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LSUindustrypanelI’ve been invited to represent Dell and speak at LSU’s upcoming HPC Industry Panel.  It’s exciting to go back to my alma mater!  Students from across LSU’s summer research programs will be in attendance.

It’s just too bad this didn’t happen a month later so I could catch an LSU football game in Death Valley!  At least I will get a chance to see SuperMike-II which I had a considerable role in designing.

UPDATE:  LSU published a nice recap of the session.  Below are a few of my quotes:

“I decided to co-op in college, and it was the best decision I ever made,” said Blake Gonzales, high performance computing scientist at Dell Inc. “What you can actually do will make the world of difference, not your GPA or where you went to school,” he added.

“I had a low GPA at one point as an undergraduate student, but received 13 job offers. So if you don’t have a job yet, walk out of this room after our meeting and find one!” he said.

“Learning is very important for me, too, and while designing supercomputers at Dell, I spend a lot of time reading and writing papers,” said Gonzales.

“Teach them how to work in groups more effectively,” Gonzales suggested. “The hardest part is not the actual assignment, but dealing with people. And that’s what real life is all about.”

When talking about job opportunities at Dell, Gonzales pointed out that there are many open positions in the area of high performance computing (HPC).  “HPC is infiltrating every part of society, every manufacturing process, every biological process, and it is becoming a very exciting field to work in,” he said.

Gonzales mentioned a project recently implemented by Dell that involved the top cancer that strikes children. After the little patients are diagnosed, it takes several weeks to start treatment, because doctors first must complete DNA sequencing that requires a lot of computation. Dell’s specialists in HPC were able to cut down the time from several weeks to four hours. This can literally save lives, as children will be getting their treatment sooner now.

 

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I was reading in a recent ACM journal a few days ago, and I came across an article entitled In Search of a Natural Gesture.  The article explores human input/output methods and devices for computing systems, and I noticed some indirect comparisons to HPC.  This quote caught my attention:

The average consumer’s demand for more powerful technology has simply not kept up with the exponentially increasing supply. Some have referred to this stall in performance demand as the era of “good enough computing.” Read the rest of this entry »

Adding resiliency to your job scheduler can make a real difference in the overall reliability of your cluster.  With shared memory systems, a single hardware failure can bring your entire system down causing a restart of all jobs.  Single hardware failures in a cluster though will usually effect only a single job…. unless the failure occurs in the hardware running your scheduler!  If you lose the job scheduling state, a complete restart of all jobs might also be necessary.  Take a look at my suggestions for building resiliency into your job scheduler. Let me know what you think below!

What You Should Know about Power and Performance Efficiency

I contributed to this article for the May/June issue.  Let me know what you think about the article, including the comments from others in the HPC industry.

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