Conference Reports

It s that time of year. The annual Supercomputing show is upon us. Expect a bit more coverage from Cluster Monkey this year and as always look for us at the Beowulf Bash (look for the Easter egg in the upper right hand corner of the Bash web page). We will be holding this years Bash on Monday November 14, 2016 at 9PM at the Discovery Gateway: Children’s Museum 444 100 South, Salt Lake City (a few blocks from the conference center).

The Beowulf Bash is a true community party, paid for by a multitude of vendors — often competitors of each other — in order to thank the Beowulf community that developed the technology upon which much of modern-day HPC was built. Although there are many sponsors, no one sponsor takes sole responsibility for the event (kind of like Linux).

If you were ever curious about those snarky Beobash Invites and web pages, the full story is over at InsideHPC in the form of an Interview with Lara Kisielewska of Xand McMahon and yours truly. As part of the interview, we have posted all the Beowulf Bash Invitations from 2008 to the present. Hope to see you there!

Despite some unseasonably cold weather, the 2014 Beowulf Bash was a huge success. We had a great party at Mardi Gras World, which was right next to the convention center. The initial tally was close to 1000 people! Some photos are below.

The once in a lifetime event was a parade honoring Tom Sterling and Don Becker on the 20th anniversary of Beowulf clusters. There were three small floats with Tom and Don leading the way. Sponsors like Cluster Monkey followed the floats with an arm full of beads that were thrown into the crowd. (Note: Since I was in the parade, I did not get many photos of the actual parade. If anyone has more photos of the parade please send them to deadline(you know what goes here)clustermonkey.net. Thanks to Massimiliano Fatica for the picture of Tom and Don)

We already posted about the 2014 Beowulf Bash and there is one detail that was not mentioned. This year Cluster Monkey is sponsoring a location at the Beobash where you can get a personal Voodoo Gris Gris bag. These bags are custom made to ensure all your troubles get placed in the bag -- or something like that. Of course bags are of limited size so please select your troubles wisely. Gris Gris bags are believed to protect the wearer from evil, bring luck, or an additional 2% performance increase to your applications if attached to right server. Don't forget to follow the #beowulfbash tag on twitter.

For those attending SC14, there are some interesting events taking place in the Scalable Informatics Booth 3053 during the show in New Orleans. Doug Eadline will be giving a talk entitled Hadoop Version 2 is a Big Deal and Why HPC Should Pay Attention The talk times are Tuesday (17th) at 3pm, Wednesday (18th) at 11am, and Thursday (19th) at 10:30am. At each session, he will be giving away a copy of Apache Hadoop YARN: Moving beyond MapReduce and Batch Processing with Apache Hadoop 2. In addition, there will be discount codes for Hadoop books and videos available. Come and discuss this important topic with the experts.

Also, Doug will be on hand at every day at 1:30pm and 4:30pm to present Come Kick the Tires: Deskside Supercomputing: an in-depth tour of the Limulus™ personal supercomputer used in Scalable’s Concert desktop appliance. Open discussion and questions welcome, bring/suggest a benchmark!

Consult the full booth schedule for a list of all talks.

From the no sign of Dorothy and Toto department

There was a interesting post on Slashdot recently about a tornado simulation. Leigh Orf of Central Michigan University is a member of a research team that created a supercell thunderstorm simulation. He presented the results at the 27th Annual Severe Local Storms Conference in Madison, Wisconsin, Leigh Orf's talk was produced entirely as high definition video and put on YouTube shortly after the presentation. The presentation is yet another demonstration of the power and utter "coolness" of HPC. The talk is a bit technical, unless you are meteorologist. Check out the video and read on for more HPC background

Subcategories

Search

Login And Newsletter

Create an account to access exclusive content, comment on articles, and receive our newsletters.

Feedburner

Share The Bananas


Creative Commons License
©2005-2016 Copyright Seagrove LLC, Some rights reserved. Except where otherwise noted, this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 License. The Cluster Monkey Logo and Monkey Character are Trademarks of Seagrove LLC.