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The Beowulf Bash began in the late nineties when a bunch of Beowulf cluster geeks gathered for beer and pretzels during Supercomputing. Over the years, the success of the Beowulf Bash brand continued to grow at a steady rate, and the event is now an established and recognizable part of the annual SC experience.

Which makes it the perfect time to rebrand as the Y Event.

Of course, many of you may ask: why Y? Well, it seems that other letters were taken.

And then there is the church thing?

In any case, if attending SC23, just show up Monday night November 13 after the Gala. Services through 9pm to Midnight. Location: 1160 Lincoln Street, Denver

The Bash is Back! After a two year Covid respite, the Bash is back live in Dallas for 2022. And, this year we are all about FLOP (sorry Top) Gun: Maverick the hugely poplar sequel (remake?) with old timey jets, a contrived mission, death-star like trench, all sorts of contorted nosebleed high-G maneuvers, unseen bad guys, and a little ground fighting just for fun. We are all in. What's not to like!

IMPORTANT: We know Covid is not over (we are science types afterall) and want everyone to be safe. For that reason, we are inviting all attendees to take the HPC Community Covid Safety Pledge

Now the fun parts. First, you can go to the Beowulf Bash Page and check out our extra snarky invite. There will be jet fighting (simulated, sorry) and a laser tag contest where you can work on becoming the Top Gun, refreshments, a band and a place you can talk with your friends (we provide a quiet room).

The live action event begins at 9pm Monday, November 14, right after SC’s Opening Gala. We'll be flying the jets at Gilley’s Dallas – 1135 Botham Jean Blvd.

Last but not least, you can also meet the new Beowulf Foundation Mascot "Potato."

The 2021 Beowulf Bash has gone hybrid. We were looking forward to a face-to-face event, but the never ending pandemic situation has caused us to change course. In any case, like last year we will have a Zoom based get together with some flash panels to discuss the following interesting topics:
  • Composable Computing - Will the next generation of HPC computing be built-to-order at run time? Dynamic infrastructure represents a new way provision just the right amount of bare-metal hardware for your application. This panel will discuss the concept of composable computing and how it can used in HPC.
  • RISC-V For HPC Open ISA RISC-V processors are beginning to arrive in many different vertical markets. What are the latest designs and roadmaps to this the new processor for HPC?
  • Benchmarking For HPC Since the beginning of HPC, benchmarks, like the Top500, have been historically important. This panel will discuss modern benchmarking strategies and resources in today's changing HPC landscape.
We will also break away and visit the on-site Bash where we will be holding an old-school Bash at a local and possibly respectable establishment. Registration information (for both the Zoom and on-site event) and an event time-line can be found by signing up on the snarky invite. (BTW: We are also collecting some basic demographics on the registration this year.)

From the (maybe) better late than never department

The ever popular Beowulf Bash will be held virtually this year. Yes, we know like everything else. Please take a look at the landing page for all the details and good dose of Beowulf Bash snark.

We also realized it was time to take last years 2019 Beowulf Bash announcement off the featured articles page.

Virtual shows are the thing! The always popular HPC (fill in current interesting topic) On Wall Street event will be virtual this year. If in the past you missed this event due to distance or time, now is you chance to check it out. According the Intersect360 reports that the financial sector represents a healthy 13% of the total HPC market, This year HPC + AIWall Street 2020 has announced two global CxO keynotes for its virtual conference on September 15, 2020. The morning keynote, “Cross-Border Payments and Real-time Reconciliation —Is the US Ready?,” will be delivered by Shaunt M. Sarkissian, Chief Innovation Officer, Global Head of Payments, IP, and Corporate Development at The Bank of London. The afternoon program will feature a keynote from Ritesh Jain, (Former) COO, Global Head of Digital Technology Foundation, HSBC, who will speak on the topic: “It’s Not Just About Open Banking, It’s About Open Financing Too."

Check out the Tracks and Sessions page to see the latest sessions including:

  • Analytics and Data
  • Crypto Innovation in a Highly Regulated Environment
  • Security and Risk
  • Infrastructure Development
Here is the best part, it is low cost or even free (depending on what you want to view)! There is also an on-line exhibit!. As an aside, I have attended this show since it began. I always loved the small size and up close feel of the show that always created great conversations.



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