December 2021 Annual Technology Meeting

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Date(s) - December 2, 2021
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Schlumberger Houston + Virtual option

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The Society of HPC Professionals annual technology meeting is a don’t miss event.  We have a great lineup of speakers from the HPC & AI community as you can see from the agenda below.

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8:00amVenue opensCheck in, coffee, donuts, networking, visit sponsor tables
9:00amWelcome and opening remarks
Steve Lutz, President SHPCP
Welcome and overview of the day, including important facility information. Will also honor Ebb Pye, founding member of SHPCP.
9:15amMorning keynote address – HPC Market Outlook and SC21 Review
Addison Snell, CEO Intersect360 Research
Addison will give an overview of important market trends for HPC, including his views on the recently completed SC21. Topics will include the use of cloud (in all its forms) for HPC (in all its forms), user ratings of top HPC vendors, and the shifting outlook of the processor market, including the effects of AI.
10:00amLooking back and forward: The Evolution of Working in HPC over the Last 30 years
Dr. Dan Stanzione, Executive Director, Texas Advanced Computing Center, UT-Austin
What it means to work in “HPC” has changed dramatically over the last 30 years. While the “classical” HPC workload continues to be in ever-higher demand, HPC-like workloads are beginning to infiltrate many other aspects of the computing ecosystem. Model-parallel AI workloads in vision and language are exploding, as well as the need for computing in response to pandemics and natural disasters. HPC is becoming key in medical imaging and personalized medicine, in urban traffic management, in precision agriculture, and beyond. Pervasive sensors and “cheap data” is driving demand for edge computing – and for every edge device, there is a datacenter somewhere providing computing upstream. This talk will give an overview (from a 30 year veteran of HPC) of the fast-evolving workloads, the modes of service required to support them, and what this means for underlying software and systems, and what’s to come in the careers of people in the field.
10:45amFinding Thermally Robust Superhard Materials with Machine Learning
Dr. Jakoah Brgoch, Associate Professor of Chemistry, UH
Superhard materials with a Vickers hardness >40 GPa are essential in applications ranging from manufacturing to energy production. Finding new superhard materials has traditionally been guided by empirical design rules derived from classically known materials. However, the ability to quantitatively predict hardness remains a significant barrier in materials design. To address this challenge, we constructed an ensemble machine-learning model capable of directly predicting load-dependent hardness.
11:15amAccelerating Time to Insight Through HPC in the Cloud
Dr. Bill Magro, Chief Technologist for HPC, Google
Interest in Cloud for HPC has been high and rising for almost a decade. But, until recently, cloud adoption for HPC was relatively modest. Hyperion declared 2019 a tipping point year for HPC in the Cloud, seeing a discontinuity in adoption. In this talk, we'll discuss the opportunities and challenges of HPC in the cloud, including the reasons for the recent acceleration in adoption. We'll also discuss ways HPC professionals are using cloud to solve familiar problems and tackle entirely new challenges.
11:45amLunch and networking
1:00pmAfternoon keynote address - The James Webb Space Telescope
Dr. Jonathan Gardner, Chief, Observational Cosmology Laboratory, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
The James Webb Space Telescope is the scientific successor to the Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes. It is a large (6.6m) cold (50K) telescope to be launched soon into orbit around the second Earth-Sun Lagrange point. It is a partnership of NASA with the European and Canadian Space Agencies. Webb’s science goals include finding the first stars and galaxies in the early universe; the chemical, morphological and dynamical buildup of galaxies, the formation of stars and planetary systems and understanding exoplanets and our Solar System. Webb has four instruments that will do both imaging and spectroscopy from visible to infrared wavelengths, 0.6 to 28.5 microns. Webb is at the launch site waiting to be launched in December 2021. After a 6-month commissioning period, Webb will begin a program of exciting peer-reviewed scientific observations.
2:00pmUse of smart, modern, scientific techniques delivers far superior products to the O&G Explorationist
Andrea Lovatini, Digital and Integration (D&I) Division Manager for North America Offshore, Guyana, Trinidad & Caribbean regions, Schlumberger
In its quest to better understand the subsurface, the seismic industry has always been a leader in exploiting high performance computing solutions to solve complex geophysical problems. This it was done while preserving geophysical integrity / accuracy and simultaneously reducing cycle time. The advent of more and more powerful machines, along with the availability of potentially "unlimited" compute power brought about with new models made available on the cloud, is revolutionizing the amount of information that can be extracted from the data. This has made possible the use of data-driven processes such as Full Waveform Inversion (FWI), by applying AI /ML and other complex physics to extract faster derivatives and insights. This in turn has led to acquisition strategies and other innovative solutions that have never been attempted before (ultra-dense acquisitions onshore, sparse nodal designs offshore), integration across multiple domains, etc. all to liberate the underlying data. In the talk the author shares these achievements as seen from the lens of Schlumberger's own experiences.
2:30pmQuantum Computing Roadmap
Scott Crowder, Vice President, IBM Quantum
There is a lot of news about quantum computing and its potential. This presentation focuses on what will it take to make quantum computing practical and how integration with classical HPC is an important part of the realization of that goal.
2:50pmHPC Drives Quantum Simulation to Make Quantum Computers Better
Earl Dodd, Global Technical Solutions Architect, HPC / Supercomputing, WWT
In quantum computing, quantum supremacy is the goal of demonstrating that a programmable quantum device can solve a problem that no classical computer can solve in any feasible amount of time. Quantum Supremacy is marketing hype, and quantum advantage must be viewed squarely from a practical perspective. Quantum simulations permit the study of a quantum system in a programmable fashion. Thus, quantum simulators are special-purpose devices designed to provide insight into specific physics problems of quantum simulations. Quantum simulators help determine whether an algorithm (i.e., a recipe for solving a problem) is “advantaged” for the quantum computer or “limited” and should remain in the classical computer realm. This presentation outlines the purpose, problems, and potential of building and using quantum simulators to test and quantify the algorithmic development and relationship with the quantum computer and an algorithm that would run on that system.
3:30pmPanel DiscussionModerated by Addison Snell, CEO of Intersect360 Research
4:15pmWrap up and networking
Steve Lutz, President SHPCP

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