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Super Computer Show Daily Nov 19 2013

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An interview with Steve Cooper, President and CEO, One Stop Systems. SCSD: Tell our readers about your company. What is your main line of business? SC: One Stop Systems (OSS) designs and manufactures HPC accelera- tion systems: compute acceleration systems that hold GPUs or coprocessors, and flash storage arrays that hold flash storage cards. SCSD: What would you say makes your company unique? SC: OSS has been the leader of PCIe technology. This is the essential high-speed con- nection between host servers and the expansion accelerators. We are the leading pro- ducer of Gen 3 x16 PCIe cable adapters and expansion units. An interview with Steve Alexander, Senior VP and CTO of Ciena. SCSD: Talk about Ciena and its role in the R&E space. SA: Ciena provides communications networking equipment, software and services that power the world's Internet and digital economy. We help service provider and R&E customers build agile networks that intelligently deliver bandwidth-intensive applications such as peta-scale science, high-performance computing, distance learning, remote lab collaboration and massive file transfers. Ciena has a long-standing commitment to the R&E sector, powering several lead- ing research networks like Internet2, ESnet, SURFnet, RENATER, CANARIE and JANET, to name a few. SCSD: What can attendees see at Ciena's booth? An interview with Dr. Berk Geveci, Senior Director of Scientific Computing. SCSD: Tell us about Kitware. What technology areas is Kitware involved in? BG: Kitware is a leader in scientific computing, and one of the primary developers of the Visualization Toolkit (VTK) and ParaView, which form the foundation of advanced research across commercial companies and national labs. We work in a variety of technical computing areas, including HPC, visualization, data management, medical computing and computer vision. SCSD: What sets Kitware apart from other businesses offering services in these areas? BG: Kitware has an open-source business model, and we tend to be collaborative Continued on Page 17 By Bill Nagel, Vice President, Cognimem Technologies Inc. For decades, the world has solved its computational problems with one predominant tool in its tool box – a serially based fetch/decode/execute machine common in all CPUs, GPUs and DSPs. This workhorse architecture is running out of steam. According to Dennard's scaling theory, clock speeds can improve by as much as 40 percent with each new process generation (due to RC reduc- tions as transistors scaled) without degrading the power density. Consequently, clock speeds should increase without increasing power. With transistor operating voltages approaching the logic threshold, this free performance ride is over. Both emerging applications and power constraints demand new architectures for performance improvement. The time has come where Amdahl's law now works in favor of real par- allel architectures for new applications. There were two basic computing models created last century: the serial von Continued on Page 17 ONE STOP SYSTEMS INTRODUCES TWO NEW PRODUCTS CIENA FEATURING NETWORKING SOLUTIONS AT SC13 KITWARE OFFERS OPEN-SOURCE SOLUTIONS SCALING TO EXASCALE DEMANDS NEW ARCHITECTURES Continued on Page 17 Continued on Page 12 O s e r C o m m u n i c a t i o n s G ro u p D e n ve r Tu e s d a y, N o ve m b e r 1 9 , 2 0 1 3 AN INDEPENDENT PUBLICATION NOT AFFILIATED WITH SC

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