- by Stephen Sofhauser

The countdown to SC15 has started, and we at Dell are very excited for this year’s event. We have a lot to share with you all this year, and it’s particularly special to us because it’s right in our back yard.  Come visit us at booth #1009. Our aim is to show you the true meaning of “Texas Friendly” with great demos, two customer theaters that will feature a stellar lineup of speakers, panel discussions, new products and solutions we’re bringing to market, and of course, let’s not forget the awesome food and entertainment Austin has to offer!

We have a great morning series for you, featuring our director of HPC Engineer, Onur Celebioglu, and Intersect360’s Addison Snell. Every morning of the show (10:15 a.m. -10:45 a.m.), they will be discussing trends and tech in the HPC market. 

There will be two afternoon panel discussions, hosted by insideHPC’s Richard Brueckner.  I recently spoke to him about the upcoming conference, you can listen to the podcast here.

The first panel is from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 18th, “All Together Now: The Convergence of Big Data, Cloud, and HPC.” This should prove to be an interesting discussion with Richard and our four panelists: Wojtek Goscinski, Ph.D. (Monash University), Niall Gaffney, Ph.D. (Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC)), Craig Stewart, Ph.D. (Indiana University), and Andrew Rutherford (Microsoft).  The concept of the panel was born from discussions with customers who after years of siloed workloads, are trying to figure out how to best integrate their Big Data, Cloud, and HPC.

Wednesday's second panel should be equally compelling as Richard and the panelists discuss how the NSCI is fostering more collaboration between government, academia, and industry. “More than Just Exascale: How the NSCI Will Make HPC More Accessible to All” (3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m). This all comes as a result of the White House initiative, seeking to keep the United States at the forefront of HPC capabilities. What’s nice is that most of these speakers know each other. We will be featuring Dan Stanzione, Ph.D. (Texas Advanced Computing Center TACC), Mike Norman, Ph.D. (San Diego Supercomputing Center SDSC), Dave Lifka, Ph.D. (Cornell University), and Merle Giles (National Center for Supercomputing Applications NCSA) – who has a book on HPC best practices, Industrial Applications of High-Performance Computing: Best Global Practices.

We have so much more planned for you, including talks from customers like the San Diego Supercomputing Center, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI), and Cornell – just granted $5 million by the NSF to collaboratively develop a federated cloud. There’s just too much to cram it in one blog post – but you can check out http://dell.to/1PFgbwJ for more information. We look forward to seeing you (booth #1009) and hope you have a great SC15, and enjoy everything Dell has to offer! And welcome to Austin!