Dell Technologies HPC Community Event
August 18th at 10:00am CDT
HPC on-demand: A New Cloud HPC Service for Dell Customers presented by Jay Boisseau, HPC & AI Technology Strategist, Dell Technologies; Chris Gully, Staff II Solutions Architect, VMware; John Holleran, Security & Surveillance Solutions Architect, Dell Technologies; Satheesh Iyer, Senior Consultant, Product Management, Dell Technologies; Brian Kucic, Co-Founder/Principal, R Systems NA Inc.; Guy Laporte, Solutions Architect, Dell Technologies; Michael Senizaiz, CTO, R Systems NA Inc.; Josh Simons, Chief Technologist for HPC, VMware; and Susan Yeager, Sr. Director Dell Technologies Solutions, VMware
About the Event
HPC and cloud computing have natural synergy: HPC is about achieving performance through clusters that scale, while cloud computing aggregates IT resources to provide scalable, flexible, infrastructure. Cloud computing infrastructure can enable very high performance with certain choices in hardware, software, and policies, and some public clouds now make such choices for some offerings. Now, Dell Technologies, a global leader in on-prem, bare-metal HPC clusters, is also offering an HPC cloud service, HPC on demand, which is a cloud-enabled infrastructure designed and offered exclusively for HPC customers and workloads: simulation, data analytics, and AI.
This new service is provided in partnership with VMware, Intel, and R Systems, and offers a cloud HPC experience while being optimized for HPC users and differentiated in several ways, including HPC support, no data ingress/egress fees, and HPC-optimizations in the hardware configurations and software stack. Join us to learn more about Dell's HPC on demand and how to use it, how it will evolve, and how it complements our on-prem solutions and managed HPC services.
About the Speakers
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.
Chris Gully, Staff II Solutions Architect, VMware
Chris Gully is a Staff II Solutions Architect on the Dell Technologies Solutions Innovation team in the VMware Office of the CTO. Chris has over 20 years of professional experience ranging from Systems Engineering to Cloud Services Product Management/Architecture. Currently, he is focused on bringing virtualization to the world of High-Performance Computing (HPC) and using VMware software solutions to enable the integration and proliferation of AI/ML workloads, with an emphasis on business and customer outcomes. Previous roles at Dell, Oracle, Sun Microsystems, and several start-ups have prepared him for the speed at which technology and innovation must move in order to keep customers and businesses relevant. When not devising new ways of applying emerging technology to solve the problems of today and tomorrow, Chris likes “Keepin’ It Weird” with the live music scene in Austin, Texas, and spending time with his family and friends.
Satheesh Iyer, Senior Consultant, Product Management, Dell Technologies
Satheesh Iyer is a product manager for HPC solutions in the Integrated Solutions organization. He has over 25 years of technology industry experience, and has been with Dell for about 15 years. Satheesh has extensive background on data management, HPC and cloud. He lives in Austin, TX.
Brian Kucic, Co-Founder/Principal, R Systems NA Inc.
Brian Kucic’s vision was to establish a company that would better serve commercial clients with their HPC needs. This vision led to the creation of a company—R Systems—that is dedicated to serving research partners in a demanding business environment. Presently, as Business Principal, Brian is responsible for the management of all business activities related to sales, customer relations, and project contracts. Brian’s experience and data center management skills ensure that all business activities are targeted for results, added benefits, and performance reliability for all of R Systems’ customers.
Prior to R Systems, Brian served as the Private Sector Program Director at The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois. From 1999-2003, Brian served as the Cray User Group Operations Chair. He currently serves on Microsoft’s Partner Advisory Board and on the Alliance for High Performance Digital Manufacturing (AHPDM) chaired by Intel’s Dr. Stephen Wheat. Brian graduated from Western Illinois University’s School of Engineering in 1987 with a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering. He is an avid motorsports fan and has not missed an Indianapolis 500 in decades and highlights the Austin / US Grand Prix as an Annual “Must See.”
Michael Senizaiz, CTO, R Systems NA Inc.
Michael has almost 25 years in varied IT roles and over a decade focusing on HPC Systems Architecture and Design encompassing Data Center, HPC Systems, Custom Interconnects and Parallel Filesystems. Michael delivers novel systems design optimizing to client workloads and business needs, as well as providing the framework and training to support staff for long term multi-year support and management.
He has provided expert consultation on systems design and features for a variety of software companies in Network Optimization, Tiered and Cloud Storage, and various PaaS/SaaS providers to remove bottlenecks, improve scalability, and provide improved insight. In 2010 Michael was asked to lead the Microsoft Windows HPC Server certification exam.
Josh Simons, Chief Technologist for HPC, VMware
With over 20 years of experience in High Performance Computing, Josh currently leads an effort within VMware's Office of the CTO to bring the full value of virtualization to HPC. Previously, he was a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems with broad responsibilities for HPC direction and strategy. He joined Sun in 1996 from Thinking Machines Corporation, a pioneering company in the area of Massively Parallel Processors (MPPs), where he held a variety of technical positions. Josh has worked on developer tools for distributed parallel computing, including language and compiler design, scalable parallel debugger design and development, and MPI. He has also worked in the areas of 3D graphics, image processing, and realtime device control. Josh has an undergraduate degree in Engineering from Harvard College and a Masters in Computer Science from Harvard University. He has served as a member of the OpenMP ARB Board of Directors since 2002 and is currently serving as Chairman of the Board.
Susan Yeager, Sr. Director Dell Technologies Solutions, VMware
Susan joined the VMware Dell Technologies Solutions team in May 2017 to drive close collaboration between Dell EMC & VMware engineering teams to deliver optimized integrated solutions that solve customer challenges by incorporating the best of DellEMC & VMware product portfolios. Susan also leads the Dell Technologies Innovation team, where new solution concepts are ideated and incubated for adoption onto roadmaps within the various BUs across Dell Technologies.
Prior to joining VMware, Susan held several key Engineering leadership roles at Dell EMC over a span of 20 years, in both the End User Computing and Enterprise Solutions organizations, ensuring the successful launches of products ranging from Consumer notebooks, Enterprise Converged Infrastructure platforms to Full Stack System Management & Orchestration SW platforms. Her leadership extended beyond engineering development into Customer presales support, Field deployment enablement as well as ongoing product support. Prior to joining Dell, Susan was an engineering staff member at Raytheon, responsible for designing ruggedized communications equipment (i.e. ship-board phased array antennas) designed in support of the United States Naval program.
Susan earned a Bachelor’s in Science Degree from Vanderbilt University & Masters in Science in Engineering Management.