High Performance Computing - The Future is Here

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These are the slides from my talk on supercomputing to DARC in January 2014. The talk covers everything from the UK's "missing million" young people not in employment, education or training (NEETs) to engaging with the Raspberry Pi generation, and also provides an introduction to supercomputing and our HPC Midlands facility.

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High Performance Computing - The Future is Here

  1. 1. High Performance Computing: The Future is Here Martin Hamilton (invited presentation to DARC)
  2. 2. Topics 1. HPC as Catalyst 2. Case Study: HPC Midlands 3. Eight Great Technologies 4. Grand Challenges
  3. 3. Topics 1. HPC as Catalyst 2. Case Study: HPC Midlands 3. Eight Great Technologies 4. Grand Challenges
  4. 4. 1. HPC as Catalyst Virtual prototyping: “Make” and test 1,000 prototypes before committing any atoms Pharma: Drug discovery, computational chemistry and clinical trial simulations
  5. 5. 1. HPC as Catalyst Render farms: Graphics for gaming, film and television industries Environmental modelling: Flooding, climate change and weather systems
  6. 6. 1. HPC as Catalyst Safety and risk modeling: Industrial processes, e.g. gas and radiation dispersal Machine learning: Recommendation engines real time translation and virtual assistants
  7. 7. 1. HPC as Catalyst Genomics and bioinformatics: — Which interventions will yield the best outcomes? — What am I genetically predisposed to? — 100,000 Genomes — 23andme
  8. 8. Topics 1. HPC as Catalyst 2. Case Study: HPC Midlands 3. Eight Great Technologies 4. Grand Challenges
  9. 9. 2. Case Study HPC Midlands — Supercomputing for research and industry — Software from leading ISVs — Flexible usage model for use by research and industry — Expertise from Loughborough University & University of Leicester
  10. 10. 2. Case Study HPC Midlands — Supercomputing for research and industry — Software from leading ISVs — Flexible usage model for use by research and industry — Expertise from Loughborough University & University of Leicester
  11. 11. 2. Case Study HPC Midlands — 3,008 core Linux based supercomputer — 15TB RAM, 120TB Lustre storage — Non-blocking QDR Infiniband interconnect — 188 compute nodes — 2 x 2.0GHz 8 core Sandy Bridge CPUs per node — 140 nodes with 64GB RAM — 48 nodes with 128GB RAM
  12. 12. 2. Case Study HPC Midlands — Popular scientific and engineering packages — Commercial and open source — Examples: — ANSYS CFX, FLUENT — CD-adapco Star-CCM+ — MSC Marc, NASTRAN etc — OpenFOAM — Intel MKL, compiler suite — PETSc, Quantum Espresso
  13. 13. 2. Case Study: HPC Midlands
  14. 14. 2. Case Study: HPC Midlands
  15. 15. 2. Case Study: HPC Midlands
  16. 16. 2. Case Study: HPC Midlands
  17. 17. Topics 1. HPC as Catalyst 2. Case Study: HPC Midlands 3. Eight Great Technologies 4. Grand Challenges
  18. 18. OGL 2.0 from www.gov.uk/bis/industrial-strategy
  19. 19. OGL 2.0 from www.gov.uk/bis/industrial-strategy
  20. 20. OGL 2.0 from www.gov.uk/bis/industrial-strategy
  21. 21. OGL 2.0 from www.gov.uk/bis/industrial-strategy
  22. 22. OGL 2.0 from www.gov.uk/bis/industrial-strategy
  23. 23. OGL 2.0 from www.gov.uk/bis/industrial-strategy
  24. 24. OGL 2.0 from www.gov.uk/bis/industrial-strategy
  25. 25. OGL 2.0 from www.gov.uk/bis/industrial-strategy
  26. 26. 3. Eight Great Technologies Role of e-Infrastructure: - Academic context: HPC, SKA, LHC, DLS, NGS and other TLAs - Industrial context: TSB, Catapults, “on ramps” for SMEs - Not just kit: - Open Access Pubs - Open Data + Software - People!
  27. 27. 3. Eight Great Technologies Role of e-Infrastructure: - Academic context: HPC, SKA, LHC, DLS, NGS and other TLAs - Industrial context: TSB, Catapults, “on ramps” for SMEs - Not just kit: - Open Access Pubs - Open Data + Software - People!
  28. 28. Topics 1. HPC as Catalyst 2. Case Study: HPC Midlands 3. Eight Great Technologies 4. Grand Challenges
  29. 29. 4. Grand Challenges Challenging preconceptions: —“Supercomputing is just for rocket scientists” —“Academic services are inherently insecure” —“Legal would never sign off on anything like this” —“It’s just too hard to satisfy assurance requirements”
  30. 30. 4. Grand Challenges Challenging preconceptions: —Common off-the-shelf packages have HPC solver capability, e.g. FLUENT, NASTRAN, MATLAB —ISO 27002, CESG InfoSec, physical security (e.g. LPS 1175), CIS audit tool —FTSE100 firms’ have similar requirements to research and education organizations Photo credit: CC-BY-NC Flickr user justin_case
  31. 31. 4. Grand Challenges: Awareness
  32. 32. 4. Grand Challenges: Awareness
  33. 33. 4. Grand Challenges Training and Skills: —The Missing Million: —100,000 unfilled tech vacancies —1m young unemployed (NEETs) —CPD into CFD  —(Parallel) Coding —UG/PG level training in bite sized chunks —FutureLearn? —Generation Pi
  34. 34. 4. Grand Challenges: Parallel Coding
  35. 35. 4. Grand Challenges: Next Gen Computing From Mont Blanc project - www.montblanc-project.eu
  36. 36. From Mont Blanc project - www.montblanc-project.eu
  37. 37. 4. Grand Challenges: The Missing Million
  38. 38. 4. Grand Challenges: The Missing Million
  39. 39. Wearables 4. Grand Challenges: Generation Pi Photo credits: Technocamps, DesignSpark
  40. 40. Wearables 4. Grand Challenges: Generation Pi
  41. 41. Wearables 4. Grand Challenges: Generation Pi
  42. 42. Wearables 4. Grand Challenges: Generation Pi From codeclub.org.uk
  43. 43. Wearables 4. Grand Challenges: Generation Pi From codeclub.org.uk
  44. 44. Martin Hamilton m.t.hamilton@lboro.ac.uk @martin_hamilton

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