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RCE 65: VSMP ScaleMP


Brock Palen and Jeff Squyres speak with Shai Fultheim the founder and CEO of ScaleMP about vSMP.

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As founder and CEO of ScaleMP, Shai designed and architected the core technology behind ScaleMP and is responsible for the company’s strategy and direction. Shai has more than 15 years of experience in technology and business roles in IT and venture-backed firms. Before founding ScaleMP Shai was CTO of BRM Capital, a first-tier Israeli venture-capital fund. Shai defined the fund's technology roadmap, which formed the foundation of BRM's investment strategy.

Shai has been an active member of several open source initiatives such as Apache, Jakarta Tomcat, Amanda and the Linux kernel.

Shai holds a B.Tech and BASc from the Jerusalem College of Technology.

RCE 64: MCAPI Multicore Communications API

PolyCore Software

Brock Palen and Jeff Squyres speak with Sven Brehmer and Ted Gribb of PolyCore Software about MCAPI MultiCore Communications API.

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Sven Brehmer, President & CEO of PolyCore Software, is a founding member of the Multicore Association and chairman of the Communications API working group. Prior to founding PolyCore Software, Brehmer served as senior director for Wind River's Embedded Platforms Division as a result of the acquisition of Integrated Systems in 2000, where Brehmer served as the chief operating officer and executive vice president of DIAB-SDS. Brehmer was also President and CEO of Diab Data after receiving his Master's degree in Electronics Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.

Ted Gribb is PolyCore Software’s Vice President of Sales. Prior to joining PolyCore Software, Gribb had sales management positions for Wind River, Diab Data and Mentor Graphics. Previously, he held management positions in software engineering. Gribb received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from DeSales University.

RCE 63: XSEDE Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment


Brock Palen and Jeff Squyres speak withPhil Blood of the Pittsburgh Supercomputer Center (PSC) about XSEDE the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment.

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Philip Blood received his Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Utah where, using massively parallel molecular dynamics simulations on NSF supercomputers, he studied how proteins remodel cellular membranes. In 2007, Philip joined the Pittsburgh Supercomputer Center (PSC) as a Senior Scientific Specialist. He currently works with scientists in the fields of computational chemistry, biophysics, bioinformatics, economics, and various other disciplines to advance science through supercomputing. Philip also works in the XSEDE Campus Champions program, an effort to help more researchers at U.S. institutions take advantage of the national supercomputing resources available through XSEDE.

RCE 62: Ceph Petabyte Scale Storage

Ceph FileSystem

Brock Palen and Jeff Squyres speak with Sage Weil about Ceph, a next generation distributed storage and filesystem for Linux.

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Sage Weil designed Ceph as part of his PhD research in Storage Systems at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Since graduating, he has continued to refine the system with the goal of providing a stable next generation distributed storage and file system for Linux. Prior to his graduate work, Sage helped found New Dream Network, the company behind DreamHost.com, who now supports a small team of Ceph developers.

For a quick 10 minute snapshot of Ceph InsideHPC podcast 9/20/2011 Ceph

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

K Computer

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).

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