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Meet the Stampede Supercomputing Cluster's Administrator (Video)

timothy posted about a year ago | from the them's-blinkenlights-y'all dept.

Supercomputing 34

UT Austin tends not to do things by half measures, as illustrated by the Texas Advanced Computing Center, which has been home to an evolving family of supercomputing clusters. The latest of these, Stampede, was first mentioned here back in 2011, before it was actually constructed. In the time since, Stampede has been not only completed, but upgraded; it's just successfully completed a successful six months since its last major update — the labor-intensive installation of Xeon Phi processors throughout 106 densely packed racks. I visited TACC, camera in hand, to take a look at this megawatt-eating electronic hive (well, herd) and talk with director of high-performance computing Bill Barth, who has insight into what it's like both as an end-user (both commercial and academic projects get to use Stampede) and as an administrator on such a big system.

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Hive? herd? (1)

fustakrakich (1673220) | about a year ago | (#44218171)

Don't beowulves travel in packs?

Re:Hive? herd? (1)

Alpha232 (922118) | about a year ago | (#44218221)

UT / Longhorns....

Re:Hive? herd? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44219167)

I'm sure this is for Intelligent Design research then.

Re:Hive? herd? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44218335)

Don't you mean HURD?

Re:Hive? herd? (1)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | about a year ago | (#44218873)

I assume that these are boxxen, those travel in packs.

Re:Hive? herd? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44350447)

Don't beowulves travel in packs?

No, they clearly travel in clusters..

He should start a bang called ZZ-Flops (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44218203)

Shes got megs.....
Knows how to use them
She never lags
Knows how to queue them

Re:He should start a bang called ZZ-Flops (1)

istartedi (132515) | about a year ago | (#44218695)

Mod parent up. I can't think of a better ZZ parody for this, and I'm usually pretty good at that kind of thing...

When it is time to decommission.... (1)

Dareth (47614) | about a year ago | (#44219937)

When it is time to decommission....will they throw the cluster off a cliff?

Re:He should start a bang called ZZ-Flops (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44220531)

#Corrections "He should start a bang called ZZ-Flops"(sic) band not bang

Success! (1)

Major Ralph (2711189) | about a year ago | (#44218275)

I successfully complete successful things every day

Dat beard... (5, Insightful)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | about a year ago | (#44218277)

You can sleep easy when your *nix sysadmin has a beard like that. That's a beard you can trust.

Re:Dat beard... (1, Funny)

Charliemopps (1157495) | about a year ago | (#44218345)

Being someone with a crazy beard myself, all I can say is... I'm sorry, both your mom and your wife like it and think it tickles. You don't really want me to disappoint them do you?

Re:Dat beard... (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | about a year ago | (#44218449)

I have a wife now? 8-(

Re:Dat beard... (1)

Charliemopps (1157495) | about a year ago | (#44219203)

and a mother ;-)

Re:Dat beard... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44218499)

They both also have bigger beards "down there" than the one you have on your face. So what you said goes without saying.

Also, Texas is a shitty state full of dumbshit intolerant retards.

-- Ethanol-fueled

Re:Dat beard... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44218665)

This has to be one of the most insightful comments in years. I apologize for the fuckwits that modded you down.

Re:Dat beard... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44219075)

Also, Texas is a shitty state full of dumbshit intolerant retards.

Austin may act like it is not part of Texas at times, but they still haven't been officially kicked out or seceded yet.

Re:Dat beard... (1)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | about a year ago | (#44218921)

You can sleep easy when your *nix sysadmin has a beard like that. That's a beard you can trust.

I'm pretty sure that beard isn't merely trustworthy; but actually capable of handling routine shell scripting tasks independently of the head it is attached to.

Re:Dat beard... (2)

aralin (107264) | about a year ago | (#44223353)

Actually, that beard is an uptime indicator. It is little known that sysadmins have to shave when their server goes down. That is also why unix admins have them and windows admins don't.

Re:Dat beard... (1)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | about a year ago | (#44224495)

Are VMS and mainframe admins allowed to shave even if the system hasn't gone down, or do you eventually have to replace them when their beards engulf and devour them?

Re:Dat beard... (1)

slickepott (733214) | about a year ago | (#44219211)

My first thought just starting the movie and still not having read anything about it was: Must be about UNIX.

Soon I'll see if I'm right. :)

small thumbnail picture (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44218347)

I hate the thumbnail, this is /. for crooks height.

Volume (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44218547)

It would be nice to have the interviewer a bit louder.

Quality of these Videos (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44218767)

Somebody at Slashdot needs to take a community college course in video production or something. The quality of these videos is just embarassing. Bad framing. Bad audio. People talking that you can't see. No editing. Just really bad production quality for an allegedly professional attempt.

Re:Quality of these Videos (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44218971)

I disagree. Don't fret on the editing! This video was great! Please make more like this!!!

fucKer (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44219139)

coLuld sink your in ratio of 5 to Tossers, went out 'Yes' 7o any Is part of the

mo3 dowN (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44219387)

the deal with ^you p4rties). At THE

What's with the terrible video?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44220533)

I could've taken this video hand-held with my iPhone and *edit* it with iMovie on that iPhone and it would've looked far better than this video.

The speaker actually stops, pauses and corrects himself for the benefit of the interviewer/editor but that does not seem to mean anything to video producer. Oh wait there isn't one, cuz if there was it wouldn't suck this bad.

Come on, this is slashdot - funded by a for profit organization. Even amateur videographers produce better quality videos without real funding.

blinkenlights - i has dem (1)

asserted (818761) | about a year ago | (#44220565)

relaxen und watchen der blinkenlights.

Re:blinkenlights - i has dem (1)

PPH (736903) | about a year ago | (#44220979)

I could have sworn the blue lights on one blade is flashing Morse code, "HELP ME. I WANT O PLAY HALO 4."

hmm video not html5 compatible? (1)

bigmammoth (526309) | about a year ago | (#44221793)

Was browsing on my nexus 7 android chrome browser, surprised to see the video not load. Figured the whole HTML5 thing had caught on by now ;) Full Disclosure; I work with a competing html5 supporting OVP ( kaltura ) but still annoying I have to hunt down a browser with flash :-|

Video Lenght (1)

Penumbra (175042) | about a year ago | (#44222091)

17:01... just sayin'.

Babe @6:35 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44222563)

nice...

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