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SiFive’s Big Score, Will Nvidia Buy Arm?

September 07, 2020

We start out with our personal pledge that all of our content is new and not pre-recorded. That’s our gift to you – no recycled, reused or Amazon Renewed content. Jumping into our first topic, Risc-V IP and silicon purveyor SiFive earned a $61 million inv

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MLperf Wars & AMD’s Gawdy Numbers

September 01, 2020

Summer inventory clearance days for Radio Free HPC! We’re blasting through our processing backlog and getting the episodes out as fast as possible (but no faster). In this episode, we talk about the spate of MLperf benchmarks and how AMD hit it out of the

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Is Amazon’s Graviton2 Ready for Prime (Time)?

July 26, 2020

The show starts on a high note, with Henry’s audio being amazingly echo free. Usually we hear a lot of echo as Henry talks, which is due to the rammed earth walls of his new abode, plus the fact that there isn’t any carpeting or anything else to absorb hi

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HPC Market Growth, Winter Classic Invitational

July 25, 2020

HPC Market Projected Growth It’s a few weeks since we recorded this episode so maybe things have changed, but as of the recording the HPC market is projected to grow according to Hyperion’s studies. The RadioFreeHPC team delves in, looking for

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ISC, Student Cluster Competition Recap

July 21, 2020

ISC20 Smashing Online Success The RadioFreeHPC team looks back at the success that ISC20 was and discusses what attending an online-only conference was like. Big kudos and thanks to the ISC team who pulled off one grand challenge of re-planning and did it

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The Persistence of Memory

July 14, 2020

Intel Optane Memory Nothing says HPC like having the performance cake and eating it too. In this episode, we drill down on what Intel is doing with their cool Optane tech, shooting for speeds that remind you of memory, sizes that look like storage, and co

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Is it Time for Virtual GPUs?

July 04, 2020

VMware’s Bitfusion and Dell We start with team introductions, as usual, but drop a bombshell on listeners:  we’re going to be missing Jessi for the next couple of months as she goes off to Marine Officers Candidate School – or as she calls it “screa

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Is it Time for Virtual GPUs?

July 04, 2020

VMware's Bitfusion and Dell We start with team introductions, as usual, but drop a bombshell on listeners:  we’re going to be missing Jessi for the next couple of months as she goes off to Marine Officers Candidate School – or as she calls it “scream

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NSF, QIS Funding, But First…

June 30, 2020

18th Listener Awards! Run-of-the-mill start as we introduce the team. Henry has quite a bit of echo since he’s now firmly ensconced in his rammed earth survival compound. Big news this week! We finally received our 18th email in our first ever RadioFreeHP

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NSF, QIS Funding, But First...

June 30, 2020

18th Listener Awards! Run-of-the-mill start as we introduce the team. Henry has quite a bit of echo since he’s now firmly ensconced in his rammed earth survival compound. Big news this week! We finally received our 18th email in our first ever RadioFreeHP

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New Top on the TOP500 – 415 PF!

June 22, 2020

Breaking News Edition We have a new #1 on the TOP500 list of most powerful supercomputers! Big gets bigger by a factor of 2.8x as Fujitsu’s “Supercomputer Fugaku” tops the list at 415 PFlops.  There are also an additional three new entries in the top

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@HPC_Guru Speaketh! Kind of.

June 19, 2020

Our Guest Today is... In this extraordinary episode of Radio Free HPC, the crew interviews the industry icon that is @HPC_Guru. This is the first time that anyone has been granted an interview with him and we’re proud to have been chosen for this honor. W

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@HPC_Guru Speaketh! Kind of.

June 19, 2020

Our Guest Today is… In this extraordinary episode of Radio Free HPC, the crew interviews the industry icon that is @HPC_Guru. This is the first time that anyone has been granted an interview with him and we’re proud to have been chosen for this hono

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HPC on the Edge

June 13, 2020

Edge Computing Book Makes Sense of It All After our typical inane opening, which includes an update on Henry’s Las Cruces bunker with  21” rammed earth walls, we get quickly down to business and begin our interview with very special guest, Dr. Cody B

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HPC on the Edge

June 13, 2020

New Book Makes Sense of Edge Computing After our typical inane opening, which includes an update on Henry’s Las Cruces bunker with  21” rammed earth walls, we get quickly down to business and begin our interview with very special guest, Dr. Cody Bumgardne

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A is for Ampere, Nvidia A100's Public Debut

June 01, 2020

NOTE:  The publication of this episode was delayed due to the untimely passing of our partner and pal Rich Brueckner. So what we’re announcing as "breaking news" isn’t so fresh today, but our takes on what NVIDIA’s new A100 processor brings to the ta

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A is for Ampere, Nvidia A100’s Public Debut

June 01, 2020

NOTE:  The publication of this episode was delayed due to the untimely passing of our partner and pal Rich Brueckner. So what we’re announcing as “breaking news” isn’t so fresh today, but our takes on what NVIDIA’s new A100 processor brings to

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Tribute to Rich Brueckner, 1962-2020

May 27, 2020

by Dan Olds This is a tough blog to write for this RadioFreeHPC episode. This is the episode where we say a final goodbye to our co-founder and comrade in arms Rich Brueckner. Rich passed away suddenly last week leaving us shocked and shaken. The whole ge

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Tribute to Rich Brueckner, 1962-2020

May 27, 2020

by Dan Olds This is a tough blog to write for this RadioFreeHPC episode. This is the episode where we say a final goodbye to our co-founder and comrade in arms Rich Brueckner. Rich passed away suddenly last week leaving us shocked and shaken. The whole ge

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Debate This: Server Sales Up 30% in Q1, Says Analyst Firm

May 19, 2020

We start off with an update from our crew. Jessie is at Purdue putting her belongings into storage in order to clear out her current abode. Shahin is doing fine, all quarantined up down in Silicon Valley. Henry has big news:  he’s completed his north

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Debate This: Server Sales Up 30% in Q1, Says Analyst Firm

May 18, 2020

We start off with an update from our crew. Jessie is at Purdue putting her belongings into storage in order to clear out her current abode. Shahin is doing fine, all quarantined up down in Silicon Valley. Henry has big news:  he’s completed his north-sout

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ColdQuanta Serves Up Some Bose-Einstein Condensate

May 08, 2020

The show starts with Dan, Jessi and Shahin in attendance. Henry is traveling from his old home base in Minnesota to his new command bunker in lovely Las Cruces, NM. Last we heard he was in Kansas City and making good time. We’re not sure how long we’re go

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ColdQuanta Serves Up Some Bose-Einstein Condensate

May 08, 2020

The show starts with Dan, Jessi and Shahin in attendance. Henry is traveling from his old home base in Minnesota to his new command bunker in lovely Las Cruces, NM. Last we heard he was in Kansas City and making good time. We’re not sure how long we’re go

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What Good Did It Do? Quite a Lot, and Quite the Story

May 02, 2020

A typical show opening, but we’re missing Henry – he was away packing for his big move from his long-time home base in Minnesota to his new bunker in Las Cruces. He’s packing up all of his memorabilia, like his first punch card sets, his core memory colle

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Honeywell Traps, Zaps Ions for Science

April 24, 2020

Dan starts this episode with, as usual, an introduction of the cast. Henry reports that he’s only three weeks away from his epic move from Minnesota to Los Cruces, New Mexico. Trapping Those Unruly IonsWe quickly move to our main topic:  Honeywell’s

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SIHOGLIC: The Life & Times of Charles Babbage

April 21, 2020

RadioFreeHPC Studios PresentsSlightly Inaccurate History of Great Leaps in Computing (SIHOGLIC)Edition OneIn this groundbreaking production, RadioFreeHPC Studios reenacts dramatic moments in the life of computing genius Charles Babbage. We breath life int

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AI in Science. When is it real?

April 15, 2020

We fire up the show with introductions and a little snippiness on Dan’s part. Henry reports that the weather in Minnesota is nearly human. AI in ScienceJumping into our main topic, Shahin introduces an article from HPCwire interviewing Argonne’s Associate

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Supercomputers Battle Corona

April 08, 2020

The conversation today begins with discussing how long it will take until Henry moves into his rammed earth Los Cruces bunker. For those of you keeping track at home, the correct answer was 41 days at the time of taping, which, by the time the podcast is

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Climbing El Capitan? Details Detailed!

March 31, 2020

 Supercomputer Leaps to New PeaksAt the top of the show we discuss whether Indiana (where Jessi is located at Purdue) is in the heartland or not. We all agree that it is and, yes, Jessi sees Larry Bird all the time. Getting into the heart of the epis

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One Big Debate over OneAPI

March 17, 2020

For RF-HPC aficionados, it’s a typical opening for this episode. Henry is counting down the days until he moves to sunny Los Cruces and we have a lull in the conversation right after the introductions. We recover quickly and move onto the main course of t

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Let's Learn Deeply about Extreme Weather

March 09, 2020

This week we have Dan, Jessi, and Shahin on the call. Henry is off in Los Cruces overseeing construction of what can only be called a bunker. Why? Its main feature is 21-inch rammed earth walls, guaranteed to withstand withering heat waves, cold snaps, an

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Slingshotting to Exascale, It's Hot!

March 05, 2020

At the top of this episode, Henry notes that the temperature in his city will be touching -15F, which is plenty cold. However, it’s very good overclocking weather as Dan and Shahin point out. Not quite quantum weather, unfortunately. Cray Slingshot Interc

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Coronavirus

February 18, 2020

The show starts with our traditional lull, which always follows our initial introductions – when no one knows who should speak first, or prefer not to. However, we quickly regain our footing and get to the major topic of the day:  the coronavirus or

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Faster Weather, Pizza, Tires

February 06, 2020

And High Powered Radio Towers, tooThe show starts out in the usual way with check ups on the health and happiness of our hosts. Jessi finished a 50-mile race over the weekend, which is admirable, particularly when you consider she was on foot. With a reas

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ZFS, AI for System Design, Power in GCE

January 28, 2020

Surprise! It's Snowing in MinnesotaThe show starts on a combative note with Henry refusing to discuss how much snow is arrayed around his house. Dan shares his dream running a snowblower and Henry offers up his house but doesn’t offer airfare, which, assu

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2020 Predictions, Get it?!

January 15, 2020

Shiny Crystal BallIt’s our first episode of 2020, yay! The first that was recorded in 2020 anyway.  It's a predictable 20/20 joke (more of a meh comment really) but the topic today is... PREDICTIONS. More specifically, it's our predictions of what’s

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Quantum, Quantum, Quantum

January 07, 2020

 This episode was recorded back in 2019 but then the holiday episode had to go out during holidays and cut in line, messing up the cogs of the well-oiled machine that is the RFHPC production process. Regardless, the episode starts out with Henry bei

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2019 Holiday Episode (video): Family Dinner at RFHPC

December 31, 2019

It's become a tradition at RadioFreeHPC to celebrate the holidays with a video of the holiday episode. The new logo launches the video: celebrating a truly family style dinner and dreaming big (maybe too creatively, however) as the team exchanges "if-only

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South Africa CHPC National Conference

December 22, 2019

SA Students Get Ready to take ISC by storm Probably 15% more scintillating than usual, Dan promises as he calls this episode "fantastic"! Now a 5-day conference with two days of workshops as book-ends, multiple tracks and many speakers, and yes, a very ex

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SC19: Our Visit to the State Fair

December 13, 2019

SC19 Postview Our show today is all about what we saw at the “State Fair for Nerds” that is SC19. Where there weren’t any livestock shows or supercomputers carved out of butter, there was a lot to see and hear. Shahin talks about the European Processor In

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SC19 Student Cluster Competition - Recap

November 28, 2019

 SC19 Student Cluster Round UpThe show starts in the usual way, with Henry complaining about snow and us laughing at him. Our special guest, student clusterer extraordinaire Jessi Lanum, complains about recording again with Henry in a definite shot a

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New TOP500 List: Spot The Difference

November 18, 2019

Live from SC19In this Breaking News edition of RadioFreeHPC, we look over the newly released TOP500 list in all its glory. We talk about the changes in this version of the list (100 new systems, but none in the top 24), how the major countries stack up ag

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SC19 Student Cluster Competition - Preview

November 16, 2019

Blood Sweat Glory, But No Tears“This is a groundbreaking episode of RadioFreeHPC….groundbreaking, I tell you! We have a very special guest, our first post-millennial commentator, Jessi Lanum who is a Student Cluster Competition veteran and is on the show

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Truth, Trust, and Deepfakes

November 12, 2019

You never write, you never call, you never send flowers “just because.” But that’s ok, we welcome you back to another scintillating episode of Radio Free HPC anyway. Henry is traveling on yet another business trip, lodged in the Washington, DC area, and n

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Preview of Supercomputing '19 - Denver

November 06, 2019

What's All Happening at SC19 in Denver? Supercomputing '19 is coming to Denver this year and who better than Rich Brueckner to give us a sneak peak. Super excited to have Rich and his signature laugh on this show again. In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC

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7 Years, 251 Episodes, 17 Listeners

November 03, 2019

RadioFreeHPC Celebrates a Number in its PrimeWelcome to a historic milestone:  Our 251st Radio Free HPC episode! We’re celebrating 251 rather than 250 for a couple of reasons. First, everyone celebrates round numbers and that’s boring. And 251 is rou

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Fragile: Python, sudo, AI

October 25, 2019

How Many Episodes, Did You Say?!The show is geographically skewed today with all three hosts on the west coast. Henry is gracing Seattle with his presence, resulting in plunging coffee inventories and skyrocketing sushi prices. The first item of discussio

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RISC-V CEO Sees Bright Global Future for Open Source CPUs

October 18, 2019

RISC-V, Historic Passwords Revealed, End of the WorldWe’re missing Henry S. Newman this week, who is down in Los Cruces inspecting and overseeing the construction of his new crib. Dan and Shahin discuss just how little they’d want to be the general contra

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Turing Machine is Sequential, How About a Parallel Machine?

October 13, 2019

Solving Exponential Problems in Polynomial TimePretty much all of computing rests on the strong foundation of the Turing Machine, a general purpose formulation of computing which happens to be very sequential. It transfers that attribute to the Von Neuman

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Quantum Supremacy? Yes and No!

October 06, 2019

Quantum Supremacy Is and Is NotHow quantum is that?! The RadioFreeHPC team discusses the Google/NASA paper, titled "Quantum Supremacy Using a Programmable Superconducting Processor", that was published and then unpublished. But it's the internet and

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