Seminars

High Performance Computing & Big Data 2016 features a selected range of one-hour seminars that will allow delegates to explore key topics in more detail.

Seminars run in both the morning and afternoon and will encourage interactive discussion, giving you the chance to contribute and share solutions around a number of focused topics, hosted by leaders in the field.

Suggested Seminar Topics:

  • Data storage technology and sub-storage to effectively handle big data
  • Software and hardware for large scale systems – Data centric computing
  • Securing your cloud, data and HPC operations
  • Designing and building computer clusters for first class research
  • Managing the security implications surrounding big data
  • Powering HPC and Big Data infrastructure – Power shortages and solutions

Session One 12:00 – 13:00
Accelerating Discovery for High Performance Computing Environments with Intelligent Data Management
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Life sciences organizations need a cost-effective approach to data growth that allows them to match the right storage technology to the right data to support workflow. We know your research depends on high-speed and shared access to valuable data—and that your data sets are growing fast. By combining the economics of intelligent tiered storage and the massive scale of object storage, Quantum helps you optimally balance performance, access and cost at every point in your life sciences workflow, from data acquisition to archive.

Speaker:

Christo Conidaris, Area Sales Director, Quantum Corporation

HPC Trends and Future Challenges: From General Purpose Clusters to New Systems for Accelerated Computing
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The future direction of HPC solutions offers a wide array of different architectures and tools, which enable users to go beyond the Petascale and lay the path toward Exascale. We will focus on the current solutions that have been designed and engineered that are tailored around the uses of the computational scientific community and aim to give insight into how these solutions can be implemented within general purpose HPC clusters. There will also be an opportunity to hear examples of vertical solutions to solve computational requirements from acclaimed computing systems including:

i) ARMv8 in combination with GPU accelerators, and

ii) E4’s accelerated OpenPOWER platform

Speaker:

Piero Altoe, VP Research and Innovation, E4 Computer Engineering

Shared services – the future of HPC and big data facilities for UK research?
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In this panel session delegates will hear how tenants of Jisc’s shared data centre such as the Francis Crick Institute, Queen Mary University of London and King’s College London are using the facility to build innovative new facilities such as the Medical Research Council’s eMedLab private cloud for collaborative medical informatics.

Delegates will be updated about progress towards a Northern shared data centre, and be able to learn how De Montfort University worked with Jisc and Loughborough University to share the facilities at the EPSRC HPC Midlands supercomputing centre of excellence. This made it possible for De Montfort to get up and running with HPC without having to make a large upfront capital investment.

Speakers:

Martin Hamilton, Futurist, Jisc
Bruno Silva, HPC Lead, Francis Crick Institute
David Fergusson, Head of Scientific Computing, Francis Crick Institute
Andreas Biternas, HPC and Linux Lead, King’s College London
Thomas King, Head of Research Infrastructure, Queen Mary University of London

Session Two 14:00 – 15:00
Accelerating Discovery for High Performance Computing Environments with Intelligent Data Management
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Life sciences organizations need a cost-effective approach to data growth that allows them to match the right storage technology to the right data to support workflow. We know your research depends on high-speed and shared access to valuable data—and that your data sets are growing fast. By combining the economics of intelligent tiered storage and the massive scale of object storage, Quantum helps you optimally balance performance, access and cost at every point in your life sciences workflow, from data acquisition to archive.

Speaker:

Christo Conidaris, Area Sales Director, Quantum Corporation

HPC Trends and Future Challenges: From General Purpose Clusters to New Systems for Accelerated Computing
EPS CI International - Blue and Grey (2)

The future direction of HPC solutions offers a wide array of different architectures and tools, which enable users to go beyond the Petascale and lay the path toward Exascale. We will focus on the current solutions that have been designed and engineered that are tailored around the uses of the computational scientific community and aim to give insight into how these solutions can be implemented within general purpose HPC clusters. There will also be an opportunity to hear examples of vertical solutions to solve computational requirements from acclaimed computing systems including:

i) ARMv8 in combination with GPU accelerators, and

ii) E4’s accelerated OpenPOWER platform

Speaker:

Piero Altoe, VP Research and Innovation, E4 Computer Engineering

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