HPC Hour – the one where we captured the cheetah changing its spots!

Our special HPC Hour during Data Science Week was titled: “Data Science Evolution of HPC: The Cheetah is Changing its Spots”.

We welcomed guest presenter, Dr Elena Denisenko, Research Associate at Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Science, to join DUG CIO Dr Stuart Midgley in discussing how the evolution of high-performance computing has been influenced by the complex requirements of scientific research fields such as bioninformatics.

Traditionally high-performance computing has been the realm of physicists, chemists and astrophysicists who have dominated the usage of the largest computing systems in the world. Then along comes non-traditional HPC users like bioinformaticians who use and analyse data in a completely new and novel way. HPC systems are now evolving to meet their needs, developing new hardware and software products, allowing their more sophisticated data usage.

It was a lively discussion that was enjoyed by all who attended. If you were unable to be there in person, it’s all good – you can catch up on the recorded session here.

Unfortunately you did miss the opportunity to tour our award-winning immersion cooled data centre which is one of the greenest on Earth. And sadly you also missed the chance to network with other data science enthusiasts. But good news – we have another HPC Hour scheduled on Thursday June 10 in our Perth office. Don’t miss Curtin University’s Dr Vladimir Puzyrev present: “Deep Learning in Geosciences: Applications and Trends”. Details and registration links on The Daily DUG.

By Kym Scampoli

Kym Scampoli has no idea how she ended up writing a science blog. She was dreaming of shoes one day and woke up to find herself surrounded by computers and data scientists! Kym's the manager of marketing, fun and frivolity at DUG. Her claim to fame is she managed to find kangaroos in Texas and threw a party to open DUG McCloud that was bigger than........well, Texas!