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Principles of Scalable HPC System Design

March 6, 2012

  • Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 
  • Time: 11:00 am — 12:15 pm 
  • Place: Mechanical Engineering 218

Suzanne Kelly
Sandia National Lab

Sandia National Laboratories has a long history of successfully applying high performance computing (HPC) technology to solve scientific problems. We drew upon our experiences with numerous architectural and design features when planning our most recent computer systems. This talk will present the key issues that were considered. Important principles are performance balance between the hardware components and scalability of the system software. The talk will conclude with lessons learned from the system deployments.


Bio: Suzanne Kelly is a distinguished member of technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories. Suzanne holds a BS in computer science from the University of Michigan and an MS in computer science from Boston University. Suzanne has worked on projects related to system-level software as well as information systems. In addition to her project management activities, she currently has responsibility for the system software on the Cielo supercomputer. Her previous assignments were leading the operating system teams for the Red Storm and ASCI Red supercomputers. Prior to her 6-year sojourn in information systems for nuclear defense technologies, she worked on various High Performance Computing file archive systems.