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SC15 Recap

I want to start by thanking everyone who came out to meet with us at our booth, at the Torque BOF, and at the Torque dinner. It’s great to meet with you all and learn about the work you’re doing and the challenges you face, and I had a wonderful time catching up with those […]

Turduckens And HPC Deliciousness

It is now November, and Novembers rarely go by where I don’t stop and think of Turducken. For those who are unfamiliar, the Turducken is a beautiful culinary franken-bird where a turkey is stuffed with a duck that is stuffed with a chicken. To accomplish this feat, the chicken and duck must be de-boned, and the […]

Resource Request 2.0 Job Placement

Hopefully, you have my previous entry describing the new resource request syntax coming out in the next few weeks. I’d like to take some time to explain how the job is placed on each node. Obviously, Moab determines where the job gets launched through it’s policy-rich scheduling algorithm, so for this entry placement is describing how […]

High Performance Computing and National Security

I find myself reflecting on national security and anti-terrorism efforts each year on and around the anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center on this date 14 years ago. I often think about how high performance computing (HPC) improves national security, and how I am (and the industry is) contributing to our nations […]

HPC And Manufacturing

Once I was discussing my job with a friend, and I mentioned that his company was evaluating our software for purchase. He was surprised: “don’t you all work with people that own supercomputers?” He was very surprised to learn that his company – a large manufacturing company – owns that kind of computing power and […]

Returns From Lincoln Ascent

Some of the numbers have started to come in from work done for Lincoln Ascent and things are looking promising to this point. The parts that are rounding up right now focus on speeding up Moab’s scheduling iteration and reducing the network overhead between TORQUE and Moab. One of the excesses in network communication between […]

#HPCMatters – Growing Your Food

This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series #HPCMatters

This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series #HPCMattersWhen I hear the word farming, the first thing that comes to mind is my maternal grandfather, Pawpaw Karnes, working on his farm. I think of hay bales, cattle, crops, and robbing the bees; I think of dirt, sweat, and the smell of country air, […]

Engineering 101: Why You’d Love Software Engineering

I love working in the field of software engineering and I want to share some points on why. It’s Diverse When you are working as a software engineer you can be working in any industry in the world with many different kinds of company cultures. In addition to the many, many software companies which exist, […]

Big Data Challenge: Data Wrangling

One of the well-known difficulties for data analytics is data wrangling. Essentially, the process of “data wrangling”—sometimes lovingly referred to as janitor work—is transforming raw data into something that can actually be analyzed by algorithms and data scientists. When you have totally raw data it is very difficult to process, especially with natural language. Think […]

The NFL, HPC, and Big Data

On July 30th the NFL announced a partnership with Zebra Technologies with the mission to get more advanced, precise tickets for each player in a game, and to log this information in real-time. These advanced statistics will then be made available almost immediately for the purpose–at least for the 2014-2015 season–of enhancing the viewing experience. To […]