Wednesday Jun 11, 2008

See you at International Supercomputing' 08

After posting this blog entry, I pack my bags and head to the second biggest High Performance Computing event of the year, International Supercomputing' 08, in Dresden, Germany.

As is the tradition, we host The Sun HPC Consortium few days prior to the conference. The Consortium meetings are typically packed with attendees ranging from Sun HPC customers and partners, Sun field and product engineers, as well as marketing folks. Consortium agenda this year includes talks by Sun customers and partners, as well as Sun product engineering and marketing teams.

Last year, was my first time at the Consortium. It was held before Supercomputing' 07 in Reno, Nevada, USA. I found it to be an awesome opportunity to talk directly with customers on business problems they are solving with HPC clusters and their requirements for solutions to manage these clusters at peak performance and maximum thruput. Another fascinating aspect about last year's Consortium and Conference were Customer Whisper Suites, where key customers get a peek (hence probably the term "whisper" ) at our strategic roadmap and direction and we get a peek at business problems on their long-term radar. At some of these sessions, it was fascinating to hear how customers view HPC as providing them a competitive advantage in their market and more importantly, their plans for building the next generation computing infrastructure today, for the competitive edge they will achieve several years down the road. I look forward to Whisper Suites this year too.

After the consortium ends, the Supercomputing conference begins. As usual, Sun has many exciting events and announcements planned this year. Don't miss the Sun booth, where we will display our latest and greatest hardware and software technologies and solutions. You definitely don't want to miss Sun xVM Ops Center 1.1 demo at the Sun booth showing Ops Center server on Red Hat Linux and showcases among many features, provisioning of (a) Firmware (b) CentOS 5 Operating System and (c) Sun's best-of-class Distributed Resource Management (DRM) product, Sun Grid Engine 6.1

Hope to see you at ISC08 !


Friday Nov 09, 2007

Supercomputing 07, Reno, Nevada, USA

Last time I attended this conference was as a grad student doing research on parallel algorithms and numerical computing. Just landed in Reno. As I was driving to my hotel I couldn't help thinking how Reno, over the next week, will be swarming with some of world's brightest scientists talking about PetaFLOPS and MIPS, intermingled with the regulars to this town that talk poker and blackjack. Some interesting discussions will be happening in Reno bars this weekend. "Can you program these slot machines to better my odds of winning the jackpot" "Let me explain to you how probability works ...."

I ran into Bjorn Andersson (HPC Growth Target owner) on my flight to Reno and we had some interesting discussions about HPC; it's history, where we are today with our systems and positioning in HPC market. We also talked about our cluster management product, xVM Ops Center, and the positive feedback I got from my pitch to Tech Ambassadors yesterday. Bjorn feels that we are in a much much better position today compared to the same time last year (Supercomputing 06 in Florida, USA). We have great products, compelling strategy, key design wins and executive sponsorship to highly perform.

Somehow, the timing feels right to me too, in terms of having number of pieces in the HPC puzzle in just the right place, for Sun to drive success in HPC - incredibly cool systems, Magnum IB, Studio tools, cluster file systems, MPI cluster tools, shared visualization tools, Solaris and Linux, Grid Engine and xVM Ops Center !! Saved the best for last :-)

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