The Ellexus bods have been jetting off again: last week several members of our team headed to the 2018 Rice Oil & Gas HPC conference in Houston. This is an event we’ve attended several times, and there are always some interesting take-aways to report. Here’s our quick summary:
The Exascale Project
The Exascale Project is an exciting development – the first machine to reach one exaFLOPS, or a billion billion, calculations per second.
But who will be the first to utilise it? Which sector will have the first application capable of scaling up enough to utilise all the resources? Is it going to be the oil and gas sector, or will the finance sector be able to re-evaluate risk portfolios every hour?
And who can afford to? The running costs of such a machine are roughly estimated to be around $100,000 a day! InsideHPC has a video of the panel discussion.
The Gen Z consortium gathers more traction
Gen-Z is an open systems interconnect designed to provide memory semantic access to data and devices via direct-attached, switched or fabric topologies. The Gen-Z Consortium is made up of leading computer industry companies dedicated to creating and commercializing a new data access technology.
This is certainly a development worth keeping up with as it evolves.
Memory advancements could see large caching sizes
A few conversations circled around the advancement of memory and how fast memory is becoming a tier in the storage structure. In particular, NVM Express is blurring the lines between memory and storage, making it the low latency layer. It was even suggested that flash will soon be hitting 1TB in size and caching the whole memory capacity or storage.
As expected, more conversations and talks focused on cloud migration. As interest in the cloud continues to bloom, we expect less talk and more action in the coming year.