Conference Reports

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.

Time once again for the best (well we think so) party at SC. This year we borrow some "stranger" notions of the 1980's. You remember the IBM PC, the Mac, the WWW, and Windows 2.0. And, if you don't we'll remind you anyway. Pro tip: There are three Hyatt hotels near the Convention center, the Beowulf Bash is at the GRAND HYATT Hotel (head up Welton Street to 17th when you leave the CC on Monday night) We are on the 38th floor, best view in Denver.

Official invitation is here Plus, you help contribute and get a snarky T-shirt at the same time, check out this page All funds go the event. Okay, show the cool graphics we prepared

In 2018 we asked the community to help fund the Beowulf Bash event at SC18 in Dallas. Even though the request came late in the game, our expectations were exceeded when we were able to collect $3,170 to help offset a projected shortfall! As part of our pledge we promised to provide the final accounting of our SC18 finances.

Our expenses for last year were higher than normal because in addition to the Beowulf Bash we also created a documentary video and created a Beowulf History Booth (as part of the SC 30 year history pavilion) In total our expenses were as follows:

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