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RCE 61: InsideHPC Musing


Brock Palen and Jeff Squyres speak withRich Brueckner of InsideHPC about going ons in the HPC community.

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Rich Brueckner acquired insideHPC in August, 2010 after racking up over 24 years of experience in High Performance Computing. Known to many in the industry as “the guy in the red hat,” Rich has been a fixture at the Supercomputing conferences since 1991 as an exhibit team manager for Cray Research, SGI, and Sun Microsystems.

Over the past year, Brueckner has been busy growing his media business with the launch of the following sister publications:

You can follow Brueckner on Twitter @insideHPC.

RCE 60: Modules

Brock Palen and Jeff Squyres speak withR. K. Owen about Environment Modules a common tool in use at HPC sites for manipulating users environments.

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R. K. Owen physicist by training, but a software developer by vocation. Received his Ph.D. in theoretical atomic and molecular physics from the University of California - Berkeley. Worked at NASA/Ames for the Advanced Computational Facility and then the Numerical Aerodynamic Simulation program. Currently works at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for the National Energy Research Scientific Computing center in Oakland, CA. Was introduced to Modules on a Cray C90, ported the 3.0beta release to Linux and has maintained the distribution since 1999.

RCE 59: AMD Core Math Library ACML

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Brock Palen and Jeff Squyres speak with Chip Freitag of AMD about the AMD Core Math Library an high performance implementation of the BLAS and LAPACK in addition to FFT's and PRNG's.

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Chip Freitag is a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at Advanced Micro Devices, where he currently works as technical lead in the Math Libraries group. He started at AMD in 1993, and has worked as a technical marketing engineer on the 29K RISC processor and Embedded x86 products, with an emphasis on networking and telecommunications market segments. Before AMD, Chip was with KMW/Andrew corporation for 10 years where he worked on Z80 and 68000 based protocol converter and printer emulation products, including a line of Apple/IBM connectivity products.

Chip earned a Bachelor's in Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1983 and is happy to finally use all of those Fortran books in his current library work. Chip is an Army brat, is married, and has one daughter. For the past three and a half years, he has forsaken all other forms of existence to complete work on an airplane.

RCE 58: K Computer

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Brock Palen and Jeff Squyres speak with Koh Hota and Shinji Sumimoto about the K Computer the current faster public computer in the world housed at the Riken AICS.

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Koh Hotta is a director of Quality Assurance Project and Software Development Division in Next Generation Technical Computing Unit in Fujitsu. He joined Fujitsu Ltd. in 1980, where he has been engaged in development of compilers for high performance computer systems. And he is also a director of board of OpenMP ARB since 2004.

He has received the B.S. degree in Information Science from the University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan in 1980 and the Masters degree in Management from McGill University, Montreal, Canada in 2001. He was the leader of the group of Advanced Parallelizing Compiler Technology in the Advanced Parallelizing Compiler Japanese National Project from 2000 to 2003.

Shinji Sumimoto,PhD is a senior architect and a director in Software Development division of Next Generation Technical Computing unit at Fujitsu Ltd, and, a research fellow of IT systems lab at Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. He is in charge of technical development of high performance communication software including MPI and Cluster file system. He is a board member of MPI forum.

RCE 57: Duo Security

Brock Palen and Jeff Squyres speak with Dug Song and Jon Oberheide about Duo Security a two factor authentication tool.

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Dug has a history of leading successful products and companies to solve pressing security problems. Dug spent 7 years as founding Chief Security Architect at Arbor Networks, protecting over 70% of the world's Internet service providers, and growing to $100M+ annual revenue before its acquisition by Tektronix. Before Arbor, Dug built the first commercial network anomaly detection system (acquired by NFR / Check Point).

Dug's contributions to the security community include popular open source security (OpenSSH, libdnet, dsniff), distributed filesystem (NFSv4), and operating system (OpenBSD) projects, and the Workshop On Offensive Technologies (WOOT).

Jon is a well-known security expert and researcher. While his research interests span across the security domain, he has deep expertise in mobile security, cloud security, and malware analysis. Jon attended the University of Michigan for a BS, MS, and PhD in Computer Science, and has held positions at Merit Network and Arbor Networks.

Jon frequently speaks at leading security conferences, both in academia (USENIX Security, WOOT, HotSec) and in the industry (Black Hat, CanSecWest, SOURCE Boston, NANOG, Infiltrate).

RCE 56: Windows HPC Server

Brock Palen and Jeff Squyres speak with Rodney Mach of HiperLogic about Windows HPC Server 2008.

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odney Mach is principal at www.hiperLogic.com, a HPC Consulting company selling and supporting Linux and Windows CAE/CFD cluster solutions. HiperLogic recently launched TotalCAE.com, a suite of tools for CAE/CFD engineers running on HPC Server 2008 R2.

Rodney has 15+ years of experience in designing and supporting large scale HPC solutions to help manufacturing companies reduce time to solution. Rodney started out at the University of Michigan Center for Advanced Computing supporting large scale AIX, Linux, and OS X clusters for national researchers. Rodney then left Academia to work as director of HPC computing at Absoft where he designed products to simplify cluster management. Rodney founded HiperLogic in 2005 to focus on supporting high performance computing in the manufacturing space.

RCE 55: CMake Cross Platform Make

Brock Palen and Jeff Squyres speak with Bill Hoffman of Kitware Inc. on CMake the cross-platform, open-source build system. CMake is a family of tools designed to build, test and package software. CMake is used to control the software compilation process using simple platform and compiler independent configuration files.

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Mr. Hoffman is currently Vice President and CTO for Kitware Inc. He is a founder of Kitware and has been part of the management team since 1999. Bill has 20+ years of experience with large C++ systems. He is a lead architect of the CMake cross-platform build system and co-author of the Mastering CMake book. Mr. Hoffman is also involved in the development of the Kitware Quality Software Process and CDash, the software testing server. He has also made major contributions to VTK (RCE 18), ITK and ParaView (RCE 41). As CTO for Kitware, he guides the implementation and development of large-scale computing solutions, and oversees computer infrastructure decisions.

RCE 54: SciPy Scientific Tools for Python

Brock Palen and Jeff Squyres speak withTravis Oliphant, Anthony Scopatz, and Warren Weckesser about SciPy (http://scipy.org/) Scientific Tools for Python.

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Travis has worked extensively with Python for numerical and scientific programming since 1997. He was the primary developer of the NumPy package and the author of the definitive Guide to NumPy (PDF). He was an early contributor to the documentation for the Numeric package and in 1999 released Multipack for Python. In 2001, he folded Multipack into SciPy as one of the original co-authors of that package. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Brigham Young University in Math and Electrical Engineering, and he received a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the Mayo Clinic in 2001. From December 2000 to August 2007 he worked as an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Brigham Young University where he also directed the Biomedical Imaging Lab and taught courses in inverse problems, signal processing, probability theory, and electromagnetics. Since 2007 he has been at Enthought, Inc. and serving as its President since 2008. He currently lives in Austin with his wife and six children.


Anthony Scopatz is a computational scientist and long time Python developer. Anthony holds his BS in Physics from UC Santa Barbara and MSE in Mechanical Engineering from UT Austin. Currently, he is a PhD candidate in Nuclear Engineering program at UT Austin. Anthony’s research interests revolve around physics-based modeling of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle and related information theoretic metrics. Anthony has published and spoken at numerous conferences on both Nuclear Engineering and Python. Additionally, he helps run the inSCIght scientific computing podcast.

Warren Weckesser is a software developer at Enthought, Inc. He received his M.Eng. in computer and systems engineering and Ph.D. in mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and has taught at the University of Michigan and Colgate University. He is a contributor to the SciPy project, and is a Program Committee Co-chair for the SciPy 2011 Conference.

RCE 53: Performance Co-Pilot

Brock Palen and Jeff Squyres speak withKen McDonell about Performance Co-Pilot (PCP) a framework and services that support system-level performance monitoring and management. It presents a unifying abstraction for all of the performance data in a system, and many tools for interrogating, retrieving and processing that data.

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Ken McDonell's interest in performance analysis begin at Monash University in 1971 with simulation studies of file access methods. At the University of Alberta he was awarded a Ph.D. in Computer Science for work on the interface between operating systems and database management systems.

It was at Alberta during 1974 that Ken was first exposed to the Unix operating system, and he has been a daily Unix (and later Linux) user and developer ever since.

From 1977 to 1988 Ken was an academic in the Computer Science Departments at Melbourne and Monash Universities.

An interest in Unix, and operating systems in general, led Ken to be a founding member, an executive member and the second President of the Australian Unix-systems User Group (AUUG).

Ken left academia in 1988 to take up a position in California with Pyramid Technology, where his responsibilities included management of the corporate performance analysis group and performance evaluation of core technologies for future products.

In 1993 Ken joined Silicon Graphics and formed a software engineering team in Melbourne, Australia, charged with the development of software products to monitor and manage the performance of very large systems acting as DBMS, video, file or compute servers. The Performance Co-Pilot products were developed from this effort and are sold world-wide by SGI, and made available through open source distributions.

Later, as a Director of Engineering, Ken headed a team that held world-wide responsibility for SGI engineering projects that spanned multiple platforms (Linux, IRIX, Windows, Mac OS X and Solaris) and delivered products and features in the areas of file systems, file serving, storage software, networking, systems monitoring and management, and core operating system services.

In 2005 Ken joined Aconex as Chief Technology Officer and assumed responsibility for all aspects of the development, deployment and operational management of a complex web-based solution hosted in multiple data centers around the world and supporting tens of thousands of concurrent users.

Since 2008 Ken has been mostly retired, enjoying grandchildren, gardening, cinema, travel, recreational computing (mostly PCP development) and a small amount of technology-based consulting.

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