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  • 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 


    Abstract: 

    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. 


    Presenter:
    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: http://www.lesusacanada.org/?sp16

     

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    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


    Abstract:
    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


    Abstract:
    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 irods.org.

     

    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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    Abstract:

    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.


  • 17 Feb 2016 11:24 AM | The Society of HPC Professionals (Administrator)


    Society of HPC Professionals Announces Two New Board Members

    HOUSTON, Texas, 17 February 2016 - The Society of HPC Professionals (SHPCP) is pleased to announce two new members to its board of directors: Dr. Shawana P. Johnson of Global Marketing Insights and Dr. Franz Deimbacher of GeoScale. Their appointments to the board are effective immediately.

    “We are thrilled to have such outstanding professionals as Dr. Johnson and Dr. Deimbacher join the SHPCP board and we look forward to working with them in our efforts to expand the Society with the addition of new Centers of Performance,” notes Earl J. Dodd, SHPCP President.

    Dr. Shawana Johnson, GISP, is the President and Founder of Global Marketing Insights in Cleveland, Ohio. She is a globally recognized geospatial intelligence expert supporting the US government and the global geospatially focused security and intelligence industries. Global Marketing Insights specializes in conducting market research on technology platforms and capabilities which support airborne and spaceborne geospatial tools utilized specifically in energy, agriculture, water resources, maritime security and land asset and resource planning.

    Dr. Franz Deimbacher is the Chief Strategy Officer for GeoScale in Houston and has more than 25 years of experience in high-tech industries including Oil/Gas and IT. His expertise spans business and technology integration, E&P data management and oil/gas software development, digital oilfield projects, high-performance petro-technical computing environments, and predictive analytics/Big Data. GeoScale is an advanced technology-enabled oilfield solutions company.

    Drs. Johnson and Deimbacher bring the total number of SHPCP board members to nine. The board now includes:

    • Earl Dodd of Ideas And Machines Inc. (SHPCP President and Board Chair)
    • Steve Hebert of NIMBIX (SHPCP Secretary)
    • Scott Denham of Cray Inc. (SHPCP Treasurer)
    • Steve Lutz, Verrex Corp. (SHPCP Board Member)
    • Maryam Rahmani, Technology Consultant & Cybersecurity Policy Graduate Student (SHPCP Board Member)
    • Scott Morton of Hess (SHPCP Board Member)
    • Dalton Spivey of Computex Technology Solutions (SHPCP Board Member)

    Follow the Society of HPC Professionals on Twitter at @HPCPros.



  • 04 Feb 2016 12:02 PM | The Society of HPC Professionals (Administrator)
    SHPCP 2015 Annual Technical Meeting Recap

     

    Keynote Address-- As is an SHPCP tradition, Addison Snell, CEO of Intersect360 Research, kicked off the day’s events with an overview of the HPC market. Snell noted that despite sluggish economics worldwide, the HPC market grew 2.8% year over year in 2014 to USD $29.4 billion in revenues. With signs of money loosening somewhat in coming years, Intersect360 Research forecasts a 4.2% compound annual growth rate of 4.2% with the market reaching USD $36.1 billion by 2019.

    The growth-rate leader in the HPC market is now cloud/utility computing, but the lion’s share of revenue continues to come from server sales. Dell, IBM and HP each account for about one quarter of the HPC server market, with the remainder split among several vendors. However, these percentages will change due to IBM’s sale of its x86 business to Lenovo.

    Overall, High Performance Technical Computing (HPTC) comprises about two thirds of the HPC market, while High Performance Business Computing (HPBC) accounts for the other third. Intersect360 Research defines HPTC as including applications in science and engineering with vertical sectors such as manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and oil & gas. HPBC refers to the non-scientific business applications, including financial services, online gaming, and entertainment.

    Morning Panel– Earl Dodd moderated the morning panel on the topic of “How are HPC Resources Used in Cybersecurity.” His questions focused on getting the panelists to discuss their perspectives on the cyberthreats.

    Among the highlights, Dr. Shawana Johnson, President of Global Marketing Insights, offered a sobering assessment of just how complex cyberthreats are in the geospatial industry. With regard to earth imaging satellites, the challenge is data authentication, i.e., have image pixels been compromised? She noted that “sniffer capabilities exist and it is well-documented” satellites have been known to park in orbit near existing satellites and capture unencrypted and unprotected communications downlinks.

    The question is always - does this result in interception of  image data, and/or corruption of the image pixels before they reach the ground station? In addition, there are many other potential satellite-hacking interferences related to cyberthreats in the geospatial realm. These could involve listening, interacting, using (the payload or transmission), scanning, breaking and jamming.

    Sean Fitzgerald, Senior VP at X-ISS Inc., reiterated the complex nature of cyberattacks and their growing intensity. Fitzgerald’s teams provide end-to-end ManagedHPC services to clients in numerous industries, and protecting HPC clusters from malicious attacks is becoming increasingly difficult. X-ISS is constantly enhancing its efforts to stay on top of security vulnerabilities. For most computer operators, Fitzgerald noted, incoming email could pose the most serious threat, with up to 90% of emails worldwide carrying malware or viruses.

    Dr. James McFarland, Executive Director of the Tulane Energy Institute, reminded the audience that 60% of security breaches come from inside the organization. Some are accidental – requiring better training – but many occur on purpose. McFarland encouraged attendees to create ethical environments within their organizations to make it clear that unethical behavior will not be tolerated. In addition, executives may need to be trained in how to ensure they are hiring ethical people in the first place.

     

    The Cyberthreats Landscape – FBI Special Agent Angela Haun delivered the afternoon keynote giving attendees valuable advice on how to protect their personal and professional information from cyber hackers. Haun’s presentation was chilling at times as she laid out the full extent of the cyberthreats everyone faces online every day.

    Not only are the threats complex, but they come from many sources, according to Haun. The bad actors in the cyber scene include foreign intelligence services, terrorists, organized criminals, hacktivists, and inside threats. She noted that FBI Director James B. Comey has not been shy about calling out China as a major perpetrator of cyberattacks targeting U.S. companies.

    To become more fully aware of the current threat level, Haun invited attendees to watch a video called “The Company Man” on the FBI website (www.FBI.gov) and to join the FBI’s InfraGard program (www.infragard.org) for regular updates on the latest threats. InfraGard also provides a quick and easy avenue for reporting cyberthreats to the FBI. She noted that internet crimes can also be reported at www.ic3.gov.

    In closing, Special Agent Haun offered some quick advice to shore up computers at home and in the office.

    • Hover your mouse over a link to see where it goes before clicking on it
    • Keep anti-virus software up to date
    • Do not share your geo-location information on mobile devices
    • Check your financial accounts regularly for odd charges
    • Use complex phrases as your passwords
    • Avoid using ‘free’ WiFi


    Managing Security Unknowns – Marcus Sachs, Chief Security Officer at the North American Electric Reliability Corp., walked attendees through the plethora of ‘known’ and ‘unknown’ factors related to cyberthreats. Sachs’ bottom line message was that no organization can eliminate risks entirely, but it can lower cyber risk through aggressive management of the knowns and unknowns.

    Specifically, Sachs encourages organizations to maximize what they know about their computer networks, users and potential threats. This lowers overall risk by converting as many of the unknowns as possible into knowns. And it’s what organizations don’t know that hurts them. He outlined four commonalities among organizations that experience cyber breaches, and all involve something unknown.

    These organizations have unknown assets, data, network connections and/or user accounts. By taking inventory of these items, organizations can greatly reduce their risk of incursions. But the fact remains, he warned, that cyber risks can never be eliminated.

    Afternoon Crossfire – Addison Snell of Intersect360 Research returned to the microphone in the afternoon to moderate a rapid-fire discourse among industry experts on a variety of topics raised during the day. The panel included Earl Dodd, Dr. Shawana Johnson, Franz Deimbacher of GeoScale, Scott Denham of Cray, and Dr. Gregory Rodgers of AMD.

    To get the debate started, Snell asked the panelists to offer their overall thoughts on HPC in Cybersecurity. Scott Denham noted that some cyberthreats can be predicted using big data analytics in the HPC domain. Franz Dembacher observed that security of HPC clusters will improve as more move into the cloud. And Earl Dodd suggested HPC technology has the potential to be used offensively to launch retaliatory attacks on the hackers.

    In response to other questions, the panelists sparred over which country is best at developing HPC technology and which is best at using HPC for national security purposes. The USA, China, UK and Japan were mentioned as answers to the first question, while Israel was singled out for its security prowess in deploying HPC.

    Wrapping up the afternoon, Snell asked how HPC systems can be best be protected from cyberattacks. Earl Dodd got in the last word, saying this can be accomplished by getting the OT, IT and HPC staffs working together in recognizing and fixing gaps in their existing security infrastructure. This will involve educating everyone in the workplace to be sure they understand the threat and the value of the algorithms, workflows and intellectual property they handle.

    After the conclusion of the panel, Dodd brought the SHPCP Annual Technical Meeting to a close by observing there are two kinds of companies – those that have HPC technology and those that wish they had HPC technology.

  • 08 Dec 2015 1:57 PM | The Society of HPC Professionals (Administrator)

    SHPCP Technical Meeting Podcast

    Addison Snell highlights the 2015 SHPCP Technical Meeting in the "This Week in HPC" podcast entitled: HPC and Cyber Security; Updates from Houston and South Africa .

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