From coffee cart to educational computing platform
January 20, 2022 San Diego CA:
Kicking off the program at the 4NRP reception was an event at the Birch Aquarium to celebrate the long and distinguished career of Larry Smarr, who was handing over his leadership of the Pacific Research Platform (PRP) to Frank Wuerthwein, leader of the NRP.
No one predicted the dramatic and sudden shift in the world of work that happened in March of 2020 when COVID shut down offices and the U.S. experienced the mass exodus to a Work-from-Home economy. For many, that shift was a reckoning with inadequate internet capacity for work, school, health care, and entertainment needs and desires.
At SC21 last week, Smarr delivered a racing reprise of this (ongoing) HPC tour de force in his talk, The Rise of Supernetwork Data Intensive Computing. Presented here are a sampling of his comments (lightly edited) and quite a few of his slides.