Each year, thousands of high tech lovers come together for the annual Supercomputing event. This year, the event was hosted in Seattle, sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society and the Association for Computing Machinery. SC11 marked the 24th event of its kind, devoted to high performance computing (HPC), networking, storage and analysis. It was humbling to see so many esteemed scientists and IT experts focused on solving problems on a massive scale where accelerated data processing is the name of the game.
I heard from some of my colleagues who attended SC11 that our energy-saving message of DRAM was resonating well with conference-goers. With high performance computing growing in volume and prominence as part of the overall networked computing market, Samsung felt it important to create a greater sense of awareness for the role of memory in the HPC space.
Many HPC decision makers said that they understand how data center efficiency parameters (cooling costs, power use, space constraints, etc) can be significantly enhanced by low-voltage, low-process-geometry memory, and were glad that we were discussing the value proposition of green memory at SC11. Considering the rising cost of power (in Europe, for example, it can go as high as $0.18kWh versus $0.07KWh in the U.S), many wanted to know how they can ensure that the servers they get from their OEMs contained Samsung green memory.
Beyond this green focus, I thought Sylvie Barak from EE Times did a great job recapping the event and describing the magnitude and importance of Supercomputing 2011. I’d encourage you to watch Sylvie’s video, which I’ve posted below.
Were you able to attend Supercomputing 2011? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this year’s conference. Feel free to share them in in the comments section below.