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Supercomputing is massive, that much is clear. The same convention centre used for the Open Infrastructure summit earlier in the year was packed to the rafters, and the technical program schedule included significant content addressing the convergence of HPC and Cloud - StackHPC's home territory.
SuperCompCloud is the Workshop on Interoperability of Supercomputing and Cloud Technologies. Supercomputing 2019 was the first edition of this workshop with a steering committee drawn from CSCS Switzerland, Indiana University, Jülich Supercomputing Centre, Los Alamos National Laboratory, University of Illinois, US Department of Defense and Google.
The program schedule included some very prestigious speakers, and StackHPC was thrilled to be included:
- Scalability and data security: deep learning with health data on future HPC platforms - Georgia Tourassi, Director – Health Data Sciences Institute, ORNL, USA
- Cloud and Supercomputing Platforms at NCI Australia: the Why, the How and the Future - Allan Williams, Associate Director for Services and Technology at NCI, Australia
- HPC and Cloud Operations at CERN - Maria Girone, CTO, CERN openlab, Switzerland
- Computing Without Borders: Combining Cloud and HPC to Advance Experimental Science - Debbie Bard, Data Science Engagement Group Lead, NERSC, USA
- OpenStack and the Software-Defined Supercomputer - Stig Telfer, StackHPC, UK
- Perform Like a Supercomputer, Run Like a Cloud - Stathis Papaefstathiou, Senior VP for R&D, Cray Inc, USA
The OpenStack Scientific SIG at Supercomputing
Part of the OpenStack Scientific SIG's remit is to advocate for the use of OpenStack at scientific computing conferences, and a BoF at Supercomputing is an ideal forum for making that case. A panel of regular participants from the Scientific SIG gathered to describe their use cases and discuss the pros and cons of private cloud.
The SIG BoF panel L-R: Mike Lowe (Indiana University), Bob Budden (NASA GSFC), Blair Bethwaite (NESI), Stig Telfer (StackHPC), Tim Randles (LANL), Martial Michel (Data Machines)
The BoF, titled Cloud and Open Infrastructure Solutions To Run HPC Workloads, was well attended, with a good audience participation around issues such as VM performance for I/O-intensive workloads, and OpenStack's overall health.