SC15: An Oasis of Innovation

Blog Post created by lawrence.latif Employee on Nov 16, 2015

What do supercomputing experts, data scientists, students, musicians, and actor Alan Alda have in common? For one thing, they’ll all be attending the upcoming Supercomputing Conference (SC15) in Austin, TX.


High-performance computing (HPC) is transforming our lives and SC15 is a unique opportunity to spotlight HPC and scientific applications, as well as innovations from around the world. AMD views this conference as a testament to – and reason to celebrate – the ever-expanding innovation and discovery in HPC. And with the conference returning to Austin for its 27th anniversary, the HPC community has much to unveil and share.


Running from November 15th – 20th, SC15 will bring together the international supercomputing community for an exceptional program of technical papers, informative tutorials, timely research posters and Bird-of-a-Feather sessions. The SC15 Exhibition Hall will feature the latest and greatest technologies from industry, academia, and government research organizations, many of these technologies making their debut in Austin. Naturally, AMD is excited about SC15 for several reasons.


For starters, we’re leading some eye-opening demos, from debugging and profiling HSA applications using AMD tools, to efficient management of hybrid memories, to exploring parallel programming models for heterogeneous computing systems. With our booth hosting numerous demos and a theater area for attendees, you can’t (and shouldn’t) miss us.


Beyond our booth, we’re sponsoring the Northeastern University team in Student Cluster Challenge Competition team with AMD Opteron™ processors using Symmetric Computing’s shared memory architecture. AMD Research is meeting with industry experts on ExaScale to discuss supercomputing developments to help drive substantial speed improvements with minimal power increases. And since it wouldn’t be the Supercomputing Conference without some exciting nightlife, we’re sponsoring the Beowulf Bash reception on Monday evening the 16th, complete with a mechanical bull riding contest. With more than 600 people planned to attend, it should be an unforgettable night.


Of course there are unique demos and contributions from our partners, too. On Tuesday November 17th, Richard Anderson, CEO of Symmetric Computing, will present on large shared memory and many core HPC. And on Wednesday November 18th, Tim Massey, President of SoftIron, will explain how to develop on ARM64 using AMD and SoftIron solutions. These are just a couple instances of the remarkable HPC innovators and innovations descending on Austin.


Clearly, HPC matters – not just to conference participants, but to policymakers and the general public as well. If you’re able to attend to SC15, we recommend it. If not, you can still track the pulse of the HPC community by following the #HPCmatters campaign on Twitter. As the conference progresses, you’ll find a series of high-impact videos showcasing how new approaches and innovations can transform our datacenters, classrooms, homes, and beyond.


  • The AMD Server Team



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