ISC Interviews

Meeting the Power Challenge

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Nathalie Bates

Natalie Bates chairs the Energy Efficient High Performance Computing Working Group (EE HPC WG). The purpose of the EE HPC WG is to drive implementation of energy conservation measures and energy efficient design in HPC. At ISC’14, Bates will chair the session titled Breaking Paradigms to Meet the Power Challenges which will feature two presentations: the first describing why BMW moved their HPC center to Iceland and the second discussing the energy savings that can be achieved with SoC technology that integrates heterogeneous cores, NICs, stacked memory, and on-chip networks. We recently caught up with her to discuss some of today’s key power efficiency challenges.


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NASA Sees Usable Quantum Computing Before End of Decade

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Rupak Biswas

Quantum computing is a technology that promises to revolutionize the IT industry. Thus far though it has been unable to shake its perception as a sort of permanent “technology of the future.”  But with the availability of quantum annealing computers from D-Wave, that perception might be changing. One of the first D-Wave systems has been deployed at NASA Ames Research Center, where researchers there have been busy putting the machine through its paces.

To get a sense of where quantum computing stands today, we asked Dr. Rupak Biswas, Deputy Director of Exploration Technology at NASA Ames, to describe some of the early experiences the space agency has had with the D-Wave machine and about the field of quantum computing more generally. We also quizzed Biswas on NASA’s plans for exascale computing and asked him to share his thoughts on US supercomputing leadership.


Satoshi Matsuoka Talks about International Collaboration and Exascale Developments in Japan

Satoshi Matsuoka

On Tuesday, June 24, one of Japan’s leading HPC experts, Professor Satoshi Matsuoka, will deliver a keynote titled “If You Can’t Beat Them, Lead Them – Convergence of Supercomputing and Next Generation ‘Extreme’ Big Data.” In this thought-provoking talk, Matsuoka will share why he believes that supercomputer architectures will converge with those of big data and serve a crucial technological role for the industry. His assertion will be exemplified with a number of recent Japanese research projects in this area, including the JST-CREST “Extreme Big Data” project.


Using Large Scale Computing to Simulate Life

Klaus Schulten

At this year's International Supercomputing Conference (ISC'14) on June 22-26, in Leipzig Germany, Professor Klaus Schulten will deliver the opening keynote address on computing in biomedicine and bioengineering.  Schulten, a physicist by training, now devotes his time to computation biophysics. He has contributed to several key discoveries in this area, has garnered numerous awards and honors for his work, and is considered one of preeminent leaders in field. In a recent interview with ISC, he talks about the evolution of computational physics, its practical applications, and what the future holds.


Upgraded Air-Conditioning and More Robust Internet Await Attendees and Exhibitors

André Kaldenhoff

In conjunction with our second conference and exhibition in Leipzig, we talked to Mr. André Kaldenhoff, Executive Director of the Leipzig Congress Center (CCL), about the refurbishments CCL has undertaken to improve the experience of our attendees and exhibitors in 2014.


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