HPC Wales spreads its mission at major Supercomputing conferences


Supercomputing 2012 (SC12)

SuperComputing 2012 (SC12) the world’s leading forum for supercomputing was held in Salt Lake City, Utah from the 10th to the 16th of November 2012. The event consisted of a trade fair alongside a structured programme of lectures and events covering all areas of this growing industry: hardware manufacturers, software houses, component suppliers and HPC centres.  

SC12 featured one of the largest exhibitions in conference history, with 366 exhibitors from industry and research institutions around the world. For 24 years, the conference has been at the forefront in gathering the supercomputing community together. This year’s event was attended by HPC Wales’ Christine Kitchen (Technical Services Director), David Elcock (Finance Director) and Martyn Guest (Technical Director who presented two talksentitled ‘An Integrated HPC service. Powering Success through Partnership’.

Attendance at what is the biggest annual international Supercomputing Conference provided an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of HPC Wales’ mission and share best practice at an international level.

Daresbury Machine Evaluation Workshop (MEW)

On 27th and 28th November 2012 Christine Kitchen, Martyn Guest and John Walsh attended the 23rd Daresbury Machine Evaluation Workshop (MEW) at the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool. The annual conference is aimed at encouraging connections between research communities and major HPC vendors.  Over 300 attendees were at the event to showcase their latest HPC products and technology.

Alongside a packed programme of technical presentations, there was an exhibition of the latest products and technology, and a series of parallel breakout sessions including one exploring HPC in Industry and Data Intensive Computing.

HPC Wales Technical Director Martyn Guest gave a presentation on HPC Wales’ collaborative work with Fujitsu Laboratories in a presentation entitled “Application Performance on Sandy Bridge Processors”  This focused on the performance of the four applications central to HPC Wales – Gromacs, Quantum Espresso, OpenFOAM and WRF – on both Intel Westmere and Sandy Bridge systems. Martyn gave an overview of  lessons learned and the plans to use these applications to demonstrate the suitability of future technology platforms.