HPC — Help Wanted!

Appearing everywhere–now and for the foreseeable future:

Help Wanted!

Help Wanted

Exciting, fast-paced company searching for an individual with unlimited curiosity and ability to manage our HPC center.

Applicants must have a strong understanding of and experience in hardware, software, programming, networking, storage, training, people skills and the ability to successfully navigate political morass. Working knowledge of material sciences, life sciences, physics, astrophysics, nuclear physics, geology, manufacturing and design are a plus.

Applicants should be able to diagnose issues ranging from BIOS incompatibility, to MPI-library conflicts, to network issues with the proprietary, HPC-specific file systems. Network IEEE standards should be second-nature and subjects such as “isoefficiency function“, “Cannon’s algorithm“, “Gaussian elimination with partial pivoting”, “Dijkstra’s algorithm“, “Floyd’s all-pairs shortest-paths algorithm” and “load-balancing schemes for hypercubes” should make up their dreams at night. Computational fluid dynamics and Monte Carlo simulations should be bywords.

They should eat, live and breathe HPC.

Additionally, applicants should have a strong working knowledge of cloud computing and big data. These worlds are colliding. We plan on offering all sorts of non-traditional HPC services to make our users’ lives easier and more productive.

By the way, applicants also have to deal with people. This isn’t a “hide in a darkened cavern” type of job.

This is who we are looking for. Do you fit the bill? If so, apply within.

Our industry is looking for the superstars, the alphas. It takes a special mix of talents and desires to be a truly good HPC administrator. Those who enter the world of supercomputing only for the technical “coolness” will soon be eaten alive in the human side as they deal with users, “smarter-than-everyone-in-the-room” scientists, managers and suppliers. We need the best and the brightest.

  • How are we training the next generation?
  • Will there be enough of them to support all of the growth that is to come?
  • How are we as an industry going to deal with this looming problem?

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