent some of the primary concerns of the Industrial IoT ecosystem.  The use of sensors and actuators in the field, the security of data and application workflows, and the safety of pipelines, ships and ports, are some of the unique IIoT security challenges facing the petroleum industry.


    Our panel features some of the Houston-area most prominent security and policy experts, who will highlight the challenges associated with IIoT security.  The panel will address some of the existing solutions and policies in place, as well as existing gaps and opportunities for new solutions to be created and deployed and for companies to create and leverage new technologies and intellectual property. 


    LES USA-Canada is holding its Spring meeting during April 26-28, 2016 in Houston TX, and this panel is part of that conference.  This panel is organized by the IoT committee of the LES High Tech Sector, and will be moderated by the committee's Chair, Ms. Efrat Kasznik.  Ms. Kasznik is President of Foresight Valuation Group, a Silicon-Valley based IP strategy and valuation consulting firm, as well as a Lecturer on IP at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.


    About the Licensing Executives Society (LES) USA-Canada


    For more than 50 years, LES has been the leading association for intellectual property, technology, and business development professionals.  LES is an independent, professional organization that facilitates global IP commerce through education, networking, standards development, and certification.  LES (USA & Canada) is a member society of the Licensing Executives Society International, Inc. (LESI), with a worldwide membership of over 9,000 professionals across 32 national societies located in more than 90 countries.

  • 02 May 2016 12:03 PM | SHPCP (Administrator)

    The Real World of Emerging Memories

    Are new memory technologies finally emerging? This session will offer a practical walk through of what Micron has learned about emerging memories over the past decade, the barriers that threaten their emergence, and what technical, manufacturing, ecosystem, and market conditions need to exist for them to be truly successful.

  • 27 Apr 2016 12:14 PM | SHPCP (Administrator)

    Bluware is looking for motivated and energized HPC professionals in several areas including: Strategy & Planning, Software & Hardware Architecture, Tuning and Optimization, and Emerging Technologies, Operational Support. Location: Houston, TX

    The link to a detailed job description on Bluware’s Web-site is HERE

  • 30 Mar 2016 12:12 PM | SHPCP (Administrator)

    You Need to Do What Now? Working with Multi-Terabyte Data Sets

    Speaker: Dan Bedard, Executive Director

    As multi-terabyte seismic data sets have become commonplace, new data management challenges have emerged: Processing takes time, especially if you have to repeat it. How do you mitigate the risk of hardware and file system failure? How do you ensure you're making efficient use of your storage infrastructure? How do you share data between workgroups while enforcing compliance with government regulations, licensing terms, and company data security policies? And how do you do this on the shifting sands of changing technology? 

    No really. How? The first part of this presentation is intended to elicit information from you, experienced HPC professionals. We want to find out what approaches you've adopted to address this generation of data management problems. Then we're going to explore an ongoing proof of concept (POC) in which we're implementing a tiered storage system based on perpetually free open source software. Not only will the reference POC migrate data to the appropriate storage location based on usage history, but it will also set the stage for advanced data load balancing, rich metadata search, network-efficient sharing, and guaranteed chain of custody. Let's dig in to the management challenges of multi-terabyte data sets. 

    The iRODS Consortium leads development and support of the Integrated Rule-Oriented Data System (iRODS), free open source software for data discovery, workflow automation, secure collaboration, and data virtualization. As an alliance of vendors and end users from data-intensive domains, the iRODS Consortium provides a production-ready iRODS distribution and professional integration services, training, and support. Top researchers in geosciences, life sciences, and information management use iRODS to control their data. Learn more at


    Presenter’s Bio:

    Dan Bedard, Executive Director
    Dan oversees the strategic direction of the iRODS Consortium and leads member recruitment. Prior to joining the iRODS team, Dan managed programs and business development for an RF amplifier company, developed electronics in RENCI’s Innovations Lab, and designed devices for special projects for the United States Government. Dan’s personal interests include manned space flight and physical training for endurance and strength. He holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

  • 03 Mar 2016 10:47 AM | The Society of HPC Professionals (Administrator)

    IME: Breaking free from I/O bottlenecks with Burst Buffer technology

    Steve Crusan – Systems Engineer HPC Oil and Gas, DDN

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    The largest compute systems in Oil & Gas have become nearly 20 times faster over the past five years, which means there is a growing performance gap between compute and I/O that poses a threat to scaling performance to Exascale levels. Traditional architectures are further accelerating IO bottlenecks. Increasingly leading Oil and Gas companies are looking at Burst Buffer based architectures that eliminate the IO bottlenecks. By buffering and aligning I/O, a Burst Buffer can drive a parallel file system at close to max hardware speeds and sustain peak workload performance requirements, making it a logical fit for extreme scale Oil & Gas applications. Most importantly, Burst Buffers have demonstrated unprecedented acceleration for key oil and gas codes like Reverse Time Migration, by accelerating RTM by 300% without any code modifications. 

    In this presentation, we will discuss the motivations for using a Burst Buffer, provide an overview of recent results achieved on production Reverse Time


    Presenter’s Bio:

    Steve Crusan is a systems engineer working 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.