Does High Performance Computing sound exciting and cool to you? Want to learn more about what it is and it's applications? Dave Strenski, from Cray Inc., has offered to tell our group about the exciting things happening in the realm of HPC and what Cray is doing to push the limits of this exciting field.
This presentation will give a brief history of HPC technologies, and dive into the details of HPC technologies that are popular today, including: parallel shared file systems, accelerators like FPGAs, GPGPUs, and many core processors, and also touch on how HPC is migrating into the Big Data market space with custom semantic database and Hadoop machines.
About Dave Strenski
Dave has degrees in Surveying, Civil and Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech http://www.mtu.edu
. Currently he works as an Applications Analyst for Cray Inc. http://www.cray.com
, which designs and manufactures high performance computers. His publications include works in the areas of parallel computing, numerical consistency http://papers.sae.org/971520
, genomic data searching algorithms http://www.plantphysiol.org/content/138/3/1457
, Field Programmable Gate Arrays tinyurl.com/fpga-ft-pt-2010
, and was issued a patent (6904395) on a meshing algorithm for threaded fasteners. As a hobby, Dave plays with solar power and founded SolarYpsi.org which was feature in a Google Search video Dave Strenski New Energy for Detroit
which has been viewed by a ¼ million people.
Cray started in the High Performance Computing (HPC) business back in 1972 http://www.cray.com/Assets/PDF/about/CrayTimeline.pdf
with the Cray-1 system installed at Los Alamos National Laboratory. It boasted a world-record speed of 160 million floating-point operations per second (160 megaflops) and an 8 megabyte main memory. Today Cray continues to lead the HPC market and currently has the second fastest machine, Titan http://www.olcf.ornl.gov/titan
, in the world with 27 petaflops (27,000,000,000,000 floating-point operations per second) installed at OakRidge National Laboratory.
Doors will open at 6:30pm with the presentation starting around 7pm. Food and beverages will arrive at 6:30pm.
Unfortunately, we can not validate parking for this event.