Santa, Pseudoscience and Supercomputers

Every year on Christmas Eve, Santa travels the globe delivering presents to children everywhere. Santa is our culture’s only mythic figure truly believed in by a large percentage of the population. It’s a fact that most of the true believers are under eight years old, and that’s a pity. ~ Chris Van Allsburg As we […]

The SC14 Exhibit Floor Opens Tonight

This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series Adaptive Computing at SC14

It’s that time of the year again, SC14 has finally arrived. I was out on the show floor this morning watching some of the finishing touches being put on our booth. Before a trade show of this size, the show floor can be a very hectic place, as many different companies race to get their […]

The UberCloud Experiment Shows Why #HPCMatters

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series #HPCMatters

Every year when we gather for SC, we wait with bated breath for the announcement of the next Top500 list. It’s our own little celebration of the ever-growing size and power of the high-end supercomputers. We use these systems to answer some of the most complex questions out there. However, bigger is not always better. […]

#HPCMatters in Art

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series #HPCMatters

Janet Echelman is probably not a name many would recognize in HPC circles. She isn’t a research scientist or a HPC advocate. She doesn’t work for one of the industry vendors, nor is she a university professor leading one of the competitive student teams. Janet Echelman is an artist. More specifically, she is a sculptor. […]

Siri and the Machine, or the Future of HPC

This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series #HPCMatters

I was sitting in my hotel room this morning, working on my laptop. Given that it was just me, I thought a little music would be nice. Picking up my iPhone, I flicked it on and held down the button to summon Siri to ask her to play some music—a much simpler operation than mashing […]

The Five Credentials of Moab

Central to much of what Moab does is the concept of credentials. Credentials play a pivotal role in how many policies are not only defined, but actually carried out by the scheduler. They define how and by whom the system is accessed and used. One could even say they are at the heart of scheduler […]

Why #HPCMatters

This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series #HPCMatters

Back in March, I posted the SC14 video introducing this year’s theme: #HPCMatters. Since then several different organizations have posted videos expressing why #HPCmatters to them and should to the rest of us. Today, I’d like to share a few of those videos with you (with their YouTube descriptions). NCSA: A world without supercomputers, #HPCMatters […]

Perspectives and Personas

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

Right now I am in India, a land of beauty filled with wonderful people. It has been said India is an assault on all of your senses, I believe that is true. The colors, sounds, flavors and smells exude the essence of foreign and exotic entrancing the American mind. Have I mentioned, I’m loving it? […]

The Link Everyone Has Been Waiting For…

This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Adaptive Computing at SC14

It was sitting in my inbox when I got back from lunch, boldly starting off with “And finally, the link everyone has been waiting for…” You see, registration for SC14 is now open.       And, that makes me excited. This year we are returning to New Orleans after a four-year hiatus from the […]

Inside Big Data – IT toolbox

Everyone is talking about big data, but sometimes the things you hear people say aren’t always strictly accurate. Adaptive Computing’s Al Nugent, who co-wrote “Big Data for Dummies” (Wiley, 2013) has written a blog called “Big Data: Facts and Myths” at – I thought it would be interesting to hear what he has to say. He […]