SHPCP September Lunch & Learn

Date(s) - September 22, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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The Society of HPC Professionals lunch and learn event


Lunch & Learn – September 2022

Data Intensive Computing in the age of the Square Kilometer Array (SKA)

Ugo VarettoChief Technology Officer, Pawsey Supercomputing Centre 

22 September 2022
Noon – 1:00pm CST
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About the Event

The presentation focuses on the challenges of supporting real-time data processing pipelines at the scale required for current and future radioastronomy projects at the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, which is one of two sites hosting the Square Kilometre Array’s high performance computing systems.

After a short introduction to the Pawsey centre and radioastronomy science, the presentation explains in detail how scientific data products are generated from radiotelescopes and gives an overview of how data processing pipelines are evolving to support science at the scale of the Square Kilometre Array. The final part of the presentation shows how the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre is deploying a microservices-based IT infrastructure to address both operational and scientific computing needs through a single HPC system, and ends by presenting a selection of active research topics

About the Speaker

Ugo Varetto
Chief Technology Officer, Pawsey Supercomputing Centre

Ugo Varetto is Chief Technology Officer at the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre located in Perth, Australia. He has held key roles in significant research projects, such as the EU funded “Human Brain Project”, has contributed to numerous European supercomputing projects, and has worked in commercial companies and government and academic institutions in the USA, Europe and Australia.

Mr. Varetto has been developing GPU-accelerated software for computer graphics since 1995 and scientific computing since 2006, and was actively involved in the deployment of the first GPU-enabled supercomputers. He is currently working on designing and implementing scalable data-intensive computing and storage solutions on hybrid supercomputers and object storage systems, while contributing to international research projects such as the Square Kilometre Array
(SKA). Ugo is currently leading the deployment of two room temperature quantum computers and is partner investigator in a quantum communication research project.

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