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  • 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.

  • 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 ( and to join the FBI’s InfraGard program ( 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

    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 .

  • 02 Dec 2015 12:33 PM | The Society of HPC Professionals (Administrator)

    Society of HPC Professionals Launches Cybersecurity Center of Performance


    HOUSTON, Texas, 2 December 2015 – The Society of HPC Professionals, an association established to provide a technical forum in the field of High Performance Computing (HPC), today announced the formation of the HPC in Cybersecurity Center of Performance located in Washington, D.C.

    “The HPC in Cybersecurity Center of Performance (CoP) is an educational chapter focused on bringing together members of the private sector, government and academia engaged in the intersecting technologies of HPC and cybersecurity,” said Maryam Rahmani, CoP Director.

    From its Washington, D.C., headquarters, the HPC in Cybersecurity CoP seeks to foster interdisciplinary collaboration on technical and policy initiatives now being developed to address the growing number of cyberthreats and  cyberattacks. With individual member support and institutional sponsorship, the CoP will host conferences, webinars and Lunch-and-Learn seminars on a regular basis.

    The HPC in Cybersecurity CoP will have two primary goals for its educational outreach activities. First, it will advance and promote the adoption of HPC technology to prevent cyberattacks on vital assets and infrastructure. These cybersecurity applications of HPC will focus on, but not be limited to, the domains of oil/gas, utility, healthcare, finance/banking, advanced manufacturing and retail marketing.

    “In the interconnected age of e-commerce and the Internet of Things, the threats from cyberattacks have expanded from personal data and privacy to intellectual property and industrial control systems,” said Rahmani.

    Cyber intruders are increasingly targeting intellectual property, such as proprietary workflows, algorithms and business processes – information that can potentially be stolen much faster from a computer network than a large data file. And many other attacks in cyberspace seek to exploit vulnerabilities in sensors and actuators that manage, for example, the electrical grid. HPC technology is uniquely positioned to defend against these hit-and-run incursions.

    “HPC technology has the capability to simultaneously monitor thousands of entry points into a vast computer network, detect potential threats and anomalies, and shut down the attack before further damage can be inflicted,” said Rahmani. “Through predictive analysis, HPC technology can even predict when and where the next cyber intrusion is likely to occur.”

    The second major objective for the Center of Performance is to take a leadership role in developing processes and best practices that will keep HPC platforms safe from cyberattacks. Often referred to as supercomputers, HPC systems along with their software and applications require cyber protection protocols customized to their unique architecture.

    The Society of HPC Professionals (SHPCP) formally announced the creation of the HPC in Cybersecurity CoP at the society’s Annual Technical Meeting held today in Houston, Texas. Society president Earl J. Dodd said the HPC in Cybersecurity CoP is the first of several planned domain-specific chapters to be launched by the SHPCP.


    For more information on the SHPCP and the Cybersecurity CoP, visit the website at


    This news release was highlighted in Yahoo! Finance

  • 16 Nov 2015 12:21 PM | The Society of HPC Professionals (Administrator)

    The Society of HPC Professionals (SHPCP) will focus its 2015 Annual Technical Meeting on the applications of High Performance Computing (HPC) technology to protect vital assets and infrastructure from cyberthreats. 

    The one-day ‘HPC in Cybersecurity’ meeting will be held Wednesday, December 2, 2015, at a Schlumberger location in Houston. This event is free and open to all, but advanced registration is required

    The agenda includes panelists and presenters who are experts in both HPC and cybersecurity technologies. SHPCP encourages members of the HPC community to attend, as well as individuals responsible for, or concerned with, cyberthreats on data, property and privacy within the oil & gas, energy, healthcare, financial, advanced manufacturing, and retail operations domains.

     “The threat from cyber incursions has never been more serious and more complicated than it is today,” said SHPCP president Earl J. Dodd.

    Theft of bank account numbers, passwords and personal data remains big business in the digital economy, explained Dodd, but the targets of cyberattacks have grown with the emergence of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT). Cyber intruders are increasingly stealing intellectual property (IP) such as proprietary workflows, algorithms and business processes. And many other attacks seek to exploit vulnerabilities in command and control systems that manage, for example, the energy grid.

    “The goal of our conference is to showcase how HPC technology is uniquely suited to detect cyberthreats and shut them down before actual attacks can occur,” said Dodd.

    Agenda highlights include:

    • State-of-the-Industry keynote address, including the latest on HPC market size and predicted growth, by Addison Snell, CEO of Intersect360 Research.
    • “How HPC Resources are Used in Cybersecurity” – a panel discussing vulnerabilities in private and public-sector computer networks commonly exploited by cyber attackers and the solutions offered by HPC to detect threats, predict incursions, stop attacks and identify past intrusions.
    • Insights into the current cyberthreat landscape by Special Agent Angela Haun from the FBI’s InfraGard program in Houston.
    • How to Protect Your HPC Investments from Cyberthreats” – a panel of technical experts offering advice on preventing cyberattacks from breaching an HPC system.

    More information on the SHPCP Annual Technical Meeting, general membership and monthly Lunch and Learn roundtables in Houston may be found on the events page.


  • 16 Nov 2015 9:26 AM | The Society of HPC Professionals (Administrator)

    SHPCP Annual Technical Meeting will take place on Dec. 2, 2015

    Annual Technical meeting December 2, 2015


    HPC in Cybersecurity

    DECEMBER 02, 2015

    Venue:Schlumberger (a/k/a WesternGeco)
    10001 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77042

    Sign-In:7:30 – 8:30AM


    Keynote:Addison Snell, CEO Intersect360 – 8:45AM


    10001 Richmond Ave.
    Houston, Texas 77042

    Go to the TECHNICAL MEETING PAGE for more information/agenda.

  • 26 Jun 2015 8:59 AM | The Society of HPC Professionals (Administrator)

    NO Lunch and Learn RoundTable Events in July & August.

    Next Lunch and Learn is September 24, 2015.

    Enjoy your Holiday!!!









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