Inside Supercomputing 2013

The Supercomputing (SC) Conference is one of those rare events that are less about profit and more about seeking and sharing knowledge.  Sponsored by two special interest groups (SIGs) of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), ACM SIGARCH (Computer Architecture) and ACM SIGHPC (High Performance Computing), in conjunction with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society, the event represents a coming together of a myriad of academic and applied disciplines.  Incidentally, an excellent timeline of developments over the past twenty-five years in HPC was posted by the organizers of SC13 here:

Altair is probably the only company that not only offers leading workload management tools (PBS Works™), but also develops massively parallel application software (HyperWorks®) that runs on HPC.  In addition, our product design consultancy employs over 500 engineers designing cutting edge-products for our clients using HPC every day.  2013 marked the 25th year that Altair has exhibited at SC:  we have been there since the beginning.  In addition, Altair has earned external accolades, winning an Intel® Cluster Ready Partner Award for the third year in a row.  In 2011 we received the Pathfinder Award, and in 2012 and 2013 we received the Voyager Award.  Recognition from a strong partner like Intel clearly highlights our commitment to leverage technological enhancements in HPC and bring them to market in an accessible way.

Exciting capabilities in HPC continue to emerge and have spawned new disciplines like computational molecular biology and bioinformatics to accomplish important scientific research tasks like protein folding.  The array of opportunities is limitless, from genome annotation and whole cell modeling to tissue and organ modeling and the creation of virtual organisms.  As more and more data is generated, data movement becomes challenging.  Security is paramount, so solutions like our collaboration with Red Hat afford robust workload management while reducing HPC procurement costs.  The need for remote visualization is becoming even more imperative, spurring our recent announcement of the general availability of Display Manager to access software natively though a simple web browser.

Use of graphics processing units (GPUs), both multicore and many-core, is driving the need for highly parallel solvers and robust workload management tools.  Proliferation of hardware is prompting the search for greener solutions.  Multicore and power-efficient computing initiatives like Altair’s collaboration with SGI are improving outcomes.  In short, we’ve only just begun, and are looking forward to SC 2014 and more exciting times ahead.

Sam Mahalingam

Sam Mahalingam

Chief Technical Officer - HPC/Cloud Solutions at Altair
Sam joined Altair in 1994 and worked on various products and projects both in the custom services and product teams. He is currently the Chief Technical Officer for Altair’s cloud computing and high-performance computing strategy, with the primary responsibility of applying the newer cloud and mobile technologies to the digital simulation, high performance computing world and identifying and mentoring talented individuals within the organization. He holds a bachelor of engineering degree in Computer Science and Engineering and executive masters of business administration from the Indian School of Business.
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Sam joined Altair in 1994 and worked on various products and projects both in the custom services and product teams. He is currently the Chief Technical Officer for Altair’s cloud computing and high-performance computing strategy, with the primary responsibility of applying the newer cloud and mobile technologies to the digital simulation, high performance computing world and identifying and mentoring talented individuals within the organization. He holds a bachelor of engineering degree in Computer Science and Engineering and executive masters of business administration from the Indian School of Business.