Dell Technologies HPC Community Event
June 23rd at 10:00am CDT
Colocation, Clouds, Containers, Kubernetes, Confusion... Let's Clear It Up!
presented by Amanda Blevins, Sr. Director and Chief Technologist, Office of the CTO, VMware; Jay Boisseau, HPC & AI Technology Strategist, Dell Technologies; Glen Campbell, Senior Principal Engineer, Dell Technologies; and Ramesh Radhakrishnan, Technologist, Office of the CTO, VMware
About the Event
HPC systems have traditionally been deployed on the premises of purchasing company, specifically its HPC IT and support staff, even while often being made accessible remotely to users in other locations. However, the last decade+ has seen the explosive growth of cloud computing and the associated on-demand and 'as-a-service models of using IT infrastructure (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, and more). It has also seen massive growth in the use of HPC for data analytics and AI workloads, for whom the developers are often trained in modern software practices (agile, DevOps, CICD, etc.) So, while bare-metal on-prem HPC deployments are still the most common, we are starting to see more use of containers and Kubernetes on-prem, and more colocation HPC services, managed HPC services, and HPC cloud services and HPC SaaS models, and even hybrid multi-cloud HPC solutions. What exactly are these terms, technologies, and models, how do they compare and differ, and how does one make the most effective choice? We will define terms, provide comparisons, share guidance, and relate it all to the current solutions and new offerings of Dell and the HPC ecosystem.
About the Speakers
Amanda Blevins, Sr. Director and Chief Technologist, Office of the CTO, VMware
Amanda Blevins is a Sr. Director and Chief Technologist in the Office of the CTO at VMware. She enables customers and partners to achieve their business objectives by co-creating a comprehensive technology strategy with executive leaders. She focuses on cloud, edge, and emerging technologies. Amanda collaborates with VMware’s R&D business units to ensure VMware’s portfolio meets the strategic needs of our customers and the industry. She is passionate about innovation and enabling cross-functional teams to be successful in their creative efforts. Amanda leads the Office of the CTO Global Field Programs that develop technical talent and provides program members the opportunity to participate in Office of the CTO projects and initiatives.
Amanda has been in the IT field for over 25 years in various infrastructure operations and architecture roles throughout her career. She joined VMware as a Sr. Systems Engineer in 2010. She became VMware’s first female Principal Systems Engineer a few years later. As VMware’s first and only female Chief Technologist, she leverages her experience and network to drive awareness and equality for women and all underrepresented people in technology fields. Most importantly, Amanda believes in "Doing the Right Thing".
Jay Boisseau, HPC & AI Technology Strategist, Dell Technologies
Jay Boisseau is an experienced, recognized leader and strategist in advanced computing technologies, with over 25 years of experience in building and leading computing programs, departments, and organizations. As the AI & HPC Technology Strategist at Dell Technologies, Jay evaluates new technologies and approaches for HPC and machine/deep learning, assesses customers’ workloads needs and plans, and helps design new solutions to increase customers’ innovation, productivity, and efficiency. His current primary focus areas are cloud-enabled HPC for simulation, data analytics, and AI workloads, and large-scale/high-end solutions for HPC and AI. Additional projects include evaluations of several new AH & HPC technologies and leading the Dell Technologies HPC Community.
Before coming to Dell Technologies in 2014, Jay created the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin and led it (2001-14) to world prominence. Under Jay’s leadership, TACC deployed numerous world-class computing systems for U.S. open scientific research and developed new programs to enable thousands of researchers to accomplish more with these powerful technologies. Prior to TACC, Jay worked as an associate director at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (1996-2001) and at the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center (1994-96). Jay received his doctorate in astronomy from UT Austin for his advanced computational research in modeling the structure supernovae explosions.
Glen Campbell, Senior Principal Engineer, Dell Technologies
Glen Campbell is part of Dell EMC's Chief Technology and Innovation Office where he focuses on the means to build closed-loop Ops where the information emitted by the elements of a system is sufficiently rich to *run* the system. TechOps is evolving to mimic organic systems where the vanguards are application, infrastructure, and operations chemists, mixing how much of what (code, buy, participate) to put where for greatest success.
Glen brings 20 years in the fires of real-world operations and code to his teams, working to ensure that as they innovate together new technology "engines" aren't merely built, but are packaged as "ready to race" systems – for racing against their competitors is exactly what our customers do.
Ramesh Radhakrishnan, Technologist, Office of the CTO, VMware
Ramesh is an Engineering Technologist in Dell’s Server CTO Office. He has led technology strategy and architecture for Dell EMC in the areas of Energy Efficient MicroServer Architecture (ARM/Xeon-D), Microsoft Hybrid Cloud and is currently engaged in driving technology strategy and architecture for Dell EMC around advanced Analytics and Machine Learning/Deep Learning. He is a member of the Dell Patent Committee and has 15 published patents. He received his Ph.D in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.