Return of HPC Survivor: Outwit, Outlast, Outcompute
SESSION: Return of HPC Survivor: Outwit, Outlast, Outcompute
EVENT TYPE: Panel
TIME: 10:30AM - 12:00PM
Panelists:Cherri M. Pancake, Dona Crawford, Jack Dongarra, Steve Scott, Burton Smith
ABSTRACT: Back by popular demand, this panel brings together HPC experts to compete for the honor of "HPC Survivor 2010". Following up on the popular Xtreme Architectures (2004), Xtreme Programming (2005), and Xtreme Storage (2007) competitions, the theme for this year is "Build Me an Xascale Computer".
The contest is a series of "rounds," each posing a specific question about system design, philosophy, implementation, or use. After contestants answer, a distinguished commentator furnishes additional wisdom to help guide the audience. At the end of each round, the audience votes (applause, boos, etc.) to eliminate a contestant. The last contestant left wins.
Cherri Pancake and Al Geist return as co-hosts of the event. Highlights include internationally renowned panelists, lively critical commentary, and exit interviews giving eliminated candidates an opportunity to explain why the audience is "wrong" to vote them out.
While delivered in a light-hearted fashion, the panel pushes the boundaries of what scalability, resiliency, power management, and economic viability mean at the exascale level.
Cherri M. Pancake (Moderator) - Oregon State University
Dona Crawford - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Jack Dongarra - University of Tennessee, Knoxville