ISC12: insideHPC at the Micron Booth

By Dean Klein - 2012-07-02

A week after ISC’12 and the buzz continues! Last Wednesday, after my session on Large Memory, Rich 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!



Dean Klein

Dean Klein

Dean Klein is Vice President of Memory System Development at Micron Technology. Mr. Klein joined Micron in January 1999, after having held several leadership positions at Micron Electronics, Inc., including Executive Vice President of Product Development and Chief Technical Officer. He also co-founded and served as President of PC Tech, Inc., previously a wholly-owned subsidiary of Micron Electronics, Inc., from its inception in 1984. Mr. Klein’s current responsibilities as Vice President of Memory System Development focus on developing memory technologies and capabilities.

Mr. Klein earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and a Master of Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, and he holds over 220 patents in the areas of computer architecture and electrical engineering. He has a passion for math and science education and is a mentor to the FIRST Robotics team ( in the Meridian, Idaho school district.