A look back at SC15 - Austin, TX

A look back at SC15 - Austin, TX


SC15 took place this November in Austin, TX. The theme this year was "HPC Transforms," and almost 13,000 attendees from industry, academia and research organizations around the world, came to discuss and learn just how it is changing the world. The 217 industry-focused exhibits was the highest in the 27-year history of the conference. Here are some highlights:

  • Two theaters in the Dell booth - Zilker and Sixth Street
    • Morning Series with Intersect360's Addison Snell and Onur Celebioglu, HPC Engineering Director at Dell
      • Discussing discussing trends and tech in the HPC market
      • Participants learned about types of application characterization, best practices and examples of engineered solutions appropriate for research, life sciences, and manufacturing verticals
    • Panel discussions
      • All Together Now: The Convergence of Big Data, Cloud, and HPC
      • More than Just Exascale: How the NSCI Will Make HPC More Accessible to All
  • Twenty great client presentations
    • From Arizona State University, to Virginia Tech, TACC, SDSC, and many more - we had a plethora of wonderful stories exemplifying just how impactful HPC is in today's world

Morning Series:

Addison and Onur discussed why HPC is now important to a broader group of use cases, and dug deep into overviews of HPC for research, life sciences and manufacturing. Participants learned more about why HPC, big data and cloud are converging, and how Dell solves challenges in our HPC engineering lab and through collaborative work with other leading technology partners and research institutions.

Here is Addison's presentation:

YouTube Video 1: Addison's presentation

Here is Onur's presentation:


YouTube Video 2: Onur's presentation

Panel Discussions:

We were delighted that insideHPC's Rich Brueckner was once able to moderate the two panel discussions in our booth.
First we had All Together Now: The Convergence of Big Data, Cloud, and HPC." The concept of the panel was born from discussions with customers who after years of siloed workloads, are trying to figure out how to best integrate their Big Data, Cloud, and HPC. Our distinguished four panelists were:

  • Wojtek Goscinski, Ph.D. - Monash University
  • Niall Gaffney, Ph.D. - Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC)
  • Craig Stewart, Ph.D. - Indiana University
  • Andrew Rutherford - Microsoft

Here's the video of the panel:


YouTube Video 3: Video of Panel

The second panel, "More than Just Exascale: How the NSCI Will Make HPC More Accessible to All" looked at how the NSCI is fostering more collaboration between government, academia, and industry. This stemmed from the White House initiative, seeking to keep the United States at the forefront of HPC capabilities.The distinguished panel featured:
  • Dan Stanzione, Ph.D. - Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC)
  • Mike Norman, Ph.D. - San Diego Supercomputing Center (SDSC)
  • Dave Lifka, Ph.D. - Cornell University
  • Merle Giles - National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)

Here's the video of the second panel:


YouTube Video 4: Video of the second panel

Video with HPC thought leaders

We wanted to know why HPC matters to some of the most influential movers and shakers in HPC, and to get their take on some of the other issues in supercomputing today. Here's what they had to say!

SC15: Jaime E. Combariza, Ph.D. - Director Maryland Advanced Research Computing Center (MARCC)


YouTube Video 5: SC15: Jaime E. Combariza

SC15: Erik Deumens, Ph.D. - Dir. of Research Computing, Univ. of Florida

YouTube Video 6: SC15: Erik Deumens

SC15: James Lowey - CIO at TGen

YouTube Video 7: SC15: James Lowey

SC15: Kenneth Buetow, Ph.D. - Arizona State University

YouTube Video 8: SC15: Kenneth Buetow

SC15: Kevin Shinpaugh, Ph.D. and Keith Bisset, Ph.D. - Virginia Bioinformatics Institute

YouTube Video 9: SC15: Kevin Shinpaugh

SC15: Tommy Minyard, Ph.D. - Director of Advanced Computing Center, TACC

YouTube Video 10: SC15: Tommy Minyard

SC15: Bob Murphy - Big Data Program Manager, General Atomics

YouTube Video 11: SC15: Bob Murphy

SC15: Mike Warfe - Asst .Dir., ITS Research Computing & Cyberinfrastructure - Case Western Reserve University

YouTube Video 12: SC15: Mike Warfe

SC15: Michael Norman, Ph.D. - Director of San Diego Supercomputer Center

YouTube Video 13: SC15: Michael Norman

SC15: Rick Wagner - High Performance Computing Systems Manager, SDSC

YouTube Video 14: SC15: Rick Wagner

SC15: Merle Giles - NCSA, University of Illinois

YouTube Video 15: SC15: Merle Giles

SC15: Harold "Skip" Garner, Ph.D. - Executive Director of MITTE at Virginia

YouTube Video 16: SC15: Harold "Skip" Garner

SC15: Wojtek Goscinski - Manager External e-Research Collaborations at Monash University

YouTube Video 17: SC15: Wojtek Goscinski

SC15: Rick Larsen - Sales and Marketing Development Manager, Intel

YouTube Video 18: SC15: Rick Larsen

SC15: Susan Bobholz - Fabric Alliance Manager at Intel

YouTube Video 19: SC15: Susan Bobholz

SC15: Andrew Rutherford - Partner Technology Specialist, Extreme Consulting Group at Microsoft

YouTube Video 20: SC15: Andrew Rutherford

You can also access these by subscribing to the YouTube Dell Enterprise Channel, and checking out the "Dell and HPC' and/or "SC15" playlists.


Article ID: SLN311426

Last Date Modified: 08/17/2018 02:18 AM


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