With the year 2014 behind us, all my fellow HPC users, practitioners and of course enthusiasts will have reflected upon the conclusion of the last Supercomputing conference, affectionately known to all as SC14. It’s theme was the popular hashtag - #HPCmatters – and to me that represented several important elements.
In Silicon Valley, it's never too early to become an entrepreneur. Just ask 13-year-old Shubham Banerjee. The California eighth-grader has launched a company to develop low-cost machines to print Braille, the tactile writing system for the visually impaired. Tech giant Intel recently invested in his startup, Braigo Labs.
Why does your two-year old smartphone feel like a 1975 Ford Pinto? The answer, of course, is Moore’s Law. Thanks to transistor shrinkage, the semiconductor components inside the latest handheld devices are twice as powerful as the ones in your now outdated (2013!) relic. Moore’s Law, of course, does more than drive smartphones sales. It has made the entire computer industry an economic juggernaut for the last 50 years.
The National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (NCSA) is enabling software heavily used in industry to run faster, and it’s creating competitive advantages for some of the nation’s largest companies. Industry is a heavy user of supercomputing.
In 2015, the ISC High Performance conference will be held from July 12 - July 16, which is later than its usual June date. Due to this change the publication of the TOP500 list will also move into July 2015.
When the general public hears about the Human Brain Project (HBP), they immediately think about the possible medical breakthroughs the project will enable, like accelerated development of diagnostic tools and treatments for brain diseases or personalized medicine.