Editorial Calendar

HPCwire's 2018 Editorial Calendar At-a-Glance

Written and edited by the leading journalists covering high performance computing today, HPCwire offers unparalleled look at the fastest computers and the people who run them. From interconnects to storage or academia to energy, we have you covered. So keep up with the latest themes and events in advanced-scale computing with HPCwire’s 2018 editorial calendar.

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Memory Technology – The past decade has seen a move towards an increasingly complex memory landscape as designers work to improve the speed at which data can be processed and tame the associated power costs. Current innovations in memory technologies and architectures promise exciting opportunities in low energy, high capacity, and fast average access times. Topics to explore include the evolution of memory in HPC and emerging technologies, including but not limited to DDR5, NVDIMMs, 3D NAND, PCRAM, ReRAM and memristor technology.


Programming Languages HPC programming is facing many challenges related to architectural complexity, processor diversity, increasing core counts and ever larger machines in the pursuit of exascale computing. Add to that, a diminishing Moore’s law will put additional onus on programmers to identify performance gains. What is the best way to extract maximum performance from modern processors and HPC platforms? We’ll look at the various stakeholders and the efforts to create next-generation programming languages and tools.


HPC Advisory Council Stanford Conference – Feb. 20-21


Oil and gas – Energy companies are leaders in commercial supercomputing. Today’s big energy firms rely on advanced computational capabilities, combined with sophisticated modeling and simulation codes to ingest, manage and analyze enormous and diverse data. We’ll explore the latest trends in oil and gas modeling and simulation and look at the ways energy companies are leveraging HPC to maximize exploration and recovery.


8th Annual Non-Volatile Memories Workshop (NVMW) – March 11-13
Rice Oil & Gas HPC Conference – March 12-13
IBM THINK and OpenPOWER Summit – March 19-22
Open Compute Summit – March 20-21
Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference – March 26-29


Quantum Computing – Quantum computing continues to make headway as tech giants jockey to establish a pole position in the race toward commercialization of quantum. With the tipping point of quantum supremacy at hand, we’ll explores the various efforts and approaches and consider the progress made toward the long sought holy grail: a universal quantum computing machine.


HPC Advisory Council Swiss Conference – April 9-12
High Performance Computing Symposium – April 15-18
HPC User Forum – April 16-18


HPC in the Cloud – HPC in the cloud arrived on the scene a decade ago with much fanfare, but failed to take a strong foothold among elite HPC users who were not keen to pay the latency toll associated with virtualization. But with the headwind of deep learning, the major cloud providers are making big investments in HPC technologies. Is there a tipping point at hand? We’ll continue to follow the moves made by Google, Azure, AWS and others as they compete to attract and maintain HPC/AI workloads.


Advanced Scale Forum – May 6-8
ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge – May 5-9
34th International Conference on Massive Storage Systems and Technology – May 14-18
PRACEDays18 and European HPC Summit Week – May 28-June 1


International Supercomputing Competition 2018 – With ISC 2018 taking place this month in Germany, HPCwire will be looking at information technology on the international stage with an emphasis on high-end systems and software. Feature stories will examine the current state-of-art with regard to performance, processors, memory, storage servers, networking and peripherals, and all design elements. We will provide in-depth coverage of the international HPC community and its main stakeholders, including academia and research, government, big enterprise and key vendors.


TERATEC 2018 Forum – June 19-20
ISC 2018 – June 24-28


AI; Machine Learning; Deep Learning; Cognitive Computing – After decades of slow progress, HPC and big data have supercharged specialized AI. Now a high-growth sector, AI/ML is driving processor architecture changes and new programming frameworks. Competition between the major chip vendors is intense and AI is becoming baked into their architecture decisions and processor roadmaps. We will consider the technical drivers as well as the economic and social implications of this disruptive trend. We are especially interested in how machine/deep learning is being brought in to augment traditional simulation and modeling applications.


PEARC 2018 (formerly XSEDE) – July 22-27


Processor diversity (manycore, FPGA, GPUs, DSPs, ASICS) – One of the trends in HPC is toward greater processor diversity as the market seeks the most efficient ways to balance compute and data requirements in an energy-efficient manner. We’ll take a look at microprocessor trends, the shift to manycore, the various approaches to accelerated computing, and the tension between commodity and specialization.


Hot Chips: A Symposium on High Performance Chips – TBD
Hot Interconnects – TBD
RMACC High Performance Computing Symposium – Aug. 7-9


Financial services – One of the most prominent enterprise use cases for high-performance computing is in the financial services industry, where companies have shown to be willing to spend money to make money. HPC has been used in finance for years for pricing, pre-trade risk analysis, global risk, regulatory compliance, high-frequency trading, and more – and financial services firms have been quick to take advantage of the latest HPC technologies. We’ll report on cutting-edge developments in algorithms, the latest processor and system technology, latency applications, networking, datacenters and other relevant elements.

Storage – Mushrooming datasets, mixed workflows, new approaches to dataflow acceleration, scale-out and scale-up requirements, appropriate tiering, and file system selection are all among the considerations in storage system planning. For very large HPC systems, co-design of storage and new large systems is often essential. We’ll explore key trends driving storage technology in HPC.


HPC User Forum – Sept. 4-6
HPC for Wall Street – Sept. 19
Tapia 2018 – Sept. 19-22
Storage Developer Conference – Sept. 24-27
IEEE HPEC’18 – Sept. 25-27
Grace Hopper Celebration – Sept. 26-28


Workforce Development/Diversity – Workforce development has been a focus of conversation in the HPC community for years, but has progress been made? Despite the attention paid to this topic, cultivating, attracting and retaining talent has been a thorn in a field that is increasingly understood to be synonymous with a nation’s leadership potential and economic prosperity. What is being done and what can be done better when it comes to developing a well-qualified and diverse workforce that bolsters and invigorates HPC/supercomputing? Topics for discussion include STEM training, computer science education at all levels, outreach, engagement, retention, diversity, and women in HPC.


SC18 – With a packed and powerful agenda, SC has no shortage of coverage opportunities. HPCwire will feature interviews with the SC committee members, stakeholders and participants, and all the relevant show news from kickoff to close, drawn from the panels, papers, presentations, keynote speeches, awards, the student cluster challenge, vendor and user announcements, and more. This is the place to find out about what’s next in HPC and learn about the state-of-the-art in system design, processors, networking, interconnects, storage, middleware, and software, and, of course, we’ll also hear from the user community about the applications driving the need for HPC. There will be TOP500 (and other benchmarking) results to dissect, a global exascale race to assess, and trends to analyze.

Exascale and beyond (extreme-scale computing) – The exascale era, i.e., systems capable of one-thousand petaflops, in fast approaching. How is the US stacking up compared to other nations, such as China, Japan, and the EU? What is being done in the US and internationally to meet the power targets of exascale? What are the top systems being fielded in the US and abroad? What are leading processor/system architectures? Will current paths be sustainable beyond exascale? Considerations will be also be given to post-silicon technologies and other Moore’s law-relevant themes.


SC18 – Nov. 11-16


Year in ReviewThis month we look back over the year to identify the most significant stories and news events in HPCwire. How has the HPC landscape evolved in the last 12 months? Where were the biggest advances? What about setbacks or areas that have been slower to progress? Potential topics include the continuing democratization of HPC, global supercomputing, the forward march of AI, semiconductor technologies, alternative architectures, acceleration strategies, market health, mergers and acquisitions, and the use cases being enabled by HPC. How will 2017 be remembered?


HiPC 2018 – TBD

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