SHPCP Annual Technology Meeting 2024

Date(s) - April 25, 2024
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Shell Woodcreek Campus

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This year’s  Annual Technology Meeting of The Society of HPC Professionals was a great event held at the beautiful Shell Woodcreek facility. There was also a virtual option for those who could not attend in person.

We had a great lineup of speakers from the HPC & AI community per the agenda below. Members may login and view presentations and watch the meeting videos.

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Agenda (all times Central)  Speaker bios  

8:00amVenue opensRegistration, breakfast in exhibit area, networking
9:00amWelcome and opening remarks
Doug Norton, President SHPCP
Welcome and overview of the day, including important facility information.
9:15amMorning keynote address – The Outlook for HPC and AI
Addison Snell, CEO Intersect360 Research
Addison will give an overview of the current market trends in HPC and AI, including the massive potential sea changes brought about by hyperscale investment. Will AI rule the world? Will GPUs rule the world? Will cloud rule the world? Is the world itself breaking along regional lines? And what about good old HPC? Let’s talk about it.
10:00amDriving Change Through High-Performance Computing
Dr. Kelly Senecal, Co-Founder of Convergent Science, and visiting professor at the University of Oxford, an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Today’s transportation industry is undergoing a major transformation, with the implementation of ever-evolving regulations and a parade of new technologies entering the market. As the shift toward electric vehicles gains momentum, recent challenges and setbacks have highlighted the complexities of this transition. At the same time, advances in engine technology and sustainable fuels are offering a promising alternative, demonstrating significant real-world gains in efficiency and reductions in emissions. In this talk, Dr. Kelly Senecal will highlight the power of high-performance computing (HPC) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) for simulating and optimizing vehicle performance with unprecedented precision. Through the collaborative efforts of industry experts and leading research organizations, and the adoption of cutting-edge computational methodologies and advanced computing capabilities, we can usher in a more sustainable era of transportation.
10:45amBreak and networking
11:00amNavigating the AI Explosion: A Pivotal Moment in History
Randy Fernando, Co-Founder of Center for Humane Technology (CHT)
The recent advances in general-purpose AI are yet another instance of technology that’s advancing faster than our minds and our institutions can keep up. General-purpose AI has amazing potential, but also presents incredible risk - companies captured by economic incentives are racing to integrate the latest AI tech without adequately understanding its capabilities and harms. This presentation integrates key insights from numerous conversations with concerned insiders, legislators, NGOs, and other stakeholders. The better we understand the problem and potential solutions, the better chance we have of releasing AI at a thoughtful speed that is right for society
11:45amLunch and networking
1:00pmEnd-to-End Drug Discovery through Digital Integration of Data & Analytics: From Wet-lab to Dry-lab to Insight
Mileidy Giraldo, PhD, Worldwide Lead, Multi-Modal Multi-Omics Data Strategy, AWS Healthcare and Life Sciences
End-to-End Drug Discovery through Digital Integration of Data & Analytics: From Wet-lab to Dry-lab to Insight
1:45pmPushing the boundaries of performance, efficiency & sustainability
Punith Veeralinga Shivaprasad & Michael Gujral, Shell
Pushing the boundaries of performance, efficiency & sustainability
2:15pmHarnessing Mother Earth to run HPC workloads Sustainably
Kristjan Hafsteinsson, CEO Responsible Compute
Responsible Compute utilizes the sustainable energy infrastructure in Iceland, harnessing Geothermal and Hydroelectric energy sources. These provide the base for a sustainable HPC and AI/ML solution, with support from one the most stable energy grids in the world. In addition, free air-to-air cooling and water cooling provide an extremely efficient solution leading to a world class low carbon footprint. Customers can view their carbon footprint via a dashboard that shows per job, week, month, Q or year.
2:45pmBreak and networking
3:00pmPanel Discussion: How will Exascale, quantum, etc. impact your science? Moderated by Doug Norton
Panelists: Kelly Senecal, Randy Fernando, Mileidy Giraldo, Kristjan Hafsteinsson. Punith Shivaprasad, Michael Gujral
4:00pmWrap up and networking
Doug Norton, President SHPCP
5:00pmVenue closes

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