ISC High Performance 2020 Digital

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ISC High Performance 2020 Digital has been held virtually online because of COVID-19 from May 22nd to May 25th. The conference is one of the most popular and highly regarded high-performance computing conferences in the world, and you can get insight and experience from both academic and industry technologies related to HPC.

Some conclusions I want to make are the following. As Fugaku the ARM architecture supercomputer got the first place of TOP500 the energy-efficient ARM architecture has great potentials for high-performance systems. The fact that there are package managers for non x86-64 architecture supercomputers can ease the need of wasting time on debugging compilations, and that the architecture thought to be only used in smartphones and tablets now have what it has for desktops. This is strongly supported by Amazon AWS deploying ARM CPU cloud instance servers that they are set a more effective price compared to Intel and AMD x86-64 CPUs. Intel is aiming for an era beyond the distinction of CPUs and GPUs and instead merging both together which can result in a lower latency in the current computing environment. AMD is slowing up to Intel in the server CPU industry after the success of the Ryzen desktop CPU series with the new Epyc series, which provides a great advantage in terms of number of cores per socket and innovated unified memory access. NVIDIA is promoting the InfiniBand interconnect for clusters and supercomputers after acquiring the industry leader Mellanox, stressing the importance of I/O in HPC architectures. The new Tesla A100 GPU accelerator focuses on tensor processing mainly for machine learning. Fugaku has been deployed earlier than scheduled and supercomputers worldwide are being used for molecular dynamics simulation and machine learning (mainly assisted by GPU accelerators in a majority of supercomputers) to target potential candidates for COVID-19 medications. The accelerated speed assisted by parallel computing in HPC will be a game changer for sure. I have experience with protein structural bioinformatics, and I will introduce the field in a later time.

Publicly avaliable videos of the conference:

This is from 2019 but it is a very interesting keynote video:

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