The Convergence of Big Data and Extreme-Scale HPC

As we are heading towards extreme-scale HPC coupled with data intensive analytics like machine learning, the necessary integration of big data and HPC is a current hot topic of research that is, as Rashid Mehmood notes, “still in its infancy”.

Mehmood is the Research Professor of Big Data Systems and the Director for Research, Training and Consultancy at the High Performance Computing Centre, King Abdulaziz University (KAU) in Saudi Arabia. A driving force to incorporate big data into HPC, Mehmood observed in his presentation at the first Middle East meeting of the Intel Extreme Performance Users Group at KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology) that, “Increasingly more data is being produced by scientific experiments from areas such as bioscience, physics, and climate, and therefore, HPC needs to adopt data-driven paradigms.”

Author: Rob Farber

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