Sean Blanchard, a Linux and HPC expert at the Ultrascale Systems Research Center (USRC) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) presented at Multicore World 2019 on Tuesday February 12, 2019. Multicore World, which is in its 8th consecutive edition, is a gathering of experts and leaders from all over the globe to attend and contribute to thought-provoking sessions in the latest high-technology evolution and its applications. Multicore World 2019 took place from February 12-14, 2019 in Wellington, New Zealand.
Sean’s presentation was titled Cosmic Rays and Computers: The Sky is Falling. As HPC systems grow larger and larger each year new scaling challenges become evident that have not been problematic in the past. What once were rare one in a million events have become common everyday occurrences in data centers that contain tens to hundreds of thousands of computers. Sean spoke about on one of these rare events, how the death of giant stars millions of years ago can crash your computers today. He also discussed current efforts to understand the rates of these events compared to other similar events and how these problems can be mitigated in the future.
For more information see the Multicore World 2019 website.