NCHC Demonstrates the Interactive-HPC and Key R&D Achievements at ISC’122012/06/26
The National Center for High-performance Computing (NCHC) returned to the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC), ISC’12, to showcase its latest research and development achievements. The ISC, held each year in Hamburg, Germany, is Europe’s leading HPC conference and exhibition on high performance computing, networking and storage, with a particular focus on elevating HPC research and development capabilities worldwide.
This year, the conference was held from June 17th to June 21st. Around 2,400 registered attendees from various disciplines came together to share their insight and experience and to be able to collaborate more closely. ISC, once again, proved itself a world-class exhibition. At ISC’12, industry leaders such as Intel, AMD, HP, and Acer exhibited, as well as research institutions such as Germany's Deutsches Klimarechenzentrum (DKRZ), Japan's Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), China's National University of Defense Technology, South Africa's Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC), and Taiwan's National Center for High-performance Computing (NCHC). In total, approximately 175 exhibitors joined this year's event.
At ISC’12, the NCHC collaborated with Acer computers and Velocite, an innovative high-performance bicycle manufacturer, to showcase the research results of its Interactive-HPC (iHPC) project. Using cutting edge HPC algorithms developed for use over powerful graphic processing units (GPU), combined with Augmented Reality (AR), users are able to perform HPC simulations while viewing and interacting with the simulation in real time. For the demonstration, a Velocite bicycle was positioned within the Acer booth to demonstrate both the iHPC concept and the performance of the Acer machine that was utilizing Nvidia’s computing GPU and a Quadro display device. The demonstration was set up so as to allow the users to see and interact with real-time computed flows around the bicycle. This demonstration garnered a great deal of attention and sparked several conversations on related future uses for this technology. This new technology allows engineers and researchers to see their progress in real-time and, thus, helps to speed up the design and R&D process.
■NCHC Researcher, Dr. Matthew Smith, demonstrates the interactive HPC project technology
Also at ISC’12, the NCHC demonstrated several other of its research outcomes such as “Fish4Knowledge,” an international research project that features real time video streaming of coral reef environments via underwater cameras. This project is a joint undertaking between the NCHC, the UK's University of Edinburgh, Italy's University of Catania, and the Netherland's Stichting Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica (CWI). The free software tool kit was applied to cloud computing services, the Flycircuit database, a drosophila neuron image database that utilizes a 3D cloud service which allows users to search and browse 3D fruit fly neural images as well as upload their own neural images to the database from anywhere in the world.
■NCHC’s booth at ISC’12
This is the second time the NCHC has exhibited at ISC, the first time being in 2009. Through attending this prestigious European-based HPC conference, the NCHC was able to gain a deeper understanding of the HPC R&D trends in Europe. Additionally, the NCHC was also able to introduce its research capacity to ISC’s participants and, as a result, improve its own reputation internationally as well as that of Taiwan’s at large.