Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa, Austin, TX, May 6-8, 2018

Program

Day 1
06 May 2018
Day 2
07 May 2018
Day 3
08 May 2018

Welcome

Tom Tabor
Philip McKay

Opening Advanced Scale Forum & State of the Union

Alex Woodie, Datanami Managing Editor, Tiffany Trader, Managing Editor, HPCWire and Doug Black, EnterpriseTech Managing Editor give a brief overview of the conference, its goals, and resources that attendees have for gaining additional insight into the complex and evolving world where enterprises increasingly leverage High Performance Computing (HPC) to solve modern scaling challenges of the big data era.
Alex Woodie
Tiffany Trader
Doug Black

Panel: Cloud Panel: The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly

Over the years, Cloud computing has transitioned into a fundamental technology strategy designed to improve IT efficiency and effectiveness. While the continued movement towards Cloud computing seems inevitable in nearly every industry, the initial transition is often clouded with many unknowns such as security, privacy, reliability and performance. This panel assembles several industry-leading Cloud computing professionals as they discuss “The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly” of their respective Cloud journey. Attendees will leave with an abundance of ideas, examples, tips, and lessons leaned that they can immediately apply to leverage the Cloud, helping them to improve performance, reduce costs, and increase the agility and scalability of their Enterprise IT capacities.
Merle Giles
Dan Powers
Ari Berman, Ph.D.
Barbara Eckman
Jason Stowe
Steve Hebert

Keynote: Data, Devices, Decisions: Why Scale & Speed Are More Important Than Ever

In the relatively short history of computing technologies, we have undergone a complete transformation in how we do business, conduct research, educate, communicate, share—in virtually every way that we work, play, live and learn. The pace of change is accelerating, not only in technology capabilities but in how they are being used. The early decades of mainframes and supercomputers, of PCs and peripherals, have accelerated into smartphones and social media, devices and data centers, clouds and containers, and have spawned the Big Data era and now the rise of AI. Scale is increasing across the board, and the speed of data-enabled decisions is increasingly important for productivity and efficiency, for innovation and insight, and likely, soon, for business survival and security. Embracing scale will enable decisions that are faster, better, or both, and will empower us with new insights and ideas that create the creativity and/or competitive advantages we seek. In this presentation, we’ll quickly review how we got to this amazing point in time, take stock of where we are, and discuss some technology directions in which we are probably, and possibly, headed.
Jay Boisseau, Ph.D.

General Session: Gulfstream Simulator

Flight Deck VR Experience Experience a state-of-the-art Gulfstream G500 through the wonderful world of VR. Live at the Advanced Scale Forum, Gulfstream will demonstrate the all-new G500 flight deck, with you behind the controls. Through virtual reality, you will be whisked away to Nice, France, where you will fly over the French countryside. Donning a VR headset, you will be introduced to a virtual G500 flight featuring animated flight controls that are mapped to the sidestick and throttle you will use to fly the aircraft. Gulfstream has become the world standard in business aviation by consistently creating award-winning aircraft, and now you can get behind the controls and fly one yourself! Cabin VR Experience Design and Customize the interior of your very own G500. Every aspect of the all-new Gulfstream G500 is designed to provide a uniquely personalized and productive interior. With Gulfstream’s Cabin VR Experience, you can customize your very own G500. The cabin simulation features an array of seat styles and their respective color schemes, augmenting the physical material samples that are normally shown by the Gulfstream Design Team. Using a VR headset and a simple two-button controller, users can interact with a variety of details inside this amazing aircraft, including drawers, console tables, and cabin or lavatory doors. With the click of a button, you can customize every detail, from seating elements to cabin materials, and interreact with waypoints throughout the interior that will guide you throughout the cabin. Don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity to experience the all-new G500 in VR.
Larry Patterson

Welcome Reception & Dinner

A networking reception and dinner for all attendees designed to foster interaction and build relationships.

Network Breakfast

Sponsored by MemSQL

Morning Welcome

Philip McKay

Day 2 Kick Off

Alex Woodie
Tiffany Trader
Doug Black

Keynote: Hybrid Cloud for HPC

Hybrid Cloud for HPC The new Digital Enterprise is applying High Performance Compute (HPC) technologies to a wide array of IT services to enable companies to gain operational agility, increased flexibility, and speed-to-value for an increasing number of computational intensive functions. Enterprise IT organizations are being asked to accelerate adoption of HPC solutions to enable product design and testing, electronic design automation, graphical simulations and AR/VR applications. Many of these use cases include Artificial Intelligence (AI) with Machine Learning (ML) in combination with traditional data science capabilities to deliver an ever-growing set of analytics derived outcomes. The Accenture Hybrid-Cloud (AHC) Platform for HPC approach provides an open, scalable and highly versatile toolset for enterprises to deploy and manage physical, virtual or containerized enterprise HPC workloads on-premise and across cloud environments on demand and at speed.  AHC for HPC helps clients optimize HPC operating costs, increase agility, strengthen data governance and policy management by centralizing HPC operations control and applying advanced analytics to control workload distribution and elastic resource management.
Dan Powers

Keynote: Microsoft

HPC workloads traditionally run on a fixed-size in-house cluster. For users, this means waiting in queue and constraining their jobs to fit within the bounds of the cluster. But what could happen if the end user got the resources they needed at the scale required? Azure has the capabilities and ease-of-access to accelerate innovation by giving HPC and AI jobs the right resources on demand. This talk covers seven lessons from a decade of HPC in the cloud and how the scale, flexibility, and elasticity offered by Azure can transform how HPC is done.
Jason Stowe

Case Study Presentations

Brought to you by Tabor Communications and nGage Events, The Advanced Scale Forum is the convergence of two conferences – Leverage Big Data and Enterprise HPC – to bring together a power forum created to solve challenges in the build-out of scalable advanced enterprise computing solutions. This convergence reflects the current state of the enterprise as they increasingly leverage High Performance Computing (HPC) to solve modern scaling challenges with in this the big data era.

Case Study Presentations

Brought to you by Tabor Communications and nGage Events, The Advanced Scale Forum is the convergence of two conferences – Leverage Big Data and Enterprise HPC – to bring together a power forum created to solve challenges in the build-out of scalable advanced enterprise computing solutions. This convergence reflects the current state of the enterprise as they increasingly leverage High Performance Computing (HPC) to solve modern scaling challenges with in this the big data era.

Editorial Discussion: Cray

3 Trends that will change your perspective of HPC Today’s ever-changing world of HPC requires that our technology and skill sets be powerful, fast and agile.  This session will look at three key trends that are influencing HPC today and how you can be prepared for a ride on the carousel. Trend 1:  Convergence of HPC and AI (or Supercomputing in the cloud) Trend 2:  Processor Flexibility Trend 3:  HPC-optimized Software
Joseph George

Reception & Dinner

Sponsored by PSSC Labs

Morning Welcome

Philip McKay

Day 3 Kick Off

Alex Woodie
Tiffany Trader
Doug Black

Keynote: Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Smart Contracts – Technologies You Can’t Ignore

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Smart Contracts – Technologies You Can’t Ignore Blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and smart contracts have emerged as unignorable technologies, with potentially far-reaching implications. But it is not clear exactly what they do, why you should use them, and for what applications. This session covers the essence of these technologies, focusing on what is real, what is a promise, impact on other key trends such as IoT, AI, and Quantum Computing, and why they might or might not deliver on their promises. It describes how they work for an executive audience, and provides a recipe for when to use them, along with some examples.
Shahin Khan
Ryan Quick

AI Fireside Chat

Data-driven insights. Immersive customer experiences. Unlimited digital transformation. We’ve all heard the news: AI is going to change the entire world. But how much is realistic for your organization, right now, and over the course of your planning horizon? What steps do you need to take today in order to participate in the revolution? In this Fireside Chat, Addison Snell, industry analyst with Intersect360 Research, talks with a panel of experts from HPE, NVIDIA, and Intel about right-sizing expectations for today, while still participating in the dream for the future, addressing practical considerations such as risk, budget, personnel, and support of existing workloads.  
Addison Snell
Dr. Eng Lim Goh
Nash Palaniswamy
Bob Crovella

Fireside Chat: Embracing Data Analytics & Machine Learning

Embracing Data Analytics & Machine Learning Companies are increasingly aware that their current productivity and profits, and future success and survival, depend on data-driven decisions and data-enabled insights. In this fireside chat, Anthony Dina, Dell EMC North America Sales Director for Data Analytics, will interview two customers to will discuss how companies are embracing data analytics and machine learning throughout their enterprises, and how they can accelerate adoption to drive impact and innovation.
Anthony Dina
Jay Boisseau, Ph.D.

Case Study Presentations

Brought to you by Tabor Communications and nGage Events, The Advanced Scale Forum is the convergence of two conferences – Leverage Big Data and Enterprise HPC – to bring together a power forum created to solve challenges in the build-out of scalable advanced enterprise computing solutions. This convergence reflects the current state of the enterprise as they increasingly leverage High Performance Computing (HPC) to solve modern scaling challenges with in this the big data era.

Keynote: AWS

Ian Colle

Closing Session: Data Governance in Big Data: Boon or Encumbrance?

Data Governance in Big Data: Boon or Encumbrance? On the Bastille Day of the Big Data Revolution, data governance was overthrown along with Enterprise Data Warehouses and their tightly controlled data representation (“schema-on-write”).  Data was democratized.  Anyone could store their data in the data lake, in any structure (or no consistent structure).  Since then, data representation and self-service access have blossomed.  But data discovery and semantics-driven data integration have suffered.  Today, data scientists seeking to integrate data from multiple silos are unable to identify where the data resides in the lake.   Once found, diverse datasets are very hard to integrate, since the data typically contains no documentation on the semantics of its attributes.  Did we throw the baby out with the proverbial bathwater?  Can we reinstate a Post-Revolutionary form of Data Governance?  Come to this session and see.
Barbara Eckman