Bare metal style HPC clusters on Google Cloud Platform

Date and Time: 
April 10th @ 2:45pm
Joe Schoonover

Abstract: Cloud environments have primarily focused on services for groups working with micro-services and databases. HPC ventures into cloud environments have largely been focused on conforming to containerization and micro-services. This talk focuses on a different strategy: making the cloud look more like an HPC environment. I will share progress on an open source tool that integrates with Google Cloud's deployment manager to provision a bare metal style HPC clusters with a Slurm job scheduler. Additionally, use cases in academia and private industry will be discussed that highlight the benefits of operating in cloud environments along with future directions of this strategy.

Speaker Description: 
Dr. Joseph Schoonover holds degrees in Applied Mathematics, Physics, and Geophysical Fluid Dynamics from Florida State University. His graduate studies focused on Gulf Stream separation dynamics and high order methods for computational fluid dynamics. After graduating from FSU, he held a post-doc position at the Center for Non-Linear Studies at Los Alamos National Laboratory. This is where his interest in GPU acceleration was born through mentorship activities at the Parallel Computing Summer Research Internship. After leaving CNLS and LANL, Joe became an associate scientist at CU Boulder to work at NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center to accelerate the operational WAM-IPE code for modeling ionosphere phenomena. Joe has since moved on to a startup company, Fluid Numerics, founded with Guy Thorsby and Elizabeth Simons, that aims to help domain scientists and software developers leverage the latest computing technologies and cloud computing platforms for high performance computing.
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