Dell Technologies HPC Community Event
About the Event
HPC software transitioned from the 'classical supercomputing era' (Crays, CDCs, Thinking Machines, etc.) into cluster-based HPC systems leveraging commodity technologies two decades ago. With that transition also came another important transition: to open-source software, at all layers (OS, tools, libraries, and applications). While the supercomputing era had spawned some open-source applications and tools, the cluster computing era made open-source software crucial in HPC. The past two decades have continued to support and emphasize the importance of open-source software at all layers, for many reasons. In this panel, Fernanda Foertter of BioTeam, Greg Kurtzer of Ctrl IQ, and John Lockman of Dell Technologies will discuss the history (briefly), characterize the present, and debate the future of open-source software in HPC.
About the Speakers
Fernanda Foertter, Senior Scientific Consultant for AI and HPC, The BioTeam, Inc.
Fernanda is a Sr. Scientific Consultant for BioTeam specializing in data science and high performance computing (HPC). She began her HPC career in graduate school, developing molecular dynamics applications and as administrator of the Florida Laboratory for Materials Engineering Simulation (FLAMES) at the University of Florida. Following graduate school she was HPC manager at an agricultural genomics company, Genus Plc. managing production runs and the scientific computing platform. Following Genus she went to Oak Ridge National Lab’s Leadership Computing Facility, OLCF, and was training coordinator for systems in the facility including Jaguar, Titan, and Summit, the latter two #1 GPU based supercomputers in the Top500 and was also part of the CORAL project programming environment team that selected Summit as the centers next supercomputer. She became an HPC Data Scientist within the Biomedical Sciences, Engineering, and Computing group (BSEC) working on Pilot 3 of the CANDLE (Cancer Moonshot) project and was co-PI of Kokkos C++ library funded by Exascale Computing Project (ECP). After ORNL, Fernanda was a Developer Advocate and Alliance Manager for HPC + AI at NVIDIA, helping to build an ecosystem to support GPU developers and users in life sciences. Now at BioTeam she is helping take the mystery out of artificial intelligence.
Greg Kurtzer, CEO, Ctrl IQ, Inc.
Greg is well known throughout the HPC industry as a thought leader, innovator, disruptor and generally cool guy. He is probably most well known for starting and leading the CentOS distribution of Linux, but he is also the person behind Warewulf, Singularity Containers, and Rocky Linux. Previously, Greg spent nearly twenty years working for the United States Department of Energy (DoE) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where he was Chief HPC Systems Architect. After that, Greg founded Sylabs which was acquired in early 2020 before founding Ctrl IQ.
John Lockman, AI Systems Engineer, Dell Technologies
Programmer, Developer, and Evangelist for containerization and orchestration with Kubernetes, John Lockman works in the Dell EMC HPC and AI Innovation Lab. He specializes in nature-inspired programming, deep learning, and artificial intelligence. John brings a passion for building tools to make advanced computing accessible to a larger audience.