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New TOP500 List: Spot The Difference

November 18, 2019

Live from SC19In this Breaking News edition of RadioFreeHPC, we look over the newly released TOP500 list in all its glory. We talk about the changes in this version of the list (100 new systems, but none in the top 24), how the major countries stack up ag

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SC19 Student Cluster Competition - Preview

November 16, 2019

Blood Sweat Glory, But No Tears“This is a groundbreaking episode of RadioFreeHPC….groundbreaking, I tell you! We have a very special guest, our first post-millennial commentator, Jessi Lanum who is a Student Cluster Competition veteran and is on the show

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Truth, Trust, and Deepfakes

November 12, 2019

You never write, you never call, you never send flowers “just because.” But that’s ok, we welcome you back to another scintillating episode of Radio Free HPC anyway. Henry is traveling on yet another business trip, lodged in the Washington, DC area, and n

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Preview of Supercomputing '19 - Denver

November 06, 2019

What's All Happening at SC19 in Denver? Supercomputing '19 is coming to Denver this year and who better than Rich Brueckner to give us a sneak peak. Super excited to have Rich and his signature laugh on this show again. In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC

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7 Years, 251 Episodes, 17 Listeners

November 03, 2019

RadioFreeHPC Celebrates a Number in its PrimeWelcome to a historic milestone:  Our 251st Radio Free HPC episode! We’re celebrating 251 rather than 250 for a couple of reasons. First, everyone celebrates round numbers and that’s boring. And 251 is rou

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Fragile: Python, sudo, AI

October 25, 2019

How Many Episodes, Did You Say?!The show is geographically skewed today with all three hosts on the west coast. Henry is gracing Seattle with his presence, resulting in plunging coffee inventories and skyrocketing sushi prices. The first item of discussio

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RISC-V CEO Sees Bright Global Future for Open Source CPUs

October 18, 2019

RISC-V, Historic Passwords Revealed, End of the WorldWe’re missing Henry S. Newman this week, who is down in Los Cruces inspecting and overseeing the construction of his new crib. Dan and Shahin discuss just how little they’d want to be the general contra

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Turing Machine is Sequential, How About a Parallel Machine?

October 13, 2019

Solving Exponential Problems in Polynomial TimePretty much all of computing rests on the strong foundation of the Turing Machine, a general purpose formulation of computing which happens to be very sequential. It transfers that attribute to the Von Neuman

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Quantum Supremacy? Yes and No!

October 06, 2019

Quantum Supremacy Is and Is NotHow quantum is that?! The RadioFreeHPC team discusses the Google/NASA paper, titled "Quantum Supremacy Using a Programmable Superconducting Processor", that was published and then unpublished. But it's the internet and

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FinTech and HPC-AI

October 01, 2019

@RadioFreeHPC Has Entered The BuildingFirst things first, you can call us @RadioFreeHPC now, thanks to our new Twitter account. We decided maybe this social media thing is not a fad after all. We are also pleased to inform you that our Twitter account is

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RFP Pro Tips

September 22, 2019

The Dos and Donts of RFP BenchmarksIn today’s show we only have Dan and Henry on deck, Shahin is away at the “HPC and AI on Wall Street” event where he’ll be hosting various panel discussions. But Dan and Henry soldier on with a discussion based on a rece

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Extreme Power and Cooling Efficiency

September 16, 2019

Yes, You Can Be More Efficient!Dan is back from way Down Under bearing intellectual gifts from the recent HPC-AI Advisory Council meeting in Perth. The RadioFree HPC team drills down on one interesting presentation focused on extracting more from power an

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IO500 Team Visit

September 08, 2019

IO500 Benchmark Gets TractionStorage is complicated and benchmarking it has too many complexities for the traditional kernel-like or application-specific approaches. Thanks to a few experienced and tenacious researchers, and the community that supports th

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The Hottest of Hot Chips Conference

September 01, 2019

The 31st Hot Chips ConferenceShahin reports from the Hot Chips conference with Henry and new guest Glenn Heinle, a veteran of AI, HPC, and Storage worlds and currently at Keeper Tech. The team discusses and debates the highlights of the conference and the

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Coral is Cray for All

August 24, 2019

Cray Pulls an Exascale Hat TrickGuess who's having a great year? Think Aurora, Frontier, and El Capitan. Cray has put some nice numbers on the accounts receivable ledger, and these are not ordinary numbers. The Exascale era is being defined substantially

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AMD Victory Lap

August 21, 2019

AMD Victory LapAMD mojo continues as it pushes Moore's law one more time. RadioFree looks into the AMD Rome CPU, a beast that brings back the glory days of Opteron and establishes itself as the chip to have, and establishes AMD as the company to beat. New

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Who will benefit from Intel dropping Omni-Path?

August 11, 2019

Spoofing the SpoofersHenry has a brilliant idea to weaponize his password generator against phishing attacks. Intel Drops Omni-PathHenry and Shahin take a close look at the history of High Performance Interconnects, recent news, and how the market is chan

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Is Our Future Liquid Cooled? Also: Provenance of Surveillance Data!

August 05, 2019

The Veracity and Provenance of Surveillance DataControversy strikes when news breaks that "Amazon's home security company Ring has enlisted local police departments around the country to advertise its surveillance cameras in exchange for free Ring product

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Is cloud too expensive for HPC?

July 30, 2019

Is cloud too expensive for HPC?Enquiring minds want to know, as does the HPC community whose single-minded obsession with maximum price-performance is notorious and legendary. The Radio Free team looks at actual cloud pricing based on available data and D

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Quantum Apps Are Hybrid

July 23, 2019

"Quantum applications are always and only hybrid" is the quote that Shahin wants you to remember as he gives an update on recent news in Quantum Computing, and especially how to program them. If you're always going to have to mix classical code with quant

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HPC Market Eyes $44B in 5 Years

July 18, 2019

HPC Market Eyes $44BNew report from Hyperion Research has the HPC+AI market growing to $44B, with a B, in 5 years. The industry is hitting on all cylinders, benefiting from The ExaScale race,AI coming to the enterprise only to find that it needs, or reall

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ExaScale is a 4-way Competition

July 07, 2019

In this post-ISC show, the RadioFree team discusses Magical cooling technology from Europe. Dan goes over magic beads that draw heat away and can carry-on doing it pretty much forever in a technology from the venerable Fraunhofer Institute and showcased b

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Why did HPE buy Cray?

July 03, 2019

Why did HPE buy Cray?The RFHPC team tackles the HPE-Cray acquisition as it reviews the companies' recent moves and strengths and market conditions in the context of: the 5-tier data center application architecture: Embedded, Mobile, Desktop, On-premises,

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Quantum Computing and HPC

June 21, 2019

Quantum Computing and HPCAnother scintillating and insightful episode of RFHPC is about Quantum Computing and HPC and how the two spaces are evolving and cooperating. We welcome a a distinguished guest with a most suitable background to talk to us about H

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TOP500 Jun2019, Facebook Coin

June 17, 2019

The new TOP500 list of most powerful supercomputers is out and we do our usual quick analysis. Not much changed in the TOP10 but a lot is changing further down the list. Here is a quick take: There are 65 new entries in 2019.US science is receiv

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Forty+ different AI chips

June 09, 2019

What are we going to do with 40+ different AI chips?This week, the team looks at AI chips again, this time motivated by an article in EE Times about once such chip, Graphcore, and touts it as "the most complex processor" ever at some 20 billion trans

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Amdahl's Law and GPUs, Asian Student Cluster Competition

June 03, 2019

Results of the Asian Student Cluster CompetitionIn this episode, Dan has just come back from China and reviews the results of the Asian Student Cluster Competition and HPC workshop.For the first time, a non-mainland-Chinese team wins the top spot. Taiwan

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In-Memory, Caching, Persistence

May 03, 2019

Asian Student Cluster CompetitionThe ever-popular "calendar segment" is back (yes, that is us being sarcastic) as Dan describes his upcoming trip to Dalian, China for the Asian Student Cluster competition. 20 teams are expected to compete, mostly from mai

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Black Hole Seen, with Data to Match

April 25, 2019

Here's this week's synopsis. Black Holes VisualizedThe news of the cool visualization of an actual black hole leads to interesting issues in HPC land. Shahin is at pains to give credit where it is due while considering it as an achievement in data visuali

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Enterprises going HPC, Chips go Open Source, China goes for the top spot

April 11, 2019

We continue to want to make these introductions pretty brief here but not this time, apparently! Here's this week's synopsis. Nvidia GTC 2019 announcementsWe discussed the recent GTC conference. Dan has been attending since well before it became the big a

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Multicore Scaling Slow Down, and Fooling AI

March 25, 2019

The team has an animated discussion about multicore scaling, how easy it seems to be to mislead AI systems, and some good sized catches of the week. A common thread is "data" as is often the case these days. We continue with making these introductions pre

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AI: Realness and Bias

March 16, 2019

Starting with this episode, we'll get a bit more efficient in describing the episodes. Please let us know if you prefer the long format. If you just subscribe on iTunes and never see these words, well, that tells us something too! In this episode, the tea

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Nvidia, Mellanox: Married!

March 11, 2019

Big news in the industry today was Nvidia buying Mellanox for $6.9B. This called fo an emergency session of our crack panel. While it will be several months before the full impact of this merger is felt, the RFHPC team believes this will change both the H

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Arm for Exascale is Coming

March 10, 2019

The show starts with a brief reference to Henry’s "Gator" nickname, a shout out to listeners 13, 14, and 15, plus a bad Arm processor pun. (Puns are the lowest form of humor other than limericks, Dan wits.) This is an Arm heavy show, with our opening disc

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The sinking of the Itanic, a respectful farewell

March 05, 2019

Our conversation begins with Dan berating Henry for cheaping out on a new headset for our Radio Free HPC recordings. (Henry has since relented and pried open his wallet to purchase a truly fine headset.) Finally, we get on to the show proper. After years

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Supercomputing to Modernize the Electric Grid

February 15, 2019

We open the show by talking some weather. It’s so cold at Henry’s house (in Minnesota) that he’s becoming a human superconductor and quantum computing experimenters are showing up at his house to test their systems under uber cold conditions. Shahin adds

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What's an AI Supercomputer? What's up with software SMP?

February 11, 2019

We start our discussion by contemplating the fact that Shahin doesn’t have a middle name (he says he never needed one) and touching on why Henry has picked up the nick name ‘Gator’ Newman. What's an AI supercomputer?Our first topic is whether a supercompu

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China Exascale Again (Tianhe-3 is coming), GDPR shows its teeth

February 02, 2019

After a short talk about the weather in Henry’s basement (it had just reached 60 F by the time we recorded the show), we got right down to business with an important announcement:  our pal Rich Brueckner is leaving the show. He just has too much on h

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Weather Forecasting Goes Crowdsourcing, Q means Quantum

January 25, 2019

In this episode of Radio Free HPC, Dan, Henry, and Shahin start with a spirited discussion of IBM’s recent announcement regarding their crowd sourced weather prediction application. Henry was dubious as to whether Big Blue could get access to the data the

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A Look Back at the 2018 CHPC Conference in South Africa

December 31, 2018

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks back at the highlights of the 2018 CHPC Conference in South Africa. With over 500 attendees, the event featured a set of keynotes on high performance computing as well as a Student Cluster Challenge and a Cyb

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A Hard Look at Santa's Big Data Requirements

December 28, 2018

[caption id="attachment_67821" align="alignright" width="300"] From left, Henry Newman, Dan Olds, Shahin Khan, and Rich Brueckner are the Radio Free HPC team[/caption] In this podcast video, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the monumental IT challenges t

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Looking at TOP500 Trends for Exascale at SC18

November 26, 2018

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the semi-annual TOP500 BoF presentation by Jack Dongarra. The TOP500 list of supercomputers serves as a “Who’s Who” in the field of High Performance Computing (HPC). It started as a list of the m

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Running Down the TOP500 at SC18

November 17, 2018

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks back on the highlights of SC18 and the newest TOP500 list of the world's fastest supercomputers. [caption id="attachment_71623" align="alignright" width="300"] Buddy Bland shows off Summit, the world's fastes

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A Look at the Spaceborne Supercomputer One Year Later

November 06, 2018

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team sits down with Mark Fernandez from HPE to discuss the Spaceborne Supercomputer that it currently orbiting the planet in the International Space Station. Last week, HPE announced it is opening high-performance

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A Preview of the SC18 Student Cluster Competition

October 29, 2018

In this podcast, Radio Free HPC Previews the SC18 Student Cluster Competition. The Student Cluster Competition was developed in 2007 to provide an immersive high performance computing experience to undergraduate and high school students. With sponsorship

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A Look at IDC's Growing Server Market Numbers

October 22, 2018

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the latest server market numbers from IDC. The takeaway? The Server industry up 43 percent year over year. Component prices have gone up, so there may be multiple contributing factors implying richer confi

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Brent Gorda on his new Role as HPC Lead for ARM

October 22, 2018

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team catches up with Brent Gorda to discuss the future of ARM in HPC. Brent Gorda leads the HPC business for Arm. Prior to this recent role, he spent a year consulting (HPC/Quantum/AI) and advising startup CEO's in Sili

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A Look at Remarkable Growth in the HPC Server Market

October 22, 2018

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at remarkable growth in the HPC Server Market reported by Hyperion Research. Hyperion Research reports that worldwide factory revenue for the high-performance computing (HPC) technical server market jumped 27

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SC18 Event Preview

October 22, 2018

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks ahead to preview SC18 in Dallas. The conference takes place Nov. 11 - 16. SC18 in Dallas is world’s largest gathering of HPC professionals, and the smart money is on the organizations that leverage the show f

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Radio Free HPC Looks at the Frightening Notpetya Cyber Attack

September 05, 2018

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at one of the most massive hacks ever, the Notpetya cyber attack on shipping company Maersk and their partners. This story, featured in Wired magazine, should send chills down the spines of anyone out there w

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