mid-November, Lee Piazza and I had the opportunity to attend an international high-performance
computing (HPC) conference called SC19 (SuperComputing19), in Denver,
Colorado. In this blog, I’d like to
share a few observations from our trip.
initial reaction when I walked onto the exhibit floor was one of pure shock and
amazement at the enormous size of the event.
All of the global IT manufacturers were present, and some had invested quite
heavily to make their presence felt.
Nvidia, Intel, HPE, Dell, and a few others occupied what felt like acres
of floorspace. One could spend hours
just making a single pass over the exhibit floor. Clearly, the event’s tag line “HPC is now”
has never been more true.
first-time attendee, I was fascinated to see dozens of Universities from every
major country around the globe using this event to promote their own research
and HPC capabilities. Research dollars
are still, as they have been for decades, a key driver of computing technology
advancement. I learned that available capacity
on a supercomputer is a valuable asset when recruiting the smartest research
scientists in the world.
revelation was the continuing shift away from purely air cooling, and the near-unanimous
commitment to some form of liquid cooling technology for HPC environments. CoolIT, for example, was a newcomer a few
short years ago outside of the gamer community.
At this event, their direct-to-chip liquid cooling designs were adopted
in a multitude of solutions offered by at least a dozen exhibitors.
immersion cooling manufacturers used this event as a coming-out party, while a
few old timers in the field also made a splash (so to speak). Solutions like those from Submer, which integrate liquid heat rejection
within a 100kW+ horizontal IT enclosure, will undoubtedly gain traction as the
power densities continue to rise. One IT
hardware manufacturer, 2CRSI, has already
started developing immersion-optimized servers. As immersion becomes mainstream, we can expect
industry leaders like Dell and HPE to develop their own similar products.
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