UPDATED 14:00 EDT / OCTOBER 09 2020

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Impact of high-performance computing to be celebrated on Exascale Day

National Exascale Day will be on October 18, or “10 to the power of 18” calculations per second, which is what an exascale computer can do. The day is meant to recognize scientists who make breakthrough discoveries in a wide variety of fields, but it could also be viewed as a celebration of continued advances in high-performance computing.

Supercomputers play an important role in modern scientific advancement. Complex simulations can be performed using these machines to further discovery in a wide range of fields. Exascale Day celebrates the dawn of a new age, as supercomputers will soon make the leap from petascale, or 10 to the power of 15 calculations per second.

TheCUBE and SiliconANGLE Media, with the support of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co., will capture the spirit of Exascale Day 48 hours in advance by interviewing leading scientists and researchers on October 16.

“We have some of the smartest people in the world joining us,” said Dave Vellante, host of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s livestreaming studio. “They’re going to share how innovations with supercomputing are changing the world in healthcare, space exploration, artificial intelligence and other mind-melting projects.”

Discussion will focus on achievements to date and what the future holds for the rapidly advancing world of supercomputing. (* Disclosure below.) 

Blinding fast speed

One of the leaders in the supercomputing field — Cray Inc.–– founded Exascale Day in 2019. Cray has since been acquired by HPE, giving the enterprise giant significant presence in the high-performance computing market, which is expected to reach $44 billion by 2023.

How fast can exascale computers actually run? The official website for Exascale Day put this in perspective by citing a few statistics. If every person on Earth provided one calculation per second, it would take four years to complete. An exascale computer can finish one quintillion computations in one second, and it is roughly a million times more powerful than the average laptop.

The day focuses attention on the reality that exascale computing will be needed to derive insight and value from an expanding amount of data. Artificial intelligence, simulations and modeling workloads are converging into one process that will demand high-performance calculations at scale and speed.

This is the new inflection point for HPE and supercomputing as the exascale era is set to begin.

Livestream of HPE Exascale Day virtual event

HPE Exascale Day is a livestream event, with additional interviews to be broadcasted on theCUBE. You can watch the live event here. Plus, you can watch theCUBE interviews here.

How to watch theCUBE interviews

We offer you various ways to watch the live coverage of HPE Exascale Day, including theCUBE’s dedicated website and YouTube channel. You can also get all the coverage from this year’s events on SiliconANGLE.

TheCUBE Insights podcast

SiliconANGLE also has podcasts available of archived interview sessions, available on iTunes, Stitcher, and Spotify, which you can enjoy while on the go.

Guests who will be interviewed on theCUBE during the HPE Exascale Day virtual event

Guests who will be interviewed on theCUBE during the HPE Exascale Day virtual event  include Mark R. Fernandez, the Americas HPC technology officer at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and Ben Bennett, director of HPC strategic marketing at HPE.

Stay tuned for a complete list of speakers.

(* Disclosure: TheCUBE is a paid media partner for HPE Exascale Day virtual event. Neither HPE, the sponsor for theCUBE’s event coverage, nor other sponsors have editorial control over content on theCUBE or SiliconANGLE.)

Photo: HPE

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