A week after ISC’12 and the buzz continues! Last Wednesday, after my session on Large Memory, Rick Brueckner from insideHPC caught up with me in the ISC Exhibition Hall at the Micron booth. Obviously, insideHPC tracks the top trends in the High Performance Computing space, so it was natural that they should come to a memory company to talk trends. When looking around the exhibition hall there were a lot of high performance systems on display and most of them had their lids off and were showing off the silicon inside.
One recurring theme in all the different systems was that these systems are chock full of memory modules. Rich asked me a few questions about these modules and what Micron does in this space. So it was a good time and place to talk about DDR3, the new load-reduced DIMMs, upcoming DDR4 and HMC. Then Rich asked me about storage. This turned out to be convenient, since we were standing right in front of our enterprise storage display. I pointed out the enterprise MLC SSDs, the high performance SLC SSDs and the PCIe SSDs (always a favorite!) We’re uniquely positioned providing the range of memory and storage solutions for this HPC market and I think Rich was pretty excited to learn a bit more about Micron. The next morning I was sad to leave Hamburg. Next year’s ISC’13 will be in Leipzig, and I may never return to the beautiful city at the mouth of the Elbe river. But I had four more cities to visit on my European trip, so auf Wiedersehen, Hamburg!