LUV Main September 2016 Meeting: Spartan / The Future is Awesome

Sep 6 2016 18:30
Sep 6 2016 20:30

6th Floor, 200 Victoria St. Carlton VIC 3053


  • Lev Lafayette, Spartan: A Linux HPC/Cloud Hybrid
  • Paul Fenwick, The Future is Awesome (and what you can do about it)

Lev Lafayette, Spartan: A Linux HPC/Cloud Hybrid

High performance computing offers preferred architectures for tightly coupled multi-node multi-core task parallel computational problems. Cloud computer architectures offer flexible and cost-efficient options for single-node data parallel tasks. In the past these two solutions have been developed and implemented independently, however a new hybrid system called HPC/cloud architecture developed at the University of Melbourne combines the two approaches with Linux as the core operating system, SLURM as a workload manager, and OpenStack for the cloud component.

This approach better suits the existing workloads, while making it easy to expand to meet the demands of the future, including plans to have heterogeneous architectures as part of the overall Spartan system. As a whole Spartan serves as a template for any future general purpose implementation of mass compute resources.

Lev Lafayette is the HPC and Training Officer at the University of Melbourne. Prior to that he served a similar role at the Victorian Partnership for Advanced Computing for several years. He collects degrees for fun and profit, and is an incorrigible community activist, including as a long-serving LUV committee member.

Paul Fenwick, The Future is Awesome (and what you can do about it)

Technology is advancing at a faster rate than society's expectations, and can go from science-fiction to being consumer-available, with very little in the way of discussion in between, but the questions they raise are critically important: What happens when self-driving vehicles cause unemployment, when medical expert systems work on behalf of insurance agencies rather than patients, and weapon platforms make their own lethal decisions?

Paul Fenwick is an internationally acclaimed public speaker, developer, and science educator. Paul is well known for presenting on a diverse range of topics including privacy, neuroscience and neuroethics, Klingon programming, open source, depression and mental health, advancements in science, diversity, autonomous agents, and minesweeper automation. His dynamic presentation style and quirky humour has delighted audiences worldwide.

Paul was awarded the 2013 O'Reilly Open Source award, and the 2010 White Camel award, both for outstanding contributions to the open source community.

As a Freedom Loving Scientist, Paul's goal is to learn everything he can, do amazing things with that knowledge, and give them away for free.

200 Victoria St. Carlton VIC 3053

Late arrivals, please call (0490) 049 589 for access to the venue.

Before and/or after each meeting those who are interested are welcome to join other members for dinner. We are open to suggestions for a good place to eat near our venue. Maria's on Peel Street in North Melbourne is currently the most popular place to eat after meetings.

LUV would like to acknowledge Red Hat and Infoxchange for their help in obtaining the meeting venues.

Linux Users of Victoria Inc. is an incorporated association, registration number A0040056C.


Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <b> <dd> <dl> <dt> <i> <img> <li> <ol> <u> <ul> <pre> <br> <blockquote> <hr> <code><sup><sup><p><em><strong> <h2> <cite> <code> <tt> <h1><table><tr><th><td>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

More information about formatting options

This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
6 + 13 =
Solve this simple math problem and enter the result. E.g. for 1+3, enter 4.