Following his always-anticipated and always-insightful closing keynote at the recent ISC conference, we caught up with Prof. Thomas Sterling to discuss the state of HPC. Dr. Sterling is Professor of Intelligent Systems Engineering at the Indiana University (IU) School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, and President and Co-founder of Simultac, a technology company focused on non-von-Neumann memory-based system architectures. Since receiving his Ph.D from MIT as a Hertz Fellowm Dr. Sterling has been a pioneer of parallel processing systems in HPC. His many achievements include the creation in 1994 of the “Beowulf cluster” with Donald Becker at NASA, a system that helped drive the scale-out computing architecture.
Here are the topics and the time-stamp in the podcast when they are discussed:
- 01:23 Supercomputing “Race”
- 04:15 HPC in Society
- 06:40 Climate Change, Controlled Fusion
- 09:00 HPC’s Role in Informing or Helping Set Social Policy
- 10:37 Machine Intelligence
- 15:50 Future of HPC
- 22:25 Beowulf Bash story
- 25:07 Getting into Parallel Processing
- 28:10 Skill-set, Workforce, Software, Accessibility
- 31:09 Performing at the Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center
- 34:68 Leonard Bernstein
- 35:30 ISC22 Closing Keynote
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