Showing posts from November, 2015

Diversity at NAG: Vision for our future and where we are today

A short time ago my colleague, Andrew Jones, VP HPC Business, introduced me to John West, Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC). Andrew found his blog posts "Diversity in HPC won't improve until we start counting" and his follow up “How One HPC Center Learned to Count” inspiring and suggested we get involved. We were all equally encouraged by John’s work and it gave us the impetus to get behind his initiative by investigating NAG’s Gender Diversification figures and publishing them at SC15.

Finding the safe path through the HPC fog

The use of HPC (or supercomputing or big data computing or advanced technical computing or …) delivers real and significant benefits to those organizations that can exploit it effectively. However, the world of HPC technology is a complex space, with a plethora of technology options, continuous rapid change, ambiguous long terms trends, diverse business models, and potential disruptive technologies.

This presents challenges for buyers, managers, programmers and users of HPC facilities:
how to find the right technology that will accelerate your modelling, simulation and big data processing needs;determining the best time to adopt new technologies (stability vs. first-mover benefits vs. mature ecosystem vs. migration cost vs. missed performance potential, ...);how to reduce the risks in evaluating potential new technologies;minimize time, effort and cost in finding the important information among the clutter in the HPC market;develop confidence in solutions that will improve cost-effecti…