“HPC Everywhere”--The NCHC Exhibits at SC132013/12/02
SC13, the premier annual international supercomputing conference for High Performance Computing (HPC), networking, storage and analysis, was held November 17th~ 22nd in Denver, Colorado, USA. SC13 offered researchers and experts an opportunity to gather for technical discussions, training, and demonstrations on HPC-related R&D results and products, networking, and storage. This year marked the 15th year that the National Center for High-performance Computing (NCHC), the only research representative from Taiwan, has exhibited at the SCxy event. For SC13, the NCHC's Director, Dr. Ce-Kuen Shieh, led a team of researchers who provided on-demand demonstrations of the NCHC's latest research results, observed other countries’ current HPC-related developments, and exchanged technologies with visitors. At the same time, NCHC representatives visited other research booths seeking more opportunities for international cooperation.
Held at the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver, SC13 attracted 365 academic research organizations and supercomputer vendors to showcase their R&D results and new products in HPC, networking, and storage. More than 10,000 scholars and experts attended the conference. The theme of SC13 was “HPC Everywhere” which emphasized the actual benefits that HPC has on people’s daily lives. SC13 also provided participants with various educational talks, paper presentations, workshops, posters, other technical programs such as birds of a feather (BOF), as well as 30 plus educational programs.
With the arrival of the era of big data, Dr. Genevieve Bell, Technology Anthropologist and Intel Fellow, was invited to deliver the keynote speech. In her speech, Dr. Bell explained that big data has been around for a very long time in that it is made up of a combination of all information about human behavior. She went on to say that the key technologies of big data are its methods of collection, analyzation, and display, as well as the algorithms associated with it.
The NCHC Displays its Latest R&D Achievements and Actively Promotes International Cooperation
This year, the NCHC team provided on-demand demonstrations and exchanged technologies with visitors on its latest R&D research results including the EU-joint project "Fish4Knowledge," Big Data Analysis in Information Security, and EzPlatform--a platform for executing GPU computing on virtual machines. The NCHC also introduced the R&D achievements of its free software team including Diskless Remote Boot in Linux (DRBL), Clonezilla, Ezilla, Haduzilla, and Crawlzilla, and the research results of future Internet and software defined networking (SDN) by means of posters. Various development results such as simPlatform, the establishment of the earth science observation database, the 3D fruit fly brain neural network database, and render farm services, were also displayed in the NCHC’s booth. The exhibition attracted many conference attendees who stopped by to discuss and exchange related ideas and technologies.
The execution results of the three-year FP7 project of the European Union, "Fish4Knowledge" was showcased at the NCHC booth as well. The project has been jointly carried out by the NCHC, the United Kingdom's University of Edinburgh, Italy's University of Catania, and the Netherland's Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica. The project utilizes underwater cameras to observe the ocean ecology in and around Kenting, Taiwan. The extremely large video data sets generated from several years of observation are processed as fish identification, tracking, and behavioral analysis programs, the results of which are placed on an easy-to-understand platform that helps scientists gain deeper understanding into the ecological development of oceans. This project uses some of the NCHC’s in-house-developed technologies including video data management. This achievement attracted many experts and scholars who spent much time in the NCHC booth.
Another NCHC demonstration was the “Malware Knowledge Base” developed by the NCHC. In addition to monitoring the sources of vicious attacks around the globe, this database is also capable of tracking vicious programs. Through the NCHC self-developed visualization technology, the database displays the relationships between vicious programs and their domain names, and by integrating with Google Earth, is able to track the sources of vicious programs. The program is able to predict forthcoming attacks by comparing data that has already accumulated in the knowledge base. It then promptly notifies relevant information security units or network management emergency response centers around the world to take actions to stem attacks from vicious programs and hackers.
In recent years it has become more common to use virtual machines to perform CPU computing but, on the other hand, it is relatively rare to perform GPU computing on virtual machines. The NCHC’s software development team developed a technique using virtual machines to carry out GPU computing. This technique allows users to connect to its EzPlatform using mobile devices like tablets to use virtual machines to execute GPU calculations. This achievement caught the attention of many conference attendees.
During SC13, the NCHC cooperated with iCAIR at Northwestern University, the Netherland's SURFNet, and Canada's Communications Research Centre (CRC) to present the latest research results on the technology of topology and flows auto-discovery over a transcontinental, multi-domain OpenFlow testbed.
Also during SC13, several research organizations visited the NCHC booth with the intent of engaging in international cooperation. Those organizations included NASA, the Centre for High Performance Computing of South Africa (CHPC), the International Center for Advanced Internet Research (iCAIR) at Northwestern University, the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS), and the Netherland's SURFNet.
The SC13 Conference came to a successful close at the end of a week full of technical programs, splendid speeches that were meticulously planned by the conference organizers, and technology and experience exchanges among experts and scholars. SC14 will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, where the NCHC will again present its latest research achievements, promote technology exchange, and seek out international cooperation.
■The "Fish4Knowledge" project demonstration
■Displaying functions of the Malware Knowledge Base system
■Introducing the EzPlatform