As soon as the end of the exhibition was announced, a loud sound of clapping echoed all around the exhibitor hall. It was time to dismantle, pack up, and say good bye to our friendly booth neighbors. Actually, it's not good bye we were saying, but "see you next year in Seattle!"
One of today's highlights was the announcement of the "Green 500" list of the world's most energy-efficient supercomputers. It was great news for our friends at NVIDIA since the only Petaflop systems in the top 10 are powered with Tesla GPUs. Better yet: of the GPU-powered petaflop systems, Tokyo Institute of Technology's system Tsubame 2 was ranked #2! (their booth was right in front of ours and we had the pleasure to witness the moment they received the award!)
From our perspective, GPUs have become the "go-green" approach enabling the world's top ranking supercomputers to deliver the highest performance with never-before-seen energy efficiency.
"Lean, Mean and Green" was NVIDIA's catchy marketing phrase for this year's event, and they can certainly back it up with solid stats!
Now, I can't help but wonder: who will be next the organization to introduce the Leanest, Meanest, and Greenest world supercomputer in 2011?
We are going home fired up and ready to focus our energy on the next project: sparse solvers! We know how relevant math libraries are for scientific applications looking to take advantage of the next generation supercomputers. And we sure hope to be active contributors in this industry by offering our GPU consulting services, and partnering with HPC vendors that can bring our CULAtools library to users worldwide.
It was a very busy second day for us here in New Orleans! One of the first highlights of the day was John Humphrey's presentation at the Exhibitor Forums, which was attended by 100 people or more.
John talked about CULA's latest performance numbers, the future plans for the software, and he also discussed the work we're currently doing with Sparse Solvers. There were a lot of questions about CULA and OpenCL, CULA's performance in a heterogeneous multicore environment, what to expect for the upcoming releases, how we benchmark CULA today, and when to expect an update on the Sparse library project. They were all great questions and John will soon be writing a post to share more with you. Meanwhile, don't hesitate to tell us what you would like to see in the next CULA release by sending us questions and your feedback through our contact page.
Another highlight of the day were the many international HPC vendors that stopped by our booth to learn about our Reseller Program. In my view, driving the interest of companies in partnering with us are the users! Many users in Russia, Brazil, Japan and other countries cannot purchase directly through us so they approach HPC companies in hope they are part of the CULA Reseller Channel Program. This is all good news and we hope to see our international sales channel grow in 2011.
Our day ended at the reception hosted by CRAY and AMD, which was, as you can imagine, very crowded. We sure enjoyed the food, drinks and connecting with people we had not seen in a while.
The exhibition floor at SC10 was officially opened tonight. Our first impression: the HPC world is on fire!
More than 11,000 people are expected to show up at this year's conference, which tells us the HPC market is indeed fast growing as industry analysts predicted for 2010 and over the next few years. The 360,000 square feet of exhibit space was quite crowded (as you can see in the picture here), and we hope the energy level will remain high all week long.
Tonight we had just a small taste of the action that is yet to come. Tomorrow is looking very busy: meetings with partners and resellers, a presentation by John Humphrey on CULA at 11am, and more interaction with users at the booth. If you are an user, please do stop by and say hi to the team. We'd love to hear your experience... good or bad!
More to follow, stay tuned.