In this lunch and learn, we'll dive into the challenges that computer designers face in developing and delivering cutting edge technology to HPC users, and the issues customers should be considering before committing resources. Learn how challenges with power, cooling and new technology are pushing the envelope in server design and how that translates to increased performance and flops/watt in the datacenter.
Prior to the 2000’s, architecting a high-performance computing system used to take extreme skill and deep understanding of the multiple, proprietary, processor, storage, networking and datacenter infrastructure technologies that were on the horizon. Then, Intel processors became viable platforms for HPC, and servers became a commodity. Speeds increased somewhat along Moore's law trajectories, and from about 2005-2013, designing and operating a high-performance computing system was relatively simple: just refresh your cluster with the latest Intel and networking fabric technology. However, with the recent release of Intel's newest processor, Skylake, choosing the right technology and designing the right system for a diverse user base has become challenging again. More choices for processors, fabric, and storage exist than ever before, and thermal and power envelopes are being pushed the limits. With the emergence of artificial intelligence, graphical processors are now becoming mainstream in vendor designs.
Matthew Ziegler, Director of HPC & AI Product Management, Lenovo Inc.
Matthew received his Bachelor of Arts in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder and went on to work in and publish leading research in plant genetics. After 5 years working on plant biofuel projects with the National Renewable Energy Laboratories in the US, Matthew joined the software company, Genomica, which specialized in software for the study of human genetic association studies. Matthew then switched his energies to learning how to design and architect x86 clustered systems for use in this area of research. After joining IBM, his work with life science companies continued and soon propelled Matthew onto the North America Advanced Technical Support team where he broadened his scope of HPC designs into other sectors such as Oil and Gas, Digital Media, Weather/Atmospheric Sciences and General Research. As the market for Intel-based clusters continued to expand, Matthew progressed to the role of Architect in the System x Product Marketing team at IBM. In his current role as Director of HPC at Lenovo, he has continued to promote and drive innovation in this field as well as to continue with his roles as an architect and as a mentor to the wider Lenovo community.
Meeting will be conducted on,
Thursday August 24, 2017, 11:30 CDT
Unique Digital Inc. Conference Center
10595 Westoffice Drive
Houston, TX 77042
REGISTRATION IS FREE
A LUNCH WILL BE SERVED