Intel always has a lot going on at SC. This year, its Scalable System Framework, Omni-Path Architecture, Knights Landing (up & running) and leading role in OpenHPC were all on the docket. Of course, there was the usual Intel-IBM (re: OpenPOWER) rivalry – much of the buzz this year was around whose approach to delivering accelerated computing will win the day. Time will tell.
HPCwire managing editor John Russell sat down with Hugo Saleh, Director of Technical Computing Segment Marketing and Industry Development, Enterprise and HPC Platforms Group at Intel, and tackled a wide range of topics including what OpenHPC’s aspirations are, how HPC will drive the deep learning paradigm, the collision of big data and traditional HPC, Intel and IBM’s contrasting views on acceleration, and SSF.
On OpenHPC, for example, Saleh noted there has been a lot of talk about making HPC resources ubiquitous, but making that happen will require simplified management. The unified software stack envisioned by OpenHPC should help make the possible – even IBM has expressed wary early interest.