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LOPSA-NJ Meeting February 5, 2015 – Intro to High-Performance Computing 101: What it is, and why it matters

Topic:  Intro to High-Performance Computing 101: What it is, and why it matters.
Speaker: Prentice Bisbal
Date: Thursday, February 5th, 2015
Time: 7:00pm (social), 7:30pm (discussion)

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Lawrence Headquarters Branch of the Mercer County Library
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, 08648-4132
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In a previous LOPSA talk, Prentice Bisbal discussed the architecture of IBM  Blue Gene/P Supercomputer. This talk will be a more general. high-level  talk about high-performance computing (HPC). It will cover the following topics:

1. What is HPC?
2. It’s importance to science, manufacturing, the economy, and society in general
3. What makes HPC different from other forms of computing.
4. The architecture of a typical HPC cluster and storage system
5. The unique aspects of managing HPC clusters.



Prentice Bisbal first became interested in scientific computing while earning a BS in Chemical Engineering at Rutgers University. After about 2 years as a practicing Engineer, Prentice made the leap to scientific computing and has never looked back. He has been a Unix/Linux system administrator specializing in scientific/high performance computing ever since. In June 2012, he came full circle when he returned to Rutgers as the Manager of IT for the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute (RDI2), where he is responsible for supporting Excalibur, a 2048-node (8192 cores) IBM Blue Gene/P Supercomputer.


“LOPSA-NJ is an organization for system administrators in New Jersey formed to facilitate information exchange pertaining to the field of system administration. LOPSA-NJ is not affiliated with a particular hardware or software vendor or company. Everyone is invited!”