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This year’s Society of HPC Professionals annual meeting was a don’t miss event. We heard from a great lineup of speakers from the HPC community. We’re making the most of having to be virtual this year due to COVID-19. We know Zoom fatigue is real, so this year we had two great half-day sessions.
Thanks to our event sponsors during the pandemic this year, it was free for members (i.e.- it’s a great time to join).
Society of HPC Professionals Annual Meeting
Thursday & Friday, 10-11 December 2020
9:00am – 1:00pm CDT
Live stream only due to COVID-19
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Agenda, Day 1 (all times Central)
|9:00am||Keynote address – HPC Market Outlook and SC20 Review|
Addison Snell, CEO Intersect360 Research
|Addison will give an overview of important market trends for HPC, including his views on the recently completed (virtual!) SC20. 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.|
|10:00am||Role of AI and big data in improvement of detection techniques in Cybersecurity|
Dr. Sahar Rahmani, Sr. Director, Analytics team at the Joint Security Operation Centre (JSOC) at the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)
|Leveraging big data and AI in cybersecurity brings lots of benefits for business. From malware detection to identifying fraudulent activities on online channels, AI helps to improve detection capabilities and fighting cyber criminals. In this talk, I am going to talk about role of AI in proactive detection of criminal activities|
|10:45am||Leveraging AI/ML to protect infrastructure and customers|
Maryam Rahmani, CISSP, CCSK, Sr. Business Development Manager, Microsoft Cybersecurity Solutions Group
|2020 has brought unprecedented change to both the physical and digital worlds, and these changes are also evident in the cyberthreat landscape. Leveraging AI/ML to sift through near endless signals provide the global team of security experts with the required knowledge to protect the infrastructure and customers.|
|11:30am||Cybersecurity solutions protecting modern enterprise|
Richard Diver, Sr. Technical Business Strategy Manager, Microsoft
|In this session Richard will provide an update on the new attack types that are emerging and tactics to defend against these attacks. He will give insights on what is working, what is not, and what you can do to help.|
|12:15pm||Digital Rock and HPC|
Beatrice Riviere, Noah Harding Chair and Professor in Computational and Applied Mathematics, Rice University
|The overall goal of digital rock is to understand the pore-scale interaction between fluids and solid grains in porous rocks, and to determine effective properties of the rock sample. In the oil and gas industry, digital rock technologies have a transformative impact in reservoir characterization and in optimizing production of hydrocarbons. Advances in pore-scale imaging, increasing availability of computational resources, and developments in numerical algorithms have started rendering direct pore-scale numerical simulations of multiphase flow in pore structures feasible. In this talk, we describe the hybrid-parallel implementation of a two-phase two-component incompressible flow simulator using MPI, OpenMP, and GPUs. We evaluate the parallel performance of GPU-based iterative linear solvers for this application, and we compare them to CPU-based implementations of the same solver algorithms.|
|1:00pm||End of day 1|
Agenda, Day 2 (all times Central)
|9:00am||Keynote Address – Connectivity and Deep Geothermal|
Dr. Bob Metcalfe, Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, The University of Texas at Austin, Cockrell School of Engineering
|The most important new fact about the human condition is that we are suddenly connected. The Internet is only 50 years old and we have already connected half of us humans. And there are eight billion “things” on the Internet, already outnumbering us. So now we can gather all sorts of data as fodder for HPC. One example of such data is that associated with deep geothermal energy anywhere, my new enthusiasm. Earth has enough heat to power the human race for the next billion years or until the Sun goes supernova, whichever coms first. Let’s use startups to pivot the oil and gas industry to drilling for heat instead of hydrocarbons. We will need a lot of HPC to explore, drill, and produce geothermal energy. See TexasGEO.org|
|10:00am||Computational Material Design for Electrochemical Energy Storage and Catalysis|
Lars Grabow & Karun Kumar Rao, University of Houston (UH)
|Advanced functional materials are at the heart of nearly any solution to challenges in clean energy, health, national security or human welfare in general. Unfortunately, their discovery often happens “by accident” in repeated trial-and-error experimentation, but increasingly powerful high performance computing infrastructure is quickly accelerating the rate of material discovery. However, data-driven material design is often limited by incomplete material descriptors and the inability of models to extrapolate to new materials. To this end, we illustrate a hybrid approach that uses a physical basis and a machine-learned error correction term to predict the stability of dilute surface alloys with applications in heterogeneous catalysis.|
|10:30am||Future-Proofing HPC: Leveraging Disaggregated Composability|
Earl Dodd, Global Technical Solutions Architect, HPC/Supercomputing, World Wide Technology
|Legacy data center infrastructures were not designed for today's data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) workflow requirements. The scalable modern data center needs a solution that can integrate compute, storage and other communication I/O into a single-system cluster fabric, scaling resources up and out across the cluster as needed. The modern data center solution should free resources from their silos to be shared with other network users who draw from these resource pools through a disaggregated composable infrastructure (DCI), an emerging category of infrastructure designed to maximize IT resource usage and improve business agility.|
|11:00am||A Whole New Game: Data and Technology Advancements in the NBA|
Dwight Lutz, Senior Director of Basketball Strategy & Analytics, Atlanta Hawks
|The world of machine learning and computer vision has completely changed the data collection process in the NBA. Ten years ago, all data was manual recorded. Today, an ocean of data is automatically tracked, recorded and processed. In this talk, we'll discuss the technology that drives this change and how the league and its teams are using it.|
|11:45pm||Panel Discussion||Moderated by Addison Snell, CEO of Intersect360 Research|
Steve Lutz, President SHPCP
Addison Snell is the CEO of Intersect360 Research and a veteran of the High Performance Computing industry. He launched the company in 2007 as Tabor Research, a division of Tabor Communications, and served as that company’s VP/GM until he and his partner, Christopher Willard, Ph.D., acquired Tabor Research in 2009. During his tenure, Addison has established Intersect360 Research as a premier source of market information, analysis, and consulting. He was named one of 2010’s “People to Watch” by HPCwire.
Addison was previously an HPC industry analyst for IDC, where he was well-known among industry stakeholders. Prior to IDC, he gained recognition as a marketing leader and spokesperson for SGI’s supercomputing products and strategy. Addison holds a master’s degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Robert M. Metcalfe is Professor of Innovation in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. He is also Professor of Entrepreneurship in the McCombs School of Business and Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise.
Bob is also Principal Investigator of http://TexasGEO.org, which aims to solve energy, once and for all, with geothermal startups and partners in oil and gas industries. GEO is funded for another year by DOE to encourage startups to advance technologies delivering cheap, safe, clean, abundant, ubiquitous, deep, baseload geothermal energy.
Bob was an Internet pioneer beginning 1970 at MIT, Harvard, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (Parc), Stanford, and 3Com. He invented Ethernet at Parc on May 22, 1973. Bob founded Internet startup 3Com Corporation in Silicon Valley in June 1979. He took it public 1984 and departed 1990. 3Com was acquired by HP in 2010.
Dr. Sahar Rahmani is the Senior Director of the Analytics team at the Joint Security Operation Centre (JSOC) at the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). She manages and leads a team of data scientists, machine learning and data engineers in delivering AI based solutions for detecting cyber threats in areas such as fraud, AML, IAM and insider threats.
Sahar holds a PhD in Astrophysics from the Western University, where she applied big data analysis and machine learning techniques to study star formation in nearby galaxies.
Maryam Rahmani, CISSP
Maryam Rahmani is a Sr. Business Development Manager with Microsoft Security Solutions. In her role, she is committed to enablement and empowerment of Microsoft customers through collaboration with partners leveraging Microsoft’s end-to-end intelligent security platform and partners’ strengths. Previously, she worked as a consultant in a cyber risk advisory helping organizations mitigate cyber related risks.
Maryam holds a MS in cybersecurity policy from the University of Maryland University College and a BSEE from the University of Florida. She is a senior IEEE member and is CISSP and CCSK certified.
Richard Diver is the Senior Technical Business Development Manager for the Microsoft Security Solutions group, focused on developing security partners. Based in Chicago, Richard works with advanced security focused partners to help them build solutions across the entire Microsoft platform, including: Azure Sentinel, Microsoft Defender, Microsoft 365 security solutions and many more. Prior to Microsoft, Richard worked for several Microsoft partners to architect and implement cloud security solutions for a wide variety of customers around the world.
Dr. Beatrice Riviere is a Noah Harding Chair and Professor in the Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics at Rice University. She is the author of more than one hundred scientific publications in numerical analysis and scientific computation. Her book on the theory and implementation of discontinuous Galerkin methods is highly cited. Her research group is funded by the National Science Foundation, the oil and gas industry and the Gulf Coast Consortia for the Quantitative Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Riviere has worked extensively of the development and analysis of numerical methods applied to problems in porous media and in fluid mechanics.
Dr. Riviere received her Ph.D. in 2000 from the University of Texas at Austin. Her other degrees include a Master in Mathematics in 1996 from Pennsylvania State University and an Engineering Diploma in 1995 from Ecole Centrale, France.
Dr. Lars C. Grabow is the Dan Luss Professor in the William A. Brookshire Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Houston and holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Chemistry. Dr. Grabow’s expertise is the application of density functional theory, kinetic modeling, data science and transient kinetic characterization to provide molecular scale insight into fundamental questions related to reaction mechanisms and the nature of active sites in heterogeneous catalysis, surface science and electrochemical systems.
His papers have been cited more than 3,500 times and he was elected into the 2018 Class of Influential Researchers by Industrial and Engineering Chemistry (IE&C) Research. Among other awards, Dr. Grabow received the prestigious U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Early Career Award (2014) and the NSF CAREER Award (2015). He is an Editor for Surface Science and is the current chair of the Southwest Catalysis Society.
Karun K. Rao
Earl J. Dodd is World Wide Technology’s Global HPC Business Practice Leader. He provides HPC/HPDA/Supercomputing strategy, technology enablement, business development, and marketing and sales support to WWT’s global enterprises and governments. Earl helps achieve a customer’s desired ROI by leveraging HPC technology, extreme data in motion, and the Cloud on secure ultra-scale architectures and collaboration environments. This effort drives the next generation of computationally steered workflows in decision support environments for real-time situational awareness and institutional learning.
In his third season with the Atlanta Hawks, Dwight Lutz is the team’s Senior Director of Basketball Strategy & Analytics.
Lutz came to the Hawks prior to the 2018 NBA Draft from the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he served as a Basketball Operations Analyst. Lutz was previously with the NBA for four years as Senior Manager, Game Analytics and Strategy.
Prior to his time with the NBA, Lutz served as a Statistical Analyst for Harris Connect, LLC. He also spent time as a Teaching Assistant and Instructor, as well as a Statistical Consultant, at the University of Florida, where he received his Master’s in Statistics.
Lutz holds a Bachelor’s in Mathematics from Trinity University (TX), where he also played four years on the men’s basketball team.
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