I’m on the Steering Committee for SC10,
the annual high-performance computing (HPC) conference, which is this
week in New Orleans. The conference brings together an extraordinary
group of scientists, engineers, educators, software developers and
government leaders to share and experience the latest in
high-performance computing hardware, software and applications. It’s
the place to be.
From a personal perspective, it is always an exciting event, given my long background in HPC.
I can rarely walk more than twenty feet without meeting an old friend, a
former student, a past or present collaborator, or friendly competitor.
It is also a privilege for me to again chair the IEEE awards committee
for the Sidney Fernbach and Seymour Cray awards, which will be presented during the conference.
The theme of this year’s conference is The Future of Discovery. That also seems to capture the spirit of our work at Microsoft to democratize research and accelerate discovery with client plus cloud technology.
Today, in almost all domains, scientists and engineers are being
inundated by a data tsunami. In astronomy, new instruments capture more
data in days or weeks than had previously been captured in decades or
even centuries. In biology, high throughput gene sequencers and other
instruments are producing data at unprecedented rates. Simply put,
science is in transition from data poverty to data plethora. The
implication is that future advantage will accrue to those who can best
extract insights from this data tsunami.